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Mari Jasmine Lets You in on Her Secrets to Perfect Skin

The food-loving model and host dishes on her beauty philosophy.
Mari Jasmine Lets You in on Her Secrets to Perfect Skin
IMAGE Paolo Pineda
The food-loving model and host dishes on her beauty philosophy.

Contrary to what you'd expect, Mari Jasmine is not at all Filipino. "My dad's English and my mom's Japanese," Mari says in a quirky Australian accent that sounds vaguely British. "But some people say I do look Pinoy."

Born in Tokyo, where she spent five years of her life before her family moved to Australia, and having worked in France, India, and Thailand modeling for various hair and skin care brands, Mari has developed a grounded perception of what she finds beautiful. "It's made me realize how subjective beauty is. It was strange for me when I first discovered whitening products in Asia. I grew up in Sydney, where people would buy tanning lotions and bronzers to look darker! Growing up in different places and traveling have opened my eyes to so many versions of beauty."

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Despite the abundance of makeup trends, Mari is comfortable in her own skinso much, in fact, that she's living the "no makeup" makeup look from the inside out. Skin care, she says, "is 90 percent of what you eat and 10 percent of what you put on your face. When you nourish your body with the right things, your skin is better and your hair and nails are stronger. I think it's also important to listen to your body and see what works for you. For example, I notice that my skin is much better when I decrease my sugar intake."

True enough, Mari doesn't really have a makeup kit, just a few organic products she uses to cleanse and tone, plus a lip gloss and BB cream she swears by.

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We wondered if her hair was the result of all the fruits and veggies she loves so muchher tresses are thick, shiny, and free from split ends; the type you'd see in shampoo commercials. The truth: she has good genes to thank for her lush mane. "I don't do much to look after my hair. I guess I'm lucky to have inherited Japanese hair from my mum! When it's a special occasion, I might put on some argan oil just after I shower, then blow-dry it."

When she's not in front of the camera, you can find Mari at home, cooking up something for her website, marijasmine.com, which was originally meant to be a portfolio blog for her modeling and hosting stints. Instead, she has turned it into a digital cookbook of all her healthy kitchen concoctions. Yes, there are salads and smoothies, but there's much more color and variety to Mari's recipes than what's commonly deemed healthy.

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From banana porridge to almond raisin brittle, Mari has over 20 homemade and hearty recipes you can try making yourself, and she uses ingredients you don't need to have shipped from an organic farm halfway across the globe. "My thing is food, health, and the outdoors," Mari says, and it's definitely working for her.

This story originally appeared on the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Preview Magazine.

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