Saturday, July 7, 2012


As we get older our faces seem to develop larger pores.

As the years marched on, I could see my own pores more pronounced, but I didn't have a remedy for this problem, and I didn't look for one. I just figured that some things come with age. I just became more careful how, and how much,  makeup I put on. My trick became hiding the problem, not dealing with it. (Does this sound familiar?)

Four years ago I decided to try my hand at making my own moisturizing lotion. I wanted to be able to put it on my face, but wasn't sure what the results would be. I have very sensitive facial skin, and when I find a cream my face could somewhat tolerate, I'd stick with it. And even at that my face would sting a bit the first few minutes of putting it on.

I bought my first kit to make lotion from Organic Creations. The first recipe I made was the one that was supplied in the kit. It turned out great!

The second batch I decided to tweak it a bit to make it my own. The bulk of it was, soften and  hydrate your skin,  (unrefined) shea butter.To my recipe I also added cocoa butter, which has emollient qualities, and vitamin E oil. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

It took awhile before I tried it on my face. I'd put a bit on here and there, and before long I was using it all over my face regularly. The best part was my face did not have any stinging sensations at all!

 After about three months of using my new homemade lotion on my face, my pores started to shrink!  I wish I had taken 'before and after pictures'!

 I have also learned, from a young friend, going to cosmetology school, about sugar scrubs. You can virtually take your favourite face cream and do a sugar scrub on your face! No expensive product is needed!

You put a small amount of sugar in a bowl. You apply your favourite face cream (liberally) on your face, then dip your fingers into the sugar (with a bit of lotion still on them). Gently, in swirling motions, rub the sugar on your face.  You don't want to do it too hard or your face will redden and feel sore. The point is to exfoliate the old skin off. Rinse off with cool water, which will close your pores up.  Then add a thin layer your favourite cream for the day.

How often should we do a scrub? Your skin rejuvenates itself every few days.  One of the benefits to exfoliating the skin every few days is that it encourages the skin to grow. The results is a smoother feeling and looking face!

Life is good! 


  1. Thanks for this post, you reminded me that I wanted to try this very thing! Everything I read about doing facial steams, and various other face treatments, say to follow up with a moisturizer. But having oily skin, I always shied away from it. Do you have an oil recommendation that I could make my own face moisturizer out of that would not leave me feeling too oily? Shea proved too much for me. Thanks, Anna

  2. Anna,
    I will try to address your question in my next post! Thanks for stopping by!