Skin care ideas from your kitchen

May 14, 2011 7:41:25 AM PDT
Do you wonder how celebrities get to look so radiant? They have a lot of help.

One skin care expert who has worked with celebrities is beauty expert Scott-Vincent Borba, founder and creator of BORBA. He has written the book "Skintervention," in which he explains how all of us can easily cook up our own skin care products with ingredients from our pantry.

Borba joined us in our ABC7 studio to walk us through a few recipes. He is also a spokesperson for Walgreens. He will be at area stores this weekend, so you can meet him and get a free skin consultation.


DIY Pore Opening Scrub
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tablespoon raw brown sugar

Mix together and rub onto face, leaving it anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. The sugar opens up pores, and the baking soda clears up skin imperfections and mattifies the skin.

Clarifying Chocolate Mask
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 cup instant oatmeal

  • Stir all ingredients until well-blended.
  • Apply the mixture to face with a clean flat brush, sponge or spoon, and let dry for 15 minutes.
  • Lightly scrub the mixture off with lukewarm water.
  • The oatmeal soaks up excess oils, and the honey refines pores while killing surface bacteria.
  • The chocolate polyphenols help with fine lines and wrinkles while soothing the senses.

Pretty 'N Pink Tightening Mask
1 Tablespoon Pepto-Bismol

Use straight from the bottle; it's a great clarifying mask. It contains salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells and work as an anti-aging, anti-blemish ingredient.

Oatmeal Skin Polishing Scrub
3/4 dry oatmeal
1/2 honey

Mix the oatmeal and honey until it's well blended. Rub the mix onto face or body for a few minutes and rinse off for glowing skin.

Vita-vegi Antiaging Mask
1 large avocado (anti-aging omegas)
1 vitamin E soft gel
Dash of cayenne pepper (thermal stimulation)
1 Tablespoon honey (antimicrobial)

  • In a bowl mash the avocado, the gel from the vitamin E and other ingredients.
  • Mix and apply a thick coat to face and neck and leave on 20-30 minutes.
  • Skin will be left, smooth and tight.

Firming yolk mask
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

  • Beat the egg (using the entire egg because of the omegas in the yolk), and add baking soda.
  • Brush mix onto face and let dry 8 minutes.
  • Egg yolks are high in skin-nourishing vitamins A, D and E as well as skin firming protein.
  • Baking soda tightens and kills bacteria.
  • Use twice weekly.

    Skin-ergize your pantry with easy, inexpensive DIY beauty treatments:
  • Take a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with raw brown or white sugar. Gently rub in small circulation motions onto skin. The sugar scrub will open up the pores and the baking soda works to help clear skin imperfections as well as mattify the skin.
  • Add a dash of corn starch into your daily SPF to make it feel less greasy and mattify the skin.
  • Soothe sensitive or sunburned skin by placing yogurt into a freezer bag. Freeze for 30 minutes and then puncture the bag with the back of a fork. Place on sensitized areas to reap the soothing benefits of the yogurt. You can also try a milk bath combined with two Alka-Seltzer tablets and cool water to soothe larger areas of the body. The Vitamin D and Lactic Acid work to cool and heal the skin.

Scott-Vincent Borba's appearances at Walgreens locations:

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 780 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Saturday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: 2501 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: 641 N. Clark St., Chicago
Sunday, May 15, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.: 1601 N. Wells St., Chicago

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