Food & Wine
British actress Emma Watson may be a fan of the French approach to cosmetics, but would she go for the beauty secrets revealed in a new book?
Mes secrets de beauté au naturel (My natural beauty secrets) by Celine Naissant promises that everyone can have dewy, gorgeous skin using basic ingredients found in home kitchens,
"You need to know the benefits of the food you have in your kitchen," Naissant says.
Here are some of her recipes for perfect skin. Bon appetit!
"To nourish dry skin, you can simply use the olive oil you have in your kitchen, the same one used to prepare vinaigrette," Naissant says.
"Olive oil is really good, it will reinforce and nourish the skin and it helps regenerate and protect too. This is an oil you can use from head to toe."
"If you have an avocado which is a little bit too ripe, transform it into a mask. To nourish your skin, just crush the avocado and put it on your face. During summer, when the sun is really hot, I mix an avocado with egg yolk for a face mask because it gives more protection.
"If you have blackheads on your nose, use the skin of a banana. Rub it on your nose and it will make the blackheads pop out more easily.
"Rice flour is another great natural beauty secret when you have oily skin. If you have rice flour in your kitchen, you can make a mask with it. Mix the flour with yoghurt - one which isn't too fatty - just to add a moisturising element. You can mix rice flour with a mashed up strawberry too, which helps exfoliate skin. And of course, you can add some clay to the mask, which is the perfect product for oily skin."
ALL SKIN TYPES
"Everyone says that Chinese girls have beautiful skin, which is true," Naissant says.
"They've got a secret which I also practice. I use an egg white as a facial - I spread it on my face. Then I let it dry until it looks like clear plastic. I take it off with tepid water. It tightens the pores and gives a rejuvenating effect."
Do you have any natural beauty recipes to share?
- Cover Media
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