Let’s admit it: no one has perfect skin. We’re all human. That being said, you may want to try some natural skin remedies for treating spots and blemishes. We mentioned in Keep Your Hair Moisturized Using Natural Remedies that store bought beauty products are often expensive and contain chemicals or hidden ingredients. Also, if you have sensitive skin, your skin may react better to natural treatments.

The following are some natural skin remedies you can try at home. You may already have some of these ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.

Lemon Juice – The juice of a lemon can help fade spots on the skin. Lemon contains citric acid and acts like a bleaching agent. Juice a lemon and use a cotton ball to apply the juice to the problem areas. Leave it on the skin for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. You will see results if you apply the juice twice a day for two months. Just be sure not to go into the sun after applying, or you can make your skin worse.

If you have sensitive skin, mix the lemon juice with honey or dilute it with water.

Buttermilk – It may seem counterintuitive, but putting buttermilk on your skin will also help diminish spots. Buttermilk contains lactic acid. You can apply it with a cotton ball and rinse it off after 15 minutes. If you are prone to acne or oily skin, try mixing lime juice into the buttermilk.

Aloe Vera – You’ve probably heard of the many benefits aloe vera has to offer for skin care. You can break off a piece of an aloe vera plant and rub it on your skin. Rinse it off after 45 minutes. It will take a month for you to see results. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home, use the aloe vera gel you can buy at the store.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Don’t be afraid of it’s smell; apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your skin, as long as you don’t let it dry out. Apply the vinegar to your problem areas with a Q-tip. You don’t have to rinse, and you can apply it up to twice a day.

Yogurt – Yogurt isn’t just for eating; you can add it to your skin care routine. Mix yogurt, lime juice and oatmeal. Put this mask on your face for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water. Moisturize your face. Use this mask once a day for the first week and then use it twice per week for two months to see results.

Zit Treatment– Calleigh at Beauty Tips 4 Her offers a recipe for a homemade zit zapper. All you need is virgin coconut oil, tea tree essential oil and lip balm tubes. The coconut oil fights bacteria and reduces redness.

Roll-On Blemish Treatment – This recipe is by Jennifer Modisette on Jenni Rain Cloud. Jenni is an Aesthetician and recommends essential oils for acne treatment, because they are antibacterial and gentle on skin. For this recipe, fill a roll-on bottle with the following oils:

Tea Tree Oil (healing and antibacterial)

-Lavender (calming and healing)

-Geranium (fades scars and evens skin tone)

-Ylang Ylang (improves skin tone)

-Frankincense (an astringent that fades scars and assists in regeneration)

-Carrot Seed (assists in regeneration)

See Jenni’s recipe for more details.

Is there a natural skin remedy you love that we didn’t cover her? Let us know, and remember to take good care of your skin this season.

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Last month, we posted September’s Book to Read in the Tub: Gone Girl. This month, we want to share a spooky book in the spirit of Halloween. It is October after all; you have to read something scary! So grab this paperback and relax with some bubble bath. Remember to leave the lights on!

October’s Book to Read in the Tub is Horns by Joe Hill. Horns tells the story of Ig Perrish. Following the murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig wakes up from a crazy drunken night. When he touches his head, he realizes he has grown devil’s horns. Suddenly, Ig also has a supernatural power. For some reason, people feel the need to tell him their deepest and darkest secrets. When Ig touches people, he can influence them to act out their dark desires. Will Ig be able to use his new-found power to find out who killed Merrin?

About Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the son of the famous horror novel author Stephen King. However, Hill found success before he revealed his identity. He was awarded the Bram Stoker Award in 2005 for Best Fiction Collection for his anthology of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He is also a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the William L. Crawford Award for Best New Fantasy Writer of 2006. Horns was published in 2010 and nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. Joe Hill has a Tumblr, Joe Hill’s Thrills, where he talks about interviewing other authors and essays for writers. He also posts stills from Horns and shares quotes and thoughts on popular culture.

Interesting Facts

-Horns has been made into a motion picture, produced by Red Granite Pictures and Mandalay Pictures. The movie was directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors), written by Keith Bunin and stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig and Juno Temple as Marrin. It comes out on Halloween of 2014.

-Joe Hill is the son of author Stephen King.

Our Favorite Quotes from Horns

“You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.”

“I want you to remember what was good in me, not what was most awful. The people you love should be allowed to keep their worst to themselves.”

“I will be waiting by candlelight in our tree house of the mind.”

Books like Horns

-Other books from Joe Hill include Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts and the comic books Locke & Key and Wraith.

-A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

-The Stand by Stephen King

-Seed by Ania Ahlborn

-Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge