What?? I have massive mountains and I can't use those ridiculously toxic (but incredibly successful) skin pad wipes??? Moving to aveda products was not only expensive, but obviously temporary (ever look at the ingredients on those products? ummm, chemical bonanza-ick!).
Finally, after some failed attempts at completely cutting out ALL products (cutting down may work for many, but my skin actually got worse... being dry doesn't make it happy), I sucked up my pride and went for an organic facial.
Yep, I felt like a complete princess (in a non-compliment-y way) but seriously, I needed some guidance.
The experience wasn't something I'd revisit anytime soon, and not at all because of the aesthetician or products, but because of my sensory issues. Don't tell anyone, but I seriously hate having my face touched... and I was going to a facial. It was like the time I had a massage before I realized I didn't like strangers touching me... (the lady gave up when the hot stones kept falling off my legs cuz I was so tense).
I did warn her that I was aware of my deficiency and that I would be uncomfortable the entire time, but it was nothing against her. She was very sweet, although I'm sure as soon as I left she was like: "Who was that crazy girl??". I almost walked out though when she said to take off my shirt and bra- WHAT? What does THAT have to do with my FACE? Hah, so I guess it's so you can relax better under the sheets while getting a facial.
People RELAX while getting a facial?? Really?
In any case, the end result was that my skin was finally qualified by someone who knew about these things. Who knew that I had dehydrated skin (not the same as dry!), mild rosacea and level 2 acne (ick!).
I will admit that I did leave the spa with four products, but I was prepared to try Eminence, an organic hungarian line (which I will talk about later). Needless to say, it was expensive, but for the first time in three years my skin is happy. I'm attributing this mostly to the moisturizer and cleanser and not so much the exfoliant or toner. Good to know so I can cheap up the last two when they run out (which, considering how much I paid for them, seven months later they are only half empty...).
The other part of my happy skin has to do with three or four FREE changes that she recommended. They are completely common sense, but for some strange reason I didn't even consider any of them.
- Wash your makeup brushes (all of them!) weekly or bi-weekly! Wow, that one is an "of course!", but wouldn't you know I hadn't washed my blush brush since I bought it? (ew!). She recommended using shampoo as many brushes are actually made with "real" hair (weird... and SO not vegan). Admittedly I average on bi-weekly, and it is gross the stuff that comes out of those brushes. Of course spreading all your faces oils and makeup over your skin would make you break out!
- Wash your face AFTER you rinse all your shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. Really? This is something I never did- I had a routine. Shampoo, rinse, condition-leave in while I wash my face, rinse afterwards. She pointed out that often our conditioners have oils and "stuff" in them (especially if your hair obviously only loves chemical shampoo like mine does...ick). With water running down all over our face, the last thing to touch our skin should be the cleansers. And wouldn't you know my breakouts happened to be all along the hairline and where water would run?
- Wash your face before and after yoga. This one is mine. It seems straightforward, and I haven't quite accomplished this 100%, but yoga is hard work, and I am (weirdly) a sweaty gal. It doesn't have to be your regular cleanser, even mild soap and water would be great, but pre and post nonetheless.
- Use lighter (or less) makeup. This includes trying for an "all-in-one" powder instead of concealer, foundation, powder deal. I'm moving towards this, with a lighter powder that can double as a concealer. I never liked foundations in the first place.
There ya go- four quick and easy ways to help your skin for free! I think there are soothing face masks and treatments made from things like honey and milk that would be wonderful as well... but I'm just too lazy (and honestly scared- what if my face swells up like it did with tea tree oil??) to try.
On the beauty note-
I'm excited to share the news that tomorrow is Greenspell's natural, eco-friendly lotions and beauty product Etsy shop's Grand Opening! It's called 5 Seed and I LOVE her logo (five apple seeds!). She has a wonderful blog with the perfect philosophy (check out "why 5 Seed"). She's also pledged to donate 5% of all profits to the Jane Goodall Institute and try to eliminate plastic and packaging from her products! I also thought it was perfect that she chose tomorrow due to the new moon and solar eclipse, a very good time for new beginnings.
Please check out her blog, 5 Seed and her Etsy shop Friday January 15th 2010 (http://www.5seed.etsy.com starting Friday). I'm really excited about her yummy sounding lip balm flavours and the fact that her products are in glass jars and tin containers!
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