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10 Homemade Treatments for Radiant Skin

Jenna enjoys sharing homemade skin treatments that can make you appear more radiant.


Get Gorgeous Skin With Ingredients From Your Own Kitchen

Did you know that many of the same ingredients found in expensive, high-quality skincare products can be found in the natural products that you likely already have in your kitchen? In this article, I will provide you with 10 easy, natural, inexpensive, at-home skin treatments that I love.

There are number of reasons why you can benefit from homemade skin treatments. First of all, they are relatively inexpensive. They are all natural and since you're the one making them, you know exactly what is in them and where they came from. Many of the ingredients have a wide variety of uses, and, most importantly, they work!

After you read through some of my suggestions, feel free in invent your own natural skincare treatments. I will explain why the ingredients I use are beneficial, and then you can mix and match to create a perfect, customized skin care routine that's best for you.

Grape Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser

Grapes have natural exfoliation benefits. Grapeseed oil can be found in many anti-aging skin care products. The grape is also high in antioxidants and vitamins. The alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) found in grapes and other acid fruits such as oranges, lemons, and strawberries, help to reduce wrinkles and sun damage. Though the levels of AHA in natural fruits aren't as high as in cosmetic products, if used regularly you should notice improvements in your skin.

The yogurt in the this recipe is a good source of vitamin A retinol and vitamin B5. The olive oil is high in vitamin E and is great for moisturizing that results in soft and supple skin. The baking soda adds a little extra exfoliation.

Grape Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser

Blend 1/2 cup grapes, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup yogurt and 1 tbsp baking soda in a blender until smooth. Gently massage onto face and rinse with warm water.

Simple Grape Anti-Wrinkle Mask

You can also receive the anti-wrinkle benefits from grapes by slicing a few in half and then crushing them gently on your face. Leave on for about 20 minutes.

Beauty Extra: Frozen Grape Snack

Not only are grapes good for your outside, they're good for your inside! Fill a zip lock container with your favorite grapes and pop in the freezer. In a few hours you'll have a yummy, easy, and healthy snack. Enjoy when you're craving a sweet snack.


Avocado and Honey Face Mask

Use this mask if you want soft, supple, moisturized, and glowing skin.

Avocado is truly a super-fruit. When you're not wearing it, I highly recommend eating it. It is high in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. There have been studies showing that people who eat avocado have lower cholesterol [1]. But, more specifically, how does it benefit your skin? Well, it's high in vitamin E, which is great for softening, reducing wrinkles, and improving the appearance of stretch marks. It also has antioxidant properties. It boosts collagen (which maintains elasticity) and new skin growth. Along with vitamin E, avocado is also high in vitamin A and C.

Avocado is also extremely high in omega fats, which improves dryness and firmness. All the oils and fat in avocados will provide your skin with natural moisture and elasticity.

Honey helps to absorb and retain moisture. Honey is naturally anti-microbial and also an antioxidant. It will help to absorb impurities.

Avocado and Honey Face Mask

Mash 1 ripe avocado with 2 tbsp honey. Apply liberally to face and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Apply two cool cucumber slices to eyes, which help reduce redness and puffiness, if desired.

Use whenever you feel your skin is in need of replenishment and moisturization.


Citric Acid Peel Followed by Baking Soda Scrub

One of my favorite facial scrubs used to be the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash. That was until I discovered baking soda. I really liked Philosophy's exfoliating wash because the microbeads were very fine and my skin felt super soft afterwards. Well, plain old baking soda comes pretty close to the same experience! Follow your acid peel with a baking soda scrub for maximum exfoliating and resurfacing benefits. This also works great to soften and reduce blackheads. The acidity in the lemon and orange juice will dissolve dead skin cells and the baking soda will wipe away anything left over.

