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.
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).