DIY Nourishing Skin Oil

I had such a hard time finding a lotion that did not irritate my son’s skin that I decided to make my own. Most lotions would either make my son break out in an eczema rash or were extremely expensive. Some of the petroleum based products did help but I did not like that they were possibly carcinogenic and harmful.

After a lot of research and some trial and error I came up with this formula that has worked wonders! It is really easy to make your own Nourishing Skin Oil, so give it a try.


1/4 Cup Pure Almond Oil*
1/4 Cup Pure Grape Seed Oil
1 full dropper of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Combine all ingredients and put in a sealable container that is easy to use. This oil works best if you apply after a shower or bath. You do not need much and it spreads and absorbs easily.

If you have trouble finding a lotion that will not irritate your skin, this oil works very well.

*If you happen to have a nut allergy – substitute the almond oil with sunflower oil or another oil that I have listed in this post.  Hope you love it as much as we do!


Facial Massage – Unexpected Benefits!


There are more benefits to facial massage than you may think. Most of us love the relaxing atmosphere and to leave the spa with a glowing complexion. But facials can also help relieve stress and keep the skin youthful. Here are a few of the many benefits to facial massage:

🔸 Tension Relief – When your face and body are tense it can cause wrinkles but nothing a little massage can’t fix.

🔸 Happiness Booster – Massage can lift the spirits. Calming music, aromatherapy and touch have a way of healing a person from the outside in. Many of us have a hard time taking a ‘time-out’ from work, family, social media and the stress of life. Having a spa treatment forces us to shut everything off and enjoy that moment.

🔸 Increase Circulation – Just like the body, the face can use a little love from time to time. Massage movement can increase blood flow and circulation to the face and warm up the color of the skin.

🔸 Younger Looking Skin – Facial treatments will slough off dead skin cells and help with fine lines and wrinkles giving the complexion a more youthful appearance. It also stimulates the muscles and facial tissues giving you a temporary mini facelift!

🔸 Congestion Clearing – Facial massage stimulates the sinuses and can help relieve congestion and allergies. Also many estheticians offer steam which can also help congestion.

🔸 Detox – Stimulating the lymph system can improve movement of fluid and detox of the lymph nodes. There are many lymph nodes along the jawline and chin area that can benefit from stimulation.

🔸 Headache Relief – Massaging the temples and tight muscles on the face, shoulders and neck can help relieve headaches and may help relieve TMJ (temporomandibular joints) which can be caused from jaw clenching or talking for extended periods of time. Regular massage to relax the muscles is extremely beneficial.

So schedule those regular facial appointments and enjoy the relaxation and benefits!

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Rosacea – Can the Fight Be Won?

Rosacea is a common skin disease that affects men and women over the age of 30. Rosacea is most common on the face, affecting the t-zone area and the cheeks. Unfortunately professionals are still unable to pinpoint a definite cause and doctors do not believe there is a cure. However, there are many ways to control flare ups and live a virtually rosacea free life.


🔸A flushed, red face with sensitive, dry skin that may burn or sting.
🔸Redness on your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead.
🔸Small bumps, swelling and pimples, fine red lines and/or acne-like breakouts.
🔸Rhinophyma (an enlarged, bulbous red nose).
🔸Skin that gets coarser and thicker, with a bumpy texture.
🔸Dry, red, sore or irritated eyes or conjunctivitis.


Cause is still somewhat unknown. It tends to affect those who have fair skin or blush easily. Heredity also plays a role.  Rosacea is not caused by alcohol abuse, as originally believed, however alcohol can trigger a flare up of symptoms.


A flare up can occur anytime the blood vessels in the face expand. There are a few things that can cause this expansion, which are called triggers. Common triggers can be any of the following:

🔹excessive wind exposure
🔹 hot weather (or extreme temperature changes)
🔹 stress
🔹 spicy foods
🔹 alcohol
🔹 hot baths/hot tubs
🔹beauty products (can include essential oils)


There are some things you can do to reduce symptoms and keep rosacea from getting worse.

🔻Know your triggers and avoid them. Not all triggers are the same. Everyone is different.
🔻Get any bothersome symptoms under control. A licensed professional may suggest or prescribe treatments to reduce redness and any breakouts.
🔻Protect your skin by staying out of the sun between peak hours (10 am – 4 pm). When you are outdoors, protect your face by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Wear a natural sunscreen free of chemicals.
🔻Be gentle with your skin. Use natural skin care products for sensitive skin. Avoid any products containing harmful ingredients or chemicals that can irritate your skin. Avoid scrubbing or exfoliating your skin.
🔻Try switching to jojoba oil as a substitute to your regular moisturizer.
🔻Take care of your eyes. Apply a warm, wet cloth several times a day. Try soaking the washcloth with a little bit of chamomile tea or eyebright.
🔻Eat anti-inflammatory foods and herbs. Try regularly using ginger and turmeric in your everyday diet and eat healthy high alkaline meals.
🔻Reduce processed foods and sugar intake.

Rosacea can be tough to treat but there are solutions. Sometimes keeping a diary of when flare ups happen will help you pinpoint the cause/trigger.

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