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Citrus Acid Peel

  • Mix 1/2 cup plain yogurt with
  • 1 tbsp orange juice and
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Apply a generous amount all over face and neck. Let work for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Baking Soda Scrub

Now that the acid peel has had time to work, it's time to slough off those extra skin cells. Wet face and neck. Dip your fingertips in a small amount of baking soda and gently massage in small circles all over face, picking up more baking soda as needed. After you've thoroughly scrubbed your entire face for a few minutes, rinse with warm water.

Repeat every 1-2 weeks. It's important to give your skin time to replenish itself.

Some people prefer to mix the baking soda with a mild skin cleanser such as Cetaphil's skin cleanser. I've found that using plain baking soda works fine for me, but do whichever you prefer.

Please note: this treatment may cause the skin to turn pink for a little while afterwards. Please make sure you have time to recover before going out (it may take an hour or two) unless you don't mind leaving the house looking a little rosy.

Honey and Cucumber Toner

Cucumber helps to soothe and soften your skin. It is anti-inflammatory and naturally refreshing. It will reduce redness, puffiness, and help even out your skin tone.

Honey, again, is great for absorbing impurities from the pores. It also helps treat minor irritations and sun burns.

Use this toner twice daily to help clean and moisturize your skin.

Honey Cucumber Toner

  • Peel 2 cucumbers.
  • Blend. Strain and collect the cucumber juice.
  • Mix 1 tbsp honey into the cucumber juice.

Apply small amount with fingers or dab with a cotton ball. Store up to a week in the refrigerator.

Beauty Extra: Cucumber Lemon-Water

All of the natural ingredients in this article are just as good for you when ingested as when applied topically. Here is a simple and refreshing drink you can sip while enjoying your homemade spa treatments.

  • Put about three slices of cucumber and three slices of lemon in a pitcher of water.
  • Allow to sit in the refrigerator for an hour to allow flavors to come through and enjoy!

Honey and Sugar Body Scrub

Exfoliating will keep your skin refreshed and renewed. Ask any esthetician what are the most important things you can do and their answer will be to moisturize and exfoliate. I do this scrub about once a week. Use it all over your body, especially those trouble areas (for me, I use it to keep those little bumps on the back of my arms, legs and butt at bay). It is also great in helping to prevent stretch marks, and even to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as it helps strengthen skin elasticity.

  • Mix 2 parts honey to 1 part sugar, adding honey as necessary to reach desired consistency. You'll probably use about 1/4 cup sugar if you want to scrub your entire body.
  • Apply the scrub in the bath or shower as sugar crystals tend to fall and make a mess.
  • Gently apply the sugar scrub and rub for about 15 minutes. Again, both honey and exfoliation are great for your skin so you really want to give them the opportunity to work.
  • Rinse with warm water. You'll be amazed at how soft your skin feels afterwards. Moisturize after your shower for maximum benefits.

Coffee Ground Scrub

Don't throw away those used coffee grounds just yet! This one can get a little messy, so be sure to do it in the shower or bath. The caffeine in the coffee grounds helps to draw out moisture. What?!? I thought the goal was to retain the moisture in our skin! Keeping your skin moisturized in very important, but in this case, by drawing out water, the caffeine may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. I like to mix the coffee grounds with a little bit of honey. You'll receive all the revitalizing qualities of honey, as well as a gently exfoliating from the coffee grounds.

  • Use however much of the coffee grounds you have/want. You'll probably need about 1/2 cup if you want to do your entire body.
  • Mix in honey until you've reached your desired consistency.
  • Rub and massage skin for about 15 minutes to get the benefits of the exfoliation and the honey.
  • Rinse with soap and warm water. You'll need to use a soap, as the coffee grounds will leave a residue on your skin.

Milk and Honey Bath

As legend goes, Cleopatra frequently indulged in baths of milk and honey. And for good reason; these things are amazing! Simple, yet effective. Doesn't the name simply sound luxurious? Anytime you feel like relaxing into a warm bath, why not consider throwing in some extra ingredients from which your skin will reap extra benefits.

