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Beautiful Skin: Remedies for Healthy, Glowing Skin!

Last Modified on Apr 15, 2014

The first step to beautiful skin is to remove make up, oil and environmental contaminants from your skin. Most facialists recommend cleansing your skin twice a day. Exfoliation is the next step to remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. Exfoliating makes way for radiant, glowing skin and maximizes moisturizing effectiveness. Below are many reader-recommended home remedies for exfoliation; however baking soda appears to take the lead for the most popular all-natural scrub!


Additional Pages of Interest:
Fountain of Youth Remedies


POPULAR REMEDIES:

Apple Cider Vinegar45 YEAS
Coconut Oil19 YEAS
Baking Soda15 YEAS
Brown Sugar Scrub7 YEAS
Honey6 YEAS
Multiple Remedies5 YEAS
Turmeric5 YEAS

Acupressure

10/02/2007: Susan from Porterville, California: "I read the email dated 7/25/07 from Teresa of Morristown Tennessee on her routine for Fountain of Youth. She mentioned getting acupressure techniques for the face from a book written in the 1970's. I am wanting to find out the name of this book and the author. Is there anyway you can get this information for me? Thank you."

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07/25/2007: Teresa from Morristown, Tennessee replies: "I'm 44 and recently had a 19 year old ask me out. I bend over for a few minutes at least once a day to let the blood rush into my face. I also use facial accupressure techniques, which I found out how to do from reading an old book written in the '70s. I've been doing shiatisu facial massage on myself for twenty years, I found this in a book. I also mix rose hips and vitamin E oil and a few drops of ACV into peanut oil and rub my body and face down nightly. I recently started color breathing where you inhale the imagined color pink, (Yvonne Martine's technique) and this is like a mini face lift!"

EC: We went searching just now and found a book in our collection from 1976 called Shiatzu Japanese Pressure Point MassageZone Therapy Book by Anika Bergson and Vladimir Tuchak. It covers the entire body, not just the face but may be the book Teresa is referring to. Another book by Anika Bergson from 1974 is Zone Therapy Acupressure Techniques. You can buy these books on Amazon for pennies.

10/03/2007: Susan from Porterville, California replies: "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the information you were able to give me about the books on acupressure. I ordered both books today. I discovered your website about 3 weeks ago and LOVE it! I am 56 years old and I want to stave off the signs of ageing with natural items as opposed to commercial products. I have begun taking the ACV, baking soda and water twice a day and after only 3 weeks I have noticed a brightness and deweyness to my skin. I am going to start adding the Blackstrap molasses as well. As soon as I receive the books on Shiatzu I will incorporate those exercises along with the ACV formula. Thank you again for all your help."
10/10/2008: Teresa from Morristown , TN replies: "I just read the comment from Susan of Porterville, Ca requesting the name of the book I use for acupressure. One book I find invaluable is Acupressure, Acupuncture Without Needles, The Miracle of Chinese Healing Through your Fingertips by J.V. Cerney. The publisher was Cornerstone Library, NY and the book was republished in 1976 after initially being published in 1974. I'm sorry I haven't answered before but I painted my house and I couldn't lay hands on the book. I just found it today. I have another good acupressure book. When I find it, I'll write and give you the title and author."
11/25/2008: Therese from Ontario, Canada replies: "Teresa From Morristown, Tenessee Can you please tell me if the peanut il that you use is the kind form the grocery store that you cook with and also the measurements approx of the Rose hip, vitamin E peanut oil and ACV that you use? Thanks"
06/07/2009: Teresa from Morristown, Tennessee replies: "I just go out in my yard and harvest some wild rose hips. It doesn't matter how much. I take whatever I can find on the rose bushes. I bruise them with the back of a spoon to get them open so the rose hip juice can absorb into the peanut oil. Then I use commercial store bought peanut oil (wish I could afford organic) and fill most of a bottle with it, covering the bruised rose hips and add a dash of vitamin E and a dash of apple cider vinegar. I recently started adding a few drops of orange essential oil because I read about a study scientists did showing that orange scent caused people to appear six years younger."


African Red Tea, Blackstrap Molasses

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
50%
SIDE EFFECT (1)
50%

[YEA]  11/24/2007: Nini from Los Angeles, Ca: "Drinking at least 3 cups of African Red tea, commonly called Rooibos is not only beneficial to your immune system but it also helps your skin stay clear. Also applying blackstrap molasses every night for about an hour after washing your face helps smooth your skin and gives you a glow due to all the vitamins and minerals it contains, and don't forget to take atleast 2 tbspns of it daily to keep regular. I like to put it in my red tea or in some warm almond milk along with some coconut oil, yum yum! Hope this helps all of you."

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[SIDE EFFECTS]  10/23/2010: Nalo from Ny, New York replies: "Hi- I was very excited to have found a use for my black strap molasses after reading that it could be used as a facial. So I washed my face and put molasses on my forehead, cheeks, jaw and nose, leaving it on for almost an hour. For two days one day off and then another day on. The morning after the third application I found small bumps completely covering areas where molasses was applied. Im figuring I left it on too long or that it doesnt work for me as a facial... Any comments?"


