Lavender for soft skin -- and to repel bugs?
I love flowers. They truly bring me joy. One of my favorite parts about my morning walk is listening to the birds sing their songs as I stroll the neighborhood looking at what's blooming in town.
My yard is full of blooming beauties right now. Do you know what else is out there? Bugs -- more specifically, those darn mosquitoes!
I usually make a DIY insect repellent. I have been doing this for years, making a concoction of Lemongrass, Rose Geranium, Cedarwood & Citronella Essential Oils added to vodka. It is fairly effective.
One of my friends told me that she read that lavender repels these itch-inducers, so I wanted to research that more. If I can save time, then I am all for it.
I took to Google and found 228,000 results for the search "lavender natural mosquito repellent."
Sure enough, there seems to be quite a bit of anecdotal evidence out on this. We have been spending a great deal of time outside. Our backyard is shady and we get pretty buggy at night. I bought potted lavender and set it in our outdoor area near the fire pit. I then added lavender essential oil to the seat cushions on the Adirondack chairs.
Another addition? Relaxing Blend Body Oil from (seed). Really? Yes, really! This is not a bug spray. It was not made as a bug spray, marketed as a bug spray. It does not smell like a bug spray. To be clear, this is NOT bug spray. It is, as we know, a lovely spritz on body oil. It is lightweight and smells so heavenly that you just FEEL relaxed and it makes your skin so soft. I sprayed our oil on my arms and legs -- and also on my boys -- before we headed outside. It gave our skin extra moisture, we smelled great, AND in our experience, found that we walked inside without being bitten. We usually walk in itching and looking for the Calamine lotion.
I just wanted to share our personal experience. For us, we found that the lavender theory really did work AND we smelled great, had silky skin and were ITCH FREE! Have you tried lavender to repel bugs?
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.
What is Seed Aging Beautifully Face Serum?
Is it a serum? Is it an oil?
Well, this is an oil-based face serum. Seed Aging Beautifully Face Serum combines 100% plant-based ingredients - like Argan and Rosehip Seed Oil - to help seal in moisture without feeling heavy or greasy.
Our facial oil serum can be used alone or over your moisturizer. It features a blend of oils to hydrate, balance, and address skin concerns such as loss of elasticity, dullness or skin dryness. Oils tend to be protective, boost skin hydration, and can help tackle a loss of skin firmness. Depending on the oils used -- and this is the case with our oil blend -- it may even help those with oily and acne prone skin types.
Wait. Don't you put this on under a moisturizer?
Great question! Read on...