Pssst hey beauty queen, your pantry is a goldmine for beauty from the inside and out! In her absolutely fabulous cookbook, Pretty Delicious, Candice Kumai shows you that there’s so much more to beauty than makeup counters and beauty products you see on TV! Save some serious cash, time and overall satisfaction. YOU CAN have it all! Get your lactic acid fix and moisture from yogurt and you can get your soothing, nourishing fix from avocados and oatmeal. Now isn’t that a braniac concept?
Here are a few secret recipes from her book. Go ahead indulge guilt-free!
Cinnie-Orange Face Scrub: Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Gently smooth the mixture onto your face (avoiding the eye area); you might feel a mild tingling sensation, which is totally normal—if it’s at all uncomfortable, rinse immediately. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.
Yogurt-Honey Mask: Whisk 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with 1 teaspoon honey in a small bowl. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes before gently removing with a warm washcloth.
Major Moisture Mask: Mash 1/4 of a ripe avocado in a bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon plain yogurt. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes before gently removing with a warm washcloth.
Cinnamon-Ginger Body Scrub: Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon freshly grated gingerroot in a small bowl. Apply to your skin in circular motions in the shower and rinse.
About Candice Kumai
After viewers fell in love with her on Season One of Bravo’s “Top Chef”, Candice Kumai became the host of Lifetime’s hit series “Cook Yourself Thin” and helped create the show’s NY Times #1 best-selling companion cookbook.
With a culinary education from Le Cordon Bleu in California, she has cooked on the line at LA and Orange County restaurants including the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the TODAY Show, The Nate Berkus Show and CBS’ Early Show.
A former model, Candice is no stranger to great style and fashion. She’s dedicated to making healthy, waist-conscious food that is as delicious as it is visually appealing.
Look out for her as a guest judge on the highly-acclaimed “Iron Chef America”
and a new Food Network series “Extreme Chef” in summer/fall 2011. Candice, formerly a chef contributor on Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats”, cooking maven on TLC’s “Home Made Simple”, and host of Lifetime’s “Cook yourself Thin”, is now also a regular contributor for healthy lifestyle publications such as Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine and Prevention. Candice’s first solo cookbook, Pretty Delicious (Rodale, February 2011) has been met with rave reviews.
Candice divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City in pursuit of her great love- amazing food.