Talk Takeaway: Beauty with Louisa Graves

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 10:45pm

Fall is a great time of year but cool weather, wind and home heating can stir up all kinds of beauty challenges.  Beauty Expert and author of "Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue" Louisa Graves shows us how we can use this season's bounty of foods – from pumpkins, squash, nuts and potatoes to combat these problems while looking fabulous from head to toe. For additional beauty tips and information on Louisa Graves click here

Pumpkin Peeler

This Pumpkin Peeler is perfect for all skin types. To make this peel, combine canned pumpkin, honey and cream in a glass bowl and stir to a paste. Apply thisonto your clean skin for 20 minutes. Then rinse the mask off with tepid water. Pumpkin is a fruit, rich in carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and skin healing enzymes that gently exfoliates skin, unclogs pores and clears blemishes. It will also help to brighten and heal your skin. Honey hydrates and is antibacterial, while cream also helps to exfoliate.


3 tbsp. plain canned pumpkin

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. cream

Walnut & Corn Meal Scrubber

This Walnut & Corn Meal Scrubber is great for your dry knees and elbows. To make this scrubber, combine finely ground walnuts, corn meal, yogurt and olive oil to make a paste. Then scrub your knees and elbows in a circular motion and rinse with warm water. Ground walnuts work to hydrate your skin and act as an exfoliator. Cornmeal adds additional exfoliating power. The lactic acid in yogurt brightens and loosens flaky, dry skin.


3 tbsp. finely grounds walnuts

2 tbsp. corn meal

2 tbsp. yogurt

1 tbsp. olive oil

Butternut Squash Heel Soother

This Butternut Squash Heel Soother helps soften your cracked heals. To make this soother, combine butternut squash, full fat milk, safflower or vegetable oil in a large glass bowl. Then transfer the mixture into a large plastic pail large enough to accommodate both feet. Submerge your clean feet into the mixture for 30 minutes. Then rinse off with tepid water and put socks and slippers on. Butternut squash contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for healthy, beautiful skin. It's rich in beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E.

You can prevent cracked heels by never walking around the house barefoot. To do so causes the fat pads of the heels to flatten, spread and crack when they hit the flat surface of the floor. And never use a callus blade. They cause thick heel skin to build up even faster on your feet. Simply keep feet moisturized and always wear socks or slippers to cushion heels.


1 large cooked, mashed butternut squash

3 cups of full fat milk

2 cups of safflower or any vegetable oil

Carrot Hand Healer

This Carrot Hand Healer helps your cracked fingertips and moisturizes your hands. To make it, combine cooked and mashed carrots, olive oil, sour cream and chopped parsley in a glass bowl and stir. Divide the mixture into zip-lock storage bags (big enough to fit each hand) and place your hands into each bag for 30 minutes. Then rinse off with tepid water. Save the filled bags and repeat the treatment three nights in a row. Then discard. Carrots help hydrate and nourish dry, chapped hands. They're rich in carotene, copper and vitamins C & E.


2 medium sized carrots cooked and mashed

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. sour cream

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 medium glass bowl

2 medium sized zip lock storage bags (for each hand) 

Potato Dark Circle Eliminator

Raw potato contains enzymes that help lighten dark under eye circles and the starch helps firm delicate eye skin to reduce puffiness. While reclined, apply freshly grated potato under each eye. Pat the potatoes gently to release the enzyme-rich juices. Keep your eyes closed for 20 minutes. Take this time to meditate, pray or de-stress. Then remove the potato and rinse


½ a raw, freshly grated peeled white potato

Sweet Potato Hair Conditioner

This Sweet Potato Hair Conditioner hydrates and prevents fly-away hair. To make it, combine cooked and mashed sweet potato, honey and plain yogurt in a glass bowl and apply it to your hair. Put on a plastic shower cap and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with tepid water. Sweet potatoes are rich in hydrating omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E. The honey works as an antibacterial while the yogurt helps to remove product build-up.


½ large sweet potato (cooked and mashed)

3 tbsp. honey

¼ cup plain yogurt 

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