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Debunking myths in this day and age is quite a task! The internet is overflowing with misinformation. I have just finished my adventure down the proverbial rabbit hole in my search for published data on the safety of glycerin in your skin care products. Seeing as glycerin is the #3 most common ingredient in skin care, behind water #1 and fragrance #2 , it is important to know how it functions and what the literature has to say about it.
Make sure you know what your skin is craving so you can give it what it needs.
Crack open any seed from any plant and inside you’ll find oils which can be extracted for various purposes. The fatty acid composition of the seed oil varies from plant to plant - using fatty acids as our guide we can choose oils best suited to our skin care purposes. There are thousands to choose from. The ones I describe here are some of my favorites but this list is hardly comprehensive!
Oils best suited for cleansing are “astringent oils” those with a high percentage of Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid which plays a crucial role in the maintenance of healthy skin tissue and resiliency due to environment stress and the effects of aging on skin structure.
Thermal Waters are making a big splash in the world of natural skin care. We like simple, pure things which benefit our skin. But there’s a hidden danger lurking in that bottle of clear, pure water.
Next time you’re tempted to try this popular French skin care “secret” make sure you understand why maintaining the right skin pH is so darn important - you’ll reach for 100% pure, steam distilled hydrosol water instead.
Many of today's skin care habits, products and routines can contribute to dis-ease of the skin. Adopting practices and skin treatments which support skin's biology and chemistry will help us to reconcile our modern lifestyles and our skin's needs. Adopting nourishing skincare traditions in novel ways, and by wisely applying modern science and technology we can help support strong resilient skin, able to be withstand the ravages of the environment, lifestyles and time.
Add the acid mantle to the long list of bodily functions which doesn't receive much attention but which can easily be at the root of skin issues, or be making them worse. If we knew better how the acid mantle functions we would take better care of it! It's surprisingly easy to damage it; unknowingly, we don't properly nurture this microscopic film. In the past 100 years our habits and expectations have been entirely altered by the explosive growth of the cosmetic, beauty, fashion, hair and skin care industries. And this is spelling bad news for the skin of people of all ages. If we knew a bit more about the acid mantle and the history of cleansing we would be adopting more nourishing approaches to skin care, and making a habit of employing a few simple tricks to help along the way.
I love nourishing traditions! I like growing a vegetable garden, making traditional food, foraging for edible and medicinal wild plants, and creating nourishing skin care based on ancient traditions. Here are some of my favorite ones I have written about. I hope you will be inspired to give them all a try! You skin will love you for it ... promise.
This ain't your grandma's "lye soap" my dear! Dispelling the myths surrounding REAL, old fashion soaps made from plant oils, seed butters, and fats is helpful to those seeking natural products. Learn what it is, how it's made today, it's ancient past and modern history. I found learning about how people cleansed themselves and their dirty stuff in the past to be particularly interesting.
In a past post I explored some of the benefits of distillates (aka hydrosol waters) in general. Here I will explore in more details the specific benefits of individual plant (leaves, flowers, roots, needles, bark etc) hydrosols. Starting with the lovely Rose. But first I want to restate some important aspects of hydrosols in general.
I am very fortunate to live in a place I can harvest FRESH plant material from pristine wilderness for my creations. Few people have year round access to such a place. I have been exploring and learning these mountains for 27 years I have memorized dozens of secret spots, deep in the wilderness where I wander silently through the forest soaking in the peaceful quietude of this magical place and filling my basket with wild plants.