I've added epsom salt to this bath for the added benefits of detoxification, exfoliation, and healing.

  • Fill bath tub with water to desired temperature.
  • Mix into the tub 2 cups whole milk, 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup epsom salt.
  • Gently stir to allow honey and salt to dissolve. If you would like, light candles and dim the lights and use this time to relax deeply. I recommend bathing for 30 minutes to reap the benefits of this simple bath.

Almond Oil Moisturizer

Simple, yet effective. No joke, I used this twice daily while I was pregnant and I did not get one stretch mark on my stomach! And I don't believe I have naturally resilient skin because I did get stretch marks on my sides and my breasts, where I was not as consistent about applying the oil. Almond oil is gentle on all skin types and it is rich in vitamin E. It helps to improve elasticity and prevent stretch marks. Use twice daily, consistently, if you want to see serious improvements. Also, be sure you are exfoliating for a healthy, radiant glow.

  • Use pure and natural almond oil.
  • Apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) to skin and massage in until absorbed, usually a few minutes. Repeat two to three times daily to prevent stretch marks.

Massaging the skin is also beneficial in that it increases blood flow and circulation.


Oatmeal and Honey Face Mask

This recipe is simple yet effective. As explained above, honey has many benefits when applied topically to the skin. The honey will help keep your skin soft, smooth and radiant. The minerals in oatmeal act as an anti-inflammatory and help reduce irritation. This mask is great after extended exposure in the sun.

  • Process a small amount of oatmeal in a food processor or blender.
  • Mix with a little bit of honey, adding more as needed to reach desired consistency.
  • Apply liberally to face and let work for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • If you would like, after you've rinsed off the mask, you can dab your face with cold water to close your pores.

Beauty Extra: Teabags to Reduce Inflammation

While you're enjoying your homemade treatment, try using tea bags on the eyes to reduce inflammations and improve dark circles. After making your tea, save the tea bags in the refrigerator. Then they're ready for your use whenever you're treating yourself. I like to use them while soaking in a honey and milk bath.


Oatmeal, Sea Salt, and Baking Soda Hand and Foot Scrub

Let's not forget about our hands and feet. They need exfoliation and moisture just as much as the rest of our skin. Actually, our hands are big indicators of age, so be sure to take care of them as much as you care for the rest of your skin. This scrub will exfoliate your epidermis, leaving it fresh and radiant. Don't forget to moisturize afterwards!

  • Mix together 1 tbsp oatmeal.
  • 2 tsp baking soda.
  • 2 tbsp sea salt and slowly add water until you get a pasty consistency.
  • Apply to hands and feet and massage for 5-10 minutes. Remember, the massage will circulate blood to your skin and you need to massage for a few minutes to achieve a thorough exfoliation.

And there you have it! 10 awesome recipes for a radiant complexion. You will love seeing and feeling your soft, glowing, and healthy skin. I hope you enjoy these natural, homemade treatments. Don't forget that you are beautiful. If you have tried any of these recipes or have recipes of your own, I want to hear about your experiences so be sure to leave your comments. Thank you!

[1] "The Avocado Advantage." WebMD - Better Information. Better Health. 14 Aug. 2000. Web. 15 July 2011.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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The Herb Doctor on November 08, 2018:

Treat the Gut for Radiant Skin: the 5 R’s

Whether you have a skin disorder like rosacea or eczema or simply want to prevent skin cancer and maintain a youthful appearance, it is beneficial to look to your gut. Dysbiosis or other gut problems might be the cause of the issue--or it might simply exacerbate it.

In functional medicine, we have a standard gut protocol known as the 4 Rs: remove, replace, reinoculate, and repair. It sometimes also includes a fifth R: rebalance. Let’s look at each one a little closer.

