Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bikini Line and Blemish Serum


Summer is such a beautiful time of year... a season that is all about showing off some skin.  So this week I am sharing a recipe that will keep you beautiful, too. For the ladies, our yards aren't the only things we have to keep landscaped, and like weeds, those in-grown hairs are quite unsightly.

The serum recipe below is adapted from the book Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. The essential oils are highly anti-inflammatory and also anti-bacterial. Not only does this serum make a great treatment for blemishes and in-growns but it is also a great preventative measure if applied before the wax or shave.

People who battle blemishes can use this as a daily serum to help zap surface bacteria and bring down redness. This is not an acne cure-all, though. Acne is an internal disorder and nothing topical will ever be a permanent fix. However, with proper diet, stress control and exercise this serum is great to have in your skin-care arsenal.

All of the essential oils were purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential oils can have a pretty big sticker shock if you are new to them but they are an investment and are worth it. Remember that in one ounce of essential oil there is about 600 drops- they do last a long time. Jojoba oil is the closest to our own natural sebum (oil our pores produce) and will not clog pores or leave a greasy film on the skin.

You will need a 2 oz dropper bottle (also at Mountain Rose Herbs), 2 oz jojoba oil, 4 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops each of clove, German chamomile, and green myrtle essential oils.

Add all ingredients to the dropper bottle and briskly roll the bottle between your palms. If you are like me and do everything last minute then you can wait 24 hours for all the oils to synergize.  However, 4 days in a dark cabinet is best. Essential oils deteriorate in light so still keep it in that dark cabinet for storage. Use within 6 months for full potency.

For waxing and shaving, apply once a day for 3 days before and after treatment. As a spot treatment, apply with a Q-tip up to three times per day.

Serums at beauty salons and even in stores are very expensive but you can make this one for a fraction of the cost. Give it a try and see how beach-ready your skin can be!

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