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« on: April 13, 2009 12:34:23 PM »

I've never posted over here. I have finally come to realize I'm a jack of many trades.

I started swimming recently due to running injuries and my skin HATES ME!

I've tried everything and I'm now on an antihistamine and am on a regimen of super moisturizing products to combat the dry itchies. 

I was desparate for some relief the other day and I didn't want to go out and spend money. I googled "DIY bath scrub" and came up with a few different ways to make some.

One site said to use shampoo/lotion/body wash as base and mix in an exfolient.  Another site gave a more organic way of making scrubs.  I didn't want to go to the grocery store either...so I did kind of a combo of both.

I mixed:

2 cups lotion (I used Johnson and Johnson's Creamy oil moisturizer)
2-2.5 cups Oatmeal (I reccomend grinding down a bit beforehand so it goes down the drain! my tub was a mess!!)
2 T olive oil
1/4 c green tea (let it seep for a while until it's super dark)
the leaves from the inside of the tea bag

This mixture gave me some relief, but if I did it again, I'd use cocoa or shea butter lotion for the base, grind down the oatmeal or use steel cut oats for more of a grit. 

Here's a photo. it looks like egg salad, from what I've been told. Oh well.. it worked! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009 12:47:14 PM »

oh wow! sounds like a great recipe  Grin
i might try it - my skin can go a bit dry in the summer
ive just started trying to make my own bath n beauty stuff, but without having to buy stuff- its fun!!
i must admit - i thought it was houmous from the picture on the front page Tongue
but great - thanks for sharing the recipe!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009 12:51:15 PM »

Yeah..I thought about dying it, but I figured I didn't care what it looked like, plus the oatmeal would make it look rather odd. 

I seriously seriously seriously need to get a frackin' point and shoot camera or at least get batteries for the lil camera I've already got! 

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2009 12:52:56 PM »

Try increasing the olive oil. I actually put 10-20mL worth of straight olive oil with a few drops of EO added on each leg after I shower. I leave it on while I do my hair and makeup stuff, then rub the legs lightly with a towel. The oil often entirely soaks in.
It's the only thing that will keep my legs from looking and feeling like tree bark a few months a year.
The bonus to using an oil is that they will act a bit like a moisture barrier against the chlorine.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009 01:04:03 PM »

ooooooh thanks, geek_goddess.

I'm looking for something to protect myself from the chlorine, so I'll up the olive oil and see if that helps. 

I've found a few products, but I don't want yet ANOTHER step to do before I go swimming. Swimming is already such a hassle. If I could just swim naked in a lake, that would make my day. That's why I love running b/c you strap on your shoes and you're off.  NO hassle.

Anyway. I'll try the olive oil!  Smiley Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009 05:01:07 PM »

Looks great! Yeah a coffee grinder is good for grinding up the oats, or use baby oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal. Hope your skin starts feeling better! I have a million skin problems, and lavender eo is great for soothing and so is making a tea out of calendula petals (a member of the marigold family I believe).
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