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Aged 42 I have been unfortunate to have developed lupus rash on my face feet neck and chest, and have turned to home making oils and creams. After much experimenting so far I have found several mixtures that work amazingly well, so well i use them all over.
Pure cold pressed avocado oil (which is an translucent green) and had a natural S.P.F of about 8. It helps to dampen the reddening color my skin goes especially during flare up, and gives some defense from the sun (my skin is now very photosensitive). I have applied it neat to wet skin after a shower or bath, then pat dry and massage it neat into affected areas, also elbow hands heels It is absolutely awesome but can slightly stain clothing towels etc., avocado oil is amazing for very dry skin and wrinkles.
As the summer came i started adding pure cold pressed raspberry seed oil which has a higher natural S.P.F about 18 i think and seems to be just as fantastic for moisturizing and healing. It's also amazing for wrinkles and very dry skin, I have dab it on neat over cheek bones and sensitive areas of my skin and it really seems to help with sun sensitivity.
Pure cold pressed rosehip seed oil is fantastic for dry skin, wrinkles, scars and lines, I would say this is my fave, it feels lighter and doesn't have the green color of avocado oil, but leave my skin feeling and looking like a baby's skin., I've used it now along with the other 2 oils for just over 3 weeks and its addition has completely transformed my skin. I have used it neat on wet skin after shower or bath then patted dry and massaged in all over, leaves skin feeling supple moisturized soft and smooth.
As you see I have tried a few, and now mix and match to my needs. I used an empty 100ml oil bottle to mix the different oils together, at the moment I use half a bottle of rose hip seed oil about 40 mls of avocado and 30mls of raspberry seed oil and shake vigorously before use, I am using all over my body on wet skin just out of he bath or shower, then massaging in all over my body after I've dried myself, adding extra to dryer areas. The fragrance of the oils can be a bit earthy and just recently I have tried adding natural fragrance, my fave is pure essential rose oil, you only need a few drops. It is gorgeous.
Its well worth taking the time to read up about natural oils, and don't be afraid to try them. You can get them cheaply from places like ebay, buy the ones you think will be suitable for your skin and try them, make your own mixes. it has worked for me better than the horrible steroid creams that the doctor gives out, and my skin is now amazing, I will never buy shop made stuff again.
Honey and pure royal jelly have also been fantastic especially earlier this year when my face rash split and got infected, I added pure royal jelly to the oil mix (leaving out the fragrance oil) my skin healed in about 8 days, but the royal jelly separates from the mix and takes a really good shaking to mix it back in again, and the mix needed keeping in the fridge. And it is very expensive.
Hope this helps, although reading back it seems a bit long winded. I just wanted to share what id found in the hope it would maybe help some one, I know how desperate i got to find something natural.
For those of you with dry skin or not. This is a treatment for your skin that the Italians have used for years. Never to young to start taking care of your skin. I am a 67 year old woman and have no wrinkles, and my skin smooth. Have made this for all my friends and now they are addicted to it....men can use this as well as women....
olive oil grapeseed, walnut, almond, or any other lighter oil that is natural vitamin E oil. Can be purchased at a health food store
regular cooking sugar
for fragrance use oil such as peppermint, or any fragrance of your liking
I make this in large batches, but can be made in small one. Put sugar in a large bowl, add enough olive oil to the sugar so that the sugar is well coated and there is a small layer of oil, add the remaining ingredient and mix will..
When you shower, first lather yourself and rinse.....then use the body scrub all over your body scrubbing your feet as well, your neck and face. Rinse off scrub. You will have removed all the dry skin, and conditioned your body naturally.
By zeena w (Guest Post)10/11/2008
Try aqueous cream with 10 % olive oil. I have been using it for years and it is very cheap. Aqueous cream is available for about AU$13.from chemist and olive oil from your kitchen. You can use it as moisturizer, soap, and make up removal.
By Maggie (Guest Post)06/24/2008
Half an avocado with an egg yolk, mash together and place onto clean fresh skin, leave for 20 minutes, wash off with cool to tepid water. This will not only freshen skin and leave you feeling fresh it will replace vitamins you have lost through over use of animal fats in soaps.
Use the other half of the avocado with the egg white whisk egg white to a froth in single bowl, mash avocado in separate bowl when egg white is whisked enough place together and mix well, place onto face and leave 20 to 30 minutes, wash off with cool to tepid water, this will leave your skin rehydrated and fresh.
By Fiona (Guest Post)06/13/2008
Ingredients: Rose Water (see recipe below), Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax
Pick rose petals (3/4 of a mug) infuse in water and leave for 5 days in a warm sunny spot (a window is most suitable) Strain and keep the water.
1. Warm 3/4 of mug of sweet almond oil with 3/4mug of beeswax gently in a basin over a pot of simmering water (like melting chocolate) don't let get too hot, the slower the better stirring gently.
