So my sister Fiona recently bought this book about green beauty and the importance of taking note of what exactly we are rubbing on our face and body in hopes of all over beautiful skin. As remember not only is it important to choose wisely when picking out what you’re going to put in your body, but also what we put on our bodies.
So I asked her to let us in on what she’s learned so far from this wonderful book…
A couple of weeks ago I was on the hunt for some more information on how I could take better care of my skin, as my 28th birthday was on the horizon and thoughts of the big 3-0 creeping ever closer!
I don’t know about anyone else but with every passing year I’ve become more and more paranoid about wrinkles and how to prevent them!! But with everything in my life I like to keep it as natural as possible!
My first trip to Barnes and Noble was more than successful because I found a great book by Julie Gabriel called “The Green Beauty Guide.”
This book is such an eye opener. I was totally unaware of just how toxic all our most familiar everyday products really are from shampoos, moisturizers, sunscreen, washing up liquid not to mention baby wipes!
But I’ll leave all the dirty details for another day, as today I want to share with you my favorite facial routine from the book.
It’s important that we get facials as this helps our skin on many different levels but I’m well aware of how expensive they can be!
So here it is the natural and inexpensive way to keep those wrinkles at bay!!
1.Cleanse– Wash your face with your regular cleanser (of course after reading this book you’ll want that cleanser to be free of all the various toxins. Julie kindly lists them on her website http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/100-ingredients-to-avoid-download/) I love using a bar of olive oil soap made in Greece that can be found in any good health store! If not there are always online options such as http://www.greekinternetmarket.com/soaps.php.
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and blot dry with a fresh towel.
2. Exfoliate– Apply a homemade or organic exfoliating treatment, based on your skin condition. http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/honey-and-soda-antibacterial-facial-exfoliating-cream/ or
Julie’s favorite is Dr. Hauschka’s cleansing cream. Massage the scrub or peel in circular motions for two minutes. Rinse clean and pat your face dry.
3. Steam-Prepare an anti-inflammatory facial steam bath: boil some filtered or mineral water, pour into a ceramic, glass or metal bowl and add one drop of each of the following essential oils: chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree oil. Skip rosemary and use lemon oil instead if you are pregnant. Note-: All oils again can be found in any good health store or online. Cover your head with a clean cotton towel and bend over the bowl. Let the vapors envelope your skin. Close your eyes and breathe slowly. Continue steaming for five minutes.
4.Exfoliate– when your face is still wet, apply another portion of scrub and massage gently for two minutes, Rinse and pat the face dry.
5. Deep cleanse– Apply a thin layer of a clay based homemade or charcoal mask http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/egg-face-lif/ or Dr. Hauschka’s cleansing clay mask. Leave on until dry. Rinse clean with cool mineral water and pat the face dry. Follow with your regular toner and moisturizer. Again make sure they are free from harmful chemicals
I use rosewater as a toner and an evening primrose cream handmade in West Kerry by Harebell Herbs www.harebellherbs.com
All this may take time and a lot more effort than going to a spa but just think of the money you save and you know everything you are putting on your face is natural. No hurting you or our planet!!
That’s my two cents for today!!!
If your interested in reading more about living a toxic free life pick up the book The Green Beauty Guide” by Julie Gabriel or go to http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/