Another skin care manual which recommends natural ingredients mixed at home. Unlike Dr. Zizmor's Skin Care Book, this does not endorse commercial products, although Badescu, who runs his own Manhattan skin salon, does speak up for what he sells there. Otherwise, this more closely resembles York's Back to Basics Natural Beauty Handbook and Aguilar's Totally Natural Beauty, but without the stylistic gimmickry and jokes about eating your face cream. Badeseu, who began as a chemist, takes time to explain why one or another potion works best for dry or oily skin, which techniques will irritate capillaries, and why smiling doesn't cause wrinkles--you use more muscles frowning. There's a banana mash for withered skin, a skin-food lotion with five oils and cider vinegar, a boiled watercress water and honey mixture that lightens freckles, even a compress for red winter noses, Another first: a chapter for men. Gather your rose petals.