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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: February 19, 2013

Winter skin care help from the kitchen

I’ve been very careful about what I put on my skin in my “old age”. While I’m always on the hunt for a locally made or organic beauty line, I find that some of the best skin savers for dull winter skin are items I have in my kitchen. Here’s a few hints that I SWEAR BY!

Coconut Oil
Not only should you be making popcorn with it (SO GOOD) but I rub it directly onto my lips when they’re cracked. It has been a huge help in keeping me kissable. I also like using a little bit to tame fly aways once I remove my winter hat. You’ll only want to use a tiny amount (think pea sized) and apply it to your ends.

Olive Oil
Two parts olive oil and one part coarse sea salt makes for a great exfoliator. It removes any rough patches from your elbows, knees or feet. Some people swear by it for their face too, but I’d avoid this if you have naturally oily skin.

Honey
Honey is the hands down best way to remove blackheads. Make sure your skin is dry and rub honey onto your fingertips and then onto your pores for a good several minutes. I use a circular motion but also use a brisk patting motion. The honey will extract the blackheads from your pores. It works like a charm! Once you’ve done it for a few minutes, simply rinse your face with water. Honey has natural antibacterial properties so it’s a great cure for acne.

I also love a honey and oatmeal mask. Take 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup water and about 2 tablespoons of honey into a blender. Blend until mixed (not liquidy) and apply to your face for ten minutes. It’s a great all-natural mask to try year-round.

Do you have any pantry problem solvers you want to share? Do tell!

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