What's the new superstar ingredient in your beauty products? It may be spinach. The antioxidant-packed green and a host of other fruit and veggie extracts (cherries! cucumbers! carrots!) are this spring's It ingredients, increasingly replacing synthetic additives. No surprise, considering that 79 percent of shoppers are seeking out natural products, according to NPD, a market research group. In addition, many women are creating their own beauty goodies in the kitchen. "Patients constantly tell me about recipes they make in lieu of buying products," says Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey. It's great for cutting back on chemicals and costs. Just steer clear of foods you're allergic to, which "could trigger the same symptoms as eating them," says Dr. Downie. Try these concoctions, products, and tips to get pretty -- pure and simple.
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