2. Warm the rosewater in a separate pot gently.
3. Add rosewater to first mix and whisk vigorously for 5 minutes.
4. If you want extra boost for dry skin take a vitamin E tablet and burst into mixture.
5. You should be left with a cream coloured moisturiser.
6. Add 3 drops of lavender, and 1 drop of rose or sandalwood essential oils.
Store in fridge....
(Fiona Dunne, Aromatherapist, Prescription Cosmetics Expert)
By (Guest Post)05/26/2008
For chemists out there: How can we double the Gold Bond formula in our kitchens? Thank you.
By Phoebe (Guest Post)03/12/2008
Honey turns into sugar, not literal poison, when boiled. This guy has details: http://lifestyle.aol.ca/article/Healthy-Foodie-Honey/31913/
By Regina Arlauckas 12/19/2007
I could find NO evidence in any reputable source of honey becoming toxic when boiled and have NEVER heard of that. And honey is heated to very high temperatures in baked products all the time with no toxic effects - so I am curious how valid this is. Please, what is your source for that information?
By Maria (Guest Post)12/19/2007
EVOO is the best...
Hey Post by PICO (194) | (11/13/2006).. says add Honey to a cup of boiling water .
But as far as i know.... Honey shud be added to hot water n not boiling. Coz honey added to boiling water turns TOXIC.....
SO please PICO.... Chk the receipies before u advise .... coz many people here are not aware.. they might blindly follow anything...
Please take care
I just use plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil! I use it every night and wake up with soft, smooth, silky and literally glowing skin! It works wonderfully on my dry skin and absorbs very quickly.
If you're not so crazy about the scent, you can just add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell nicer, but I'm alright with the scent. Besides, the smell does go away within a couple of minutes.
It's cheap, natural and probably sitting in your kitchen cupboard right now! (You should use Extra Virgin because it's least processed, meaning all the good 'stuff' is still in it, meaning more nourishment and it'll work more effectively)
By vbart (Guest Post)11/14/2006
Oh, another thought; being a "shower" (as opposed to "bath") person, I keep a plastic squeeze bottle (like a ketchup/mustard dispenser) filled with some kind of vegetable oil, scented with a bit of essential oil, in the bathroom, and use just a bit, overall, while I'm still wet...great for winter!
By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)11/14/2006
i use virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. a little goes a long way!
for lips, dab with raw honey and let set. it will mostly soak in if your lips are really dry. great for cold sores too.
you can add a couple of cups of whole milk or milk and cream to your bath. to that you can add a half to one cup of honey. pat your skin dry.
don't use anything with a petroleum base if you can help it. anything you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body in minute amounts. that is the theory behind all these patches of medicines we see these days. that said...the closer to natural, non man-made the better.
By LEONA LABINE 11/13/2006
This is a recipe from recipezaar, go to recipezaar if you wnat to read the ratings
You will see the change in your skin after a week.
Internal Detox For Glowing Skin
This is a great, simple drink to detox impurities from your body. It cleanses your body from the inside out. Extremely easy to drink too. Have one first thing in the morning, and one before bed. You will see the difference within a week.
2 1/2 teaspoons good quality honey
1 slice lemons, 1 inch
1 cup hot hot water
Add Honey to the boiling mug of water, stir till completely dissolved.
Add the slice of lemon and allow it to brew for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Sit back and enjoy the drink.
Lotion for Dry Skin
2 (9 ounce) bottles of baby lotion
2 (8 ounce) jars of vitamin e lotion
4 ounces vaseline petroleum jelly
Pour everything into a large bowl and mix with electric mixer until smooth. Pour into lotion pump bottles.
I use the shea butter mixed with a small amount of natural coconut oil. For aroma I will add a few drops of almond oil or some other essential oil. This truely will moisture and not leave an oily film.
Go to the dollar store and buy a large bottle of baby lotion (dollar store brand) a small jar of vaseline, and a jar of vitamin e cream. mix all and put in containers ( i use funnel and put back in original containers.) If too greasy, you can use 2 bottles of baby lotion. This is great for moisturizer, cheap, and lasts a loooong time.
By vbart (Guest Post)11/12/2006
I buy pure (and not chemically processed) shea butter from www.womensgold.com, mix it with a bit of "carrier" oil (such as sunflower or almond), and use it year-round. It is amazing; it is the only moisturizer I will use, and my son, daughter, and son-in-law are hooked, too.
By (Guest Post)11/11/2006
I wash with ivory soap, moisturise with Johnson's 24 hour moisture lotion and use extra virgin olive oil when I get really dry. I will dab it on my face, elbows and knees as needed. If I feel really dry and itchy I add some to my bath. I stand up before the bath drains and I am covered in a light layer of moisture that I only pat dry. Hope this helps....
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