Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Get a glow (thanks to GLAMOUR)

For all my eco-ways, I remain something of a magazine junkie. I have cut down the subscriptions, read as many online as possible and due to the economy have done away with international subscriptions (88 euros a year for British Vogue!). And yet. The most fabulous thing about magazines, be they fashion, beauty, literary or design…you never know where inspiration will find you. Case in point: the March issue of GLAMOUR has a fabulous little inset featuring advice from celeb skin magician Sonya Dakar for getting rid of the winter skin blahs in two easy steps. Not only are they as eco as they come but you might just have the ingredients right in your pantry.

First, get rid of all that dry skin with a gentle scrub (I love Arcona Cranberry Gommage). Remember that “pain is beauty” should never be part of your exfoliating routine. In fact, imagine those tiny granules as glass shredding away at your skin. So, be gentle.

Second, make a trip to your pantry for some almond or grapeseed oil. They’re both super rich anti-oxidants and won’t clog your pores. As per Dakar’s instructions apply several drops to your fingertips, “Rub in circles along your cheekbones, up over your temples and forehead, down the sides of your nose and across your chin to stimulate blood flow.”

I know those with combo to oily skin might freak out at the thought of rubbing oil directly into their skin. I know when I began using Dr. Hauschka’s oil a few years ago I was a bit skeptical. But it’s important to understand that oils come from many sources. Mineral oils are petroleum based and will clog pores. But many oils are noncomedogenic, and will actually help to balance oil production. By the way, I get these oils by La Tourangelle at Wiliams-Sonoma but you can find them at Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market and other stores here.

So simple, fabulous results. Your face, your wallet and the planet will thank you. xo alex.


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