All women, young and old, want a natural radiance. While the young wake up with it every morning, maintaining a healthy glow as women age requires a little help. Fortunately, you can find ingredients right in your kitchen and medicine cabinets that can help you get a luminous glow within minutes for pennies. Twice weekly treatments can restore and maintain your complexion’s youthful radiance.


Aspirin Treatment

Salicylic acid is a well-known ingredient in exfoliating peels that is present in an everyday medication. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which you can use as a simple at-home exfoliator. Simply place four to five tablets of uncoated aspirin in the palm of your hand and drip a few drops of water on top of the tablets. Mix the tablets and water in your palm; the tablets will begin to dissolve into a paste. If your skin is dry, you can add a dollop of honey to the paste. Place the paste onto your clean, dampened face and let sit for up to 10 minutes. Wet your hands and dampen your face, then work the paste around for one to two minutes using gentle circular pressure (unless your skin is sensitive). Rinse well and pat dry. Your skin should be slightly pink, smooth and glowing.

Fruit Enzyme Masque

To remove dulling dead surface skin cells and wake up your complexion, you can harness the power of fruit enzymes to give yourself a homemade peel that is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Cut open a fresh mango or pineapple, mash up the fruit until it is pulpy and place on clean, dry face. For added soothing, add some mashed cucumber or dollop of honey if your skin is dry. Leave on for 10 minutes — you may feel some slight tingling. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and dab your face dry. If you cannot get fresh fruit, substitute canned pineapple or pumpkin, as long as there are no added ingredients. With regular use, your skin tone will be more even and your skin care products will absorb better.

Yogurt and Honey Masque

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which gently removes dead skin cells and aids in improving hydration. Honey is a humectant that absorbs water from the air and deposits it on the skin. Take 2 tbps. of plain yogurt (organic if possible) and a dollop of honey. Apply the mixture to a clean face, and leave it on until it dries. Remove by splashing with cool water and light pressure. To soothe sensitive skin and for added exfoliation, remove the mask using quick-cook oatmeal mixed with a bit of warm water to scrub off the masque, using circular motions and light pressure.

Strawberry Masque

These berries are a terrific source of Vitamin C and salicylic acid, which help to tone and brighten the skin. The small seeds on the berries act as a natural skin polisher. Take three to four medium fresh strawberries and mash them into a paste — use organic strawberries when possible. Mix in a dollop of honey and apply to a clean face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, wet your hands and gently massage the face for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly. This mask is beneficial for acne-prone skin because the salicylic acid will gently exfoliate and the honey acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties.