Herbal beauty On a mid-Fashion Week morning last month, I was struggling with a list of symptoms that come with a back-to-back show schedule in the middle of blizzard season: Breakouts, fatigue, and a green-tinged, late-winter pallor. Emergency help was deemed necessary-but not the facialist's variety: instead, I opted for an appointment with an herbalist.
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Herbal tinctures-potent plant-based, drinkable holistic remedies that are steeped in alcohol to increase their concentration (and, therefore, their health benefits)-have long been used in traditional Chinese and alternative medicine. In recent years, however, they've increasingly gained momentum as a new kind of beauty cure. Backstage at Rodarte, for instance, makeup artist James Kaliardos was singing the praises of Dr. Bach's flower remedies, while at Oscar de la Renta, the makeup artist Gucci Westman referred me to New York's Chinatown, where she often gets custom-mixed herbs forRead More »from Can You Drink Your Way to Better Skin?