Aging Hands Remedies

09/04/2013: Cat from Tauranga, New Zealand: "Can anyone tell me what is the best remedy for the skin on your hands to bring them back to looking less aged? I'm only 48 but have the hands of a much older person due to them being badly sunburnt whilst sitting on a tin roof (DUH! ) when I was much younger (long story! ) but not only that, I've always been a hard worker, outdoors as well as indoors. I find that if I get a knock on the skin of my hands, it takes MONTHS to heal - my diet is very good as far as the proper foods etc. I also take MSM regularly, consume coconut oil, have started using rosehip oil on my hands at night and drink enough water. The skin seems to be very thin and wrinkly now due to the damage that was done but I'm really hoping there's a possibility of reversing just some of that damage. I always try to hide my hands out of sight and really wish I could go back to that day and undo what happened. Please....."

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09/04/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Cat,

You say when you when your hand is injured it takes a long time to heal... Supposing you mean the brusing stays a long time, that symptom would indicate a vitamin C deficiency. If you've ever noticed older folks do bruse easly and the brusing stays a long time; Vitamin C deficiency. Take 2,000 mg daily, buffered to keep from getting too acidic, and see if in a few months your brusing is reduced.

To improve the skin texture try using hyaluronic acid in a formula with glucosamine and chondroitin. That usually comes with some MSM also. That is taken orally, but you should be able to find it in a lotion also.

I also apply a cap full of DMSO to my hands as an anti arthyritic precaution. When my hands are feeling achy the DMSO immediately solves the porblem. I don't know if the DMSO will help with the skin issue but I've used DMSO applied to hands eight or ten times yearly and at 64 yo my hands look smooth and tight. Wish my face looked so good! Maybe I should have been using the DMSO on it too."

09/05/2013: Cat from Tauranga, New Zealand replies: "Hi David, thanks for advice.... No, the problem with the hands isn't bruising - it's skin tears. Even very small ones last 6 months. I'm sure doing the dishes without gloves doesn't help but I am careful not to put my hands into the water too far when doing them. I do stay clean otherwise though as far as washing my hands when necessary. Also I have very dry skin so if a wound does try to heal, it becomes so dry, I have a tendency to pick at the forming scab so rush to get some coconut oil lathered into my hands asap! I really think I need to take some flaxseed internally as I read on here and see if that can help from the inside. P.S. Your hands sound fantastic!"
09/05/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Cat: To prevent aging in general, be sure to get adequate amounts of Selenium by eating 1 Brazil Nut daily or taking a Selenium supplement. For the skin in particular you need adequate amounts of Vit-A and E. These three nutrients combined will greatly increase the integrity of the skin."
09/07/2013: Lisa from Frankfurt, Germany replies: "Hi Cat, Apply Glycerin to your hands. The only thing that helps my very dry skin is Glycerin. I have been using it since my childhood. Always apply to my hands and face before going to bed and get up with very fresh, soft and wrinkles free skin. It heals the wounds and rashes quickly and cure the acne. If I use another cold cream or oil I get pimples, dry rough and wrinkled skin. I love pure Glycerin and can't live without it."
09/16/2013: Gina from Waxahachie, Texas replies: "I have found that aloe vera gel straight from the plant keeps my hands looking much younger than other women my age. I also use it on my face and neck. All over, if I have a big leaf. At first it makes your skin feel tight, but if you drink anough water and get your dietary fats, eventually the dry feeling goes away and you're left with tight. better than saggy! The best thing to do is buy a plant, otherwise you can find it in the produce section at mexican grocers and caribbean markets."
12/11/2013: Wellerval from Moorestown, Nj replies: "Research zinc and wound healing...."
12/12/2013: Iowama from Iowa, Usa replies: "Hi,

Regarding hands that have worked hard and now look old, I have something to say that I hope will help. You mention that you eat well, but not if you eat a lot of fish or take fish oil. Just in case you do, please try cutting your dose in half or cutting it out all together for a while. I cut my dosage in half and now rarely get a bleeding gouge or bruise when I work outdoors. Best to you."

02/06/2014: Natalia Olivia from Fairfield, LA replies: "Cat, I was experiencing a similar problem until I started taking higher doses of fish oil and borage oil, as well as magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can impede healing of the skin. This trio has worked wonders for me."


Aloe Vera, Vitamin E

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
75%
NAY (1)
25%

[YEA]  02/10/2009: Harry from Walsenburg, Colorado, USA: "Facial Wrinkles: I use enough 100% Aloe-Gel to cover the area that I want to treat then apply enough vitamin E liquid to cover the same area well. (Vitamin E liquid is not an oil and will penetrate the skin well by using the Aloe as the vehicle.) I've been using this combination as an after shave for 18 years and don't have tell-tale wrinkles on my face. I'm 87 years old, and people take me for 20 years younger."

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01/17/2010: Ron from West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Vitamin E liquid seems to hard to find in Canada. I am wondering if Harry could tell us where he obtains his and what brand of Aloe Vera he uses. I would like to try this as I have very dry skin. Many thanks."
01/17/2010: Bessie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Ron - In Canada Vitamin E oil (liquid) can be found at health food stores and even mainstream drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart or London Drugs. If they don't have any in stock, they can order it for you - ask the pharmacist. Good luck!"
02/05/2010: Ron from West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Thanks Bessie. As you said, I found both items at one of our local health food stores."
[NAY]  05/06/2011: Angela from Vancouver Island, Canada replies: "I have tried this every night for a month with no real changes. I have not noticed any changes in my skin whatsoever. The aloe vera really helps the skin to absorb the vitamin e. I am in my 30's with some acne and some wrinkles and this did not help either problem."


