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Whole-Family Skin Care

2 Jul

For many families, babies get all the good stuff! In a lot of households, babies get special shampoo, special lotion, special laundry detergent, etc. For many of us, we just accept that babies and younglings get the toxin-free, super healthy stuff while the grown-ups get the commercial stuff.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

Babies and toddlers may have a reaction to many chemicals found in commercial skin care products, but that’s only because their virgin skin hasn’t yet developed an immunity or a resistance to the vast array of chemical concoctions we use daily. It does NOT mean that adults should be using these products – just that most adults have adapted to them.

But ideally, shouldn’t we all be non-toxic?

And as parents, think on this: Your toddlers are still in your arms all the time! If you use a detergent that your child is sensitive to on YOUR clothes and save the “good stuff” for their clothes, they’re still going to get exposure to the toxins every time you pick them up. For parents (especially mothers!) of infants, it’s even more important, because these little ones are constantly mouthing on parents. Infants are “tasting” Mom’s skin every time they nurse or she lets them suck on a finger.

For some of us, we may cite cost as a factor, but I have great news! Homemade skin care products can be made in minutes and cost less than virtually every commercial product on the market! Here’s a few of the recipes that I use:

Shampoo/Liquid Soap

Admittedly, this one can be rather expensive, depending on where you purchase your Castile soap. But we use this soap as shampoo, hand soap, face soap, body wash – you name it. First, here’s what I love about this soap:

  • It’s mildly acidic, so it will de-tangle hair. (I do advise that you wait to brush/comb your hair until it’s dry to prevent breakage, and if you have exceptionally thick hair like I do, you may need to comb it in sections the first time after the shower, but I have to do that no matter what shampoo & conditioner I use!)
  • It rinses clean in only one rinse. This is GREAT for those reluctant little bathers who do NOT like having their hair rinsed!
  • It’s mildly anti-bacterial; this can greatly help to reduce body odor as most of that is caused by bacteria.
  • It’s heavily anti-fungal, which is great for preventing yeast infections.

Now for my own testimonial: I have had flaky scalp for about eight years now. Beauticians always recommended some super-hydrating shampoo and it did nothing. Some time ago, the flaking scalp spread to my face – especially my eyebrows, T-zone, and nose. Nothing worked on it – no beauty product, INCLUDING the very expensive department store cosmetics in the pale green package! At times, it would get so bad that my scalp and face would start bleeding! When I started using this shampoo, my flaky scalp went away almost immediately, so I started using it on my face. With no other moisturizer (except a natural sunscreen when I go out during the day), everything cleared up. No more flaky skin. No more acne. Just clear and beautiful skin. I absolutely LOOOOOVE this shampoo!

So without further adieu, the recipe:

  • 1 c. liquid Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Almond soap.)
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. tea tree oil
  • 1/4 c. water

Mix and then store in an old shampoo bottle. I like to use a bottle left over from a foaming shampoo because it makes it really sudsy and fun!

Deodorant

Okay, so the special shampoo will go a long way toward making you smell nice, but sometimes you need a little extra. That’s when I turn to my all-natural deodorant. Now this has kind of been an experiment. I tried putting it into some old deodorant containers and it did NOT work. At ALL! So I just stuck it into a small Pyrex dish with a lid and called it a day. I apply it by rubbing it on with my fingers like lotion. It gets very hard but softens with body heat.

One note: Do NOT keep this in your bathroom while you’re showering. The heat in the room will cause it to melt. If you do it by accident, it’s okay – just put it some place cool and it’ll harden back up again.

I don’t have exact measurements for this because I just kind of eyeballed it.

  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil (for girls!)

Mix the coconut oil (about 1/2 c. or so) with about 3 drops Tea Tree Oil & 7 drops Lavender Oil (for girls!). For boys you can either use 3 drops Tea Tree Oil & 5 drops Eucalyptus Oil, OR for a more neutral deodorant (for boys AND girls), you can just do about 7 drops Tea Tree Oil. Anyways, mix it up! Then add equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch until you get kind of a thick paste. Store it in a covered container and you’re good to go!

Hair Masque

Now this is just for Mom. Maybe Dad if he’s got long, flowing locks. Anyways, about once every 1-2 weeks (when my hair gets a little overworked), I mash up 1 avocado, 1 banana, and 1/4 c. honey in a blender until it’s smooth. Rub it into the hair and scalp. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse out. It makes your hair SUPER soft. To be honest, I often feel like my hair is a little TOO soft, and so I’ll shampoo it a couple of times after using it just to get it to feel a little more “normal”, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Facial Mask

Another easy blender one. Grind up about 1 c. oats in a blender on low until still kind of coarse. Add in about 1/4 c. honey and 1/2 c. yogurt to make a thick paste (you can either do it in the blender or with a spoon). Apply and let dry (about 15 minutes or so), then wash off.

Everything Else!

Coconut Oil!

I use coconut oil as a baby lotion, a massage oil, a body lotion, a facial moisturizer, and a gentle sunscreen. I’m sure you can use it for more stuff, but it works great!

Secret Stuff for the Moms

Okay, so this is the stuff that’s NOT for the men-folk to know about! But while I’m sharing, I have a somewhat gross but highly effective aphrodisiac oil recipe that I may as well share.

It starts with an essential oil blend:

  • 5 drops Jasmine (You’ll probably need to use an Absolute because Jasmine EOs are hard to find.)
  • 3 drops Vanilla
  • 10 drops Ylang-Ylang
  • 1 drop Neroli

Now here’s the kind of gross part, but it WORKS! If you’re one of those gals who charts her fertility (and if you’re not, you should be!), wait until ovulation. Now during ovulation, you should be able to collect a little bit of cervical mucus – it’s that thick egg-white stuff that you get when you wipe after you pee. So when that happens, just take the mucus (try to get as much as you can) and add it to your oil blend.

Store in an opaque container. You’ll usually only need a few drops, or you can put some into a carrier oil. Make sure it gets some place where he’ll “smell” it. Now he won’t necessarily “smell” it – it’s actually got a very light scent – but when it hits his nostrils, the essential oils and pheremones will work to trigger a strong sensual desire. So you can put it into an oil diffuser, mix it into a massage oil and give him a massage, etc. – whatever you need to do to get it into his nostrils.

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