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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Bowl for mixing
4 oz canning jar
About ¼ cup dead sea mud
1 drop Spearmint
1 drop Tea Tree
1 drop Lavender
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Manufacturers are not required to list their fragrance ingredients on product labels.
- Often only one-word ‘fragrance” or “parfum” is used on the label and can hide a cocktail of more than 100 ingredients.
- 75% of fragrances contain phthalates which have been linked to cancer, infertility, pregnancy loss, and birth defects.
- Fragrances are common triggers of asthma, migraines, allergies, and sinus problems.
- NO SULFATES
- NO DYES
- NO FORMALDEHYDE
- NO PHOSPHATES
- NO SYNTHETIC PERFUMES
- NO SLS
- NO DYES
- NO PETROCHEMICALS
- NO FORMALDEHYDE
- NO SYNTHETIC PERFUMES
- NO OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS
- NO SULFATES
- NO SYNTHETIC DYES
- NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR COLORS
- NO PRESERVATIVES
- NO FLUORIDE
- NO SLS
- NO PARABENS
- NO PHTHALATES
- NO MINERAL OIL
- SYNTHETIC PERFUMES
So many women suffer due to hormone imbalances. Hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, having a hard time losing weight are just a few of the symptoms women experience during perimenopause and menopause.
Some women think that the only two options they have is to take synthetic hormones can cause more problems than they help or live with it.
Interesting Fact>>> 95% of women who suffer from hot flashes are low in Progesterone and about 3% are low in Estrogen.
Progesterone is known as the feel-good hormone. Some of the symptoms of low progesterone are:
- Mood Changes
- Low Libido
- Hot Flashes
- Weight Gain
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Fibroids and endometriosis
Progesterone is a heavy hitter and when it's low, which again, is what happens in menopause it wreaks havoc on our bodies and our lives. With all that going on why add possible side effects of synthetic drugs to the mix? Why not try natural alternatives first?
According to Dr. Dan Purcer, natural Progesterone is an incredible hormone that helps many women. Natural Progesterone is bioidentical to what your body makes. It helps to balance out your estrogens levels too. ( see below for more information) Some of the benefits of natural Progesterone are:
Stops or reduces hot flashes
Reduces the risk of breast cancer
Kills breast cancer cells by causing apoptosis or cell death
Reduces or reverses fibrocystic breast tissue
Reduces Coronary Artery Disease
Aids in sleeping
Helps migraines in women
Shuts down endometriosis
Stops abnormal breathing
Helps to thicken hair.
You can learn much more about progesterone and the type he recommends at https://danpursermd.com/womens-health-menopause-with-dr-purser-on-facebook-live?rq=women%27s%20health.
There are many types of natural Progesterone on the market and I am not a doctor, I can only tell you what I have used to help support my hormones. It took me several months to find a regimen that works for me. That is one of the great aspects of using natural alternatives. It is not one size fits all. You tailor it to you and what your body needs.
I use Progessence Plus from Young Living.
Young Living is the largest essential company on the planet and the only one with The Seed to Seal Promise which means you never have to worry about where the essential oils are sourced from or the ingredients used in any of their products. You can read more about The Seed to Seal Promise right here on this website.
You can read more about what ingredients Young Living will never use in their products at https://www.youngliving.com/blog/australia/ingredients-youll-never-find-in-yl-products/
Progessence Plus from Young Living is a fantastic natural source of Progesterone that helps to support your hormones. This serum contains a naturally occurring form of progesterone that comes from wild yam extract. It's important to note that this is NATURAL, not synthetic, so our bodies know how to use and process it without the terrible side effects that synthetic hormones can have.
When using, apply Progessence Plus on the soft skin of your forearm or your neck. I started with one drop in the morning and once at night and then slowly added a few more drops depending on how I feel.
You can watch more about Progessence Plus in this short informative video at https://www.facebook.com/lindseyelmore/videos/619853208445509/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDAxMzEwNDAzOTpWSzo1ODI5Njg2NDU1MDA4NzM/?query=proggessence%20Plus&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Remember about 3% of women who suffer from hot flashes have low Estrogen. Estrogen enhances and maintains the mucous membrane that lines the uterus. It increases the size of the endometrium as well as enhancing blood flow, protein content, and enzyme activity.
Symptoms of low Estrogen are:
- painful sex due to a lack of vaginal lubrication.
- an increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to a thinning of the urethra.
- irregular or absent periods.
- mood swings.
- hot flashes.
- breast tenderness.
- headaches or accentuation of pre-existing migraines.
Along with the Progessence Plus, I added Clary Sage essential oil. Clary Sage comes from the Sage plant and contains Sclaereol which mimics estrogen in women especially during menopause. Clary Sage has a calming effect as well, which might just help during this time too...your welcome.
Some studies have shown that there was a 30% reduction in breast cancer risk when using Clary Sage long term. There is more information about Clary Sage above in Dr. Purser's video.
I recently added Endoflex to my daily routine. Endoflex is a blend of oils that are supportive of the thyroid gland. Your thyroid works with your adrenals and your hormones to help regulate the body. Your thyroid can be affected by stress, viruses, medications, your gut microbiome, exposure to harmful synthetic chemicals that are in so many of our cleaning, and personal care products. These products are wreaking havoc on your thyroid and other hormones. Did I say stress?
These three products have been a game-changer for me. I NEVER recommend anything that I have not used and got some sort of benefit from. Natural alternatives are a smart, savvy way to meet these life changes head-on without all the possible side effects.
There are two ways you can get Clary Sage, Progessence Plus and Endoflex. You can buy them retail from me.
Or you can start your own wholesale membership at Young Living. Becoming a wholesale member means just that-you buy Young Living products at a 24% discount. Think Costco or Sams.
By becoming a wholesale member of Young Living ( Think Sams or Costco) you will have access to over 600 essential oils or oil-infused products. When you start your membership you get to choose a Premium Starter Kit. You can see more about all the kits right here on the main page of this website.
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