I have been mixing pure Vitamin C powder with water, making a paste, and applying to my face. If you try this, you need to be careful because it does tend to sting. I know that Philosophy also has Vitamin C powder but I find that the powder that I bought at Amazon is alot bettr. Sometimes, I use this as a scrub or leave on over night. You can mix with almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil or even vitamin E oil. I find that Vitamin C powder tends to boost my collagen and make my face look less aged, if you will. This website which is a forum on skin care called http://www.skincaretalk.com/ has recipes for making Vitamin C serums. I find it easier just to mix the powder with water or oil.
Someone told me about Argan Oil and I have been using Josie Moran's argan oil that I bought through QVC. In fact, I got a kit from QVC that includes the oil, a tinted moisturizer, lip gloss and mascara. Her products are fabulous. The oil lasts forever as you only need a little. Oh, yes, it included cheek stain that is really neat and all of the products have argan oil in them. I like it because it really seems to add moisture to your skin.
Retin A - my dermatologist said that she could tell the women who came through her door who used Retin A. Obviously, I had not. She gave me a prescription and wow, what a sticker shock! It is very expensive. Thank goodness she gave me a discount coupon to give the pharmacist. I think that maybe it keeps wrinkles at bay at the very least. However, a friend of mine has used it for years and she doesn't have any wrinkles. Through the forum mentioned above, I read that a lot of the frequenters of that forum buy their Retin A through All Day Chemists, a pharmacy in India. You do not need a prescription. I ordered several tubes (about $4 per tube) and have been just as satisfied with this as what my Derm prescribed. You would have to decide this for yourself. I ordered a stronger strength than what my Derm gave me.
Next, I will talk about my experience with DIY chemical peels.