As the word implies, remove means to take away anything that might be contributing to an unhealthy gut. This might include stress, pathogenic microbes, environmental toxins, or food allergens. One of the most common treatments for this stage of the 4 Rs is the elimination diet. This diet removes all of the most common foods that trigger inflammation and gut reactions for a period of time and then reintroduces them to determine what might be the cause of the issue. For some people, the remove stage might also include protocols to eradicate any pathogenic species residing in the colon or the small intestine contributing to dysbiosis or SIBO respectively.

Proper digestion and subsequent absorption require digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids. In the replace step, these are supplemented, as needed, depending on the situation.

Reinoculate is the step when good bacteria are reintroduced into the gut, typically through taking a strong probiotic. It is beneficial to also consume a diet high in fiber, and you might choose to supplement with prebiotics, which are non-digestible fibers known to fuel the commensal bacteria in the gut and further mitigate the building of a healthy microbiome.

In the repair stage, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are introduced to assist in repairing any damage to the gut, including any inflammation or leaky gut. This typically includes zinc, antioxidants, fish oil, and glutamine, an amino acid that is the gut lining’s major fuel source.

The final stage, rebalance, goes beyond just diet; it looks at your overall lifestyle to determine if there are negative aspects affecting the gut, such as lack of sleep or excessive stress. Modifications are made to create a lifestyle pattern supportive of a healthy gut.

As discussed above, healing any inflammation or disorders of the gut can have a significant impact on the health of the skin. Removing triggers like allergenic food can also mitigate skin reactions. A healthy microbiome also provides metabolites and other benefits to alleviate skin problems. Therefore, following the 5 Rs is a great first step to balancing the gut-skin axis.

Foods to Eat for Radiant Skin

There is one more action you can take to maintain a healthy gut-skin axis beyond the 5 Rs: consuming the right foods, herbs, and nutrients to support not just gut health but also skin health. Nutrient deficiencies often manifest themselves through the skin and sometimes cause skin disorders. Of course, you will need to have a healthy gut ready to absorb these healthy nutrients to benefit from this, which is why it is key to start with the 5 Rs. If you have an issue with your gut that affects absorption, such as celiac disease or SIBO, then you might become deficient in some key nutrients, requiring supplementation.

The main vitamins necessary for skin health include vitamin A, C, E, and D. Vitamins C and E have the potential to act as antioxidants to fight against UV damage and other oxidative stress in the skin, which can contribute to aging. Carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for skin health, and they not only protect against aging but also provide benefit to the skin’s immune response. Vitamin D helps keep skin hydrated to prevent dry skin. In one study, women with more wrinkles had lower intakes of protein, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C than those without. Those with dry skin had lower levels of vitamin C and linoleic acid. Additionally, certain key minerals aid in skin health, namely zinc, selenium, and copper. Many of these also provide antioxidant properties as well as elements in the structure of the skin. For example, copper plays a role in maturing collagen and melanin synthesis.

In addition to micronutrients, phytonutrients have been shown to be beneficial in health. Antioxidants are one of the key contributors to fighting aging skin and other issues. Pollution, UV rays, and other environmental toxins create significant reactive oxidant species, which can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration, and other signs of aging, not to mention skin cancer. Consuming adequate antioxidants to counter the oxidative stress is essential. However, it requires more than just isolated supplements of specific antioxidants. It is best to consume antioxidants in their natural state in plant foods. As an added bonus, it also provides numerous nutrients and phytonutrients to act in synergy that also have vitamins, nutrients, and in some cases, anti-inflammatory benefits.

A healthy diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables will go a long way to providing the nutrients necessary for radiant skin. Add in some omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D rich foods, and you will nourish your skin from the inside out, especially if you maintain a healthy gut-skin axis. Don’t forget to hydrate as well!

What is more, the same diet will also help you maintain a healthy gut, especially if you avoid any foods that might be inflammatory to you. This will keep both the gut and the skin healthy so that they can continue to protect your body from the dangers of the outside world.

Rosheda Stephenson on March 29, 2016:

Awesome information. Cant wait to try the avocado honey mask!

