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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Rejuvenate with a mini home facial

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Make muffins ... or, exfoliate! Cornmeal and oats mixed with just enough water make a paste that's great for sloughing skin.

SACHI NAKAMURA | The Honolulu Advertiser

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For more skin care advice or questions, or to purchase Sothys Paris products, contact Snyder at tarablanca@webtv.net or visit her Web site, www.susansnyder.biz.

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Blend papaya with plain yogurt for a firming-mask smoothie.

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Mix finely grated orange rind with a bit of olive oil for a natural cleanser.

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Susan Snyder

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Auwe! You've happily consumed the pumpkin pie, chocolate truffles and Christmas cookies. You've toasted the holidays with eggnog, wine and champagne. You're stressed and sleep deprived, and your skin is revealing all those holiday indiscretions.

Yet you want your complexion to look healthy and glowing for that fabulous New Year's Eve date. What to do?

One solution is a professional facial to thoroughly cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin. However, if you are unable to make an appointment (or to afford one after buying all those Christmas gifts), there is an alternative: the mini home facial.

We asked professional aesthetician Susan Snyder of Kailua, owner of Susan Snyder Facials and Massage Therapy in Kaka'ako, what she recommends for stressed-out skin.

These ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboard or nearest health food store.

"We know the importance of eating healthy foods that are rich in anti-oxidants to create a beautiful complexion. These same foods, when applied to the skin, can nourish, hydrate and soften our skin. The aromatherapy of flowers and herbs can help us deeply relax and rejuvenate us," Snyder said. Here's her home "foodie" facial:

1. Citrus Cleanse: Combine two tablespoons of olive oil with the finely grated skin of an orange. Gently massage into skin. Remove with warm washcloths. (Super-soft baby washcloths are ideal.)

2. Herbal steam: Place four chamomile tea bags in a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Steep three to four minutes. Place a towel over your head to create a tent, holding your face about 18 inches above the water. Steam for five minutes.

3. Exfoliation: Mix two tablespoons each of fine cornmeal and oats (the soft, quick-cooking variety, not harsh steel-cut) with just enough water to make a paste. Lightly massage into the skin with circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

4. Firming mask: Combine 1/4 papaya with 1/4-cup plain yogurt and mix in a blender. Apply to face and relax completely for 10 minutes. Remove gently with warm water and a soft wash cloth.

5. Toner: Use rosewater or neroli (orange-blossom water) on cotton or in a spray bottle to tone the skin.

6. Moisturize: Apply a few drops of your favorite moisturizer. To achieve a radiant glow, Snyder prefers Sothys Oxyliance Radiance Serum and Fluid. For those on a strict budget, a few drops of sweet almond oil from the health food store can also moisturize.

Snyder uses, and recommends, Sothys Paris skin care products for use at home. It's a professional spa line of products based on plants, flowers, essential oils, vitamins and aromatherapy. Sothys Normalizing Beauty Milk is a favorite of Uma Thurman.

Reach Paula Rath at paularath@aol.com.