“Creating a meal—and having fun with flavors—is very natural to me,” says model and chef Alex Szwalek. The 26 year-old Polish beauty grew up picking and preparing the produce that grew on her family farm alongside her mother. “We had a kitchen culture in our house,” recalls Szwalek, who is also a lifelong vegetarian. Now, when she’s not working as a coordinator for the World Central Kitchen on the Ukrainian border, she can be found foraging in local forests or making herbal teas and simple fresh dishes in her own Warsaw kitchen.
The skin-boosting benefits of Szwalek’s sustainable, seasonal, nutrient-rich approach to food are evident on her Instagram feed. Here, she shares photos of her culinary creations alongside strikingly fresh-faced selfies, which she credits to a plant-based diet—and a pared-back collection of cosmetics that include toner, moisturizer, and Westman Atelier makeup. “I love my magical Complexion Drops,” she says of the serum-strength tinted treatment formula, which she credits, alongside Lit Up Highlight Stick and the Les Nudes lip palette, with a noticeable shift in her complexion and her mood. “I can be on a farm and feel beautiful,” she adds before breaking into a laugh, “even when I’m covered in mud.”