August 20 2014

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A Celebrity Facialist’s Secret Soak for Sensitive Skin



This 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: Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare

“The best skincare tip I can recommend is a soothing bath. My mother-in-law taught me this recipe, and it’s a traditional remedy from Nicaragua, where my husband is from. I learned to make it when my son had eczema as a baby. I love being able to pass this tradition to my kids—and these old-school cures are a lost art! To this day, it is my family secret for healing dry, sensitive skin.”

One for the Recipe Box: Miracle Skin Soak

1 cup chamomile tea leaves
1 cup freshly chopped rosemary leaves

“Boil a large pot of water and add in the chamomile tea leaves and rosemary. Cook these for 15 minutes, strain, and pour this water into a lukewarm bath. After checking the temperature, sit in the water for 20 minutes, then towel off and apply coconut oil (it contains fatty acids that are awesome for helping to maintain skin’s lipid layer). Not only will you feel relaxed from your day, this potion will soothe your skin like nothing else. Dry patches and redness will disappear overnight.”

A Recipe For Gorgeous, Glowy Skin


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 /

An Instant Pick-Me-Up for Parched Summer Skin


glamglow-powermud-dualcleanse-treatmentVELVET PLANT (vel-vit plant) /n. / 1. A biennial flowering herb native to Europe and the Mediterranean, Verbascum thapsus (commonly referred to as mullein, and nicknamed velvet plant, lady’s foxglove, and donkey’s ears) was introduced to North America in the 1700s. /2. / With the potential to reach heights of 10 feet, the sturdy stalk was dipped into animal fat and used as a torch by ancient Romans and during the California Gold Rush. The soft, feltlike leaves have also earned it the sobriquet of “cowboy toilet paper” in the Western U.S. /3. / This botanical is rich in amino acids that replenish and build the skin’s lipid layer to defend against external irritants. Some native tribes apply a powder of the root to soothe rashes, sores, and skin irritations. /4. / Because of velvet plant’s innate emollient properties, traditional medicine practitioners used the dried flowers in teas or syrups to alleviate a sore throat or bronchitis—e.g., “Nix a bothersome cough or soothe an irritated complexion with velvet plant.”

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A Hungarian Recipe for Radiant Skin


body-skinThis 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: Margaret de Heinrich, cofounder of Omorovicza

“When I cannot be at the Budapest thermal baths, I love using bath salts at home. This is an old Hungarian recipe our fabulous facialist, Adrienne Harsanyi, created for me. I usually purchase my essential oils in Budapest or at Eden Botanicals in the U.S. The sweet almond oil has a range of benefits, but it’s fantastic at removing impurities and dead cells to leave you looking fresher and more radiant. Orange peel is very healing for damaged skin, while the orange blossom oil slows down the aging process and strengthens sensitive skin. The aroma is also calming—we actually add orange blossom to the steam during all of our facials. I love making this recipe with my daughters, Gabrielle and Octavia, and if you package the salts in a chic box, I find this makes a great gift, too.”

One for the Recipe Box: Skin-Smoothing Bath Salts

1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup powdered dried orange peel
A few drops of orange blossom oil
Approximately 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil

“Pour the salt into a big bowl and add the dried orange peel, using a large spoon to mix everything together. As you stir, drizzle in a few drops of the orange blossom oil until it uniformly coats all the salt granules. Next, add your sweet almond oil and mix well to combine the ingredients again. Done!”

Designer Blotting Papers (Almost) Too Pretty to Use



The brilliant design of blotting papers is indisputable: One quick pat can instantly eliminate excess oil and debris without destroying your makeup in the process. And come summer, you will undoubtedly perform this feat multiple times a day. Housed in a mini wallet of sorts, Paul & Joe Beauté’s newest packet of blotting papers is decorated with a ridiculously charming print designed by Paul & Joe founder Sophie Albou. The series of dancing mollusks first debuted in the Parisian fashion house’s summer collection, where a single seashell was blown up in a large-scale format and then printed on its St. Jacque and Bluesky slouchy tees. Personally, we prefer this pattern on a more petite canvas—especially one that slips easily into a clutch.