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It is here that you will find all my thoughts, findings and musings on all things skincare related. I shall be adding hints and tips on keeping your skin in tip top condition. I shall share with you the findings of further research into natural skincare. I will post my thoughts and feelings on the ethics of the products and the skincare industry as I find it. I shall entertain you with my adventures in the Merionwen lab and now and again I shall even share with you the odd recipe or two.


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the oil cleansing system

Category: hints & tips

Well, I promised more information about the oil cleansing method and here it is.

Many people cleanse their skin with soap and water, some with expensive cleansing soaps, some use pricey facial scrubs.

Now, I'm not saying these things are wrong or bad for you. I'm simply offering an alternative.

All too often people go through a battery of products trying to find the right one for their sensitive, dry, oily. problem skin. They think they have cracked it but soon enough they find themselves with dry patches, black heads or breaking out in rashes or spots.

This is because you may be changing the chemistry of your skin and over time your skin becomes stressed. It starts to over or under produce it's natural sebum.

This is where the oil cleansing method steps in.

It's not a new fad incidentally, it's been around for centuries. After all we all know how ancient Greeks and Romans cleansed. That's right...they used oil.

The science behind it is quite simple. Oil dissolves oil.

Now I can appreciate the knee jerk reaction of "EWWW" to the idea of slathering your face with oil. Try not to think of it as adding an oil slick, more a beneficial soothing facial massage. Oil will not bring about pimples, zits, blackheads. That is the job of grime, bacteria, hormonal imbalances. This is why we need to keep our faces clean. However, with the constant scrubbing, rubbing and cleansing using chemical products we can make our poor skin so confused it doesn't know what to do. first we strip away the natural oils, Our face feels tight and dry so we slather on some perfumed gunk. Our skin (which is of course our largest organ incidentally) will react to the stripping of it's oils and rapidly produce more oil. Cue big shiny moon face. So we strip it again and all something to replace the oils it can produce itself, thus often blocking pores. Skin become clogged and toxins settle down for a feast. Cue big shiny cratered moon face.

So, the answer is to support the skin in it's chemistry. Don't wash away it's natural oils, support them.

Of course, I'm not suggesting you stop cleansing your face. I simply want you all to try a different way of thinking.

We have a plethora of wonderful plant oils in the world that the skin loves.

Castor oil is naturally cleansing, anti inflammatory, and soothing. It's ideal for cleansing delicate skin. I use it a lot. However, you don't want to use this alone. This will leave you with skin so dry you may feel it will come off in flakes. In fact a little goes a very long way.

The supporting carrier oil can be an oil to suit you skin. I personally prefer safflower oil. It's so light and delicate, and helps to reduce the size of pores.

Then of course there are more specialised oils. Jojoba oil is almost identical it it's make up to the skins natural sebum. It's ideal to rebalance the skin.

Rose hip oil has vitamins A, C and E. It naturally nourishes and protects. It helps repair scarred and damaged skin.

Argan oil has vitamins, anti oxidents and fatty acids. It has a wonderful ability to assist in keeping skin young and healthy. Dare I say it? Anti-aging?

So, the next question is "how do I do it?"

Well, it's really rather simple.

all you need is a clean natural fibre (we are all about the natural here) cloth.

A sensible dollop of oil (your not roasting a chicken) you want a pool in your hand about the size of a fifty pence piece.

Hot water, hotter than you would think but not hot enough to scald yourself with. Think steaming.

Plenty of time. It's not something you can rush. It takes between 5-10 minutes but once it's part of your routine you will relish the pampering and use the time to drift off and daydream.

Now take the oil and massage it into you skin, take care not to blind yourself by rubbing oil into your eyes. It won't do any harm but it will smart and you will feel blinded.

Gently massage your skin and small circular motions, be thorough and as indulgent as you can. The massage will also help with the removal of toxins but stimulation the blood circulation. Sit back for a few minutes to allow the oils to do their thing. They will be feeding your skin, dissolving the days grime and even removing make-up. Any blocked pores will be softening and the oil will be working it's magic.

Next soak the cloth in hot water. Not too hot mind. You are aiming for clean and steamy not a rapid boil!

Place the wash cloth over you face and relax until the cloth has cooled. Feel the oil do it's work, gently steaming the pores open.

Then take the cloth and gently wipe the oils away. Don't be tempted to scrub, there really is no need.

Rinse the cloth in hot, clean, running water and repeat. Do this two of three times, Don't worry the castor oil really will cleans and help remove the other oils now they have done their job.

Once you have finished pat your skin dry.

If you skin feels a little tight you can either pop a small amount of the same oil back on your face and leave it to moisturise or you can use a more specialised natural moisturiser or serum. However, using this method, in time, you really will find less and less need to moisturise daily.

One word of caution, you may need to persevere with this method for a couple of weeks before you see the difference. After all, you skin does need to reset and relearn how to care for itself.

Let you skin free! It will thank you in the end.

In time honoured style I'd like to point out there will be a variety of cleansing oils on the shop. I am aiming to suit all skin types and add a specialised oil for eczema and sensitive skin.

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17:30:36 04-08-2013
 

body brushing for beautiful bottoms

Category: hints & tips

I do hope that Merionwen will become a name that brings to mind image of quality and indulgent skincare. Products that feed the skin and give a healthy glow. However, products can't do it all alone. We need to help our skin be at it's best.

I'm sure we all know how disheartening the sight of dimply orange peel skin and pale cellulite thighs come the arrival of the sunshine can be. Our poor skin can be starved of sunlight during the winter months and longs to drink in the vitamin D enhancing rays. Of course, we all wish to take good care of our skin and protect it from harmful rays, but we must not forget that we need the sunlight for the synthesis of Vitamin D. A sensible approach and moderation is key.

However, I digress. Cellulite! The bane of the lady's bottom!

Well, I have discovered (rather late in life) that one of the most effective ways of combating excess cellulite and dull grey skin is to body brush.

When you are waiting for the bath to fill or the shower to reach it's optimum temperature grab that body brush and go to work. It stimulates tired circulation and helps to flush toxins out of the skin. It assists in the break down of fatty pockets that give the appearance of cellulite. You can use a variety of things to "brush" but a purpose bought body brush is ideal. However, you can also use a loofah or even a sisal mitten.

Start at your toes and sweep upwards, be firm but gentle. Brushing your knees in small circles. Work upward to your thighs and buttocks in smooth circling motions. It's really rather a good feeling, energising! move upward towards your heart, taking special care to use gentle sweeping strokes over your stomach and breasts. After all, you don't want bruises!

Then sweep up your arms from your finger tips. Using small circling strokes upon you elbows. Don't forget your back! A long handled brush is ideal for this but you can always ask a handy partner to assist if you don't have a brush to hand. Always working towards the heart and starting at the bottom.

Then when you skin is singing with pleasure hop on into the shower or bath and slough off those dead cells.

You will see the benefit over just a small amount of time if you can take just a couple of minutes to make this part of your daily routine.

Don't forget though. There is more to skincare. One of the most important parts of healthy skin is a healthy diet and to keep well hydrated!

Merionwen

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14:22:42 13-06-2013