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CLEANSING YOUR SKIN

Clean skin without a load of chemicals

CLEANSING YOUR FACE

Every time I look into what is each of these every day products, it makes me shake my head .

Why do they put so much harmful stuff in a cleansing cream, or anything else for that matter?

I just want clean skin without a load of chemicals, or worrying what it can do internally .

When you start looking at the lists of ingredients, there are so many with a Petroleum base . Yuk!

WHERE DO YOU FIND OUT WHAT THE CHEMICALS NAMES ACTUALLY MEAN?

We really didn’t know where to look at first, and many of the  names are so long it could be anything, even a good ingredient.

I love this website called GLOBAL HEALING CENTRE they have a really clear list of what chemicals to avoid, also recommending that not all Organic products are equal, and you still need to read the ingredients.

( you are made to feel safer, because Organic products  normally cost more, and have the organic label, but unfortunately you still need to read everything!)

SOME IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANSING STUFF

THIS VIDEO FROM PRIYANKA CHOPRA’S ALL NATURAL D.I.Y SKIN SECRETS

I love this video, she is very easy to follow some great tips

OTHER PLACES WITH GOOD ADVICE 

They give some really simple ways to use ingredients that you probably have in the kitchen to make your own skin care routine- from Global Healing Centre

A cleansing cream can look really pure , without knowing just what it contains.

I guess the simple answer is profits, and they are allowed to get away with using chemicals that are not really needed.

There is a good read here on this link for a website called  BLACK PAINT and 11 Common Harmful Skincare Ingredients.

California pure naturals– a more natural approach.

This company is one to look into if you are based in the States, they give a comprehensive list on their website .

They make a natural gentle cleansing lotion for dry and sensitive skin.

I have seen some of their products contain walnut, so look at the ingredients if you have a nut allergy.

While living in France I have come across a lovely looking company based in  Marseille France they are called COMME AVANT  they can be found on the link or via their Facebook page .

They are producing Organic hand produced products ( BIO in France) they are offering everything from soaps both for body and hair, toothpastes, deodorants and creams. Many with bases of Olive oil. They ship world wide too.

MAKE-UP REMOVING CLOTHS

We started using these a year or so ago, amazing how much make-up they seem to remove, without the need of any creams, then pop them in the wash and reuse again.

This link with Amazon gives a variety of the different ones on offer .

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COSMETIC TONER

PURISTRY give 5 Toner ingredients to avoid. This is a well written article with a large amount of information on what each of the ingredients are doing to your skin.

SOME HOMEMADE IDEAS FOR MAKING TONER

For  simple Toner I have seen recipes that just use Witch Hazel , probably best diluted.Also always do a test before , to make sure it doesn’t effect your skin.

MY AWESOME BEAUTY.COM have a list of 18 different ways of using witch hazel in your skin care.

( an article on here for the different properties and uses by HEALTHLINE.COM ) or a mixture of One part of  Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to Four parts of Distilled water.

This video is by the TV program ARIZONA MIDDAY, there is a little information on the program before they get into the DIY products.

PURE ROSE FACIAL TONER BY POPPY AUSTIN 

Organic and handmade by a woman’s co-operative .

They produce many other skincare products, found on the link.

(Info from link )

Contains 100% pure distilled, organic, and unrefined Moroccan Rose Water; This beautifully simple product is rich in natural antioxidants, suitable for ALL skin types (including sensitive skin)

I just love the scent of a rose, most seem now to have lost the fragrance they used to have, it was such a gentleness of a bygone year, when ladies kept out of the sun and protected themselves with hats and gloves.

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KINGA FACIAL STEAMER – this has many good reviews , at least you don’t need chemicals for this.

( info from link)

  • Opens & Unclogs Pores: Removes Dirt, Oil & Makeup; Melts Away Dead Skin Cells; Make toner, cream and other nutrients absorbable
  • Can Even Replace Chemical Exfoliating Scrubs & Peels

ACNE

We have all had the odd blackhead, often they magically appear if you are due to go somewhere lovely!

