I'm not into wrinkles. Don't like 'em. Don't want 'em.
Don't expect them, don't host them. Don't anticipate them, don't give in to 'em.
Don't feed em.......don't invite them, don't tolerate them.
Therefore, I don't have to have them and thats the truth.
However, the past 10 years being what they were, have taken its toll on me and I didn't take care of myself as I always had. Many things changed and happened, but I began to see something in my face and skin I didn't like. I thought it was just a phase, but it was damage, and it didn't ''go away''.
Time to gear up.
I have to be careful around this wrinkle issue because I have good genes, in a family that doesn't age, from both mother and father sides, we don't do wrinkles. So when I work on an anti aging serum, I had better be sure. I've been working on it for years and have finally got some good results in, confirmed as usual by that peculiar eye test called "visibility". LOL
So.....whilst I have drawn a lonnnnnngggggg cart and horse with this path, and gone down many roads, enough to fill several books, YOU ALL.....get to benefit from a single post of my personal experience...how cool is that?? for you! LOL
Well, here we go.
As I'm drinking a bit of white wine infused with lemongrass and black pepper....a combination that is virtually a time machine that sends me direct to the second star to the North !!! otherwise known as Never Never Land ~ .....I will try to make this coherent. LOL *enter Tinkerbells laughter*
Whilst perusing youtubes one night when I could not sleep.....those kinds of nights doing this has, when I ventured to make it worth my time, has turned out some very helpful information and I have to thank all those women for putting it all out there.......I came across something that caught my eye with the word ''organic'' in it....my personal lifestyle....and so one thing led to another and one click led to many others online. I found a woman who makes everything she uses from house cleaning products to shampoos etc, as I do. However, in my case there are some things I haven't mastered yet or found a recipe for that works for me as in my shampoo, a quest I have come to an end to I think as I found something works, but that's another post.
But I saw a youtube from a woman who makes her own Vit C Serum. Have any of you tried making this? Well I've heard of it for years, but didn't bother making it because you know why? The patriarchal 'EXPERTS' in this field all said Vit C applied topically doesn't penetrate the skin barrier.
Enter entrepreneur women who believe in the old, 'let me try this myself' common sense thinking, and you have a slew of women who have benefited from this, and are making their own, seeing lovely and inspiring results with added emphasis of great excitement and thusly a need to share as most women do when they make discoveries. Makes me cringe that I even wasted years believing the "experts" and not trying it myself the way I do 99% of the time.
Oh well, at least I now have a face that WOULD show some benefits from this product yes ? LOL
So, saw this one particular youtube here and she was so nonchalant about it that I thought its really not rocket science after all as the ''experts'' are trying to make it out to be, because god forbid women make their own rejuvnating creams and serums and gosh! where would all the laboratories and department stores be???
Well this is where I love and have fun....is making my own everything. Before recently, this facial serum I didn't really need. I only needed to keep myself well hydrated with drinking good quality water, my veggie juicing, lots of good sleep or making time for it when I didn't get it, all natural products, some sun, and shea butter for moisturizing. I used to believe the more ingredients the better it has be for the skin right? No. I've used them all, expensive and cheap, natural and unnatural, but found shea butter pure and simple works magic on keeping my skin plump and wrinkle free....unless of course its the genes. Castor oil does the same, I do use it when I get dry skin for its magic. There's so much more to problem skin than wrinkles, theres discoloration, sagging, dryness/oiliness, spots/ blemishes, tone, textures....many things.
But these two, castor oil, and shea butter are the most moisturizing ever.
I used all the known power anti aging products from Nature I could find.....because where do you think those high end products sold in expensive chain stores get their basic ingredients disguised with their latin names? from Nature.....and even when they add a natural ingredient from nature as their highlighted ''effective ingredient'', it is something from Nature......it cannot be avoided. Well I decided 30 years ago to go directly to Mama Nature herself as I don't need the psychopathy of middlemen or marketing to get to the juice of what I need.
Vit. C as a topical serum has been touted as miraculous by the companies who make them, but when an individual tries to make it, well, it doesn't work, say these ''experts''. And I never bothered to test this.
Well the women who have gone and done so have spoken volumes and I both thank them and I'm listening.
After watching many utubes of how others make theirs and the way they see improvements in their skin, of course I bought a powdered vit C and began that very night. I put it in a spray bottle and kept in the refrigerator and used it morning and night.....from my face to my decollete, because the ''face'' doesn't end at the jawline, it ends at your bosom.....that's when you're serious about your skin.
But I didn't just make this vit C serum, I made another serum, and between the two, I used them both morning and night and within days I thought I saw an improvment in what has been causing me sadness. I got excited of course, as the rejuvenating qualities of the skin, when you give it what it needs, became apparent. Eureka!