[YEA]  02/20/2006: Rob from Riceville,TN: "I mix 16oz of organic Aloe Vera gel with 1oz. of Natural Vit E oil. I put this on my skin before lotion or oil after bathing. It improves the appearance of the skin. Makes moles, and all kinds of skin problems improve and go away. This remedy came from a Native American grandfather given to his granddaughter. I have shared it with many people with different ailments.They have all boasted its success."

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12/16/2009: Shirley from Perth, Western Australia replies: "I have lots of brown scars all over my body because of dermatitis.. I just wanna know if this mixture can help to lessen the darkness of the scars all over me. Its really embarrassing!!!! Please help.. I started to lose my self confidence because of this.."
04/05/2010: Holly V from Greenville, Sc replies: "I had a question to Rob or anyone else who may know. At home I mixed the aloe vera and vitamin e and put it in a glass jar. Then i read the aloe jar, and it said to refrigerate after opening, so i put my mixture in the refrigerator as well. Is this okay? sometimes when i put the mixture on my face (after washing), my face turns bright red and stings. It's not unbearable and i do already notice a good change in my skin. Just wanted to know if maybe i should keep them separate until i apply, or can i store it at room temp after mixing for future use. or is the refrigerator fine? thanks anyone!"
05/05/2010: Mario from Cambridge, Ma replies: "like to know if aloe vera gel and vit e helps with dark spots?"
03/27/2011: Robert from Colorado Springs, Co replies: "Dear Holly from Greenville, I wanted to let you know that I have the same reaction when I apply Aloe to my face. My skin gets red for about an hour or so. It doesn't always happen though, and I wonder if it has to do with how toxic I am because it seems to occur less when I'm staying away from junk food and sugar."
06/29/2011: Cutecat from Nj replies: "Hi can this mixture be applied on oily skin?? Any comments?"
06/29/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa replies: "Hi Cutecat - I believe the aloe vera would be fine on oily skin, but am not sure on the vitamin E - it may cause a breakout. Maybe do a test area first.

Carly, not a doctor. ;)"

12/13/2011: Becca1 from King George, Virginia Usa replies: "Add lemon and lime juice to the aloe Vera and scrub your face with oatmeal, it will fade the spots, slowly but permanantly, also watch out for open places on your skin it might burn a little but it will heal it... Use rose water for toner :)"
04/18/2012: Sangeeta from Kolkata, West Bengal / India replies: "Can we use forever living aloe vera juices to detoxify body and can we apply aloe vera jelly of dis company for dark patches on face?"
[YEA]  05/09/2012: D.33 from Chicago, Il replies: "Yea - This is a great mixture for anyone looking to firm their skin, speed up any sort of healing process (small cut, use after exfoliation, etc), or rejuvenate dry skin. For acne, it can be effective depending on why you have acne. Sometimes dry skin types will be confused with oily skin types because dry skin tends to over-produce oils to compensate for dryness. If this is the case, vitamin E 100% aloe might work WONDERS for your skin. If you have acne for another reason, the mixture will probably be less effective at clearing your face up (though it will most likely aide in quick healing of acne scars).

I've found that this mixture plus spot treatments of tea tree oil can be quite effective as an acne treatment for most skin types.

NOTE: it's important to use 100% pure aloe vera. Many times if you cannot find this in the skin section of your health food store, you may be able to find it in the digestive health dept."

02/19/2013: Honey from New Orleans, La replies: "I'm 64 yrs old and would like to remove the facial lines. Please send me the name of the Alpha Hydroxy with Retinol & vitamine C. sweety1966 [at] gmail {dot} com. Thanks Very Much"


Alpha Lipoic Acid

Approval Ratings
WORKED TEMPORARILY (1)
100%

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  01/08/2009: GS from Hull, MA/USA: "As I age I've noticed my skin looking very sallow. I'v taken 1200mg of Alpha Lipoic acid daily in the past with good results, however lately it doesn't seem to be working. My skin is very dull and sallow looking. Have tried all sorts of topical creams without any luck. Any home remedy ideas would be greatly appreciated. I feel an internal would work best. luv your website!!"

