Best DIY Skin Care Sites
I simply cannot believe what some women pay for skin care products: $80-120 for just one (of many) bottles, vials and jars is not uncommon
as many of us men know.
The sad thing is that many of the active ingredients will have degraded by the
time your woman opens the container up and, sadder still, is the fact that the chemicals
inside almost always cost just a few dollars to manufacture. You're basically
paying for someone's chalet, servants and Ferrari.
This is where DIY (Do It Yourself) Skin Care comes in. An entire cottage industry
has sprung up as a reaction against the gross overpricing and frequent
misrepresenations of the skin care industry. Yes, you have to follow the
recipe carefully and monitor your skin to make sure the product is doing what
you think it is, but many people cannot resist taking years off their appearance
for just a few dollars.
By the way, I am NOT talking about obsessing over your personal appearance or
stressing out as is often the case with some of the women that you have known.
(Yes, some guys are the same way.)
I am talking about quietly and privately and quickly making products that can
actually reduce the wrinkles on your face or decrease those
bags under your eyes for just a few dollars a month and just a few
minutes per day of your time
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Sure, if you've got the cash, just get some plastic surgery done or just do
nothing and look like hell. But, for those interested in boosting their
sex appeal to the woman in their life with minimal investment, check these sites
CAUTION: I recommend that you get everything cleared through your
dermatologist before trying anything below. And, after that, be sure to
apply a small test patch of the product in a not-so-visible area for testing
1. Smart Skin Care. The Smart Skin Care site is
one of the gems on
the web and is headed up by Dr. German Todorov, an actual researcher in
microbiology and anti-aging. I believe he got his big start on Oprah.
Regardless, his site is very popular and yet he is a down-to-earth fellow that
tries to answer emails on his forum and post cutting edge articles that are
readable and understandable for the layman. His info packs are excellent
and he shows you how to reduce wrinkles inexpensively and in the privacy of your
own home. His site is low pressure and packed with good skin care information.
Every middle-aged person, male or female, should spend some time on it in my
2. Personal Formulator. The Personal Formulator has a very easy to
use site with formulas that any guy can apply in the privacy of his bedroom.
What I like is the easy-to-read formulations that give the base and active
ingredients necessary along with proper proportions. Here are a couple of
examples: the eye and
the anti-wrinkle formula.
3. Essential Day Spa. This site,
Essential Day Spa, is one of the
oldest on the web in its niche, without a doubt, the best part of it is the
established and active forum. Of course, you always have to take forum
posts for what they are, but it's a great way to gather preliminary information
on almost any skin care subject you can imagine.
4. Lotion Crafter. The Lotion Crafter
site is a little quirky, but i site is definitely one of the older, more
established sites. It's hard to be beat the base price of their ingredients.
For example, look here at the sample prices of various anti-aging products, such as CoQ10 and
Eyeseryl, which can reduce wrinkles and improve bags under the eyes, respectively.
5. Skin Actives. The SkinActives site is
a little weak on
information. However, the integrity seems fairly high from what I can tell
on their site. Example: In
their FAQs, they state regarding DMAE that "there have been a couple of such
scientific papers, and the quality of that research is so bad (yes, there is
such a thing as bad quality scientific research) that no conclusions can be
extracted from the results. So I have to say to our clients 'use DMAE for short
term only' and make up the rest of plumping and firming using actives that are
better known." In addition, there products are generally reasonably
6. Garden of Wisdom. The
Garden of Wisdom is another DIY site worth researching.
They have ingredients at a very reasonable price that are difficult to find.
For example, you can find such gems
raw ascorbic acid powder, a research-proven
wrinkle remover, and Vitamin K (for undereye circles).
6. Making Cosmetics. The
Making Cosmetics site has lots of
great products but is a little more expensive than some of the other DIY sites.
Of course, you'll still save a bundle over buying skin care products in almost any
retail store, but there is a definite premium here. For example, they have Haloxyl for
undereye circles as of this writing for $28.80 for.
7. Skin Care Talk. The
Skin Care Talk is an active forum community
for those trying to look better. Of course, it is primarily frequented by females, but
it is a good starter source of information for the typical uninitiated male.
They also have a DIY subforum that is specifically for all us do-it-yourselfers.
8. Bulk Actives. The Bulk Actives site is a little quirky, but if they
have a product you are interested in, it will be extremely well-priced. Here
are some sample prices of pre-made antioxidant formulas, which can in some cases