Articles By Marina Valmy

With the holidays behind us and the festivities finished, winter, with its dark and dreary days, seems to drag on and on….Before spring breaks through the blanket of snow, our senses will be awakened with the “Chocolate Frenzy” known as…Valentine’s Day!! At this time of the year, your skin is suffering from the cold dry air, the overindulgence of food and drink during the holidays and the lack of Vitamin D from being out in the sunshine. We are tired, and our skin is tired!

Chocolate chunks

Who doesn't love chocolate?

At Christine Valmy, we have some quick recipes that will perk up your skin and make you look good and feel better! As a rule, before using a mask, I recommend an exfoliating treatment—this way your skin will be ready to absorb ingredients and the results will be better. A good exfoliation recipe is to use sour cream mixed with corn meal. Next, follow with my favorite Chocolate Mask that is great for the skin! Not only does it help nourish and hydrate, but it is loaded with antioxidants to really make the skin look and feel great! This mask can be used all over the body and it becomes a yummy Valentine’s treat!

This homemade chocolate facial mask is specially-formulated for dry, dehydrated skin.

1 tbsp. of cacao powder
1 tbsp. of sour cream
½ tsp. of honey
¼ banana
1 tsp. of olive oil

Cut the banana in slices. Put banana slices, cacao powder and sour cream in the mixer. Mix. Add honey and olive oil. Stir to obtain a homogenized mixture. Apply on the entire face, except eyes, with brush. Leave for 20 minutes and remove with cotton pads and water.

With the cold weather, the skin is dehydrated in surface and needs deep hydration. The cacao powder will increases the blood circulation by acting as a vasoconstrictor. Lactic acid from sour cream increases the product penetration for maximum results, while honey, banana & olive oil soothe and calm skin. So enjoy, indulge and have a great Valentine’s Day!!

Note: Caution with all natural ingredient masks; do not use if you are allergic to the specific foods noted.


Artichokes, the secret to healthy skin

It is December already! Christmas is all around us with its lovely songs and excitement. The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy your family and friends, while thinking about your New Year’s resolutions...

During this holiday season, we are all very happy to host our family reunions, but everyone is very busy. Our schedules are tight and we are running around, searching for "that perfect gift." All the stores are crowded, full of people, and the weather is getting really cold. At the end of the year, we are all just drained—and it shows in our tired skin.

The outside air is harsh on our skin, and in contrast, the over-heated stores make our skin dehydrated and irritated. To repair and hydrate the skin, nothing is better than a good skin care regimen./p>

In the morning, we need to prepare our skin to face the external environment. During the day, it is important to reduce the water loss from your skin that is responsible for skin dehydration. The best recommendation is to hydrate the skin with a good moisturizer that you can apply atop of grape seed oil drops if your skin is very dry. This special oil deeply nourishes the skin—improving texture and appearance.

At night, the skin needs to be repaired and deeply hydrated, as well. A perfect mask to nourish dehydrated skin is our “At-home Artichoke Mask Recipe.” This mask is an excellent solution to moisturize and nourish. It contains a combination of nutrients from the artichoke and oatmeal that fights against free radical damage. It is also rich in lactic acid (from sour cream) that deeply hydrates and increases the penetration of nutrients for maximum results.

Let's make the mask!

  • 2 artichokes (from a jar of artichokes packed in olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp. of oatmeal flour
  • 1 tsp. of sour cream

  1. Sprinkle oatmeal on the artichoke and the sour cream.
  2. Mix to obtain a homogenized mixture.
  3. Apply mask on the entire face and leave it on for 20 minutes before removing it with cotton pads and water. Your skin will feel revitalized, moisturized and deeply hydrated!
  4. Then, apply your night cream. Skin will be soft and velvety, and best of all, you can share this recipe with all your friends and family!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and best wishes for a prosperous NEW YEAR!

The mere mention of winter can conjure up thoughts of the holidays and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the smell of wood smoke and pine, bright sunshine on a clean white blanket of newly fallen snow, festive decorations, brightly wrapped gifts, cookies and eggnog, or perhaps a long-awaited getaway to an island in the sun.

The winter season may be all of these to some people, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. . . so many of us go through it in a daze! During the holidays, we don't eat well or we eat too much, we spend our free time shopping for and wrapping gifts, we stay up late attending celebrations, or catching up, and every moment is needed for chores, added duties and preparation. We hardly have time to think of ourselves.


Sooner or later, reality hits and the stress of the holidays sets in, especially for those who live in the northern areas and have to deal with colder weather. Because of exposure, skin of the face suffers the most during cold weather. Intense dry conditions dehydrate it, and excessive indoor heat contrasted by outdoor cold exacerbates the problem. In the winter, even oily skin becomes drier. Dehydration affects the youthfulness, elasticity and health of the skin. The slow rate of diffusion (the natural process of skin that makes a small amount of water work its way up through the layers of the skin to the surface) combined with the fact that there is very little humidity in the environment during winter causes another problem—a fast rate of evaporation. To make matters worse, this excessive dryness causes dead cells to cling to the surface and inhibits the natural exfoliation process.

Therefore, a standard routine of cleansing and hydration is not sufficient for winter, and extra exfoliation is necessary during this time. Every type of skin needs a specialized home care program to get through the winter and holidays.

Add to all this the hectic schedules and added responsibilities of the holiday season, and the best way to prepare, repair and boost your skin is with simple at-home skin care recipes.

Let me share with you two recipes for a wonderful at-home treatment with professional results that will not take too much of your precious time. Those recipes are prepared with ingredients from your kitchen that will save you time and money while offering your skin a natural, professional treatment.

First, I will recommend you to prepare your skin with a great exfoliation based on eggplant. This exfoliation is perfect for all dehydrated skin.

  • ½ eggplant
  • 3 tsp. of sea salt
  • A few drops of olive oil

  1. Cut the eggplant in two. Place the eggplant in the salt for 10 minutes and pour a few drops of olive oil for a softer effect on the skin.
  2. The eggplant exfoliation helps to remove dead cells and prepares skin for the penetrating mask. Your skin will be soft and velvety.
  3. After exfoliation, you can apply this amazing winter anti-oxidant mask to boost the immunity of your skin:

    • 1 ½ tbsp. pomegranate juice (or mash, if you have the fruit)
    • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
    • 1 tsp. fresh orange juice
    • ½ tbsp. oatmeal
    • A few grains of turmeric
    • ½ tsp. olive oil

  4. Mix all those ingredients and apply on skin for 20 minutes. Your skin will be deeply nourished and hydrated.

Share these recipes with your friends and family, and enjoy the holidays!

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