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12/02/2009: Sheila from Singapore replies: "if your skin is dull and sallow it could be lacking moisture and dead cells on the surface may be reason. use papaya to slough off the dead skin = simply pulp the flesh or the fleshy peel and slap it on for 30 mins and wash off as normal. the natural AHA does its thing and takes off the dead cells. To improve moisture eat fruits NOT fruit juice - i dont know how come but it simply works - esp tomatoes, and of course organic if you can find them."
02/28/2011: Suzan from Cheltenham, U.k. replies: "I agree about the pawpaw - but instead of using the fruit there is a product which you can buy called 'Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment. It was bought by my daughter from a main shop in London. I am sure you will find suppliers on the internet. Good Luck."
08/08/2012: Tina from Stokesdale, North Carolina replies: "Beverly, would you please provide the name of the cream that you are using? Send to: tina(at)rlkunz.com"


Anti-Aging Remedies

Approval Ratings
YEA (4)
57%
WARNING! (1)
14%
SIDE EFFECTS (2)
29%

[YEA]  07/26/2008: Che from Roxas City, Philippines: "My skin suffered the tear and wear of using numerous brands of different brands of cosmetics til the combination of these different chemicals being used on these cosmetics, resulted to facial skin damages. Wrinkles, and the worst which made me embarrassed everytime when people got surprised to see the black spots on my face which i knew from prolong used of differrent chemicals. I have tried numerous products to get rid of it. Some will give me an effect of two weeks but afterward the damaged on my face becomes worst. My face dont seem to response to any cosmetic, the more cosmetics i used the worst it becomes so, i thought of experimenting on natural remedies.I have started making my own formula when i came across this site which made my research more valid. Every night, as i watched tv i massage VCO on my legs and arms it made my skin so soft @ flawless. When i wear skirt, people thought i have stockings on my legs.

For my face, 3x a week, i combined
1 tsp of molasses or
honey
1/4 tsp of ACV [APPLE CIDER VINEGAR]
1/2 tsp of VCO [VIRGIN COCONUT OIL]
1 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of oats

Make to a paste, splash face with warm water and gently massage the paste on your face. Let it stay 10-20minutes. Rinse it with warm water.

Then i toned my face with ACV, Hydrogen peroxide and water and moisturize my face with alternating VCO and grapeseed oil. Amazing it gradually whitened my face naturally, wrinkles free with less expenses. I am 49 yr old grandma with 3 grandchildren mistaken as more years younger than my age. Thanks to this site, it made me more creative combining the natural resources that are abundant in our country Philippines. By the way, i make my own VCO and sell to my friends also. I use VCO externally and internally as it is the cleanest and the cheapest oil on earth. I enjoy the benefit of a monolaurin found in VCO the same benefit found in a mothers milk. I rarely got sick as VCO is a natural antibiotic, that can get rid of viral @ bacterial lepid coated illnesses.Thanks to this heaven sent site and to the people who openly shares thier beneficial testimonies. God Bless Us All as we continue to spread and share the good news. Email me @ let me know how this works with you."

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07/30/2008: Della from Inland Empire, California, USA replies: "I had read somewhere that licorice was toxic for some persons.Which diseases are allergic to licorice?"
12/11/2008: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "Please tell me what turmeric is. thanks"

EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/turmeric.html

01/07/2009: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "Hi , just wondering when you say you "toned your face with ACV, hydrogen proxide and water" now did you mix this together and if so how much of each. Please explain more. Thank you very much"
02/10/2009: Nicole from NYC, NY replies: "JUST A NOTE: this might be obvious, but the turmeric in this face mask may not be suitable for fair skinned folk. unless you would like a nice summer (yellow) hue!"
[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/22/2009: Azg from Toronto, On replies: "So I thought I'd make a Turmeric Face Mask as I did some research and discovered it's great for toning oily skin and helping to clear up blemishes.

A little bit of background. I've pretty much had perfect skin my whole life. Then I had my son. He's now 2. Ever since I was pregnant I started having problem skin. It's gone up and down, but about 2 or 3 weeks ago it got really bad. It's mostly on my cheeks and there are a ton of tiny bumps and a few of the deep red puffy ones. It's driving me crazy.

I came across this site two days ago and I've been drinking 2 teaspoons of Raw, Unfiltered Organic ACV in 1 cup of water, three times a day. I feel energized! I read about people having reactions to the bad bacteria dying off, so I thought I'd combat it with some hydrated Bentonite in the morning on an empty stomach. So far, so good. (but I'm pretty healthy and I eat really healthy and have done mini-cleanses in the past on a fairly regular basis, so the "die off reactions" weren't really a concern for me). I'm also adding about 30 drops of an organic liver tonic (that's mostly Milk Thistle based) to a shot of water, 3 times a day. I think I'll start oil pulling next week too.

Anyway, I came across this thread here and thought I'd do a turmeric mask.

So I made my own and I'll give you reasons for each ingredient added:

2 tablespoons Turmeric (it's the active ingredient here right?)
1 teaspoon honey (it's in most Turmeric masks, plus it's a humectant - meaning it pulls moisture out of the air and into your skin...it's great for skin health)
1 teaspoon castor oil (it's a deep cleanser and slightly drying)
3 drops Sage Oil (it's great for oily skin)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (it's toning and tightening)
1 tablespoon of milk (to make a paste)

I put it on my freshly washed face and let it sit for 15 minutes. It tingled a little. Maybe it was the lemon juice? Maybe it was the copious amounts of turmeric?!?

I'm yellow. My face is yellow. I rinsed it off and everyone in the house had a good laugh at my expense. I'm like an Oompah Loompah...but yellow.

I applied a 50/50 ACV/Water combo to my face with cotton pads, twice. Both pads came away YELLOW. I rinsed with more water. I gently rubbed with a towel (more yellow came off). But I gave up... I don't want to overdo it with the exfoliation. I figure I can try to get some more of it off tomorrow morning.

I moisturized with a little organic jojoba oil and 1 drop of organic sage essential oil.

