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I tested this recipe at the most vulnerable time for my skin. So here it is, I have a confession... For the last 10 years, before Young Living, I have been seeing another aesthetician and have been getting regular chemical peels on my skin. (Gasp!) Sounds awful, but don't let the word 'chemical' fool you - it's really just a vitamin A derivative. So, when I went to see her a few weeks ago, for the very first time in 10 years, she told me I did not need a peel. That was SO EPIC! My skin had no eruptions, no congestion - them's is fancy words for zits and black heads - and my skin looks bright, tight, clear and it looks healthy and young! :-) I chalk that up to a well balanced body and great skincare that I MAKE. MYSELF!!! :-) (Thank you, Young Living) I did keep the appointment and had the peel anyway, but will be researching and evaluating from here on out. ;-)
My point is, that I had just had this chemical peel and my skin was reeeally raw when I tested this recipe. This recipe is surprisingly extremely gentle!
I think I'm surprised because - if you've read my blog about the lavender & tea tree facial cleansing wipes recipe, I swear on a stack of Bibles that the organic witch hazel is the reason it doesn't sting my eyes. Now I believe that the reason is because there's so little Castile soap in it. ;-) Mmhm. I've learned that the Thayer's brand of witch hazel, both rose petal and aloe, are very, very mild. They were perfect in this recipe!
2 tablespoons of Organic Sweet Almond Oil
2 tablespoons of Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel
1 tablespoon of distilled water.
To that, I added:
3-4 drops Frankincense
Frankincense is very good for eyes. If you research what frankincense can do applied topically around the eyes, I'm sure you'd agree - it's a great choice.
Lavender is nicknamed 'the Swiss Army knife' of essential oils because it is so incredibly versatile. I often apply lavender to my hands and cup my hands over my eyes to help reduce feelings of irritation. So, lavender was a natural choice in this mixture. We know how wonderful lavender is for our skin, always helping it to heal and be it's best!
Ylang Ylang is known to be great for balancing our skin, and that is why it's a choice in this recipe. If I had Rose oil I would have tried that in place of Ylang Ylang. :-)
Mix the ingredients. While everything is still swirling around in there, drop a small stack of cotton rounds in it. Press them down gently enough so that you don't force that precious liquid to spill out, and then keep smooshing cotton rounds into your jar until the cotton pads are just damp. You don't want them very wet. I'd say I was able to stuff about 40-50 in my little jar.
*Tip: If almond oil is too heavy for you try organic argan or organic jojoba oil. They're most like the skin's own sebum, which protects our skin from excess loss of moisture. :-) Everything else you'd need to DIY is right here in our A-store on the page called "eye makeup remover".
My skin loved this when the most gentle of storebought products would normally sting it. This is an A plus product! Make it!! I've also been using this as an all over makeup remover when pressed for time - or just lazy, it's doing a fantastic job even with no rinsing!
And now I must back that all up with this PSA... I would never, ever try this with another brand of essential oil. Not in my diffuser, not on my skin, never ingested or around my precious eyes. Young Living is the ONLY brand that earns my respect every single day.
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In case you missed these, here are the skincare products I'm making myself and using with better success than I have ever had in my life. To be totally open, I do use Young Living's line of skincare products too, but maybe one time for every 25 times that I use my own DIY stuff.
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