Cosmetic Kitchen: DIY Skincare Solutions
Let’s admit it. As a woman, there are certain problem areas that we battle over and over again, in a seemingly endless fight: cellulite, age spots, stretch marks, the works. But before you take any desperate measures, try out a few home-grown fixes you may not have known about. I spoke to Dr. Drew Ordon, co-host of CBS show “The Doctors,” about DIY solutions to your skincare problems.
“I’m a plastic surgeon so I believe in surgery and surgical procedure, but I always tell clients that you can prevent or even delay going under the knife with at home remedies,” says Dr. Ordon. “These recipes aren’t just good for your skin and beauty, but also your general health.” All of these recipes and more can be found in Dr. Ordon’s new book, Better in 7, a compilation of at-home skincare remedies that have been discussed on The Doctors.
Anti-Cellulite Seaweed Wrap
When it comes to all-natural skincare, Dr. Ordon believes that if something is good for you on the outside, it’s also going to be good for you on the inside. In the case of those dreaded cottage cheese bumps—seaweed powder. “The seaweed powder is a mild exfoliant, so it’s going to give you some abrasive action and will stimulate circulation," says Dr. Ordon. "It’s also packed full of antioxidants.”
Seaweed Wrap Step-by-Step
- Pour ½ cup of seaweed powder (found in health food stores or online) into a mixing bowl. Add a bit of water until the mixture forms a paste.
- Drizzle in ¼ cup of baby oil. Add four drops of lavender oil if desired. Mix well.
- Sit in the bathtub and gently massage the seaweed mixture into your skin. Work from your ankle to the tops and backs of your thighs.
- Wrap each leg with plastic wrap and lie still for 30 minutes.
- To finish, unwrap your legs and rinse off with warm water.
This DIY moisturizer is loaded with antioxidant rich avocadoes, full of fat soluble vitamins A, P, E and K. “This feels great when cooled in the fridge, especially in the summertime when you have dry skin or skin that’s been overexposed to the sun.” In addition to the abundance of vitamins, the fresh cream helps keep skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Honey in any DIY skincare product, serves as a natural moisturizer and bacteria fighter.
- Using a blender, mix together 3 tablespoons of fresh cream, 1/4 avocado, and a 1 tablespoon of honey, pureeing into a smooth cream. The texture should be similar to an extra creamy guacamole.
- Apply it to your skin and let it remain on for at least an hour.
- Rinse it off with warm water for naturally moisturized skin.
Cinnamon Hand Soak
I love the festive, holiday-esque scent to this hand soak that helps to remove dead skin cells while hydrating the hands. “The cinnamon, like seaweed, acts almost as microdermabrasion, exfoliating and stimulating circulation.”
Hand Soak Step-by-Step
- Mix together 2 cups of water, 1 cup of milk, 1½ tablespoons of olive oil, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a microwaveable bowl large enough to fit both of your hands.
- Place the bowl in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until it feels warm but not piping hot.
- Soak your hands in the mixture for about 10 minutes before rinsing your hands with lukewarm water and patting dry. You can apply your favorite hand moisturizer to top off the soak.
Dr Ordon accredits DIY skincare as benefitting both your body and your mind. “You know what you’re getting, it’s all natural, and there’s a sort of placebo effect as you’re putting it together," he says. "There’s something about preparing it that makes you feel good and sticks with you mentally.”
To hear more from Dr. Ordon, catch The Doctors on CBS or find his book Better in 7 on Amazon.