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This week Erin lets us in on her favorite skin care products and even gives a DIY recipe for fellow brave crafty souls.


Erin: All my life I’ve been very lucky in that even throughout middle school and high school I was never prone to break outs or acne and I got away with using bar soap on my face. I have recently come to the sad realization that I am becoming an age that requires using products that you cannot purchase at the dollar general and I am going to have to actually start using “grown up” products on my skin to keep it fresh and healthy.


I have a bit of a dry skin problem on my face and I’ve asked my friends for advice and while great advice and much appreciated I’ve found that most often I find I spend the money on a product only to come out looking like someone has burned a layer of my skin off. So I did what any Gen-X girl would do and took to the internet and found that people with my same problem had great results with the Neuteogena Naturals line and were saying to start with just the purifying facial cleanser and follow up with the multivitamin moisturizer so I figured, why not?


Two weeks in and I gotta say my face is feeling great. It soothed the burning from the Cindy Crawford stuff my mom gave me to use that tore my skin literally off my face. It’s great. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has sensitive skin like myself or just has had problems finding a face wash or moisturizer that works for them. I got mine at Walmart so it’s about $3 cheaper than other retailers.


Side note, I was also blessed with eczema on my scalp and hands that tends to flare up when the weather had it’s little hissy fits and can’t decide if it wants to be happy and warm or mean and cold. My mom-mom blessed me with a lot of things but she passed down her skin problems to me haha. BUT, after 20+ years of dermatologists and creams and sleeping with saran wrap around my hands (yeah that was terrible when you’re 12) I have finally found an all natural recipe that works.


I found this on Pinterest and it also works for Psoriasis.




20 g. / 0.7 oz. Shea Butter

15 g. / 0.53 oz. Cocoa Butter

15 g. / 0.53 oz. Sweet Almond Oil

10 g. / 0.35 oz. Castor Oil

5 g. / 0.18 oz. Neem Oil

1/8 tub Vitamin E Oil

(Optional) 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil




Take small sauce pan put in all oils and butters. Put into a larger sauce pan of boiling water. (Double Boiling method) Place in freezer. Wait 5 minutes slightly runny liquid opaque and add the Neem oil and vitamin E and 5 drops of Lavendar Oil. Use a whisk to mix all the ingredients together then take container of your choice (make sure that it has a tight lid so that nothing can get in to contaminate it.


I have posted a link below to the video tutorial on how to make this healing balm here so you can see for yourself how easy it is. I have made it for myself a few times.




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2 Responses

  1. Dear Erin,
    Thank you for your article as I am fascinated by the subject of skin care. I worked for Clinique and Estee Lauder as a skin care specialist.
    I came across a tip I would like to share with you, I read this on a website somewhere, it is a secret of models, this can be done if you ever develop dark spots, or dry skin.
    It sounds like you might have sensitive skin, so you might want to test a small area of your skin with this treatment first overnight to see how your skin is going to react.

    -the juice of one lemon
    -1 cup of real plain yogurt – not the fat free kind

    Combine the above, I use a measuring cup, and then store the remains in the refrigerator with a ziploc bag and a rubber band around the top. It keeps for about a week.

    Each night before bed, after showering or cleansing the area you want to treat, this can be used on the face, hands, chest, elbows, knees, any area where there might be a dead skin build up or if it just feels dry, or in the cases of what I call a botched tan, from either bikini lines or if the knees become darker during tanning, use a couple of spoonfuls and rub in in, in the morning wipe it off with a wet washcloth.

    Do this every night for seven days consecutively. The results: I will let you find out for yourself.
    -There is a reason this has been kept a secret by models.


  2. Hi Victoria,

    Thanks for your comment and suggestion. I am always looking for tips on skin care because yes, I do have very sensitive skin and have to be super careful. I will definitely have to try this method and I will be hitting the store after my shift tonight actually so I will add plain yogurt to my list.

    I will keep you updated on how it works! Thanks again.

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