To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Spa Treatment of the Month: Living Ingredients,” by Saul Alkaitis, Ph.D., in the March 2011 issue. Article summary: The use of fruits, vegetables and plants as an integral component of human cleansing and healing rituals predates our recorded history, as does their use for cosmetic purposes.

by Saul Alkaitis, Ph.D.

Yogurt Cleanser

  • 2 ounces yogurt or kefir
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • Flesh of one-half avocado
  • 1 to 2 ounces peeled and sliced green apple
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive or jojoba oil

Blend. Massage into face. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

Vegetable Toner
Juice equal amounts of cucumber, tomato, lemon, green lettuce leaf. Apply regularly to rejuvenate the skin.

Fruit Toner
Juice equal amounts of strawberries, apples, oranges and cherries. Apply regularly for a soft and radiant skin.

Vegetable Honey Cleanser
Combine 1 ounce raw honey, two pints spring water, juice from 4 ounces each of cucumber, carrot and potato. Use regularly as a cleanser for soft and velvety skin.

Saul Alkaitis, Ph.D., is a research scientist with a degree in physical chemistry. He has long had an abiding interest in therapies from nature and over the past 20 years, he has focused on the therapeutic properties of living organisms, plants in particular. He has applied this knowledge to create a skin-care line, Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food (