By Mary N. DiZazzo

Spa Food For Your Body, 2010

Ciao bella,

I am no doubt a Rachael Ray fan. I watch her TV talk show on occasion. I subscribe to her magazine. By the way there are some wonderful recipes and tips on cooking.

Whenever I have an old RR mag to recycle someone spies it and wants it. Recently I found some other kind of food recipes in one of the summer issues and I want to share them with you. Good stuff to make you feel good, smell good and shine!

From "Salon Chocolat," Nevada—Chocolate Martini Mask. Since unprocessed cocoa powder is loaded with antioxidants, it improves blood flow, tightens skin and helps in retaining moisture. So why not slap some on that mug!

Stir together 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup honey (or brown sugar), 3 tablespoons oatmeal powder (grind whole oats in blender) and 2 tablespoons soymilk.

Using a wooden spatula or first 2 fingers apply this mix to clean skin, leave on for 20 minutes, then wipe off with warm towel. (Patch test first for sensitive skin.)

Pina Colada hand and foot treatment. This tried and true concoction of island bliss is from a spa in Walnut Creek.

In a blender mix 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup pineapple juice. After blending, add 2 tablespoons dry polenta to exfoliate skin. Massage into hands and feet, then slip on cotton socks and gloves. Rough dry skin is removed and soft toes and hands are meant to be held!

Sangria Shine hair treatment. Summer can really play havoc on those locks, depleting moisture, shine and bounce. Here’s another recipe to restore it all from Tela Beauty Organics.

Stir ingredients together, add your fav conditioner, cover with a shower cap for 15 minutes, then rinse well.

  • Redheads: Mix 1 3/4 cups orange juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice and 1 teaspoon honey.

  • Blondes: Mix 1 3/4 cups cooled white tea and 1/4 cup apple juice.

  • Brunettes: Mix 2 cups pomegranate juice and a splash of grape juice.

OK, that’s all folks! Wow July has spun by us! So savor what we have left and enjoy summer days, summer nights, summer sunsets and feel beautiful!

Buona giornata, and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or