I did some thinking... I think the reason I turned yellow is because of the oils I added to the mask. The turmeric stains the oils yellow, which penetrate deeply into the skin and leave their yellow tinge behind.

So be warned. If you decide to do this turmeric mask, DON'T ADD OILS.

I will try this mask again in a few days but without the oils... I shall report back then.

In the meantime feel free to laugh at me. LOL. I am..."
[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/22/2009: Stephanie from East Grand Forks, Mn Usa replies: "I also tried putting on a "turmeric face mask" but I didn't add any oils and my face also turned yellow. My fingers were yellow as well as my pillow case. Maybe turmeric is better being ingested rather than applied topically."
09/23/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "I know the feeling. I had to lie through my teeth after mixing HP with ACV instead of HP with borax......very embarrassing and all you can do is laugh. I have very fair skin with a lot of redness. When I want a tumeric mask I just mix it with VCO and leave it on for 10 min at the most and it always comes off quite easily. Maybe it was the type of oils that you used."
09/23/2009: Bee from Mo, Usa replies: "I was worried about turmeric staining as I have fair skin, but I put some turmeric with raw honey and used it as a mask (didn't measure, just threw some together). It washed off just fine, only problem was my fingernails stayed a bit yellow. It seems to tone the skin a bit, I'm hoping it will help reduce my acne."
09/23/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl replies: "I too have done the turmeric mask with coconut oil and honey and I haven't had any problems taking it off. I am thinking that when I make salads with cilantro I usually put lemon juice because it accentuates the flavor of the cilantro, so maybe the lemon juice had to do with it? Just try it without the lemon juice. Good luck!"
09/24/2009: T from Maryland, Usa replies: "I tried this last night on my fair skin using Che's recipe, and it washed off ok. After rinsing I used a microfiber cloth to get the last residue off due to the oil. Then I rubbed in some VCO and blotted off the excess. My skin was very smooth and felt well hydrated. The oil may be a key to preventing staining. I have also read of masks using turmeric mixed with yogurt...will have to look into that."
[YEA]  09/27/2009: Azg from Toronto, On replies: "Thank you to Lita209 from Sanford who recommended I try the Turmeric Mask without Lemon Juice... I just did that and it came out great! I changed the mask up a little bit and I'll post that recipe as well... I did turn a tiny bit yellow, but rinsing well and toning with ACV on a cotton pad helped to remove the residual yellow tinge from my skin!

My skin feels taut and supple. My pores appear smaller, my skin is smoother and softer. If only someone had a remedy for helping fade the reddish/brownish spots that the pimples have left behind.

I have been drinking 2 tsp of ACV in 1 cup of water AT LEAST 3 x per day. My water intake has been about 8 cups of water every day. I've just added Vitamin C to my diet and am slowly building up to 3000mg... I want to get it up to 5000mg but don't want to do it suddenly as I've heard that can cause diarrhea. I've done this Turmeric Mask twice now, but plan to do one every day for the next little while to see if it can help my skin. I've also been toning my skin at least once a day with a mild ACV/Water combo on a cotton pad and it's been helping.

I discovered sage essential oil is really really nice for balancing the oils in my skin. You should premix about 3 drops of it in 5-10mL of a carrier oil (try Organic Coconut Oil or Organic Jojoba Oil). Be careful to not overdo it as it can dehydrate your skin... your skin should feel smooth and supple after you've applied the oil combo (as a moisturizer). If it feels rough you've overdone it with the Sage Oil, dilute the combo with some more Coconut/Jojoba Oil for the next time you moisturize..

I've been cooking with Turmeric for a long time now, as a long time ago I read that people in India have the lowest incidences of cancers and Alzheimer's Disease in the world and that a lot of people attribute it to Turmeric. I think I'll try drinking it with milk to see if I can increase Turmeric content in my day-to-day life...

Does anyone have any all natural at home remedies for helping to fade my acne spots (they're not really scars, just spots) internally and/or externally? THANKS!"
[YEA]  09/28/2009: Gaynor from Manaton, Devon Uk replies: "Hi Azg,

I have been suffering with acne rosacea -red face horrible acne break outs- for 18 months and I have been using a number of remedies to try to clear my skin- My husband said to me yesterday morning "Are you alright? You look pale."-- Yes I do look pale and I could not be happier- my long struggle to rid myself of this debilitating condition has paid off. I take ACV 3 x one tablespoon x three times a day with water. I use ACV topically about three times a day. Sometimes I follow this with a yoghurt face mask- I also use the Turmeric face mask about twice a week. I take turmeric in my breakfast apple with Yogurt ( I always grind a little balck pepper on the tumeric as this helps the body to absorb the it ). I have been using a mixture of a few drops of blackseed oil, neem oil and jojoba oil, triple strenth rosewater, colloidal silver and MSM before bed.

Plus in the last four days I started the Mini beet protocol which I think is responsible for getting rid of the spots on my face- as this was all that was left after all the above treatments- I had controlled the redness almost completly but now the spots have all but faded. The problem is it is hard to say what has done the trick. Using the minibeet protocol needs care because of detox effects - thus far I have had no problems. My skin is glowing, soft and smooth and no spots!!! I hope this helps- best of luck."

