Prepping Your Skin For The Holidays

Today let’s talk skin. I don’t know about you, but skincare routine has always been important to me. I know some people are blessed with flawless, picture-perfect skin and others…need to invest a little more care and time to maintain healthy skin. That someone is definitely me.

For as long as I could remember I had very soft skin, but as soon as I hit 17, my skin completely changed to acne prone, and the oily/dry combination was something I had to deal with. In truth, having acne, dry, uneven, and dull skin sucks. Take it from someone who has been through A LOT when it comes to skin. I spent countless hours researching remedies, and from expensive products to dermatology treatments, I finally feel like my skin is in the best state that it has been in years!

I know a lot of things could have contributed to that… like pregnancy hormones, age, stress etc. but I’m a strong believer in good quality products and a daily skincare routine. I swear by these two.

That being said, I’ve partnered up with Skin Forum to share some of these awesome products that I have been using for the past week.

*Disclaimer* I only use products that fit within my niche and that I personally recommend. This is not an ad, but these products were received for complimentary purposes.

OK, I just had to throw that in there because I wanted you to know that I’m being authentic, and honest when I recommend products.

So what exactly is Skin Forum? They are Korean inspired ingredients, made in New York. That help dry, oily, wrinkled, or dull skin- you name it, their products are the perfect match! I tried their “Botanical Fuse” line, one mask a day which is the easiest K-beauty routine for naturally glowing, flawless skin…and I can attest to that after my 5 days of masks.

Here is a little review of each:

*tip: before placing the mask I highly recommend exfoilating. It doesn’t have to be fancy…you can use seasalt, or baking soda with warm water. Scrub, rinse and apply your sheet mask!

Citrus:
Glowy skin starts with me. Squeezed with orange, lime and grapefruit extracts, I’ll handle your skin’s hangover, toxin and all that.

My thoughts: This mask made my skin feel completely refreshed…it almost felt like I had mint/peppermint sensation on my face.

Herb:
Your skin is safe and supple with me. I’m bulletproofed with Rosemary, Witch Hazel, Green Tea and Aloe to get rid of skin irritation and premature aging.
My thoughts: This mask really helped my tired mommy skin appear more refreshed. As a mom, I often have tired/stressed skin and I feel this really helped with that.

Lavender:
Let me be your skin’s blanket. I’m packed with Lavender Oil, Chamomile, Aloe and Rosemary top wrap your skin in soothness and relaxation.

My thoughts: After applying this mask my skin felt and appeared very smooth! My makeup never looked so fresh. It almost seemed like I had a primer on before applying it to my face.

Charcoal:
Your daily dose of healthy skin. My dark and rich combination of Activated Charcoal and botanical ingredients will banish dry skin and strip off impurities.

My thoughts: Ok, this was my favorite! I had a few dry spot around my eyebrows and after this mask, my skin was as smooth as my baby’s bum…haha! But seriously, this mask was very effective. Also, another neat thing was the mask gave off an “ice cold” effect while wearing it as if I was wearing ice on my face! Really cool.

Oxygen Bubble:
Ready, Set, Flawless! My oxygen-infused wash-off black charcoal bubble mask will give you the plumping and rejuvenate your skin deserves.

My thoughts: This mask was so fun! Totally a mask to a girls night/slumber party! It was so fun to watch this mask in action as it bubbled up! And the result? My pores looked so much cleaner.

Face/body contouring roller:
I’ll be honest, I never thought this roller would be effective when I first looked at it until I applied it to my face! It really helped message my skin- which aids in moving water cells, helping the skin look more awake and plump (this is a theory that came to mind- something I learned in one of my biology classes back in university days lol)! I used it on my mama-tired face in the morning and I feel like it took away that tired face syndrome after a few minutes, you know what i’m talking about, right? I think this is a mama/busy-gal must have!

Summary
Honestly, this was the first time I ever used sheet masks. But now I see what all the fuss is about! I feel like the products were better absorbed in my skin because the mask serum did not dry up during the application process unlike non-sheet masks (in my theory at least), and overall (honestly) my skin feels VERY smooth, glows, and it really helped with dry spots on my face. And if you don’t believe me, ask my hubby! He definitely noticed too. 🙂

Check out Skin Forum today if you feel like you have any of those issues, and how about try this 5 day mask challenge, as I did? It’s always worth a try! And don’t forget to stick to a skin care routine that works for you, consistency is key.

Use ohlafemme15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase from SkinForum. 

XOX. I.P.

 

Essentail Oils and Babies

Evalyn Mae is 7 months today! Give me a second while I tear up. Seriously, while living in baby-land the last 7 months, the time has been going by at hyper speed. Can any other mama’s relate?

Well by now you probably know that I love sharing monthly updates on what I’ve been using on baby Ev that have been effective. I’m always searching to treat my precious babe with home remedies, safe homeopathic alternatives, and essential oils. At least I try. I personally try to avoid taking any sort of medication unless it’s my last resort. The truth is that any prescription, and OTC medication that goes into your body, will always have a side effect either now or down the road, so I try to avoid them as much as possible… and now, so much more when it comes to baby.

