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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In a word, yes.
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What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can help repair damaged cells. Naturally occurring Vitamin E includes eight different isoforms. These include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocotienol.
Vitamin E is one of the most studied skin vitamins because it was discovered so long ago. In fact, it was back in the early 1920s when Berkeley biologists Dr. Herbert Evans and Dr. Katherine Bishop made the discovery.
In the field of skin care, Vitamin E has been used for more than half a century -- and with good reason.
The leaves are changing and it's getting darker earlier and earlier. Fall is officially here. With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Autumn is a time of transition and it is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The recent summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the upcoming winter.
1. Exfoliate your skin.
Lift dead skin cells, which make your skin look ashy and dry, with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skin care routine, yet it continues to be one of the most overlooked. Everyone needs to exfoliate.
Why? When dead skin cells are sitting on top of your skin, pores become clogged. You will likely either experience acne or your skin will just look dull and flaky (or both). Helping your skin slough off dead skin cells is essential because those clear pores will more readily absorb your other facial care products, helping them to work more effectively.
Use a gentle facial scrub or facial brush to manually exfoliate, or choose a chemical exfoliant such as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). If you are oily or prone to blackheads, look for an exfoliant with salicylic acid (BHA).