I love reading about makeup and skin care, and have a small collection of books on this topic. Tannis' book, however, approaches skin care from a novel and interesting perspective: instead of looking at skincare products or cosmetic procedures that ensure better skin, she focuses instead on 100 "superfoods" that will help your skin improve itself from the inside out.
The book opens with two chapters that explain the make-up of the skin (including the various layers, such as the epidermis, etc.), the key ingredients that the skin needs for better health (such as collagen and elastin), and how the various nutrients she will later recommend help your skin.
From there, the book delves more deeply into the 100 power foods, which are divided into their respective benefits as far as skin health. (Although the title suggests that the book focuses on anti-aging foods, it actually covers many skin complaints.) These chapters are entitled: Foods that Fight Wrinkles; Foods that Moisturize; Foods that Tighten, Smooth, and Fight Sag; Foods that Brighten Your Complexion; Foods that Fight Puffiness and Inflammation; and Foods that Fight Acne and Psoriasis. Because of the way that these chapters are broken down, a reader can start incorporating all of the superfoods into her or his diet, or just incorporate those foods that will best treat her or his particular skin condition.
Each chapter opens with some background on that particular skin condition or complaint, before moving into a discussion of the foods that will help heal it. When Tannis explains each food, she clearly explains why and how the food will work on your skin, citing research from the latest scientific studies to back up her claims. Her explanations are thorough and detailed, and most of the foods are those (like blueberries, eggs, various nuts, barley, fish oil, etc.) that are generally considered healthy and good for the entire body, not just the skin.
The book closes with a section that includes 50 recipes using these foods. The recipes include things like fruit smoothies, breakfast bulgur, various snack mixes, soups, salads, stuffed mushrooms, main entrees, and desserts. They are all healthy and low in fat, and don't require any exotic or strange ingredients that are hard to locate. So far, I've made one of the fruit smoothies and the Chocolate Yogurt Mousse, and both were easy to make and delicious!
Overall, this is an excellent book, and was interesting to read. While you may already know that many of these foods are good for you, it was very helpful to have them broken down by the ways in which they will benefit your skin. Great read!