Pampering in the Pantry



Written by: Trend reporter Amy Tara Koch. Amy writes about everything from mascara to Miami. Her first book BUMP IT UP: TRANFORMING YOUR PREGNANCY INTO THE ULTIMATE STYLE STATEMENT (Ballantine) hit book shelves March 23

Under eye bags and dry, blotchy skin hindering your inner radiance from shining forth? You could head over to Saks and eradicate the problems with pricey lotions and potions. Or, you could skedaddle right into your kitchen and pamper yourself with ingredients gleaned from your pantry. As an editor, Amy Tara Koch, I have spent years test driving the latest and greatest skin care products. What I’ve discovered is that my favorite products are derived from the natural foods in my kitchen. That’s right. A trip to the supermarket yields nutrients for your body and your face. With the right mélange of all natural ingredients-yogurt, oatmeal, lemon, green tea, bananas- you can exfoliate, brighten, tighten and hydrate your skin.

  • YOGURT: Slather plain yogurt on your face and the natural lactic acid will cleanse pores, dissolve dead skin cells and soften skin. You can combine it with honey for dry skin or lemon juice for oily skin.
  • SUGAR: Exfoliate dry, flaky lips with sugar granules mixed with olive oil
  • EGG WHITES: Whisk them and use to temporarily tighten and brighten the face
  • A MASK Of BANANAS, HONEY & SOUR CREAM: Mix together for a fantastic exfoliating mask. Banana pulp soothes, honey moistens and sour cream is a thick, natural lactic acid
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