09/28/2009: Lita from Sanford, Fl replies: "Can you post your recipe for the turmeric mask so we can compare to what we are using? Thanks!"
09/28/2009: Gaynor from Manaton, Devon Uk replies: "Hi Lita,

The mask I use is based on the Fountain of Youth mask with the following ingredients :-

Tumeric Teaspoon
honey teaspoon
neem oil four drops
acv half teaspoon
rose water half teaspoon
almond oil four drops
jojoba four drops
blackseed oil four drops
yoghut teaspoon

Apply to face and leave for about one hour-I rinse with cold water and then use a mild cream to remove residue. This works well -I try not to make it too runny."

09/29/2009: Jayne from Pensacola, Florida replies: "Turmeric for face mask

I've been drinking turmeric milk and am ready to try it for skin. I see some people have turned yellow using the face mask recipes. One thing I notice is that Lita's recipe only calls for a teaspoon of turmeric, while some of the people who turned yellow used as much as 1-2 tablespoons of turmeric--that's 3-6 times more! I plan to start with just 1/2 tsp and to do a test first on my inner arm near the elbow crease. Even natural remedies have to be used responsibly--no one thing works perfectly for every one. And that said, I love this site!"

12/26/2009: Pam from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Honey has a heaping amount of Vitamins and minerals, All i do is; 1 tablespoon of honey to a teaspoon of Turmeric. Does not stain, but you know its working because you feel the heat! Keep it cheap and simple! Why waste money on extra stuff, when simple does the job as well! I've tried many other ways, and honey is the only way it does not stain. It takes away that winter dry face and your face does not have that after wash tight dry face feeling, but rather a refreshed one. Maybe you guys should use them oils after the wash, but massage your face with it instead. It works and gives you a youthful look! I've also used Honey on a cut that needed stitches. I didnt want to go to hospital, so i poured honey into it, the wound closed up and no puss or keloids! I do however have a scar, but thats because i gave up soon after! Good luck and keep researching, this is one of the best sights! EVER!

PS: Look into Primrose oil and Rose hip oils or anything in the alpha omegas, they renew skin!"
12/27/2009: Joy from Vancouver, Wa replies: "Where do you put the honey and tumeric? On your face or body. Do you use oil afterwards? I want to try it.
thank you. Joy"
03/26/2010: Michelle from Los Angeles, California replies: "hi i really like our idea simple and cheap..but for how long do i leave on the mask? and doest it take away black spots..thank u so much for sharing this!!!!!"
05/20/2010: Eo Natural Bodycare from Jackson, Michigan replies: "Regarding the Turmeric...you can try the NON STAINING kind called Kasturi Turmeric. This kind is NOT the ingestable kind, but used only as a topical aid. You can find it online and typically ships from over seas. Hope that helps!! Good luck all..."
[YEA]  01/26/2011: Dove from Usa replies: "Oh-my, too much turmeric. As soon as I read the amounts, I thought, hoowhee, it should be more like a Tablespoon of honey and a Teaspoon of turmeric. Even with a teaspoon, it takes a bit of effort to get it all off, but a turmeric mask is definitely worth it. Just gotta remember, a little dab'll do Ya' ;)

I can't say whether the additional ingredients make it more inclined to stain the skin, but I will say it isn't necessary to doctor it up like that. Just the two simple ingredients, T/honey and t/turmeric make a wonderfully good mask."
[WARNING!]  01/26/2011: Diane from Berkeley, Ca replies: "Turmeric stains skin. Period. If you are fair, it can last for days. In India where a haldi mask is applied to arms/legs before weddings it gives a golden glow. Here in the US, when I do it it turns this pasty-pale chick yellow for days if applied straight. If I dilute a 1/4 tsp or so with besan and yogurt as a mask it will come off with enough scrubbing and not stain very deeply. But make no mistake, it stains. And the more of it you use, and the less it is diluted with other ingredients the harder it is to get off. Not a bad thing, but do be warned."
01/27/2011: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "I take it internally as a tincture and notice within a few hours that my skin takes on a warmer, turmeric, tone... Others have noticed as well... similar to juicing with carrots."
08/18/2012: Cayita from Welland, Ontario replies: "I went exactly through the same experience. I read that after you are done with your turmeric mask (it doesn't really matter what else you put in it) you need to apply gram flour ((also known as besan flour, chickpea flour and garbanzo flour) on your face. It will take all the turmeric residue away. You can also put it within the turmeric mask, it won't stain that way :)"


Apricot Scrub, Drink Water

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YEA (2)
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[YEA]  05/16/2006: Juliet from Bombay India: "Scrub your face with apricot scrub and drink a lot of water. Your pores open up and your dead skin is removed thus leaving your skin younger and cleaner."

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[YEA]  06/13/2008: Matt from Columbus, Georgia replies: "I use an Apricot Scrub for an exfoliant every morning and night. I also wash with soap and HOT water, then a splash of cool water. I am 30 but people mistake me for being under 20."


