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    Q&A With Jill Scott

    The actress and singer has a new album, a new film, and a big love of good health.


    What’s your number-one tip for other single moms?

    I always tell other women that it’s important to get your village together, your team of friends and family who will support you. Every mom needs a moment to decompress. It can be a lot, working and having a child. I’ve checked into a hotel to get sleep before, and to just be still.

    How do you stay healthy on the road, and on the set?

    Being healthy on the road is really difficult. There are buses and planes and the hours can be outrageous. I say take a good shower and get some rest, and try to eat a healthy meal -- slowly. The road is the most grueling part of my career. The crew, the band, the bus driver, security, it’s easy for the lot of us to get sick. I use Wellness Formula from Whole Foods to stimulate the immune system. And I eat healthfully and work out, and balance it with rest. I’m grateful all of this [fame and success] started when I was fully an adult. The first 2 years I went like a crazy person, from this country to the next. And I had pneumonia four times in a year. I learned early on that maintenance is super-valuable in this business.

    What three makeup items do you never leave home without when you’re traveling?

    When I’m traveling, the makeup, lights, and heat gives me acne, which I don’t usually get. So I use a Dermalogica facial wash, plus topical vitamin E. I also bring comfy pajamas. I like fabric that slides on my skin.

    What’s your signature beauty tip, or favorite beauty product?

    I use Black Up makeup, out of Paris. It’s created for brown skin. I slide on a little blush and I feel refreshed and good. A little Black Up goes a long way!

    What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator or pantry?

    Jalapeno peppers! I love them. I put them in egg whites, pastas, and tacos. And there’s always a sesame dressing and some spinach. Spinach is my best friend. When I want a snack I can always grab a handful and have a fresh salad, and it keeps me going.

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