Q&A: Skyler Bouchard

The Food Network social star on avocado hair masks and her go-to weeknight meal

In college, Skyler Bouchard started a food Instagram as a way to share her favorite restaurants. Six years and some 200,000 followers later, Bouchard has made a name for herself not only as a dining expert, but also as a recipe developer, wellness enthusiast, and beauty guru. In her new Food Network Facebook and Snapchat series, Treat Yourself with Skyler, Bouchard explores the intersection between beauty and food, creating spa treatments from kitchen ingredients. On her blog, she shares insight on how she stays in shape as someone who loves to eat. Here, Bouchard talked to Furthermore about her insider beauty tips, favorite healthy snack, and her effort to find balance.

What was the inspiration for your Food Network series?

My passions for food and skincare developed around the same time. I was the only 12-year-old I knew who was wearing anti-wrinkle creams and eating beef Wellington. This year, I realized that I could bring together these two worlds, so I pitched the series. Each show focuses on a common food that’s used in beauty treatments, such as face masks, body scrubs, and hair removal.

What are some of the most interesting things you’ve learned while shooting the series?

There are some treatments that you can easily do at home with foods from your own kitchen, such as an avocado hair mask. Of course, there are some spa experiences that are worth it, like the red wine bath I took in one episode. It was a luxurious experience, but I can’t imagine the cleanup that’s required.

Can you share some of your other beauty secrets?

I’m big on the power of omega-3 fats, both when eaten and applied topically. I use La Prairie’s caviar-based cream. I also sleep with SiO Beauty’s silicone pads a few times a week. They plump the skin and my face feels frozen in time. Every month, I try to get a facial. It’s an investment, but I’m really noticing a difference.

How do you find balance in your life?

To be frank, I suck at it. I depend on caffeine way too much. But I’ve tried to find a balance by telling myself that it’s okay to let an hour go by without answering an email; unplugging and relaxing over the weekend; and getting enough rest. I grew up thinking that sleeping in was unproductive, but it’s so important for healing the body.

When you’re not regenerating, what’s your workout routine?

In the morning, I walk on the treadmill while I answer emails. I also work with a trainer two or three days a week to focus on strength training and my core. I also use the weight machines at the gym and do Pilates.

Tell us about the Pilates classes you’ve been hosting at Equinox.

I bring everyone together through social media, and an instructor teaches the class. I’m not a fitness expert, but I love a good workout. A lot of women have reached out to me about my exercise regimen, because my dining lifestyle could be considered fattening. That’s why I started posting more about my workouts.

You dine out a lot. But what are some of your favorite things to cook at home?

I keep it simple. My go-to healthy meal is seared salmon with a spinach-and-avocado salad with olive oil and lemon. It’s so simple. For snacking, I love my sweet potato fries with an avocado-garlic dip.

Do you follow a specific diet?

No. I do struggle with hormone imbalance, so I try (key word: try) to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. I avoid simple carbs, processed foods, trans fats, lots of sugar, and hormone-injected meat. I don’t follow this strictly, though. I listen to my body and eat what nourishes it.

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