There is so much to be said when it comes to essential oils. So I have partnered up with an expert, Kayla who will share a lot about the effectiveness, safety, and uses of essential oils, mainly in babies. As moms, we all want what’s best for our babies, and I strongly believe essential oils are a great way to treat, maintain, and benefit your baby’s overall health.

I have asked 10 concerning questions when it comes to essential oils that Kayla so descriptively answered. I have learned that although there are SO many great things about essential oils, you have to be wise on how you use them, cause like anything, moderation is key, especially when it comes to a baby. Also, Kayla is hosting a Facebook class tomorrow where she shares a “Baby Class” on everything you need to know about essential oils and babies in further depth, a chance to ask questions and receive answers on the spot (since the class will be live), and where to purchase any, if interested. But if you have any more questions, feel free to reach out.

10 Q & A on Babies and Essential Oils

1. Which Essential Oils are safe for baby?

Most of all essential oils can be beneficial for baby.  Here are a few that I would say use with caution (not using repeatedly or on a regular basis).These include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Basil
  • Juniper
  • Peppermint
  • Hyssop
  • Wintergreen

Also, something to keep in  mind:
“Children are in general more delicate and some oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint have very strong smells which can, in rare cases, lead to respiratory distress.  Be careful when wearing strong smelling oils, diffusing or using around a newborn or young child.  Babies also have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults, and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils.  Diluting with a natural lotion is always a good choice.” – Debra Rayburn, Gentle Babies


2. Is it safe to keep an Essential Oil diffuser in the same room where baby sleeps?

YES! We love diffusing in the nursery for nap time and bed time! Diffusing helps create a calming, peaceful atmosphere that can help induce sleep. Breathing in essential oils directly influences the control center of the brain, the hypothalamus.  This area sends instructions through our body concerning sleep patterns, mood, behavior, appetite, and the release of certain hormones.


3. Where are the best areas on baby’s body to apply Essential Oils?
I started off applying eo’s on the bottom of my son’s feet. Place drops of oils into a bowl, in a roller, or in your hand and add your carrier oil, my favorite is either fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil.  Always dilute when applying oils on infants and children.  When beginning topical use, it is wise to start slowly on the bottoms of the feet and gradually test on other areas for sensitivity. Now my son is 7 months old and I roll his Lullaby roller on his feet, behind his ears, down his spine, and on his chest. His Lullaby roller is 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops Frankincense topped off with FCO in a 10 ml roller, it’s perfect for calming and immune boosting!


4. Which EO’s are helpful for sleep training?
Lots! Here are a few of our favorite oils and blends:
SLEEPYIZE:
Y’all need this oil, especially for kiddos! It is so relaxing and peaceful, and it already comes with a carrier oil in the bottle as part of the Kidscents line—perfectly formulated for use on littles (although adults like it too!). Roll on the bottoms of their little feet before bed, and/or down their spine.

LAVENDER:
It is so lovely and calming, and is such a great oil to use for sleep training!
Diffuse it at night, and add it to rollers for topical application.

GENTLE BABY:
This is an oil that invites a sense of calming for both baby and adults alike! It is a blend of some of the dreamiest oils, including rose, lavender, lemon, roman chamomile, geranium, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and palmarosa. That is pretty much pure magic in a bottle! Diffuse it and make a roller of just Gentle Baby for a dreamy nap and bed time experience.

SLEEPY TIME ROLLER:
I do 4 drops cedarwood, 4 drops orange, 4 drops lavender, and 3 drops vetiver, and fill the rest with a carrier oil in a 10 ml roller. It is seriously the best!!! Good for baby and mama!
 
DIFFUSER BLENDS:
It’s great to start with a calming blend in the evening as you begin your bed time routine and are getting ready to settle down. We also love to diffuse overnight as we sleep. It is such a wonderful support for everyone’s sleep.

Here are some of our favorite diffuser blends:

  • Cedarwood and orange
  • Peace & Calming (I or II) and orange
  • Gentle Baby and lavender
  • Dream Catcher
  • Roman Chamomile and frankincense

5. How early on can you start using EO’s on baby?
Staring at day one you can start, however, some prefer to wait a week or two until both baby and mama have figured out a few things like nursing. Mama’s own scent is very important for baby in those early days! I started at around two weeks old for my son. Here is a good guideline for ages and dilutions:

Babies: One day – 2 years old
Young LIving suggest ⅛ the labeled concentration of all oils on babies from ages 0-1.  Be sure to reference the safe list below to avoid oils not suggested for use under two before using a blend or single.
Toddler and Kiddos: Two – Six years old
Young LIving suggests ¼ the labeled concentration for children ages 2-6. Using carrier oils and lotions is also a great way to extend the use of your bottles! It’s great when you’re on a “mama” budget!

“Using oils neat or undiluted will create a tendency for the oil to evaporate more quickly.  Using  a carrier oil or lotion may also create a more sustained effect and reduce possible over-sensitivities especially in this age group.”