I have to say, even if I just ''think" I see an improvement, that is enough for me, but a visitor also told me my skin was glowing, and that was all the confirmation I needed. I do see it in the morning and am surprised when I see it at varying times during the day.....
you know? ..... when you just happen to look in the mirror and take a double take? yeah that one LOL
Hold your horses....I'm getting there......LOL
So, after experimenting with these two which I shall share with you in a New York Minute, I believe I found a combination that works, and has given my skin what it needed to do what it is supposed to do which is to replicate healthy skin cells, remain youthful and moist. So here goes:
As in the video above, I simply got an empty spray bottle, mixed one teaspoon of vit C powder with 4 ounces of distilled water, and I really would NOT use any other kind of water......and made sure it totally dissolved and put it into a little bottle. How complicated is that......
You can use either a spray bottle or just a regular bottle in which you'd have to use a cotton pad to apply it, and I do both.
As the lady above, I used it first thing in the morning and then I applied my own rejuvenating serum, and last thing at night, same thing. The lady uses a commercial product with petroleum jelly which I'd never use.
My own Rejuvenating Oil Serum:
I'm not good with measurements so you'll have to read carefully: I got an empty bottle maybe a 4 ox size? of which I have many for all the things I make, added it halfway with pure organic coconut oil, maybe 3 ounces??,
opened 4 gel caps of Vit. E 1000 I.U. and put that in,
added half a bottle of rosehip seed oil by Aubry Organics....
one whole bottle of seabuckthorn berry oil also by Aubry Organics, and this will make things orangy, but it does wash out.
about a tablespoon of rice bran oil which my skin loves and is very popular with the Japanese who are famous for their beautiful skins, 3 drops of carrot seed essential oil, 4 drops of pure frankincense essential oil, and 4 drops of pure rose absolute or otto. I have an extensive collection of pure essential oils but these are basics.
All of these ingredients are used by high end companies touting their ''unparallelled'' skin rejuvenating qualities....all available at your local health food store.
I've been using this and seeing beautiful skin people! I did have one testing area to look for improvement and it was a line I was developing on my upper chest area right underneath my collar bones....there was a line, a wrinkle that went across....and I had a few little red dots that wouldn't go away. Since I've been using both the Vit. C Serum and the Oil Serum they have gone away.....I'm seeing smooth, olive skin, with no wrinkles and no discolorations. It has literally rejuvenated to its original condition of being healthy. I have taken my mirror and gone out into the bright Florida sun to investigate with my glasses on, and the improvement is real.
I also had a bad habit of picking on my cuticles on my fingers, and when I use the serum I not only put it on my face to decollete, but I put it on my hands and up my arms a bit for the skin that is exposed so much in the Florida sun while driving has suffered. And my cuticles have improved at an alarming rate, to my great joy and I feel the skin getting better.
Another test: my housemate John works at Whole Foods as a chef and is always getting burned handling large/huge pans, dishes etc. He doesn't take care of these burns and when I see them I almost choke, they are raw, and yellow from infection etc. Inevitably I have to ask him to let me do something for it, and this past week I thought to test the healing qualities of Vit C topically, quick fast, this burn is perfect to see results with. Usually for these burns of his I use colloidal silver which is unparallelled in my opinion and I usually soak the burn/cut and cover it with gauze to keep it wet with the colloidal silver, but now I'm testing the Vit. C.
So I sprayed it on his arm, and he left it exposed. The next day it was 90% better and he was surprised. I told him where the spray was and to use it freely....pleeeeeeze!......and in his successive burns, he's been spraying the Vit. C serum on his own! I have since seen new ones and asked what in heck is happening, more burns, and he never treats anything people......but this is too easy even for him......and he's getting very fast healing which is wonderful!
I didn't find pics really necessary, but here is one of my two serums, blurry as it is, it is the best I can do in my mood now, I'm just not into all the work necessary for a good photo and styling ...lol.
These are small bottles maybe 4 ozs?
The Vit C serum on the right in the blue bottle needs to be dated because it does go bad. I make small quantities to use it up within a week, then I mix a new one, just 2 ingredients, vit C powder and distilled water. I've just had to change the ratio of Vit C powder to water because my skin got used to it. Initially applying it will sting and this is desirable. When I no longer felt the sting I thought it had gone bad so I made another batch with the same ratio, still no sting. I used it up then made a stronger ratio mix and I feel the sting again. I would not keep going up stronger and stronger, not necessary, its just how I test things.....I like to be super sure.
The amber bottle on the left is the Oil Serum. The Vit. E is a natural preservative and it doesn't need any refrigerating. I'm loving these ! LOL *happy happy dance*
So there you have it.....Beauty-Full Skin Serums....try them and let me know how they work for you!
blessings of beauty.
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