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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I've recently been experimenting with the oil-cleansing method; I have pretty bad skin for a thirty-three year old. Regularly spotty, blemished, greasy combination skin. On my face, back and recently my chest. I have not been spot free since I was eleven. Rather depressing. I've tried every acne product on the market (most are too harsh), as well as topical antibiotics (which probably didn't help my candida much). The diet helped, especially cutting out sugar. But my skin has remained resolutely 'teenage'.
I had some recent positive results with Faith in Nature skincare products, Freederm and Mario Badescu buffering lotion. But not to my complete satisfaction; although these products are less packed with chemicals, they still contain way too many ingredients for my liking.
I came across a vintage beauty blog the other day. I discovered that Marilyn Monroe used little else than vaseline and olive oil on her skin. I avoid parabens, so that was out. By a process of following links here, and links there, I came across the OCM and decided to give it a go: 3 parts extra-virgin Olive Oil and 1 part castor oil, with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. I massage it well into my skin. Steam with a hot flannel, remassage, steam, remassage, steam and then wipe. Splashing my face with cold water several times replaces toner. And an extra dab of (well massaged-in) OCM mixture to finish as a moisturiser.
To begin with I just used the mixture to cleanse at night. With brilliant results. Skin ungreasy in the morning, very soft. Pores began to de-congest within a couple of days, redness decreased, blemishes began to fade.
Have since started to use the oil/water method for the morning replacing my usual toner/moisturiser/eye-cream/spot-cream regime. It's wonderful under make-up, which sticks all day long! Even eye make-up! Still a few hormonal spots, but I guess my skin is purging.
I am soooooo impressed and wish I'd found out about it much sooner. Definitely worth experimenting with if you have problem-skin, candida and are wary of absorping too many potential allergens/chemicals.
Will keep you all posted on my progress...
Just come across a great little candida (amongst other medical complaints) blog, Rabbit Hole Wonderland. Some delicious-sounding recipes with an East Asian twist. Really keen to try some of them out. Not sure where I'll get me some minced bison in Leicester though. ;)
...aka Jaggery. Does anyone know if it's Candida diet a-okay? I've read conflicting reports online. I ask because Innocent, best known for their smoothies, have recently launched a range of delicious looking and sounding 'veg pots', some of which contain a little of the afore-mentioned coconut sugar.
Leave a comment if you have an answer!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Whole Earth produce a cola drink* sweetened with agave syrup.
Oh happy day!
I purchased my can in Holland & Barrett and, as far as I can remember (it's been at least four years since I last had the 'real thing'), its taste was comparable with Coca-Cola and Pepsi. I enjoyed every slurp.
It is very calorifc though (and quite expensive). So, its just for treats in the future.
*A note about the Whole Earth website. The ingredients listed are not those of the version I purchased. Let's hope they are phasing the agave in, rather than out.