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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.



what's new?

Category: products

Here we are, as promised.

These are a few things on the drawing board in the potion lab at the moment.

Coming soon.

strawberries

There is a strawberry face mask in production. It will have a variety of gentle and skin loving actives to rejuvenate tired and dull skin. Not least strawberries. There will also be gentle soothing pink french clay.
This will be available as a mix yourself item. It shall offer it with a bottle of orange blossom hydrosol. Simply add a few drops of the hydrosol to a little of the powder to activate, for a smooth and luscious mask. Lay back and relax, then wipe clean with a clean, moist, warm cloth.

Next, I am all too aware of how time consuming oil cleansing can be. So I have formulated a gentle rinse away oil cleanser for daily use. Massage a small amount into the skin as usual, wait just a minute or two and rinse away with clean warm water. due to it's make up it will turn to milk on the skin and be washed away in a trice. Then, perhaps you can save the time consuming oil and steam method for a few time a week.

There is an age defying facial serum about to hit the shelves. Let's keep those wrinkles at bay

We also have a solid hand balm in production. This was suggested at a recent event. Instead of sticky and messy tubes and jars running the risk of exploding in your bag you can simply take along a solid balm. Simply rub it between your hands and the warmth will melt the surface sufficiently to coat your hands. No hassles and no mess.

There are several soaps in production. These have to be made well in advance of when they will be required.

Currently there is a mocha soap, gardener's flowers hand soap, halloween themed pumpkin and toffee apple and an exfoliating honey and oat bar.

Do keep checking back as things are always being added.

Not least an eye gel, moisturiser, foot scrub, shaving oil and post shave balm for the boys, and cellulite tackling goodies.

Also, the sugar scrubs have been reformulated and are almost ready to go. I wasn't quite satisfied with the prior formulation and only want the very best for my customers.

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17:09:16 18-08-2013
 

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