Sara Johnson from United States on May 12, 2015:

Awesome compilation of ointments for skin health. I wonder how many of these work as well as a dip in the Dead Sea of Jordan/Israel. In fact, there are products out there that simulate the Dead Sea's healing salts.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 09, 2014:

Sounds great and I do keep most all of this around! Thank you.

p.panther on May 30, 2014:

Glycolics and retinols. You can also buy little eyebrow razors and shave your face to smooth out scars

hannah on May 24, 2014:

want acne scar removing tips

rani on March 09, 2014:

Great tips!thanks

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on February 03, 2014:

Olive oil is a great option. It is very healthy for your skin as well. As for salt and sugar, it's simply what you prefer. Sugar grains are finer than salt grains, so people that prefer salt scrubs usually like a stronger scrub. If you have sensitive skin, salt might sting a little. If that's the case, stick with sugar. But you can't go wrong either way!

confidence on January 19, 2014:

Can I use olive oil, honey is so scarce in my own home. I have a dry skin which is the best between salt and sugar for my skin

Danielle on December 07, 2013:

What do you mean by saying " use two parts honey and part sugar " how much is a part?

FullOfLoveSites from United States on December 05, 2013:

Cellulite is quite unsightly and this is my problem on my thighs. Thanks for sharing info about coffee scrubs.

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on November 25, 2013:

@Koko793 - Any kind of yogurt is fine. They're all made from the same base ingredients that will help your skin.

@Londonlady - Your comment made me laugh, because it's true!

BEEZKNEEZ on November 06, 2013:

Thanks for the useful information. My wife has been wanting to make her skin more radiant.

Koko793 on November 03, 2013:

What kind of yogurt do you use? Is non fat plain Greek yogurt okay?

grace killoran on November 03, 2013:

hi my face have drak post i wonto remow haw i need halp home ricepe i use mane cream no use my face waiet and drak post no niec my maein no rilaks thank you god bless you

Deya Writes on October 29, 2013:

I've tried the avocado and honey mask works, but oh man, it feels so gross!

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 09, 2013:

Great tips

Erry on August 16, 2013:

Great tips! Wil try them but l wil be grateful if hair care tips is introduced...l wil b bk

carolapple from Suffolk Virginia on July 04, 2013:

Love this. I have spent a lot of money on expensive skin care products and will try some of your recipes to see if I can save some of that money and still have beautiful skin!

Kacie on June 16, 2013:

Wow the oatmeal, sea salt, baking soda scrub made my hand so soft and relaxed! Thank you for these awesome treatments!

Dil Vil from India on May 05, 2013:

A well written great hub with useful tips. I Voted it UP, thanks for the interesting and useful share.

ibby on May 05, 2013:

wow! very helpful and excellent page. I will try the honey and sugar body scrub. Since I am struggling with my scars all over my body. When I was a kid, I had an allergy all over my body and I kept scratching it, that results a lots of scars. I hope HSBS works for me.

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on December 18, 2012:

Wow I'm definetly going to pamper myself with a milk and honey bath. Thanks for sharing, very usefull

Nicole Toney Nelson from Charlotte, North Carolina on December 18, 2012:

LOVE this hub and will keep on hand! As someone who has struggled with acne since age 12 - I am finding that these natural home remedies are actually working better than expensive topicals and antibiotics. I find that avocado and lemons do wonders for my face.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on December 18, 2012:

Really nice hub. Following you now.

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on December 17, 2012:

I have extremely dry skin and I definitely plan on trying some of these techniques. I had no idea baking soda could be be used on my face! Very nicely written, big Thumbs Up!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 17, 2012:

Thanks for reading and voting!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 17, 2012:

That's one of the reasons I love homemade treatments, because the ingredients are inexpensive and convenient!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 17, 2012:

I'm going to try an oatmeal bath, sounds relaxing!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 17, 2012:

Yes! Honey has so many wonderful attributes, I always recommend it!

