There is growing interest in natural beauty remedies.  Think you can't afford these luxury items? Well, think again.  There are many quick and easy skin care treatments you can make at home for a fraction of the cost of pricey beauty products.  Many natural products are far from natural.  If you read the label and don't know what any of the ingredients are on your products, keep looking.  Our skin is very porous and easily absorbs chemicals and toxins from our environment.  Skip that nonsense, and make your own!  Not only is it easy, many of us already have the ingredients in our kitchens.  

As with any new skin care product, test a small patch for reaction before applying it to a larger area, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

Vitamin C Facial Scrub/Mask

For this face scrub, which can also be left on for a few minutes as a mask, you will need Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid powder, which is found in natural food stores in the vitamin aisle.  The skin can absorb Vitamin C through the pores so this is an excellent way to meet some of your daily Vitamin C requirements and make your skin look fantastic! 

Mix together in the palm of your clean hand 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin C and 1/2 teaspoon of a carrier oil of your choice such as avocado, olive, almond, jojoba or apricot.  Combine oil and vitamin c until a paste forms. Moisten skin on face and neck and gently apply the scrub to your skin.  Massage gently, avoiding eyes. It is good to apply this before getting in the shower. Rinse off if ready, or allow to sit on skin for 2-3 minutes. You may have a slight tingling feeling. Wash face as normal and use desired moisturizer. Repeat as often as your skin needs exfoliation.  

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serum is very pricey when you buy it in stores.  You can actually make your own serum at home with L-ascorbic acid, water and glycerin or other carrier.  Make in small batches as it does not last very long once it is mixed.  Store in an amber-colored glass 1 ounce vial with an eye dropper.  

In a small glass bowl or directly in storage bottle, measure 4 teaspoons of distilled water, add 1 teaspoon L-ascorbic acid. Wait for crystals to dissolve completely, up to an hour. When dissolved, add 1 teaspoon glycerin or other lubricant of your choice.  This solution will keep for about 2 weeks.  Use a few drops on your face and neck before applying moisturizer or make-up.  If it stings, dilute further with distilled water until desired effect is achieved.   

Oil Moisturizer

Putting oil on your skin may seem counter-intuitive but it is has excellent hydration benefits.  Jojoba oil is an excellent oil for skin and is very shelf-stable. It is used in many cosmetics.  Some people suffering from acne have found that jojoba oil helps clear up their skin.  Desert Essence is a good brand of pure jojoba oil. It quickly penetrates the skin and does not leave any residue.  You need only use a small amount so it is very economical when compared to pricey moisturizer that contains many chemicals. Other oils like apricot, avocado and olive can also work as moisturizer.  Experiment and find what your skin enjoys.