bmpinja Apr 12, 2012
Sure, skin and hair experts are up on all the latest high-tech treatments, and trendy-yet-impossible-to-pronounce ingredients. But guess what? They're good at whipping up  homemade beautifiers, too! These are the easy yet brilliant recipes we got when we asked the pros to make like a Top Chef. The best part? You can try them all and you won't gain a pound! The problem: Oily, pimple-prone skin The recipe:
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
Combine the ingredients together in a bowl and gently rub the mixture onto your skin using a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry. Use once or twice a week as needed.
What the expert says: 
This concoction may sound like a tasty breakfast, but it works wonders for those plagued with zits and too much shine. "Oats contain proteins called saponins that help dissolve oil as well as loosen dirt and makeup from your pores. Be sure to use rolled oats, not instant, which will turn into a gummy mess as soon as it gets wet," says Jessica Wu, M.D., a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face (this recipe is from chapter 11!). "The yogurt contains lactic acid, to help unclog pores. Oats can soak up a lot of liquid, so if the scrub feels too dry, continue adding honey until it becomes easier to work with. And if you get some on your lips and accidentally lick it off—yum!" says Dr. Wu. The problem: A gunky scalp The recipe: Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a bowl or a spray bottle and douse freshly-washed hair with the solution. Squeeze out the excess liquid then leave it on for 10-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. What the expert says:  "Apple cider vinegar clarifies the scalp by unclogging hair follicles that hinder hair growth," says Ron King, hairstylist and owner of an eponymous salon in Austin, TX. So give this simple remedy a try the next time your scalp needs relief from excess oil or icky product residue. The problem: Signs of aging The recipe:
  • 1/2 cup tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp honey
Mix the tomato puree and lemon juice in a small glass bowl and apply to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Mash the banana and mix it with the honey; apply to the skin. After 20 minutes, splash it off with warm water. What the expert says: "This at-home facial will improve the texture of your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth. Lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful anti-oxidant and prevents the skin from aging. The lemon juice will help to brighten the skin and the banana-honey combo helps with hydration. While these masks are on the face, you can also rest two slices of potato on the eyes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness," says spa and skin care guru June Jacobs. The problem: Saggy skin The recipe: Whisk one to two egg whites in a bowl and spread over cleansed skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes then rinse off. What the expert says: This one-ingredient wonder delivers a quick skin lift. "It gives a tightening effect," says L’Oréal Paris consulting dermatologist, Gervaise Gerstner, M.D. The problem: Fried hair The recipe: Mash a ripe banana and a ripe avocado in a bowl then apply to shampooed hair. What the expert says: "Leave the mask on for 20 minutes then rinse. It's a natural deep conditioning treatment," says hair pro Alex Safar, owner of Salon Acote in Boston, MA. The problem: Alligator skin The recipe:
  • 1/2 cup sugar granules
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a small glass bowl until thoroughly blended. Pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Wet your body in the shower then massage the scrub onto damp skin. Rinse it off in warm water using your hands or a wash cloth. Need extra moisture? Post-shower, apply a bit of  olive oil to your body while your skin is damp, then pat with a towel. What the expert says: "This is especially good for dry, dull skin. The sugar exfoliates and the oil is hydrating," says Jacobs. Short on time? Just slough your feet. The problem: Chapped lips The recipe:
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 drops olive oil
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl then rub onto your lips for 30 seconds with your finger. Rinse with lukewarm water. What the expert says: This sweet treat for your lips "softens skin and encourages cracks to heal," says Elena Arboleda, head aesthetician for Mario Badescu spa in New York City. The problem: A flaky scalp The recipe: 
  • 4 oz olive oil
  • 10 drops essential lavender oil
Warm the oil and water in the microwave. Using a dropper, apply the mixture all over your scalp in sections (part hair as you go). Massage in then slip on a shower cap. Wash it out after one hour. What the expert says: "If you suffer from itchiness, dandruff or dull hair, you will notice an immediate improvement. The olive oil is nurturing to the scalp and will gently slough off dead cells while nurturing the scalp and hair follicles. It helps to repair the scalp's barrier skin. The hair shafts and ends will benefit as well. The addition of the lavender is extremely beneficial to scalp skin because it is regenerative, stimulates circulation and has even been reported to help hair grow! Its aromatherapy benefit is very calming as well," says New York City-based dermatologist Francesca Fusco. What's your favorite beauty recipe?


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