Archive for February, 2016

Have you noticed that your skin usually breaks out with blemishes when you really want it to be blemish free? My friend’s daughter was going to the prom with a young man she really wanted to impress. She got the date, a new dress and shoes and then – boom! She got a huge pimple three days before the prom.

Blemishes like that (they could be from stress) seem to pick up signals from us, so don’t tell yourself, “I hope I don’t get a pimple on prom night.” Instead, apply this essential oil formula and tell yourself, “this blemish is going to go away” – and try to believe it!

Just put a little of this blemish mix on the troubled area of skin two times a day. Use a Q-tip and dab the mix on neat. The spot should be cleared up in three days.

Blemish mix:

  • 1 drop camphor
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop lavender

Diluted in:

  • 6 drops evening primrose oil.

If you think you will need larger quantities of the mixture, mix equal parts of the essential oils in an amber bottle for a synergistic blend then add them to the primrose oil as needed.

sensitive skin 2This week we talked about natural shaving creams for men and women. As a man or woman, if you have sensitive skin, try this natural shaving cream recipe.

  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup baby unscented castile soap
  • A few drops Vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil (men could use sandalwood)
  1. In a double boiler over low heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
  2. Pour the mixture into a ceramic or glass bowl and place in refrigerator. Let mixture solidify.
  3. Remove from refrigerator.
  4. Add almond oil, castile soap, and lavender essential oil.
  5. Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until fluffy.
  6. Put into a glass jar and use as needed for shaving.

Source: Real Food RN

shaving legHave you ever read the ingredients on your shaving cream product? There may be some things in there you don’t want on your skin. You can make your own shaving cream. It may look, feel and smell different from the store bought brands but it will be much better for your skin and you will get used to it. Here is an essential oil recipe for you to try.

Recipe for Women

  • 2/3 cup organic shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (acts as an exfoliate)
  • 5 drops of geranium
  • 5 drops lavender
  1. Place the shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil in a double boiler over medium low heat.
  2. Stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in essential oil.
  4. Put the double boiler in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours and let the mixture begin to solidify.
  5. When the mixture is firm, remove it from the refrigerator.
  6. Use an electric mixer to whip the mixture for about a minute. The consistency will be like thin cupcake icing.
  7. Add the baking soda. Continue to whip for another 30 to 60 seconds.
  8. Scoop the cream into clean glass containers. Put on the lids and place the containers in the fridge over night.

Note: You can store the shaving cream at room temperature, unless it starts to melt, in which case put it in the refrigerator to resolidify.

Source: Crystal & Co.

I inherited a lot of great traits from my parents, but good skin was not one of them. Since puberty I’ve had incredibly sensitive, finicky skin. Parts of my skin get dried out very easily and other parts look like oil slicks.

I tried just about every mass-produced, commercial product out there to balance and moisturize my skin, but nothing worked. A friend of mine who works in an upscale salon turned me on to natural moisturizers. I’ve been using aromatherapy hand and body lotion imbued with soy, jojoba, coconut, and palm extracts for the last few weeks. I’m proud to report that my skin has never looked more radiant and properly moisturized.

Winter Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita

Cold air can lead to unwanted dryness but a few simple changes to your daily routine will help keep your skin radiant and healthy during the  winter months. At the first sign of cold weather, look for skincare products and makeups that contain powerful moisturizers.

Face creams should be working hard to protect your skin from those blustery breezes, and your makeup should be no different. Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.

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