Easy Avocado Face Mask

I have really dry skin on my face at the moment, and then other times it’s kind of oily. Avocados are all the rage at the moment (irritatingly so), but the upside is that they are available in most grocery shops. When I was a kid, we would stock up when we went to visit relatives in Harlesden, Brixton and Peckham. My nan has them growing in abundance outside her bungalow in Jamaica! They are packed with so much fatty acid goodness!

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Here is an easy DIY Avocado face mask which is great if your skin is really dry at the moment, like mine!

  1. Mash a quarter of a ripe avocado into a bowl
  2. Mix in a teaspoon of full fat yoghurt into a paste
  3. Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes
  4. Remove with a warm, wet flannel
  5. Use weekly to maintain soft and smooth skin ūüôā

Adapted from Try it! Natural Remedies, Dorling Kindersley, London (2016)

Dried Lavender 

You may recall that we visited Hitchin Lavender Farm a few Saturdays ago and filled a couple of paper bags with the stuff. Well, the Lavender has had time to dry out, so today I pulled the dried flowers off the stems and collected them in a tall Kilner jar to use later. It smells soooooo good!

It will be great if we are able to use Lavender grown right here in Hertfordshire in our soap on a regular basis…

Miracle Butter

Today I decided to experiment and have a go at creating our new butter that I wanted to create for problem skin, particularly eczema, which is plaguing the backs of my legs at the moment.

I wanted to make something soothing, a bit medicinal, calming, moisturising, and oh so good, involving amazing Mango butter and Hemp seed oil.

Mango butter comes from the seed kernel of the mango tree and is full of essential fatty acids. It has a lovely luxurious feel, and unlike cocoa and shea butter, also has wound healing properties.

Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the cannabis sativa plant (I know what you’re thinking) with a lovely dark green colour. It is also full of EFA’s and proteins and makes¬†an excellent, balancing moisturiser that is easily absorbed by the skin.¬†(Please note, it does not contain any of the psychoactive properties¬†present in the Cannabis plant).

Miracle Butter coming soon!

Mango Hemp Butter

Eczema

I’ve had eczema all my life, and as most eczema sufferers know, it moves around the body. When I’m stressed and over-tired I get patches on my eyelids (dark glasses!). When I was a teenager, I would get a patch next to my mouth during exam time. When I was in my early twenties, I had a small patch on my stomach, which has never returned. Last year I had a random patch on the middle toe of my left foot, which made¬†wearing shoes rather annoying.

In the winter it always affects the backs of my knees (yes, I’m sitting here now and the backs of my legs are itchy..but let’s pretend they’re not). Sometimes I get patches on my inner arms from getting too hot. I’m currently slathering on Soap Cabin Body Butter, Soothing Skin oil and Soothing Skin balm, depending on the time of day. I’m actually thinking of bringing back the Lavender Butter that we used to make, but perhaps further enriched with other goodies as an eczema butter. I think you want different textures of moisturiser at different times, and Lavender is soooo good for eczema skin.

Soothing Skin Balm

Soothing Skin Balm

If you’re suffering in your skin, here’s a good article from the Huffington Post on how to combat eczema during the cold winter months!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-kuriakose-md/how-to-treat-eczema-and-winter-itch_b_6608474.html

The oil debate

I saw this article in the Metro this morning:

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Dr Nigma Talib, a ‘naturopathic’ doctor, basically claims that putting oil on your face is actually drying it out, clogging pores and that she prefers serums and to treat skin from the inside…

Ok, NATURAL oils DO NOT clog pores. Think almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and so on. What a bold claim she makes, that I’m sure a few aromatherapists and masseurs would take issue with! Lotions, creams and petroleum based products like Vaseline are more likely to clog pores. I think it’s lazy, sensationalist advice not to distinguish between types of oil. I mean are we talking about chip fat?!

Real Oil balances the skin’s natural oil production, which is why as someone with an oily/combination skin, I find oil perfect and no longer need to use blotting paper part way through the day. The doctor seems to be confusing cleansing issues with finishing. If your skin is dirty and you apply her wonder-serum…you’re still going to get zits. (I don’t care how many famous names you drop!)

Treating the skin from the inside out is hardly a revelation. Stress, poor diet and overdoing it at Christmas all take their toll on the skin.

Staying hydrated is really really important and we could all do with drinking more water, but I don’t see why this makes oil is the bad guy.

Autumn Onset Eczema

As soon as the summer turned to Autumn, my skin turned on me and the eczema was back, on the backs of my legs. This is annoying because it is getting colder, so I tend to be wearing trousers or tights, but then the backs of my legs get warm or irritated by the rub of the material, then I end up in a trance, scratching furiously for relief and….It’s all over.

I sadly had to succumb to Fucibet corticosteroid cream twice a day to clear it up ūüėź
But it worked instantly and since then I have been applying our Soothing Skin Oil and Balm to keep the skin well under control ūüôā