It is safe to say that you have heard of, and maybe even used, a product or two from companies like Revlon, Maybelline, Aveeno, Dove, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, or The Body Shop. Many of these products have so many unknown ingredients, as opposed to the limited number of known, natural ingredients. They also cost a lot more than you will spend to make your own.


There are just as many or more toxins in our personal care products as our cleaning products.  Many of these harmful ingredients are in the form of synthetic, cheap fillers. Synthetic means fake, not real. Our bodies do not know what to do with fake stuff. We were not created that way. Our liver is our body's filter and when we dump so many of these synthetics on and in our bodies it increases our toxic load.

Good news!  With just a few simple changes we can decrease the toxic load on our bodies that are so harmful to our health.


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not here to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. This is for informational purposes only. Join our newsletter and get your free guide, 5  Steps To  Healthier Living.


One really SIMPLE and RELIABLE way to have products that are safe and free from harmful chemicals is to make them yourself! Making your own products and infusing them with Young Living pure essential oils is a COST-EFFECTIVE way to get premium products. BETTER products for a FRACTION of the cost. 


Essential oils are not all created equal. So many oils on the market are  filled with cheap fillers making them no better. Young Living is the largest essential oil company in the world, has been around the longest, and the only one with Seed to Seal Promise. You can learn more about Seed To Seal HERE


Regular cleaning is an important part of healthy, youthful skin; however, you can overdo it. Dermatologists agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and lack of moisture. If you have overly oily skin, you should wash your face in the morning and evening; if your skin is on the drier side, stick to once daily, in the evening.  Always wash your face after workouts to prevent breakouts.


TIPS to get the most out of your cleanser.

1) Take your makeup off before you cleanse. Most cleansers won’t remove all of your makeup, so start with an oil-based makeup remover.

2) Avoid drastic temperature changes while cleansing. According to dermatologists, that whole  “Wash with HOT to open your pores and then finish with COLD to close your pores“ thing is a myth and it can actually cause irritation.


3) It is a good idea to cleanse your face in the shower. Mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores.


4) Alternate your cleanser three times a week with a gentle face scrub. Do more or less depending on how your skin feels. The Satin Mint Facial Scrub is A-MA-ZING for exfoliation. The exfoliating beads are made of jojoba beads, which are gentle yet effective and refreshing. A total life hack to wake up quickly!  

 

During the winter months, I know MY skin needs some EXTRA lovin’. Adding Jojoba oil to your cleanser can give it just the love it needs. Oh, and by the way, Jojoba is pronounced ho-ho-ba. Who has been saying that wrong this WHOLE TIME?


Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help to tame chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair. One other positive feature of Jojoba oil is its similarity to human skin oils, its use can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus will balance oil production without promoting acne or other skin problems.


Essential oil benefits.

Frankincense gives your skin a youthful appearance.
Lavender essential oil is calming, soothing, and cleansing to the skin.



FACIAL CLEANSER RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

½ cup unscented Castile soap

1 cup distilled water

2 Tbsp. jojoba oil or sweet almond oil

15 drops  Lavender essential oil

15 drops Frankincense essential oil


DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients into a 16 oz jar, mix, and enjoy!


                                        


A simple Amazon search for “foaming soap containers” will get you what you need.


**FUN IDEA**

Have a DIY Make N’ Take get-together with a few friends. Make your own mini facial cleansers to take home. Search “Travel Soap Bottle Mini Liquid Foaming Castile Dispenser” on Amazon to see what is available for container options. The holidays are a perfect time to get together and make meaningful unique gifts.  Let's chat if this sounds like fun.

 

MODIFIED RECIPE for 50 ml foam dispenser.

1 Tbsp Castile soap

2 Tbsp water

½ tsp jojoba oil

3 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Frankincense essential oil


                                                   

                                       


Do you feel like you’re doing all the right things but your skin is STILL oily!? Using a toner may help.


The biggest argument in favor of using a skin toner is that it restores your skin's pH balance. Due to the alkalinity of soap, it causes our skin to be less acid after cleansing. When the skin needs to work in overdrive to regain its more acidic natural pH level between five and six, it may overproduce oil. Using a toner can help quickly return your skin to its proper pH level.


An alcohol-based toner strips off natural oils, so it is important to use a gentle alcohol-free toner. Make your own toner with a few easy-to-get, highly beneficial ingredients and essential oils that will transform this average toner into a premium product. Use your toner after cleansing and before moisturizing.


Vitamin E is both a nutrient and an antioxidant. Vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic and supports new skin cell growth, and speeds up cell regeneration. If you are more prone to acne, use less or omit this from the recipe, as it is heavy on your skin.


https://www.livestrong.com/article/25515-benefits-vitamin-e-oil-skin/


Witch hazel is a plant native to North America and parts of Asia that has been used for centuries for its skin-soothing properties. Its powerful antioxidant and astringent benefits are known to help speed healing, prevent signs of aging, stop cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer, and eradicate bacteria that live within the pores of the skin.


