When Dr. Oz and his partner-in-crime Dr. Michael Roizen debuted their healthy living site YouBeauty a couple of years ago, I took note. Finally! A beauty + wellness destination built on smart science and common sense, not superficial fluff or heavy green washing. Since then, YouBeauty has become my go-to resource for feel-good beauty tips, cutting-edge ingredients, and self improvement from the inside out. It doesn’t hurt that YouBeauty‘s intelligently curated ecommerce site BeautySage is just a click away with some of the best natural beauty around. Read on . . .
As summer winds down, take advantage of the fleeting bumper crop of berries and whip up some DIY masks to treat your skin. My favorite is a sweet-enough-to-eat concoction made with ingredients you’re likely to already have on hand: strawberries, honey, plain yogurt and rolled oats. I discovered this gem last week via Beauty Banter when searching for something to soothe my sunburned skin. (Oops.) The yogurt and honey repair and cool sun-damaged skin, while the strawberries pump in vitamin C and and bust patches of acne with naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid. And the oatmeal? It’s one of the best natural exfoliators out there, and works wonders to calm itchy, inflamed or unhappy skin. But your complexion doesn’t have to be in distress to try this gently effective mask—this baby’s a nourishing treat for all skin types. –Meghan .
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/4 c. dry rolled oats, blended to a powder-like consistency in a blender of food processor
3 T. organic plain yogurt (not sweetened!)
2 T. local honey (why local? Watch this and you’ll understand the importance of supporting your resident beekeepers!)
3 strawberries, mashed to a juicy pulp with a fork or food processor or blender
Mix ingredients together and let stand for 10 minutes or so until it thickens up. I recommend popping the bowl in the fridge during this time so the mask feels extra cooling on the skin. (If it’s too runny, add a spoonful more of ground oatmeal.) Apply a thick coat to cleansed skin and sit back and relax. (No really, you gotta lay down with this mask on unless you want globs of it on the floor.) Recline and relax for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off. For an extra boost of exfoliation, I prefer to scrub it off (gently!) with a wash cloth. Rinse well, tone and moisturize and then get to enjoying your glow-y, smooth complexion!
Variations: If you’re out of oats and yogurt, or simply a minimalist at heart, try mixing up four to five mashed strawberries with 1 T. honey. Apply immediately and relax with it on for 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll still reap the anti-aging benefits of strawberries and gain nourishment and hydration from the honey. . Other DIY treats for the skin you can make with summery ingredients:
* Tomato toner
* Cucumber toner
* Avocado honey mask
Darlings, it appears that I have fallen behind in my duties! I’ve been hearing/reading about Kate Somerville Exfolikate for months now. This little tube has garnered quite a cult-like following among beauty editors and bloggers like The Makeup Girl. I guess I’m guilty of getting too cozy with a few other products, like Philosophy the Microdelivery Peel and Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel—shame on me! A TV segment I’ve been working on re: time-saving beauty treatments, prompted me to break out of my rut and give Exfolikate a go. It’s meant to mimic Kate’s Signature Facial at her LA spa, but in 30 seconds flat and at a fraction of the price ($85 for a tube that’s sure to last you a year). I was skeptical—for every ten at-home facials I try, two truly deliver. But the second I spread a pea-sized amount of this citrusy gel on my face, I could feel the prickly tingle that tells me Kate isn’t messing around. The combination of ingredients she uses is a powerful one: fruit enzymes (natural exfoliants) to break down dead cells, eliminate bacteria, and diminish discoloration, plus spherical grains to gently buff it all away. It totally works. My skin was smooth, clear, and glowing, and not red or irritated in the least—though those of you with sensitive skin may want to try the gentle formula.
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009 as a way to share candid product reviews and real beauty advice for smart women everywhere. When she’s not test-driving the latest beauty treatment (bee venom facial, anyone?) or serving as the beauty editor for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and ClementineDaily.com, Elizabeth can be spotted running the Minneapolis Lakes with her white lab, Molly Thomas, or sipping champagne on a killer patio. Pass the sunscreen.