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Topical steroid withdrawal is a thing! Be aware of how you're treating eczema.

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Topical steroid withdrawal is a thing! Be aware of how you're treating eczema.

Let me share Chi Pei's story with you. She wrote extensively about her journey from having 80% of her skin itchy and flakey (at its worst), to now living itch-free, with just a bit of residual rash. You will find by reading this that steroids actually did worse for her in the long run. She's not alone.  

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Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

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We all have our first-aid stories, right? Son #2 got poison oak so bad, his entire face puffed up like an over-roasted marshmallow. Son #1 fell 20+ feet from the air, onto rock, when the homemade zip line he was riding suddenly snapped. Son #4 deals with intense stomach pains every time he consumes ice cream containing eggs. Who do you call?Back then, I could call my neighbor, Marcee, in an emergency, and she'd arrive with her manzanita tea (for poison oak), calendula infused oil (for wounds) and lemon turmeric tonic (for inflammation). The more I learn about these herbal...

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REST is what the dermatologist should order for skin care

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Stress and worry can trigger skin conditions. Studies show that stress contributed to acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis. (source) It would make sense, then, that we do all we can to control the stress. Here are some ways: Get your mind off it. Every time I see clips of the movie The Terminal, where Tom Hanks plays an Eastern European tourist stuck in the JFK airport for months, I recall being in active labor with my now 11-year-old son. My husband and I sat on the living room floor of my midwife's home, watching The Terminal while I endured painful...

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Making Perfume from Essential Oil Blends

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Researching essential oil blends for perfumes is actually somewhat stressful for me (unless it has lavender... then it should calm me, right? 🤣) There are so many factors involved - the obvious is that I need to love the scent blend. But there's more to it than that. What to know before making your own perfume bottles: What percentage of essential oil to carrier oil? Which essential oils are safe for the skin? Within the overall percentage of essential oil to carrier oil, what percentage of individual oil should I consider to 1.) keep it safe, and 2.) balance out...

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Homemade Natural Blush Recipe

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Make your Own Natural Blush Ready to look your best for summer?With a little extra sun on your face, you may want to skip make-up altogether or apply just a bit of color. I was digging around Wardee's Women's Health Masterclass to see what type of skin-related DIY projects she has going. She's a great friend and was happy to let me share this recipe with you.Let's start! First, when it comes to colorants, you as the home DIY'er have many more options than I do. While you can make whatever you want out of whatever natural and edible ingredients...

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