Beauty Fresh from the Kitchen

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2003

Try these ingredients from the pantry in a different way: as refreshing beauty treatments. For example, cucumber juice is soothing to the skin, and olive oil makes a wonderful all-natural moisturizer. Before using any ingredient on your skin, test a small amount on the inside of your arm, and wait twenty-four hours, says New York City dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, M.D. If there's no reaction, it's safe to use on your body and face.

Cucumber
Place chilled cucumber slices over the eyes for several minutes to relieve puffiness caused by fluid retention.

Lemon
Soak fingertips in a shallow bowl of lemon juice for two minutes or so to help whiten stained or discolored nails.

Olive Oil
Massage a small amount of olive oil into dry areas, such as lips, elbows, and heels, to moisturize and soften skin.

Tea
Use a cold strong brew as an astringent unclog pores. Make a compress from weak brew to soothe a sunburn.

For Minty-Fresh Breath
Do snack on fruits and vegetables to stimulate salivary glands; a dry mouth fosters bad breath.


Don't eat meals with garlic or onions on the days before your wedding; their effects can last for quite a while.

Do brush or scrape your tongue to get rid of bacteria.

Don't miss regular dental visits; the dentist can identify bad-breath triggers.

Do consider having a teeth-whitening treatment a few days before your wedding; the peroxide kills bacteria.

Don't rely on mints or gums containing sugar; they attract bacteria that cause bad breath.

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