facial peeling. I don´t use this too often – I have very sensitive skin, but spring is here and the old winter-skin looks and feels terrible. If your skin responds well to facial peeling, it can be done about once a week.
Many of the products for sale today contain micro plastic for peeling. There are big campaigns in the US to ban these products now, but I guess it will take some time – and the rest of the world might follow – hopefully. It is difficult to find out reading the ingredient list if your products contain micro plastic. It goes under so many names! If the name is starting with poly..something, it is a great chance this is it.
But again – you can easily make this yourself. I´ll give you some natural recipes in this post. There are probably hundreds of others out there if you google it. This easiest one is for dry and sensitive skin. It has only two ingredients – preferably organic: oat flakes / flour and a few drops of lukewarm water. If you have something luxurious like rosewater, you can use this instead /together with regular water. Mix and gently massage in circles into your face. Rinse off with a damp washcloth. Oat gives a lot of nutrient and good oils for your skin. It is a light peeling and you can use it frequently if you like.
the second recipe I got from my friend Kunal whom I met in India. He revealed to me his family secret how to keep the facial skin soft and fresh ( have you noticed the beautiful silky skin most indians have?) Her it comes: Finely ground almonds. Keep in a air tight little box. When you need a peeling, put some in your palm, and add some drops of water. gently massage your face, and rinse off with lukewarm water. It is also possible to add another ingredient: if you have organic orange- or mandarin peel, this can be dried and ground the same way, and added to the almond – flour.
The peeling is followed by a good quality facial moisturizer or oil; like cold pressed almond, olive, carrot, avocado, jojoba, wheat germ- or whatever oil your face prefers.
Make-up removal / Facial cleansing
Did you know that all these onetime – facial wipes that are so practical are not decomposable? Well, now you know. They are not recyclable either – they are pure waste! And the chemicals they use for make up removal… Best to avoid. Here in Norway we have a really long coastline. Some places the sewage goes DIRECTLY into the sea. These places are covered in these one-time wipes… Not very nice (Of course the same goes for baby wipes).
What is a good alternative? Nothing difficult, I promise.
I keep some soft pieces of fabric in a nice box, and a really good oil in a beautiful flask. Moist the fabric in warm water, put some oil on it and rinse your make-up off… The dirty fabric goes in the laundry. I´ve had my pieces of fabric for over ten years…. Important! The fabric needs to be really soft to be comfortable to use on sensitive areas like the eyes. Maybe it is a well worn flannel sheet or maybe a soft t-shirt… Try out what you prefer. Then you might ask: but why don´t you just use cotton pads? That is because cotton is one of the most water and pesticide demanding crop you can find. The big disaster with the shrinking of the Aral sea is a good example of this. It is a total waste of resources to use one time and then just throw away. I am sure you can find organic pads produced in a better way if you look for it, but still – cotton is hard on the environment. It has wonderful properties and deserves to be used well!
Facial cleansing. Here comes two simpe recipes. None of them are cleansing in depth – my experience is that the skin handles this best itself, and deep cleansing will more disturb the balance of the skin than do good. But it is nice to cleanse the surface and give good nutrition once in a while.
- For sensitive skin. You need: a washcloth, warm water, a good quality oil; like cold pressed almond, olive, carrot, avocado, jojoba, wheat germ- or whatever oil your face prefers. It is done like this: Splash your face with warm water. This will open the pores and make the skin ready for cleansing. Massage the oil into your skin. Yes – this is like the make up removal, actually you can combine them, no problem. Then damp your washcloth with warm water, and gently rinse off the oil. A thin layer will remain, so no moisturizer is needed after this. This is a typical evening ritual, before bedtime..
- Extra nutrition. You need: a washcloth, warm water, honey, a clean towel. The procedure is pretty much as the one above, but this cannot be used as make up remover…: It is done like this: Splash your face with warm water. This will open the pores and make the skin ready for cleansing. Massage the honey into your skin. you don´ t need big amounts for this, a teaspoon or two will do. Then damp your washcloth with warm water, and gently rinse off the honey. Splash again with lukewarm water and gently dry your face with a clean towel. It is important it is a fresh towel, because your pores are just cleansed – and you don´t want to spoil it with dirty -towel- bacterias. End with a good quality moisturizer or oil.