At school and college the break outs always seemed worse .

I wanted to find some ways of helping with this.

If you are suffering badly always make an appointment to see your doctor.

These are just ideas I have found but not used .

This Video By ALLURE gives an insight in the different treatments in the past 100 years.

HOMEMADE SOLUTIONS – that you may want to try

HEALTHLINE give some advice here , for the scaring too.

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY give some advice on ACNE , they also cover both medical help available and also some

At least with some of these electrical aids for the skin , you do not need to use any chemicals.

BLACKHEAD REMOVER

There are also electric blackhead removers, which I didn’t even know existed!

They seem to have some positive reviews.

Better than some methods I saw when in school YUK !

By VOYOR Electric Vacuum Black Head remover 

( info from their link) This one has  good reviews. From the USA LINK

 POWERFUL BLACKHEAD & PORE VACUUM SUCTION – Can effectively removes the oil, impurities and dust particles in the large clogged pores; Remove blackhead, grease and acne.

EUNON – This one has the highest amount of positive reviews in the UK ( info from link)

EUNON blackhead vacuum equipped with 4 different replaceable probe heads to address different facial problems, like nose blackheads, comedones, acne, oily coarse pore.

FACIAL SKIN SCRUBBER – this looks a little different to the Black Head remover. By MANLI

( info from Link)

  • Ultrasonic facial cleaner:Using ultrasonic and nanotechnology, with 24,000 vibrations per second, deep into the skin, massage the skin, promote nutrient introduction and impurity export, and make the skin shiny.

KINGA FACIAL SKIN ULTRASCONIC SCRUBBER SPA . GENTLE PEEL

This is an electric product ( I had never heard, of but it has many positive reviews, and no chemicals needed)

  • Quickly and thoroughly clean up the dirt and corneous ageing substance in the deep skin.

HOMEMADE BODY SCRUBS BY BUZZFEED NIFTY

SOAPS TO HELP WITH SKIN PROBLEMS 

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Before all this research , I thought soap was soap, just a different fragrance or colour.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

BLACK SOAP – There is a suggestion that this could also help with skin problems and Acne.

This soap is made by PraNaturals where they say it is ethically produced in Ghana.

( info from Link)

PraNaturals      African black soap is a unique formula of all natural and organic ingredients that together make the perfect product for skin and face care. African black soap is suitable for all skin types and has been proven to improve rough skin condition such as acne, rashes and blemished skin

GOATS MILK SOAPBY SOAPY SKIN 

Info from link

  • Made in Lancashire, our goats milk honey oats soap was created to help those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin problems.

I have heard some good reports on Goats milk.

My husbands reaction to Goats cheese, means we have never used any of the products. ( he says he can taste the goats hair in the cheese! I have to admit he did go a bit green)

DONKEY MILK –

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We came across these products in France, they are generally considered good for the skin here. Mind the thought of milking a donkey! Gives me a weird feeling.

These come in different products, soap, moisturisers, body scrubs etc.

I have listed some below.

Just a little thought, we found our daughter was allergic to the milk, she is allergic to horses ,so just beware if you also have an allergy in your family. We found she was allergic to these products too.

Some of the Donkey milk products, have other ingredients in them, it is best to read the label.

SAVON DE MARSEILLE

Info from the link DONKEY MILK SOAP (LAIT D’ANESSE)

Sold by ZUBHA who offer many other different soaps.

Our soaps are made using vegetable oils and are completely biodegradable. They are coloured with mineral pigments and fragranced using essential oils and fragrances from around the world, including the Grasse valley – the perfume capital of the world.) 125g soap bar

This link to SAVONNERIE PASSION SAVON

A website for pure soaps in France. It is also written in English.

There are some very beautiful soaps, for a little bit of luxury or a beautiful present.

This site has a really good explanation, of what you can find in natural soaps. Explaining about what some companies will put into their soaps, and the reason they use those chemicals.

