On Skin Care…

I have been reading a lot about home remedies on this site https://www.facebook.com/HealthyAndNaturalWorld; especially for skin care… Most of the lotions and potions I buy make my skin feel horrible.

A couple examples are:

The anti-aging SPF face lotions, holy cow do they make face look greasy-then I’m constantly putting on powder to tone down the shine. Don’t get me wrong, I usually don’t go anywhere without putting my makeup on first. But if I have to spend more than five minutes in the morning putting on makeup I tend to get a little cranky, so having to add power to my face all day long is a real bummer. And trying to get all of the gunk off my face a night takes up a lot of time or maybe I’m impatient because I’m usually tired and ready for bed at night.

Body lotion is another. If I put it on in the morning my skin feels sticky for the rest of the day (like I have a layer of grease sitting on top of my skin-I’m not sure I have ever found a body lotion that soaks into my skin, but then with all of the chemicals in lotion, do I really want it to soak into my skin?

Another problem I’ve been facing a lot lately is the amount of plastic that I use and recycle or throw away depending on if I can recycle the plastic. Not to mention the price of some of these items. Whew, skin care can be expensive! And some of the natural products I’ve bought just don’t cut it for me and they are even more pricy then what you can get at the store.

After researching some natural lotions and potions and, of course playing around with some of the ingredients I have at home, I’ve come up with a couple I personally like, some that let my skin breath. But they may not work for everyone. Let me set things straight, I am not a placebo type personality. If something doesn’t work for me I move on. I have done research and made other lotions/potions that haven’t come close to making my skin as smooth as this new batch I’ve been using.

I am really on a tight budget so the only thing I bought was Organic Coconut oil. I was using Extra Virgin Olive Oil with some Calendula in it as I moisturizer on my face. I would apply it on my face first thing when I jumped into the shower, let it soak in and then rinse it off before I got out of the shower. The Coconut Oil I would apply to my face at night and sometimes apply some of the Aveeno light, sensitive lotion on with it for that extra boost of moister. New Mexico is a dry state most of the time.  (I use Olive oil for most of my cooking and I grow Calendula in my garden, it’s great for nauseous and upset stomachs so I didn’t have to got out and by these two items.)

I did this for a while and was very happy with the outcome, but still missed having that darn sunscreen. Until I read that Coconut oil can be used as a sunscreen, and I felt like I need a little anti- oxidant boost too.

So I came up with this for my in the shower moisturizer:

Reusable plastic bottle with a pour spout
Split 1/2 bottle Coconut oil and 1/2 bottle Olive oil
Several drops of Rosemary essential oil
(I always keep essential oils on hand)
Several drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
Several drops of Lavender oil
And a Calendula Flower.
(All of the essential oils and Calendula are optional)

The last batch I made I used 10 drops of each and found out that the Eucalyptus was a tad to strong scented for me. But then I do have a tendency to do research and then play around with my essential oil combo’s. If I know I’m going to be outside all day I just use Coconut Oil straight up.

I do the same for a body moisturizer, I just apply a small amount of my Olive Oil potion on before getting out of the shower and I’m good to go. My skin feels really soft without the greasy top coat. And it doesn’t make the tub floor slick and oily.

So far these potions have worked for me. But like I said…. Disclaimer: I Am Not A Dermatologist! I’m just someone looking for a better, more healthy, and maybe cheaper way of keeping my skin moisturized and silky smooth:)

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