Lotions and potions

I grew up on the quick kitchen fix. We used sugar scrubs, honey facials and egg white face masques. When I was baby beauty addict surreptitiously reading all the super market tabs, there was not a movie star worth her salt who did not have homemade secrets to offer.  

Now it seems that all that has changed. Today’s stars don’t DYI, they have experts to mix the homely remedies. Narine Nikogosian is the skin guru to Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, and Alfre Woodard among others. Her book, Return to Beauty: Old World Wisdom and Recipes for Great Skin is packed with recipes for cleaners, scrubs and creams to suit all skin types and solve many common problems. Nigosian’s recipes are easy to mix up and don’t call for exotic ingredients. 
It’s interesting to note that Nikogosian trained in nursing with a concentration in dermatology in her native Armenia and Russia before coming to the U.S. I can tell you the women of the former Soviet Union know their stuff when it comes to skin care. I still dream of my weekly facials in Moscow; those ladies worked magic with their healing hands and homemade potions.
Will this book have you tossing out your bathroom cabinet’s contents for homemade goodies? Probably not. And remember don’t put anything on your skin that you are allergic to. That said, Nikogosian’s book is a trove of useful and fun advice that can save you money and improve your skin. This is a fabulous holiday gift for the young beauty addicts in your life.