Avoid Sugar

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  11/16/2009: Taleen from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl: "One important thing about the skin I have learned over the years is that sugar really affects it. If I have something sweet to eat at night, I wake up the next morning with dark circles under my eyes and dry, cracked skin that looks like it has aged something fierce overnight. I have been diligent lately and cutting back my sugar intake throughout the day and I can see a difference in my skin. You know the saying, you are what you eat? I believe it! What you eat immediately shows through your pores. I am also starting to juice every day too with greens like kale and swiss chard, apples and lemons. It gets expensive buying organic produce to juice, but the weight loss is great and my skin is glowing."


Avoid the Sun, Facial Exercises

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YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  03/02/2007: Kerstin from San Francisco, CA: "Rule # 1 is STAY OUT OF THE SUN - it will kill your skin!! I which I would have done this myself years ago and not waited until recent years... AVOID THE SUN!! Instead use "tan without sun lotion.

FACIAL EXCERCISE: This might sound silly but when you really think about it totally makes sense! About 10 years ago I started noticing that God forbid, I too was aging and I did not like the changes I saw every time I looked in to the mirror. What could be done to at least somewhat slow down the collapsing of my face... and I was thinking, to get in shape and tighten up we have various exercises for every part of the body that is...with the exception of the face! At least I had never heard of anybody exercising their face!! So I put in a search on the Internet and after some research I found that it was actually quite popular in the 60ies. Today there is tons of facial exercise programs to choose between etc etc. Anyway, I swear by it, it DEFINITELY helps and people always think I am about 15 years younger than my actual age. If I ever had any doubts about the benefit I am more convinced now then ever. About one month ago I fractured my elbow and totally slacked and didn't really do any exercises and boy....what a difference!! Scary!!!! Thank god it only takes a couple of days to see some visible result. Good luck. Oh and by the way my mum who looks 20 years younger than her age has always been preaching: DRINK a lot of water... and ALWAYS USE LOTION FOR YOUR FACE AND BODY."

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05/19/2008: Shirley from Alexandria, MN replies: "What kind of facial exercises do you do?"
10/30/2008: Shela from Johannesburg, South Africa replies: "Please tell me what facial exercises you use."
01/07/2009: Ellen from Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico replies: "You can do any kind of face exercises. The point is to do some. Look on the web via your browser at videos and you will find info. There are books you can buy, videos etc. I have started doing facial exercise and already in 4 days the changes are evident. I am 54. My husband is 36! I have always had great skin but my muscle tone in my face was not as good as the tone in my body. I am so against all the cutting and pulling that goes on and the fat grafting etc. I knew there had to be a natural way and after researching compulifting, I came upon face exercise. You will see a couple of women who teach this who are amazing examples. One lady is 80 and looks 45 and the other is 62 and also looks in her 30's. Just research on the web and please don't be fooled by those young beautiful girls who try to sell you their exercise tapes. Find the gals who have been doing this for years and see the before and afters. This is also for men. Enjoy! You will feel great!"

EC: Ellen, any websites you can recommend? Thanks!

01/17/2009: Deb from San Francisco, CA replies: "Regarding facial exercises, just having a facial will give you an idea of how to treat your face. While I have really great skin due to genes (my great aunt was 92+ and you could count the number of facial wrinkles on one hand. I've done facial exercises mimicking a facial for years and I use olay products. I'm 53 and get mistaken for 34 all the time. Even the dermatologist I see for sun damage is amazed by how soft and smooth my skin is."
[QUESTION]  01/19/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands replies: "Hi, A couple weeks or so ago, someone wrote about how by doing a facial exerise some very old woman of 70 yrs old was looking very young. In response EC asked her for any website suggestions. Can you please tell me under which category to find that post and if that person or anyone else provided the website for facial exercies. Thanks. Sangeetha"
[YEA]  01/20/2009: Bessie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "To Sangeetha: Regarding facial exercises, you may want to do a search on the Internet. There are quite a few sites (too numerous to list but here is one: www.shapeyourface.com) with lots of free information. Also, try YouTube and search for "Jack Lalanne" (face exercises) - he was the original back in the 60s and his exercises are still very effective. You may also want to check out the YouTube video on "How to Give Yourself a Facial Massage" - it will really get your face glowing. Good luck!"


Baking Soda

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Baking Soda Scrub for Beautiful Skin

Home Remedy Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

About once a week, mix a bit of baking soda with enough water to make a paste and gently scrub this into your skin. Baking soda makes an excellent exfoliant and keeps pathogens under control.

[YEA]  01/26/2010: Red from Chicago, Il: "I read about Baking Soda being used as an exfoliant and decided to try it. The skin on my face is very dry and flaky, more now in the winter than otherwise. Take about a tablespoon of baking soda and make a paste with a drizzle of water. After you've washed your face, massage the baking soda paste onto your damp face with your fingertips, avoiding the eye area. After about a minute, rinse it away well with lukewarm water and follow with a moisturizer. After one use, my skin was smoother and less bumpy. You might not want to make this part of your daily routine, as more delicate skin can get irritated. But try it a few times a week, more if your skin doesn't get sore or red. It also makes a great scrub for dry, cracking feet and hands! I use a little on my knees and elbows, and this dollar box of baking soda works better and lasts longer than any ten dollar tube of body scrub I ever bought!"

