Peach Kernel Oil

Now my personally most hated season arrived: Winter! Being a person with a mild form of eczema, thus having fairly dry skin, this particular season is especially stressful to my skin with the cold outside and the “radiator air” inside. If you also suffer from eczema, other skin conditions that leave your skin dry or just generally suffer from dryness, you know what I am talking about. But even people with normal skin can experience unpleasant dry patches. No matter what you decide for, stay away from paraffinum liquidum

In order to combat this dryness caused by Winter, I prefer various kinds of oils. My personal favourite at the moment is peach oil (for more kinds of oil check out olive oil and almond oil). This oil made of peach kernels is an odourless, smoothly thin oil that very quickly soaks into your skin and therefore is ideal for sensitive skin, too. I particularly like this oil due to its non-greasy formula. It is widely said that peach oil makes your appearance looks supple and youthful. This is because this oil contains high amounts of Vitamin A and E, so peach oil is also great to be used as an anti-aging product. 

I particularly like to use it in the mornings, after I washed my face with sufficient cold water. Make sure your face is still mildly moist. This will help the oil to sink in even better! 

P. S. Peach oil is great as a lip balm, too!

Love,

Irina

The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

Yves Saint Laurent

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The Truth about Paraffinum Liquidum

Paraffinum liquidum or mineral oil is used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and is mostly seen on the second place of the ingredients list on the back of these products such as Nivea or common baby oil. The brands who try to market them try hard to make us belief that liquid paraffin makes our skin smoother and softer.Yet we are already daily bombarded by toxins in our environment, so why using additives that harm our natural protective functions in the long-term?

We have to keep in mind that companies use paraffin because it is a quick and more importantly a cheap method to moisturize skin. After using creams with this particular additive your skin will feel initially satisfyingly moisturized and soft because it creates an oily film to prevent moisture from disappearing. It may sound great but mark that this film prevents your skin from respiration and that in turn makes your skin sweat a lot only to finally result in drying the skin out completely and causing a dependence on the mineral oil. Especially people who suffer already from dry skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema should be very careful with products that have been added with this oil. 

Try as much as possible to stick to cosmetics that use shea butter, nurturing oils like olive oil or urea, the main substance in urine (don’t worry, it is odourless and very helpful for people with skin diseases).

To love yourself right now is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.

Alan Cohen

Love,

Irina

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Homemade scrubs

Making your own facial scrubs at home is easier than you think. Because you use automatically only a few ingredients and leave out preserving agents, the scrub will be incredibly mild to your face, plus it is easy to tailor the scrub to the specific needs of your skin.

My personal favourite is the sugar-honey scrub. For that you need to mix one tablespoon of plain soft cheese or quark with one tablespoon of honey in a small bowl. Add sugar at the end because it quickly melts in the quark. Finally, apply the mixture gently with clean finger onto your skin in circular motion. Alternatively, you can simply take one tablespoon of olive oil and mix it with sugar. These two scrubs go very well with any type of skin. After having tried both of them, you will soon see what scrub suits your skin better. 

I like to use a scrub directly after I had a chamomile steam bath (I will write about it in my next post). Leave the scrub on the skin for a minute and then wash your face with cold water. The moisturising ingredients make your skin divinely smooth. The sugar removes dead cells and helps to unblock clogged pores, making you look like a new-born goddess. What’s not to like? 

  • Use fine-grained sugar to avoid irritating the skin surface
  • Use the sugar-honey scrub especially for sensitive skin
  • The sugar-olive oil scrub especially for dry skin
  • Do not store the scrubs for more than three days in the fridge

Anyway, what makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin and I don’t think you can change that. 

Nigella Lawson

Love, Irina

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