Shania Twain on Working Out, Drinking Smoothies, and Smearing Sugar on Her Face

The Cut
By Shania Twain As Told to Lisa Ryan
August 24, 2017

While she may be one of the top-selling recording artists in history, Shania Twain hadnít released a new album in 15 years ó until now. The country music queen is back and better than ever, with NOW set to drop on September 29 and an upcoming headlining gig at the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2017 U.S. Open, on August 28. The Canadian diva recently chatted with the Cut about her love of tennis, why making a video is like getting married, and why olive oil is her ďeverything.Ē

How I start my mornings: My son has school in the morning, so Iím up usually around 6:30 or 7 a.m. But a normal morning for me varies because I travel a lot. If I can get raw coconut water, my morning drink is coconut water, avocado, and apple in a blender. Itís a smoothie. If I donít have access to coconut water, itís blueberries and almonds ó thatís one of my favorite things to eat. I try to eat first thing in the morning when I get up, before I shower or do anything like that.

How I sweat: I always say the tennis court is my gym ó I love tennis. I started playing it with my son when he was about 7 (heís 15 now). I was already older, in my early 40s. With tennis, I forget that Iím working out because itís a game. I love the fact that Iím concentrating more on the points and having fun than I am worried about the time or pushing through repetitions. I love the fact that Iím running around outside, enjoying myself. When Iím able to play tennis regularly ó which is, again, depending on where I am ó itís nothing for me to play three to five times a week.

My best wellness hack: If Iím going to do shortcuts because Iím traveling and I canít manage the environment around me or my schedule is too much, walking is my key thing. If Iíve got to go to an appointment, Iíll try to walk there, or walk back because going off to play tennis isnít always easy when Iíve got a busy work schedule. Iíll wear my running shoes for the walk and pack my dress shoes in my backpack, and build in my exercise that way. Also, for on-the-go eating, I stay away from junk food. I make that avocado smoothie ó I have a blender in my hotel room everywhere I go ó as a filler between meals so that Iím not starving all day. To avoid the bag of potato chips, Iíll have one of my smoothies.

My skin-care routine: I exfoliate every day, I wear sunscreen every day, and I use a C complex as well. Thatís made a huge difference with my skin. This is going to sound weird, but because Iím traveling so much, I take sugar and a bit of olive oil or any face cream that Iíve got handy, and mix it with a little bit of warm water, and I gently scrub my face. I came up with it myself. Itís very hard to find an exfoliator that I really like. I tried so many. I have tried very fine sand before as well, but itís a little bit too abrasive. Sugar works well because it softens with a little bit of warm water and itís not sharp on the skin.

Wellness, to me, is: happiness. Iím so grateful to have a real sense of well-being.

On pulling herself through the hard times: Iím very lucky that I have a need to be creative. Itís this built-in venting zone where I can take all of my angst and tears and sadness. I filter everything through my songwriting. It saves me every time.

On her iconic leopard-print ďThat Donít Impress Me MuchĒ outfit: Thereís so much that goes into putting the clothing together for a video like that. If you think of it like a wedding day ó every video is such a production. Like your wedding dress ó youíve tried it on sooo many times already to try to get it right. The novelty wears off by the big day.

What makes it all come to life is the music and performing: You are the bride in that moment. You are that person. When it all comes together, you feel the empowerment of it all. Actually, when I look back at it, I feel the empowerment more than I did in the moment, because videos are a lot of hard work. The wedding day is usually the most exhausting day of your life and itís when youíre looking back at the photos that youíre like, ďOh, that was so great,Ē and you forget all about the stress of the day.

How wellness has changed for me: Wellness has become more of a focus in my life with age. You just see yourself differently in the mirror every day, and you feel different when you push your body, and you take wellness less for granted.

The song that most accurately describes my state of mind: Itís called ďMore FunĒ [off of my new album]. Itís a mantra I tell myself: I didnít have enough fun today, Iíve got to have more fun.

My biggest wellness struggle: Getting enough sleep. I go in and out of different time zones, and Iíve got to turn my body clock around often. Sometimes that means I lose sleep, and boy, when you donít get your beauty sleep, then your wellness definitely gets affected!

On recording a duet with Cťline Dion: Oh, Iíd love to do that. I actually use her as my warm-up music a lot of the time. Sheís got such a high range ó ďI Drove All NightĒ is my favorite one to do my vocal warm-ups to, because it has the higher harmony, which is really hard.

The Products I Reccommend

Extra Virgin Olive Oil ó Italy $33, Amazon
Olive oil is everything. Iíll mix olive oil with any lotion for my body. I use olive oil on my face when Iím using sugar to exfoliate. I use olive oil on the ends of my hair when itís dry. It is the star product in my life.

Visine All Day Comfort Dry Eye Relief Lubricant Eye Drops $8, Amazon
I fly a lot, and it keeps my eyes from getting irritated. I also believe it flushes the bacteria out. Itís not because I have particularly dry eyes; I mostly use it to flush them out, because Iím always wearing different makeup and being exposed to camera lights and wind machines and all of that stuff.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer $31, Macyís
Even when I donít wear makeup, a skin primer is the best. It controls shine and it gives skin a smooth texture.