We've all heard the saying that beauty comes from within. But did you ever stop to think that maybe what we put in and on our bodies is just as important?
I received a complimentary copy of Return to Beauty: Old World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin by Narine Nikogosian. She believes that we should not only eat fresh, whole foods, we should use them in our beauty regimens. The author hails from a long line of women passionate about skin care.
"During World War II, each Russian citizen was given a daily ration of one piece of bread and a pat of butter," said Nikogosian. "That was all people had to eat for an entire day. My grandmother ate the bread but spread the butter on her face as a moisturizer."
In this book, Nikogosian brings some of that old-world wisdom to life with recipes for all-natural beauty products made from items that are probably in your pantry or refrigerator.
The book is broken down into three sections: seasons, sun signs and simple solutions. You can search for homemade creams and moisturizers, cleansers, toners and rejuvenating facial mask recipes by your skin type and season.
For my own normal-to-oily winter skin, I can't wait to try the Harvest Cleanser, made with milk and fresh or canned pumpkin - which contains antioxidants that fight free-radicals believed to speed up the skin's aging process.
Whether you are happy or dissatisfied with your appearance, Nikogosian suggests taking good care of your skin by feeding it plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and keeping it clean and neat.
Finally, she says, the key to real beauty is looking in the mirror each morning and saying a simple mantra "I am so beautiful."
To spread the natural-beauty love, I'm giving a copy of Return to Beauty to one lucky reader.
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what makes you beautiful. Is it your inner kindness or your bright white smile? Perfect manicure or glowing sense of humor?
To earn additional entries, you can post a link to this entry on Twitter or write about it on your blog. If you choose to do that, please leave a comment here so I'll know to look for it. Contest will close at midnight on February 1, 2010. (Shipping to US & Canada only)
Available for purchase at my Amazon store for a hardcover price of only $16.50.