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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Before you shop for facial skin care products, there is one crucial pre-shopping step that you must take: determining your skin type. Just because a product works well for a friend or your favorite celebrity is reported to use it, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Skin types, like skin care products, are not one size fits all. I’m going to share my favorite way to effectively determine your skin type.
Find out your skin type in 3 simple steps
- Pull your hair back away from your face. Using a gentle face wash, remove all traces of makeup. Rinse thoroughly and carefully pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Do not follow with any other products at this time.
- Wait for one hour. Using a clean tissue, gently cover your face and blot lightly.
- Remove the tissue and then observe your findings.
You sit staring at a computer screen all day at work. You text back and forth. You answer emails. You’d think that once the work day is over and the dinner dishes have been cleared that you’d be ready to sit and relax.
The reality, though, is that most people are still plugged into their phones in the evening. Texts continue. Work emails are read and answered long after the work day has ended. Then you just have to check your Facebook feed, order a new pair of shoes, pin recipes and DIY projects over on Pinterest, and share the latest photo on Instagram. And then there is the stressful reading of political posts that appear day after day. Honestly, it can be stressful!
It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?
Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.
Have you ever noticed tiny white bumps that look like they are right under your skin? Perhaps you have. Milia can appear around the eyes, forehead, nose, and cheeks. They seem to linger and are resistant to most typical acne treatments. Just what is milia and how do you get rid of it? Let's find out!
What causes milia?
Milia can occur for several reasons. I know that I have heard so many women say, "but I wash my face thoroughly." The truth is that it is not because your skin isn't clean enough.
Our skin naturally sloughs off dead skin cells. Sometimes, though, the skin doesn't shed those cells and what happens is that sebum and keratin will get trapped underneath the epidermis. When this happens, they build up and get lodged in sweat glands and hair follicles rather than being shed. Before you know it, cysts form and you'll notice those little white bumps that do not seem to go away.
There are several skin care ingredients that may contribute to milia. I will share those with you in a moment.