Expert Tips

Margaret’s elegant Eastern European grandmother, one of the many beautiful women in her family, was the primary influence in Margaret’s career choice. Margaret learned many Old World beauty secrets from her dearly loved grandmother–tips and recipes that Margaret is now generously sharing with her clients, to enhance your beauty and wellness routines at home. Some may be familiar, others will be a surprise—but they’ll all work wonders.

Hello bright eyes: look fresher, younger, rested

Do you constantly look tired, and older than you really are? Do your eyes look puffy or have dark circles?  Do you see signs of crow’s feet?  There are several simple, natural at-home remedies to deal with these issues.

Green Tea Bags:  To reduce puffy eyes and shrink blood vessels, put two tea bags in cold water and apply to the eye areas. Lie back and let the tea work its magic!

Cucumbers:  Fresh, cool cucumbers also reduce puffiness. Cut two 1/2 inch thick slices of cold cucumber and apply one on each eye for at least 5 minutes. 

Let go of your baggage: treating bags and dark circles under the eyes

Light Cream (22 minutes)

Ingredients:

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. sour cream

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Gently apply under the eyes and let the mixture absorb for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

Crow’s Feet: nothing to smile about

Grapes (25 minutes)

Ingredients:

20 green seedless grapes

Directions: Place grapes in a mixer for a minute. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Grape juice makes a surprisingly effective wrinkle treatment.

Eyelashes: long and lush is a must

Castor Oil (2minutes)

Ingredients:

1 tsp. Castor oil

Directions: To help eyelashes grow, dip a cotton swab in castor oil and apply it to lashes right before you go to sleep. Place it on your upper and lower lash line and then across all the lashes. In just a few months, your lashes will be transformed. 

Lips: kiss off dryness

Are your lips feeling dry, dull and lifeless? Treat yourself to soft, moist, luscious lips with this simply delicious recipe.

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. honey

2 tsp. sugar

1Ž2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl and apply on lips. Scrub lightly to remove dry flakes, reapply, then leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. With these four household items, you can exfoliate and moisturize your lips to make them look their best. 

Hands & Feet: extreme luxury for your extremities 

Hands 

Hands have it rough. The hardest working part of your body, they’re constantly exposed to the sun, as well as cold, dry weather. They can really show dryness, damage—and age. Here are some simple tips and tricks to soothe and smooth your hands.

·         Always moisturize hands after washing 

·         Wear gloves in cold weather 

·         Use sunscreen on your hands

·         Apply night cream before bed

Soft Hands (20 minutes)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey 

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 cup almond oil 

1 cup oatmeal

Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix in a blender or food processor for about 2 minutes. Gently rub onto your hands and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water. Enjoy your silky, younger-looking hands.

Feet

Feet really take a beating, especially if you walk a lot or wear high heels. Are your feet sore and tired? Do you see calluses and bumps? Are there patches of dead, dry skin that you simply can’t get rid of? Pamper your feet with these amazing treats.

·         Soak your feet in carbonated water

·         Soak feet in Epsom salt 

Strawberry Scrub ( 15 minutes) 

Ingredients:

9 strawberries 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 teaspoon salt

Directions: Mix ingredients in a blender for 2 minutes. Massage onto feet for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry. This will exfoliate and moisturize your feet to make them feel brand new!

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