Supermarket products can moisturize your skin

January 14, 2009 10:19:29 AM PST
Winter weather can be tough on skin. But make-up artist Carie Brescia, whom we met at the Katye K boutique in Haverford, Pa., says you don't have to spend big bucks on fancy creams.

Brescia says it's easy to moisturize with products from the food and pharmacy aisles of the grocery store.

She says you can make a great facial moisturizer by mixing a half-cup of oatmeal with two egg whites. She says to apply to mixture to your face, leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off.

The mixture works to both moisturize and exfoliate dry skin. As an added tip, Brescia says you can grind the uncooked oatmeal into a powder in your food processor and sprinkle some in your bath to moisturize as well.

Brescia also suggests keeping honey in the shower. Put a half-dollar sized amount into your hand, spread it on your wet face, leave it on for about 30 seconds and then rinse. She says she has a client in her 50s who does this every day and looks as if she's in her 30s.

Brescia also suggests using baby oil, petroleum jelly or glycerine on your skin after bathing to trap moisture on the skin's surface.

She says petroleum jelly or Vaseline can be used just about anywhere on the skin, including cuticles, to moisturize. As for using commercial moisturizers, Brescia has some tips to get the most out of what you buy.

She says using a gradual self-tanning moisturizer every other night will help you wake up with a healthy glow and avoid a pasty winter look.

She says adding glycerine to moisturizers that contain alcohol will make them work better.

And she like Burt's Bees nighttime moisturizer as both an eye cream and face cream. This is the most expensive product she recommends (about $12 for a small jar), but she says a little goes a long way and a small jar will last for months.

Carie Brescia's website
Katye K Boutique's website

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