Perfect Natural Lipstain
Toss the face toner with ingredients that you can't pronounce and go the au naturel route with your skin this summer. We spoke with expert Alexis Wolfer, founder of the popular natural beauty website, The Beauty Bean, about how champagne, yogurt, and even coffee grounds can do wonders for the skin. Take a look at Alexis' top food-inspired beauty treatments that are guaranteed to leave you feeling fresh-faced and leave your regimen chemical free. By Liana Satenstein
1. For A Natural Blush And Lipstain...
Try using: BEETS
"Use a fresh beet as the perfect lip and cheek stain. Run a slice of freshly cut beet on the lips or cheek or dab coconut oil on a cotton swab then run the beet on the swab before applying."
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2. For That Pesky Blemish...
Try using: GREEK YOGURT
"Apply a dab of full fat Greek yogurt to a blemish to reduce redness, balance bacteria, and loosen the clogged pore. The lactic acid gently loosens dead, dull skin cells while the fat hydrates. It's important to use full fat opposed to skim or nonfat to achieve these benefits."
3. For That Cellulite That Won't Budge...
Try using: CAFFEINATED COFFEE GROUNDS
"Add cooled caffeinated coffee grounds to your body scrub for a cellulite-fighting exfoliant. Caffiene works by constricting blood vessels when applied topically while also increasing circulation to your skin's surface - it's why you find it in de-puffing eye creams, too - both of which help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Combined with an invigorating scrubbing motion for manual stimulation and vitamin A rich pumpkin for its anti-aging benefits, this is the perfect way to scrub up before you strip down."
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4. If Your Skin Is Sensitive...
Try using: OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
"Take store bought oats, grind them in a blender (keep the grounds larger for a more rigorous treatment) and then mix the grounds in with your regular facial cleanser immediately prior to use. Gently massage the mixture onto your face, avoiding the eye area, in small, circular motions before rinsing as usual. This is particularly great for people with sensitive skin."
5. For Those Age Spots That Keep On Aging...
Try using: SAKE
"Apply sake with a q-tip to age spots to help fade dark spots. It is a secret of Geishas - it has properties that prevent the formation of melanin, the compound responsible for darkened skin."
6. For When Your Toner Can Strip Paint...
Try using: CHAMPAGNE
"Champagne is packed with anti-aging grape seed extract making it an ideal anti-aging toner. It is high in antioxidants due to the grape seed extract, which has vitamins C and E. This helps in protecting the skin's vital collagen and elastin from environmental free radicals and oxidative stress."
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7. For When Your Makeup Remover Just Won't Cut It...
Try using: COCONUT OIL
"Use coconut oil to remove stubborn eye makeup. It will instantly dissolve even the most waterproof formulas while gently exfoliating and moisturizing the delicate eye area. Use fingers to very gently massage eyes before using cotton pads to wipe to excess off. Tip: try leaving some residue to work its magic overnight."
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