This week the amazing Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. There is certainly no shortage of beauty sites that deal with skin care and make-up, but Prime Beauty stands out for its style and accuracy. I especially love the way that Prime Beauty filters all the advice thru the unique needs of over 40 skin. Her recent post on smoky eye for our tribe is a classic. I shared it on Facebook and downloaded a copy and used it to make-up for my evening out. If you care about beauty, subscribe to Prime Beauty to get every post.
This book combines two of my favorite subjects- vintage and DIY skin care. This wonderful book culls recipes, tips and “secrets” from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Covering recipes from 1920’s to 1970’s. it offers a treasure trove of easy to do yet effective beauty potions. From simple skin scrubs with baking soda to homemade cold cream, Vintage Beauty is packed with more than 200 make at home beauty recipes. Better still most of these recipes use ingredients that are easily available from your kitchen, drugstore and health food store. Beautiful skin and hair were considered essential in Old Hollywood and these DIY treatments were aimed at dealing with acne, dark spots, wrinkles and dry skin. They are actually based on good science and work better for me than preservative and fragrance packed commercial products.
The book includes a wonderful glossary of terms and ingredients that explains in just a few words where they originate and what they do. For example alum is a mineral that is antibacterial that soothes the skin as it shrinks pores while castor oil reduces redness. I was impressed to learn that flaxseed oil is helpful for both eczema and psoriasis while epsom salts reduce inflammation. Vintage Beauty is a keeper!