Kids ages 7-11
Young Living suggests ½ the labeled concentration for this age range.

Mama Tip:
When starting with oils, use one at a time always diluted to avoid overloading their system.  Slowly start to add in oils as they adjust. This is a great age for kids to start using their own blends.  Mix up their favorite oil for school or the oils that you use on them daily in a roller bottle and send them on their way.  Be sure to teach them oil safety and to apply oils to the feet first and always diluted.

Kids ages 12+
Young Living suggests full labeled concentration for kids ages 12+. At this age, kiddos will be used to applying oils and what oils are needed and when.  Be sure to teach them oil safety first and to start applying to the feet first.

Mama Tip:
Be aware of “Hot” oils such as Peppermint, Panaway, Thieves, and Oregano.  Hot oils feel icy/hot to the touch.  This can cause irritation of the skin and these oils should always be avoided around the eyes.  Be sure to not rub the eyes or around the eyes after applying hot oils.  We always suggest diluting hot oils no matter the age.


6. Why is it important to dilute EO’s
Diluting is “watering down” the potency of essential oils which is key for babies. Their skin is much more delicate so diluting is just what we do. It also helps stretch your bottle of oils. My favorite carrier oils to dilute with are fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil for rollers and regular (solid at room temp.) coconut oil for massaging onto my son’s skin.


7. Which EO’s are helping during teething?
COPAIBA! This oil is a MUST for teething! It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the body’s natural response to injury and irritation. It helps numb the area it’s applied to and is known as the “Firefighter” putting out fires so to speak. Use it by itself or with clove. I made my son a roller with Copaiba and Clove topped off with FCO in a 2 ml roller and we use it when needed for teething relief.


8. Can EO’s help with common colds or fever?
The Kidscents line has a blend called Snifflease that we have come to love for whenever he is congested.  Use this in place of Vick’s vapor rub. It’s pre-diluted and ready to apply, I rub it on his chest and diffuse it for respiratory support. You can always rub it on their chest with coconut oil to stretch the bottle longer or if you are applying to a younger infant. Some other things we do to boost immune support during times of dealing with any crud is using Thieves household cleaner to clean allllllll the things in the house, everything! I love having the Thieves hand purifier in the diaper bag, in my car, and on the diaper changing table in his room.

Here are some of our favorite diffuser blends for immunity: (Using 2 drops of each)

  • Thieves, lemon, and frankincense
  • Tea tree, lemon, and lavender
  • Snifflease and lavender
  • German or Roman chamomile and R.C. (stands for respiratory care)
  • Sleepize and frankincense

9. Can EO’s be harmful if not used properly?
Yes, of course. As with anything if used improperly eo’s can be harmful.

However, “Sensitivities to YL’s essential oils are seen very rarely.  Typically, if sensitivities occur, the cause is either that a different brand of chemically adulterated oils used or because they were used in excess which simply overloaded the system.”-Quotes from Debra Rayburn, Gentle Babies


10. Which EO’s brand do you recommend? Why?
I have done a ton of research on this topic because I wanted to know that without a doubt the oils I use on my baby were the best!  I only suggest using Young Living essential oils since YL is the only company out there with the purest oils on earth! Do your research and I think you’ll be impressed to find how different Young Living is from the rest. Check out their Seed to Seal process at www.seedtoseal.com


Thank you, Kayla! And there you have it… an in depth overview of Essential Oil’s and babies. And if you’re interested in following what Kayla has to say on a daily basis regarding essential oils in everyday life, you can follow her on instagram! Here’s a little more on Kayla:

Kayla @floating.feather.essentials

My name is Kayla Williams. I am a wife and a new mama to the sweetest little boy ever! I was born and raised in Boise Idaho and I will probably never leave I love it here so much! I am apart of the best oily community of mamas bettering their families health on oil at a time! I originally bought my kit for sleep support and making my house smell good without the use of highly scented candles which gave my husband headaches because hello chemicals! Two weeks after ordering my starter kit I found out I was pregnant! I was now even more excited and determined to use my oils for everything in life- specially during my pregnancy, birth and on my baby. Fast forward to today my son is now 7 months old and I cannot imagine not having these amazing supportive oils in our life!

My favorite starter kit oil is a tie between Thieves, Frankincense and Stress Away, I mean come on I can’t just pick one!

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XO. I.P.

Luxurious Hair Extensions From Luxy Hair

Today, let’s talk hair. I don’t know about you, but hair has always been a big deal for me. And I’ve got a little secret that I’d like to share. 😉

From as long as I could remember, I always wanted long, luscious, thick hair. I mean, don’t we all? I specifically remember this being a prayer of mine growing up, aha! I would see beautiful hair all over the media: magazines, TV shows and I was always so envious of thick and long hair. There is just something so feminine about long locks. Wouldn’t you say so?

But, I always had thin, fine, flat hair. Although I have good hair texture it was not enough to satisfy my desire for long thick locks! I know, I know, you always want what you can’t have…

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