Kid's Secret For Beautiful Skin
Young children have
great skin. Smooth. Clear. No black heads, blemishes or
wrinkles. Meanwhile, their mothers and grandmothers fork
over mountains of money for moisturizers, cleansers, mud
masks – anything to restore the glow of youth. But do
they work? No.
Fortunately, I have discovered
children's secret for beautiful skin. And it's not Oil
of Olay. It's peanut butter. That's right. Peanut
Feed a two-year-old a peanut butter
sandwich, and chances are she'll get more on her face
than in her stomach. How many two-year-olds do you know
with acne? And what about wrinkles? Know any
four-year-olds with crow's feet? Me neither.
Children's great skin has nothing to
do with age. It's the peanut butter. According to my
calculations, a typical child consumes an average of one
peanut butter sandwich per day. (My son used to ask for
them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) Considering that
even a six-year-old still gets peanut butter on his face
when eating a PB&J sandwich, that's roughly four years
of daily peanut butter skin treatment! <continued
What happens when children stop
getting peanut butter on their faces? After five to six
years without peanut butter, their faces break out.
Health teachers told us it was puberty, but they lied.
It's actually the result of peanut butter deprivation.
When was the last time you smeared peanut butter on your
face? And do you have wrinkles? Black heads? Pimples? I
rest my case.
Make up for lost time -- follow the
beauty routines described below and recapture the skin
of your youth.
"Natural" creamy peanut butter is ideal for this beauty
routine as it must be kept in the refrigerator once it's
been opened. Dampen face and throat with water and
gently apply a teaspoon of "natural" peanut butter with
fingertips using an upward, outward motion. Enjoy a good
night's rest and awake to younger looking skin.
Apply a peanut butter mask once a week to draw out
impurities. After your usual cleansing routine, take a
large spoonful of creamy peanut butter (I like Jif) and
apply liberally over entire face. Avoid eye areas. Allow
the mask to dry while going about daily tasks. When skin
feels tight or the mask begins to crack, remove by
rubbing off with fingertips in a slow, circular motion.
Rinse face with warm water and towel dry.
Use chunky peanut butter to buff skin and whisk away
dead skin cells. Apply chunky peanut butter directly to
wet skin. Rub gently in a circular motion with a wet
washcloth or hands. Rinse thoroughly. Exfoliate twice a
week to reveal brighter, smoother skin.
The cosmetic applications for peanut
butter are limited only by your imagination. Try using
it as a delicious base coat for lipstick. Next time you
want to soften your cuticles for a manicure, soak them
in peanut butter. Instead of using concealer, cover your
next zit with a dab of peanut butter. The possibilities
Christie A. Hansen is a wife and mother of three young
children. Feeling that parents wanted to hear from
someone besides parenting "experts", in October of 1997
she began writing her self-syndicated column, "From the
Trenches." Christie's weekly columns give readers a
chance to laugh and reflect on ways to enjoy the
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