Tileclick from Liphook, Hants on December 17, 2012:

Thanks for the wonderful tips, I was interested in using oatmeal for different 'treatments' I wrote another hub a few months ago which goes into explaining about making an oatmeal bath.

Thanks again for sharing :)

ftclick on December 17, 2012:

I heard unprocessed honey (non-commercial grade) works the best for external and internal use for cleasing out toxins. Bees are a lot more important than we know.

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on December 17, 2012:

I am definitely going to try some of these ideas - I have most of the ingredients already! Thanks for sharing.

Jenn-Anne on December 16, 2012:

Lots of great info here - I can't wait to try some of these! Voted up!

sarahshuihan on December 16, 2012:

wow, these sound great! I really want to try these now! Great hub, definitely voted up :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 16, 2012:

I love homemade beauty treatments and often use natural oils for moisturizing and honey/yogurt/oatmeal as face mask. I want to try the grape anti-wrinkle cleanser and almond oil moisturizer. Thank you!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 10, 2012:

Thanks, I really appreciate all your comments! I'll be sure to post more recipes as I try them out!

Jessica Pombo from Denair, CA on December 09, 2012:

Really enjoyed this article. Will definitely be trying these recipes!

Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on December 03, 2012:

Good Article! I've researched many of these ideas a while back and they are all good advice. voted up / useful

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on November 28, 2012:

Robert - thanks for sharing! I hope it's useful!

Robert Erich from California on November 28, 2012:

This is a great article on developing excellent skin. I am sharing this article on our spa's Facebook page! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on October 22, 2012:

Great recipes! I've heard of a few of these before and they were successful. Nice hub!

Lapani on October 20, 2012:

wow, dis is amazing. wil try dis.

powerofknowledge1 on September 14, 2011:

Great tips! Will try it. Thanks for sharing

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on September 02, 2011:

These are terrific ideas. I am going to try a few. Thanks for the advise.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 29, 2011:

Awesome and it sounds easy to prepare too! Voted up useful! :D

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Get family and friends to vote for your hub. The more the merrier! This way to enjoy the Hubnuggets adventure and of course, vote too!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on August 28, 2011:

Thank you, prektjr.dc! I honestly believe that homemade, natural treatments work just as well, if not better, than store-bought formulas.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 28, 2011:


Great hub!! I love home treatments and really like the inclusion of the recipes for the treatments! Thank you! I had heard of most of them, but had not heard of using grapes...I will have to try them out! Voted up, useful and interesting! Thanks again and God Bless!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on August 27, 2011:

I hope you find some that you like, Rosie!

Flora - It's very interesting that it used to be common in upper classes. For good reason, it works! I'm going to take a look and see how far back it dates... Luckily, today anyone that wants to try it can.

FloraBreenRobison on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. Regarding bathing in milk and honey, bathing in milk used to be quite common among women in upper classes, although I don't think they used any honey too. I'll have to try some of these. Most I need to go shopping first, but I already have baking soda.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on August 26, 2011:

Very detailed and informative. I will be trying a couple of these ideas for sure. Thanks!

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on July 28, 2011:

Thanks Corin. I honestly like making my own treatments that buying ones. Not only are they cheaper, but I think they work just as well if not better!

Corin on July 28, 2011:

I like making my own treatment and some of the mixture you have here are new to me. I can't wait to try them. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on July 27, 2011:

Kaeno - I'm so glad it was helpful to you! My brother just started using raw honey and true cinnamon facial masks to help his acne and he says he's noticed a difference already.

Kaeno Roobz on July 27, 2011:

These Homemade Treatments for Radiant Skin proved really helpful to me.The products also work wonders.I just love this post.thanks a lot for sharing :)

Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on July 18, 2011:

I'm glad you liked it!

Erin Bower from Georgia on July 14, 2011:

These are some great tips for glowing skin that feature natural ingredients. This is also great for those on a budget. I voted this up and useful!

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