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[SIDE EFFECTS]  12/03/2011: Carlos from Barcelona, Spain replies: "I used to be an advocate of baking soda but I have to warn people with sensitive skin, freckles or rosacea. I think it's too strong dryng for people with sensitive skin. I've been using the oil cleansing method with coconut oil and it has helped clean my pores etc. Renewing my skin of dead cells etc without irritation. Baking soda may be ok for other skin types. Anyway I think rubbing is too damaging. If you want to use it the best way and safest may be open your pores with hot water. Apply baking soda without scrubbing it, just leave it on for a count to 10 and rinse. Enough to clean your skin and not damage your skin."
08/10/2012: Eve's from Parma, Parma Italy replies: "baking soda without scrubbing, , , , I agree by leaving the baking soda in your face for ten minutes without scrubbing maybe its the same action and it will not damage your skin, maybe using this procedure for the sensitive delicate skin type."
01/18/2013: Jessica from Bf , Ky replies: "You guys aren't applying it DRY, are you? That is indeed to abbrasive, for the face anyway. I make a very thin paste by adding water and lightly massaging small circles into my face. Today I used diluted acv, rather than just water. The paste seemed softer than when I make it with water, and my face has felt great all day."


05/02/2009: Liz from Annapolis, Maryland, USA: "I just found your site and want to try the baking soda scrub on my face. Before I do, I have a question. Can you spend time in the sun afterwards? Can you sweat? I ask this because I read it burns a little. The reason this concerns me is because the only other experience I have with something burning on my face is Retin-A. In high school I used my mom's supply to clear up my face and went to my soccer game - when i started sweating my face burned so bad I had to come out on the game and put an icepack on it. NEVER AGAIN! I know some products make your skin more sensitve to sunlight. THANKS!"

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05/02/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "I haven't gone in the sun right after using it, but I've sweated doing housework after it and felt nothing. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse your face after a brief gentle scrub with it. Unlike with the Retin-A, you're leaving nothing on the skin, just doing a scrub and rinse."
06/19/2009: Therese from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada replies: "i am new to this site, i am reading about skin scrubs, baking soda i see replys but dont see where the actual formula to use is? how do i find it?"


[YEA]  08/18/2008: Anastacia from Pittsburgh , PA: "I Love this site!!!!! This site has quickly become one of my favorites as I love to find natural cures. I started using baking soda about 2 months ago thanks to this site and the wonderful people sharing their input. I had been using some rather expensive facial cleansers bought at department stores (I've even used proactive in the past) but after using the baking soda my skin feels truly clean and soft. I'm hooked and will not go back to using anything else ever again. Many people, people I see often and strangers on the street come up to me and say how beauiful my skin looks which is wonderful to hear considering that I was battling acne and wrinkles at the same time-no more!!! My face has cleared, my pores are smaller and it just feels and looks soft and healthy...the only thing I think I'll continue to buy is the moisturizer that I use because it has a 30 spf...that is unless I discover a wonderful replacement on this site."

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[YEA]  01/24/2011: Mzelliec from Evansville, Wi/usa replies: "Baking Soda face scrub1-3 times a week only.. And use coconut oil afterwards.. I use this Coconut oil everyday I do not put anything on my body that I would not eat.. Those chemicals are all bad for us.. I use 1/2 and 1/2 water and ACV to wash my face and body..... I also drink Ted's remedies... Thanks to Ted and those who work soooooo hard for all of us... excellant info ..."
06/23/2011: Lourdes from Bronx, Ny replies: "I am gonna try the baking soda sounds good just 2 questions. 1. I have oily skin, sometimes I use products oil free and it over drys my face. how will the baking soda leave my face being I have oily skin? 2. Since I have oily skin can I use coconut oil or olive oil?"
09/12/2011: Ida from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "sometime my face oily too.. What I do is I applied aloe vera to my face. From what I've experienced.. My face dry for 2 to 3 days.. But not too dry.. My face will get too dry if I put it everyday... Plus I've heard that aloe vera have a natural healing of damaged skin.. :) correct me if I'm wrong.."


[YEA]  07/11/2008: Erian from Laguna, Philippines: "I've tried baking soda scrub and olive oil moisturizer and after a couple of weeks people notice the firmness and glow on my face. they were asking what am I using but I refuse to tell since they are not familiar of using such home remedies. for now im trying to add ACV in my olive oil since it can whitens skin... ill give you an update when i see the difference. God is good for providing those natural things to us..."

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06/04/2009: Suesgi from Gilbert, Az replies: "I am new to this site, i want to understand how much quantity of ACV & oliveoil one should use to make your skin look white n for how long, will you pls publish the reply for me. Thanks suesgi"


[YEA]  07/10/2008: Naomi from Attard, Malta: "Firstly I would like to congratulate you about this site - Brilliant!

I've tried the Baking Soda Mask - put around 3tbls baking soda and a little water - put it on my face for 30sec, it burned about HOWEVER the results are fantastic..i followed with a honey mask - I basically used 1 teaspoon .. skin is glowing and soft. Those who have not tried it PLS give it a try, its worth it!"

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12/28/2008: Alexandra from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada replies: "i was wondering how often you are suppose to do these mask? and also is it at all beneficial to do it at night or when you wake up?"
07/05/2010: Pahlee from Phila., Pa. replies: "After the baking soda cleanse is the honey applied alone and how long do you leave it on before washing it off?"






 



 

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