HOMEMADE SOAP RECIPE BY  LEHMAN’S 

This video looks like it gives a step by step guide to what types of oils that you can use. Other videos I have come across seem to start with soap, which I found a little crazy, if you were trying to start from scratch.

After seeing so much bad press now on Palm oil production, I am not sure I would use that, but this video does give some good tips.

SOAP RECIPES 101

Gives a load of soap recipes, without the use of Palm Oil.

BATHING

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I don’t know about you, but the bliss of taking a long deep bath is pure luxury . To be able to have some time to relax on your own, relaxing your body, and helping to reduce stress. A little to time to relax in a scented bath, a book or a glass of wine. Gosh I feel like one right now! It is the one time that I don’t feel guilty for having some me time.

What do you use in your bath time routine? Everything we use or eat has some sort of chemical composition, but what we hope is that we can find a product that is gentle on our skin and be as pure as possible. Here is a link also to my other blog on Bath Bombs and Candles, so that you can find a better product if you like to use these. The Daily Mail Newspaper has a deeper article on these too.

I found a great site called Ethical Superstore.com they seem to have a really great selection on Organic and ethical products for us and the planet. A really great message. They have a great selection of bath and shower products, There are great companies out there like Green People

Apartment Therapy have a recipe for a Homemade Bubble bath, the article is an older one, but the recipe a mixture of Castille Soap like the Dr Bronner one that I have recommended before, in another blog on house cleaning, it is a fantastic product and so versatile. Then adding essential oils of your own choice, coconut oil and water is a simple one.

CLEANSING PADS

ORGANIC.ORG has a list of chemicals that can be found in your cosmetic wipes along with a video.

NATURAL BABY LIFE has a great read on the chemicals that are found in baby wipes. Who amongst us, has grabbed one of these to wipe off makeup, or used it in the car and numerous other places?

Never mind wiping the bottom, or face of a baby or child.

The thought of using these things, which, by the way, takes goodness knows how long to break down in our environment.

It has totally changed the way that I look at these wipes now.

DHC Olive oil cleansing pads

Ingredients ( from link)

DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs are multipurpose, pre-moistened swabs, infused with natural olive oil.

I happened to see these, being recommended on a video , it sounded a little different to your normal wipes.

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil

(more Info on link)

  • OLIVE OIL COLD PRESSED 

I have mentioned using CLEANSING CLOTHS too, which safe money in the long run .

DO IT ON A DIME 

has a fantastic homemade baby wipe or a wipe for most things, it is the easiest looking one that I have found so far. Amazing!

I wish that I had seen this video, when my daughters were young.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ON A CHEMICAL OR PRODUCT CLICK HERE

SKIN SANITIZER

I thought I would put a couple of things on here to do with the very scary virus that is currently working its way around the world right now. I don’t know if you have been looking for a hand sanitizer , we were looking for something ,really for our daughter or us to use when we were out or at school and not able to wash our hands with soap and water which has been recommended by all the information I have seen lately. They have totally sold out of all the stuff in our shops. Then it got me wondering just was in it? was it safe, does it work? You want to feel safe both ways, one from the chemicals and the other for the virus.

This video from the National Geographic , explains what is in the gels, also suggesting that just adding normal alcohol that you drink not working, which is different to some of the posts that I have seen on Social Media, where they have suggested using a cheap Vodka. They suggest that the alcohol content is not strong enough.

After looking at a load of videos, there seems to be a ton with vodka, which after seeing the video above, I am not too sure of . This other video below is made by a pharmacist, so hopefully this will give a good idea of what you can make at home. When I lived in NY I often used these chemists.

With all the worry over the COVID-19 Virus, we are all being advised to wash our hands properly. How many people have you seen, just walk out of a public toilet with seeming, not knowing where the sink and the soap are !

I find that crazy, it is one of the first things that we taught our daughter, it should be second nature. So I had a look and below there is a great little video from the WHO who give detailed instructions on how to clean our hands properly. Stay safe!