Egg and honey for acne and sea veggies for anti aging might sound crazy to some people. But for Alexis Wolfer, they’re the road (or the grocery cart) to great skin. As founder of lifestyle website The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance, out April 22, Wolfer’s become a pro at creating beauty treatments from kitchen ingredients and advising her readers what foods to eat for specific beauty boosts. (Tip: Beets can help prevent acne.)
Still the DIY beauty maven starts the day like a lot of us. “My morning routine includes a big cup of coffee with almond milk and a great sweat session,” the Angeleno says, before hitting the shower and makeup bag.
“Then I use DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to cleanse my skin, shower, and slather coconut oil all over my body to lock in moisture. I rarely do more than let my hair air-dry and use a lash curler, mascara, SPF, and sometimes a bit of blush.”
Here are Wolfer’s natural beauty picks, both DIY and BIY (buy it yourself). —Jamie McKillop
1. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38) If I could only use one beauty product for the rest of my life, this would be a strong contender. It adds the perfect pop of shimmer to skin, while remaining subtle and sexy, and is really an all-in-one. I dab it on cheekbones to highlight, down the bridge of my nose to narrow, in the inner corner of my eyes to look instantly well-rested, and on the bow of my lip to plump.
2. Strawberry and Champagne Serum (In The Recipe for Radiance, $17, available for pre-order) Grape seed extract in champagne packs more vitamin C and E than most anti-aging toners on the market. Set aside an ounce to make a potent anti-aging toner with strawberries, which not only instantly brightens your complexion with fruit acids, but also contains antioxidant vitamin C. It’s good for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and preventing further aging.
3. DHC Virgin Olive Oil Swabs ($6) I don’t know anyone who’s tried these olive-oil saturated, individually wrapped swabs and not become totally obsessed. They brilliantly remove even the most stubborn of waterproof eye makeup, don’t leave any residue, and won’t irritate even the most sensitive of eyes. I literally keep them everywhere.
4. Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($9.50) It’s rich in lauric acid to gently break up dead skin cells as well as seriously hydrating fats, making coconut oil one of my favorite ways to add moisture to dry skin, hair, and nails. But what I like most about it is that it’s also antibacterial and antimicrobial too, so it’s especially great for acne-prone skin. I use it to remove makeup, moisturize my skin from head to toe, and I even shave with it.
5. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($5) The colors are beautiful, long-wearing, and sheer enough to work on any skin tone—although Sweet Violet is my favorite. And with ingredients you can feel good about, you can dab this just about everywhere, lips, cheeks, and eyelids.