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July 23 2014

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A Recipe For Gorgeous, Glowy Skin

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giambattista-valli-coutureThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Fernando Aciar, chef and founder of FeelFood juice and food shop in New York City

“Romesco is a Mediterranean sauce that I learned to make while working in restaurants around the world. In Argentina, we often added it to steak, and at Chez Panisse, we used it with meats and vegetables. At FeelFood, we mix the sauce into salads, quinoa bowls, and sprouted wraps. The recipe’s red peppers and carrots are filled with beta-carotene, a plant pigment that significantly boosts skin tone while fighting damage from UV sunlight and enhancing the effectiveness of sunscreen. The vitamin E in the sunflower seeds also brings a healthy glow to the skin and adds further UV protection. Plus, the fresh orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals.”

One for the Recipe Box: Summer Skin Booster

4 red peppers
5 whole carrots (medium size)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup orange juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Himalayan sea salt to taste

“Roast the peppers at 375°F until the skin is charred. Remove from the oven, let cool, and peel. Take the carrots, mix with olive oil, and roast them at 350°F until they are soft. Remove from the oven, let cool, and cut them into big pieces. In a bowl, mash the carrots until they have a chunky texture and combine with the peppers and remaining ingredients. Add salt to taste and enjoy!”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

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