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Kitchen Aid: DIY Skin Savers

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I’ve recently been getting into at-home remedies for all of my skincare needs and have sort of exhausted my repertoire. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


I have a few. For a good antiaging remedy, try my Kefir Cleanser. With an electric blender, blend two ounces of goat’s milk kefir (substitute cow’s milk if goat is not available), two teaspoons of honey, and the flesh of half of an avocado with one to two ounces of peeled and sliced green apple and one to two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. If your skin is very dry, add one to two teaspoons of jojoba oil. Potato flour whipped to a cream with a fork will thicken the mixture, if need be, and lavender and rosemary essential oils, about 5 to 8 drops each, can be added for aromatherapeutic benefits. Stir and massage into your face, paying special attention to wrinkles and problem areas, before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water.


For a good at-home acne treatment, mix equal amounts of organic raw honey with cinnamon. Make a thick paste and apply to blemishes.


If oily skin is your problem, the best treatment uses rolled oats. Grind them in a coffee grinder to a fine powder and mix with 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup of water. Blend well and apply to your face. Leave on until the mask completely dries and use a warm washcloth to remove.

A chemist, molecular biologist, and ethnopharmacologist well-versed in the medicinal properties of plants, Dr. Saulius A. Alkaitis is a research scientist with a focus on holistic dermatology. Based in northern California, Dr. Alkaitis produces an eponymous line of dermaceuticals formulated with living ingredients and marketed as “raw health food” for the skin.

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