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10 Homemade Treatments for Radiant Skin

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

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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.