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From the fridge to your face!

October 2, 2008

It’s getting chillier here in the Northeast (though my friends in L.A and Texas are reporting sweltering weather—sorry!). And while brisker weather means breaking out your cool winter clothes, the change of weather can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Instead of forking over your much-needed dough to a salon,  treat yourself to  a little down home loving with ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

These are my favorite beauty recipes, some of which are from my book:

Orange Yogurt Mask

This is a home version of the facial I get at Mario Badescu in New York City (they’re famously affordable), which includes an anti-oxidant Vitamin C mask. The yogurt nourishes dry skin while the Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s in the orange repair and rejuvenates. The treatment is also cool and relaxing.

1 tbsp of plain yogurt 
Fresh juices from 1/4 orange

Stir together in small bowl. Smooth onto face. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse.


Strawberry and lemon mask

This recipe is perfect for oily skin as the strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents.


1 tsp lemon juice

2 egg whites

3 tsp honey

1 cup strawberries



Mash or blend the above ingredients.

Smooth over face.

Let it stay for 10 minutes.


Exfoliating Scrubs

Oatmeal Honey Scrub

Oatmeal has long been used a gentle exfoliant. And honey acts like a moisturizer. A quick way to get a good scrubbin’ is to add a 1/4-cup of raw oats and two teaspoons of honey, organic if possible, to your morning cleanser. Top of the morning to you!

Easy Sugar Scrub

Sugar cane produces glycolic acid, one of the natural alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin.

Mix two tsp of white cane sugar with two tbls (are these correct?) of sweet almond oil in a small bowl and rub gently onto face in a circular motion. Rinse off the warm water. It’s ok if you lick your lips!!

 While you’re at it, make it a total body spa day!!

Homemade hair help

Some of the most inexpensive conditioners, natural oils, are in your kitchen. For instance, mashed avocados and mayonnaise offer hair moisture and running a little olive oil through your ends cures dryness. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some coconut oil, or even emu oil, they’re both known for being incredibly nourishing.

And if you’re in a pinch you can actually SHAVE your legs with olive oil. It is thick so can coat legs and stand up to a razor, plus it saves you a step as you won’t have to use moisturizer afterwards!!

For extra shiny hair:

Once a week after shampooing, rinse your hair with a cup of apple cider vinegar. The acids strip the build-up in your hair, leaving your mane soft and shiny.


Don’t forget your eyes!

            To alleviate tired puffy eyes, you’ve probably heard that chilled cucumber slices will take the edge off. You can also use cotton balls dipped in ice-cold whole milk or cream for five to 10 minutes. You can even try potato slices or chilled chamomile bags, which act as an anti-inflammatory.


Treat your Toes!

For a foot-abulous indulgence soak your tootsies in a bowl of warm whole milk. The lactic acids soften skin, so after 10 minutes, take a pumice stone to your feet to slough off dead skin.