Essential oil benefits.

*Frankincense gives your skin a youthful appearance.
*Tea tree has been used for centuries by the aborigines to cleanse the skin. Caution: this oil can be drying to the skin.
*Cypress supports healthy skin. *Use with caution during pregnancy.
*Geranium promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin.
 

DIY FACE TONER RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

2 oz container of choice

2 oz Witch hazel

½ tsp Vit E  

3 drops Frankincense (optional)

3 drops Tea tree (optional)

3 drops Cypress

3 drops Geranium


DIRECTIONS

Fill 2 oz bottle ¼ an inch from the top with witch hazel. Add Vit E and essential oils. Shake well before use.

**Have you ever used a toner before? Are you excited to start using one?

                                   

                                   

Are you dying for a relaxing SPA treatment? Making your own mud mask is an affordable way to feel pampered and treat your skin to what is deserves.


The minerals in mud are highly effective for absorbing oil from deep within the pores as they dry, trapping oil in the mud. Mud is often used to detoxify and tone skin and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for skin disorders.


Some other benefits of mud include: reducing signs of aging, improving circulation, shrinking large pores, rinsing away blackheads, and helping to clear acne. Please note that the mud will draw out some moisture from your skin as it dries, so it is recommended that you follow up with a moisturizer. ART Light or Intensive Moisturizer are two great moisturizer options from Young Living’s skincare line.


http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/health-and-beauty/what-can-mud-do-for-your-skin-27038


Essential oil benefits.

Spearmint moisturizes and refreshes the skin.
Tea Tree has been used for centuries by the aborigines to cleanse the skin. Caution: this oil can be drying to the skin.
Lavender has a calm and soothing effect on your skin.


MUD MASK RECIPE


SUPPLIES/INGREDIENTS

Bowl for mixing

4 oz canning jar

About ¼ cup dead sea mud

1 drop Spearmint

1 drop Tea Tree

1 drop Lavender


DIRECTIONS

Apply a thin layer of mud mask on cleansed skin.
Leave the mask on your face for at least 15 minutes, or until it dries.
Avoid facial gestures while the mask is on your face. The mask may crack.
After 15 minutes, rinse your face with warm water.
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Amazon is a great place to order Dead Sea mud for your mud mask. Search for 100% Dead Sea mud.


What is your dream SPA treatment?

                                     

                                    

What is the goal of an eye serum? To firm your eyes, decrease wrinkles, and reduce bags and dark circles under your eyes. RIGHT!? No one wants to look in the mirror and be reminded of a raccoon or think, “OMG, it looks like I haven’t slept in DAYS!”


NOPE. Not me. Time to say BYE BYE to sad eyes and HELLO to bright eyes.


One celebrity secret is argan oil, but you definitely do not have to be a celebrity to take advantage of this one. It is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. SIGN ME UP! With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is ideal to give skin a natural boost. YES. PLEASE.


Almond oil is very popular in Southeast Asia and in the Mediterranean region where the almond tree was first domesticated. It has gained huge popularity in the beauty industry. Here are two of the main reasons I like to use it: first, it creates smooth skin, and second, it reduces dark circles under the eyes. According to an article released by “Natural Living Ideas,” some see reduced dark circles in as little as two weeks after applying under the eyes regularly.


http://www.naturallivingideas.com/sweet-almond-oil-benefits/

 

Essential oil benefits.

- Sacred Sandalwood is very similar to Frankincense. Calming and soothing. Provides a youthful appearance to your skin.
- Blue tansy is a rare botanical in the chamomile family. It has become celebrated for its use in luxury skincare products. Contains skin-cleansing and moisturizing benefits.
- Geranium promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin.
- Frankincense is popular for its ability to maintain radiant skin and to smooth the look of healthy skin.
- Lemon contains antioxidants and is refreshing, cleansing, and beneficial to skin.


EYE SERUM RECIPE


SUPPLIES/INGREDIENTS

2 oz dropper jar

1 oz Almond oil

1 oz Argan oil

3 drops Blue tansy or 3 drops Sacred Sandalwood

10 drops Geranium

10 drops Frankincense

5 drops Lemon - Add only for a nighttime eye serum as Lemon oil can cause sun sensitivity.


DIRECTIONS

Fill 2 oz container with Almond and Argan oil.

Add in essential oils and mix.

Use ring finger to apply under eyes in am and pm.


                               


I hope you enjoyed learning easy ways to make your own skincare products that are free from synthetic chemicals that are so harmful to you, your family, and even your pets. It is easy peasy and cost-effective to make your own. Grab your printable with all the recipes below.


  If you have any questions or are ready to learn more email me at hello@marieinmontana.com or comment below.  I am happy to help.

To Your Health,
 Marie








 






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