In honor of my friend Alexis Wolfer’s (editor of The Beauty Bean) new amazing book, The Recipe of Radiance, I wanted to do a post featuring some passages of her incredible tips that will help you save money while also solving some of your beauty issues.
Hydrating & blemish-fighting facial mask: With antibacterial and hydrating honey, pore-tightening egg white, and exfoliating egg yolks, this mask will ensure your skin stays moisturized and supple while kicking breakouts to the curb. Egg yolks, with their fat, cholesterol and retinols are also great for helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars (so it’s great for post-pimple skin too).
1 egg + 1 tablespoon of raw honey
Whisk the egg fully to combine the gold and the white before stirring in the honey. Use a pastry brush to apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let it dry for 20 minutes to tighten your pores, tone the skin and kill bacteria without drying your skin out. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Pumpkin Key Lime Brightener: Combining the vitamin A of the pumpkin, the citric acid of the lime, and the lauric acid of the coconut oil, this scrub works to break down damaged, darkened skin cells that the sugar can then manually exfoliate away. At the same time, the vitamin C and citric acids in the key lime juice brighten your skin to further reduce the appearance of dark spots.
2 tablespoons pumpkin, fresh and pureed or canned + 1 key lime, juiced + 1 tablespoon extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil + 3 tablespoons of white sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl to form a thick paste and apply to darkened areas, avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for 10 minutes before gently scrubbing away. Rinse remnants with warm water.
Faux-rested eye mask: Parsley, rich in vitamin K, when applied topically helps to reduce the blood flow to the under eye area, diminishing the appearance of underlying blood vessels. Blended with hydrating and cooling cucumber to plump and de-puff, and deeply moisturizing yogurt, this eye mask should become a staple in your fridge. You can even mix in some lemon juice and use the extra as a salad dressing (seriously).
1 tablespoon plain full-fat greek yogurt + 1 tablespoon minced parsley + 1 cucumber slice
Place the yogurt, parsley, and cucumber in a food processor and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Apply a thick layer under your eyes and on the brow bone, avoiding your eyelid where skin is thin (and don’t get it in your eyes). Let sit for 20 minutes before removing excess with a cotton ball or washcloth and rinsing any remaining residue with cool water.
Some quick tips from Alexis:
* Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and apply as an overnight spot treatment to kill bacteria and dry out blemishes.
* Cut a red grape in half and rub the flat side on your skin. Grapes contain glucose, which hydrates your skin, as well as anti-aging antioxidants.
* Keep all of your skincare products in the fridge for a cooling affect, as well as to increase their shelf life.
*Apply all of your anti-aging products and natural remedies to the backs of your hands too since they’re one of the first places to show signs of aging and are often neglected!
Pick up Alexis’ book, The Recipe for Radiance, on Amazon – it’s packed full of natural beauty remedies that can save you big bucks (and wrinkles) in the long run.