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Did “It Work?”

1/3/16 – 1/17/16

Well, our 2 weeks is up and it’s time for results…

Remember we trialed the “It Works” exfoliating peel. We used this product two times a week, for two weeks, on Mermaid’s largest nevus area beneath her arm. During this time we stopped all other treatments; including lotions and soaps.


Mermaid’s disease thickens, in time it is almost inevitable that it will become warty to the point that we will not be able to manage it with home care and that’s when surgery comes into play, if she chooses, or if it effects her joints on her hands. Over time you can see below that it begins to thicken. Even with moisturizers, this will happen. My hope with the exfoliating peel was that we could flatten the thicker areas and help prevent some of her “picking” and itching. Hydration is the most important factor in lessening the itch but the thicker it becomes the more painful it becomes.

Here’s where we started….

Day 1.


and ended….

I am happy to share that yes, the exfoliating peel did just what it was suppose too.

Day 14.

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Let’s take a closer look side by side…



To be honest I took NO pictures along the way and paid little attention to the effects aside form making sure Mermaid was not having any kind of negative reaction to the product. I am so pleasantly surprised to see the side by side this morning.

Mermaid’s skin is flatter and currently, is not scaling.

I would have to deem this trial a huge success!

As a loyal customer we paid $36.00 for this product ($60 retail) which seems to be on the higher end of most products we try, with the exception of the WartPEEL ($80) but it lasts. I too, used the product all 4 times Mermaid did on a patch of eczema (wish I took pictures) and we have well over 3/4 of a bottle left. If your weighing out the cost, I expect this product to easily last us 3 months for 2 people.

I will move this trial to our permanent page so you can easily locate it if looking for something to try.

Product Highlights

  • The Exfoliating Peel uses microbeads to quicken the process of skin turn over. By rubbing these microbeads on the skin you’re helping to exfoliate and rid the body of old skin cells, allowing the new skin cells to surface faster than they would naturally.
  • These microbeads are encapsulated with aloe, a super healing nutrient for the skin. The process of exfoliation can sometimes cause irritation, but the presence of aloe helps to avoid that. Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory. As the microbeads are rubbed around, aloe is released to sooth, calm, and hydrate the skin.
  • There are NO HARSH CHEMICALS! The contents of the Exfoliating Peel are derived from fruit and are botanically based active ingredients.
  • The peel takes it all off revealing healthier skin and a more natural healthier you!

If you are interested in purchasing or just looking at any It Works products feel free to contact either friend of mine who will guide you through the uses and any information you could ever imagine wanting.

April Backwell



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Alicia Richardson



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Thanks for walking with us today,

Mermaid’s Mommy

Back to the drawing board…


We have been so constant about using our One with nature dead sea-salt soap that we haven’t tried anything new lately. I am so excited that our local New Seasons carries the soap as a staple so it’s always there for us but I think it’s time to mix it up again. The pigment has begun to darken on Mermaid’s arm and it seems to be thickening, it may be cyclic so we will note this. Perhaps it environmental as well, we have hit the dog days of summer her in the Pacific NW and are regularly in the 90’s so perhaps the weather plays a role. We will go ahead and try something new for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference.

As we continue our path to find just the right product we go back to a Dermatologist recommended product. Amlactin makes multiple different products and we have previously tested several others. This time around we are going to give the Amlactin Alpha-hydroxy therapy moisturizing body lotion a whirl. Below is the description of the product from Amlactin’s website.


“AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion has a special formula with clinically proven 12% lactic acid that’s pH balanced for the skin. Don’t let the word “acid” concern you. Especially since lactic acid is a naturally occurring humectant for the skin with a certain affinity for water molecules to help keep skin hydrated. And the more moisture that can be retained deep within the skin, the softer and smoother your skin feels. In addition, by encouraging natural skin cell renewal through exfoliation and delivering intense hydration deep within the skin, this lotion creates a soft, smooth texture.”

We will give this product a 2 week trial, running Monday 8/17- Monday 8/31.

Monday 8/17/2015:


Stay posted for results and please, as always, let me know if you have a specific product you want to share results about or see us try!

Thanks for walking with us today,

Mermaid’s Mommy

Salty sweetness for the soul

2015-05-17 16.24.22 If you placed a sweet and a salty treat in front of me 100% of the time I would go for the salty one. 100% of the time my Mermaid, like most 2 year olds, would go for the sweet. So today I decided to combine the two for a treat to benefit us both.

Sea salt has been used for many centuries for health benefits. Did you know when you add sea salt to warm water it opens your pores? It is known to aide in chronic inflammatory skin diseases by helping your skin maintain hydration. It may also decrease bloating and help muscle aches.

Ahhhh, the red rose, an international sign of love. Does it really add benefits in your bath? Of course it does! Aside from the pleasant aroma the natural oils in rose petals put off it can leave you feeling relaxed, sleep better and lower anxiety levels. I opted to pour boiling water on some cut petals and allowed them to soak several hours to reap the benefits of the sugars. Rose water acts as a mild astringent reducing inflammation in the skin and aiding in hydration.

We all know chocolate is delicious but it can also improve brain function, act as an antioxidant and increase blood flow to the skin. Add the sea salt which has other benefits when ingested, such as maintaining healthy levels of electrolytes in the body, and poof, a beneficial treat.

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My husband said it looked like we were going on a romantic date and I am just fine with that. Here’s why, when Mermaid walked into the bathroom she lit up and squeeled “flowers and chocolate Mama!”  if I create one special moment in my Mermaid’s day, its been a success. If that special moment is not only good for her soul but for her skin as well, its been a triumph.

2015-05-17 18.00.30 Whether your looking to find a soothing solution from your cupboards or prefer to purchase a product there are millions of options. Perhaps start by visiting another Oregon bloggers site at  https://harmonizenskin.wordpress.com/  and check out some of their products.

“Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder…as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when these things cease to astonish us.”

Thanks for walking with us this evening,

Sweet dreams,

Mermaid’s Mommy