Babushka's Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You

Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos, Grand Central/Wellness Central, $15.99 paper (186p) ISBN 9780446555869
In the Ukraine, Ruder's grandmother passed down to her secrets for making facials out of fruit, milk, herbs, and tea. Now, as the owner of an upscale spa in Los Angeles, Ruder continues the tradition. The sought-after esthetician, in collaboration with journalist Susan Campos, brings her inventive concoctions and skin saving souffl├ęs to women of all ages. Using preservative free, restorative ingredients from her "secret pantry" of eggs, honey, olive oil, strawberries, and even vodka, she shares hundreds of quick, easy recipes and beauty tips. Chopped grapes and a dash of wine make an antioxidant rich facial toner, and whipped cream and oats combine for a rejuvenating mask. In a chapter dedicated to what Ruder calls "the ultimate symbol of not just sensuality, but sexuality," she suggests pineapple, rich in the enzyme bromelain and vitamin C, to soften lips and boost the production of collagen. And in another, potatoes, cucumbers, and even cabbage are mixed into balms that reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and bags under tired eyes. Forget expensive spa treatments or department store beauty products, Ruder has your hair, skin, hands, feet, and every other part of you covered. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/19/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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