I recently was diagnosed with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and just got my CPAP machine. The first thing I thought was "Oh No! Can I use my diffuser and sleepy time oils if I am using a CPAP machine for Sleep Apnea???" My sleep study showed that I stop breathing every TWO minutes and wake up 22 times an hour without knowing it, so the CPAP machine is extremely necessary.
I've been diffusing various combinations of essential oils for rest and relaxation over the past year and love it. But, with a CPAP mask covering my face at night, I was wondering if it was still worth it to diffuse my night time oils - the short answer is yes. The CPAP machine pulls air from the room and both are placed by my bedside so it shouldn't be a problem. I can also diffuse oils prior to going to sleep with the CPAP mask on too.
I noticed that since I am getting older that the skin on my neck was starting to feel rough and was feeling loose. But, never fear - There, in fact, is an oil for that! I did some research and made a neck firming serum, which I have been using for about a month now. I've noticed that in that time, my skin is starting to feel smoother and firmer.
Here is the recipe:
Geranium oil can help eliminate the appearance of scars and dark spots on the skin. It can also prevent the skin from sagging too or can be used to firm the skin over time. I use it in a few different DIY body care. It has a strong perfumey scent, but in this case mixes well with Cypress and Frankincense.
Frankincense oil promotes cellular health and is essential for the skin as it also helps to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. Overall Frankincense is great for calming and soothing the skin and is very gentle. I pretty much use it in all of my skin care products for these reasons.
Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for any skin type especially if you have sensitive skin, acne, eczema, dry, irritated, or oily skin; Almond Oil provides a plethora of hydrating benefits without agitating sensitive skin. Not only is it a perfect moisturizer, but Almond Oil also helps to restore the skins natural protective barrier. It moisturizes your skin and is versatile, so it works in many beauty recipes. It is high in vitamins A and E which nourishes your skin. Do not use sweet almond oil if you have a nut allergy. Sweet Almond Oil has a comedogenic rating of 2*.
*Comedogenic ratings as it pertains to carrier oils and essential oils is a determination of whether or not certain oils with a rating of 0-5 will cause your skin to breakout because of clogged pores.
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