In the Mirror

DIY Facials

By Charlotte on October 31, 2011 6:21 AM

Fresh cranberries, pumpkin and heavy creams often star in our holiday menus. But beauty expert and Bonding over Beauty author Erika Katz says this delicious threesome can also work wonders for your skin. She recommends these easy, do-it-yourself facials for a youthful, glowing complextion:


Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask


Rich in vitamins A and C, cranberries offer antioxidants to aid collagen production. This youth-inspiring facial combines them with grapes to achieve gentle exfoliation and grapefruit juice for toning. 

Vaccinium oxycoccus (Cranberries)

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You'll need:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Mix ingredients until they become paste-like. Cover and refriger
ate 45 minutes to thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit about 10 minutes.


Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes; then rinse off with warm water.



Pumpkin Face Mask

Pumpkin 117.jpgPumpkin is packed with skin-soothing vitamin A, which works to repair tissue and reduce lines and wrinkles. The cream moisturizes and relieves flakiness while the honey helps skin retain moisture. Together, they make a rejuvenating mask sure to help your face glow.


You'll need:

  • 2 teaspoons canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon heavy whipping cream 

Mix all ingredients and apply to the face. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

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Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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