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Mediterranean Anti-Aging Skin Formula

Mediterranean Anti-Aging Skin Formula

This recipe was handed down by an old family friend from Italy, who reports that all the women in her family have lovely skin.

The surprising, easy formula is particularly good for lightening age spots, resurfacing and refining dry, flaky skin, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles (with continued use), and evening out skin tone.

Natural acids accelerate the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing fresher, younger skin. The formula only calls for two easy-to-obtain ingredients–and I just had to laugh when I saw one of them, I was so surprised! Here is the Mediterranean secret:

Lactic acid in yogurt and tartaric acid in chianti wine are the secrets that help Mediterranean women have beautiful skin!


1/2 cup chianti wine
1 cup fresh, thick, plain yogurt

1. Whip wine and yogurt together in a medium-sized bowl. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

2. Application can be a bit messy, so itís best to do this standing in the bathtub or shower stall. Rub the mixture gently on the face as well as on rough heels, elbows, and hands. Rest for 5-15 minutes and then rinse off with water that has a splash of chianti added to it. Pat dry. Traditionally, Italian women follow this treatment with a small amount of olive oil rubbed into the skin as a moisturizer.

Makes 1 full body treatment or several smaller spot treatments.

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

Adapted from Naturally Healthy Skin, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Stephanie Tourles. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Naturally Healthy Skin, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999).

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4:32AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks for posting.

3:24AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thank you

4:52PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Thank you Annie.

2:07PM PDT on May 21, 2011

This is more like it...everything on the shelves is expensive and full of questionable ingredients. Bless you Annie Bond!

12:25PM PDT on May 21, 2011

great idea.

10:19PM PDT on May 20, 2011

Cheers :)

6:25PM PDT on May 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:17PM PST on Jan 26, 2011

great idea.

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