When you come to a wellness retreat sick, you can be sure someone (or everyone) will be recommending remedies. In the case of supermodel and entrepreneur Jessica Hart, that remedy was a Manuka honey-spiked thyme tea—and it helped her sore throat disappear overnight.
Jess had landed at the saguaro-studded Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, for mbg's revitalize fresh off a week spent in Nevada at Burning Man, making it no surprise that hydration was at the front of her mind. While, as a skin care entrepreneur (her line, Luma Cosmetics, will be available in the United States soon and consists of gorgeous, glowy nontoxic skin care and makeup). "Drinking a ton of water makes the biggest difference for my skin," she explained (and her plump skin, to be sure, betrayed not a single sign of the desert's harsh conditions). She actually finds it a challenge to hydrate personally and tricks herself into drinking water by adding a bit of flavor. Jess will go with a very small amount of fruit syrup, but you can also infuse the water with herbs or add a few drops of flavored bitters to make it interesting. Green juices are also high on Jessica's list.
Supplements are a key part of her glowing skin routine as well: She swears by probiotics, glutathione, and vitamin C. "They help with hydration and pigmentation as well," she said. "I believe that good skin definitely starts in the gut, and I can really tell the difference when I'm not taking them."
Jess's also a big believer in eating intuitively—and for her, that means intermittent fasting, something she was happy to hear validated during revitalize's studio sessions. "Generally, I’ll wake up and start with coffee or tea," she said. "My body feels better with intermittent fasting. Everyone always says it’s bad not to eat breakfast or that you should eat before you work out, and in the session today, they said that’s the worst thing you can do. So the way that I’m naturally, intuitively eating is actually healthier—for my body at least." Her intuition extends to the actual food she's consuming. "For instance, I eat a lot of meat, and I’ve always fought with myself about that, but when I try to eat more traditionally healthy things—porridge and fruit, say—my stomach really hurts, and I get so bloated. Now, I'm trying to just listen to my body and give it what it wants and not feel ashamed or guilty about that."
And of course, as an Aussie, Jess recommends staying out of the sun at all costs. "I'm always wearing a hat," she said, pointing to the pageboy-esque cap that was indeed topping her messily waved hair. "Or SPF50. You'll never catch me outside without that."
Want to know more about glutathione, one of Jess's go-to supplements? Here's why it'll help your skin (and your energy levels). Plus, read about the surprising way to affect climate change, a Hollywood actress's go-to diet for energy, and more from mbg's revitalize here.