Skin Care

Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice: First, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. It can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face once. Otherwise you are mixing make-up with dirt and dust (or other environmental  impurities) and then rinsing. But you can’t get the skin clean with that method, you are simply rubbing in the dirt. It’s like trying to clean dishes with dirty water.

The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth or exfoliate and treat acne. Doing both steps will assure that any treatment and moisturizing is not done in vain.

This method leaves the skin truly clean. The second cleanser can then gently remove the oil without stripping the skin and drying it out. While this is important at any age, it is crucial for dry or mature skin!

The products I use are ;

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Watercress & Cucumber, 6 Ounce

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Watercress & Cucumber available on Amazon

I use this at night after oil cleansing. I make my own oil cleanser using jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil, MCT oil,  squalane, with powdered seaweed and a small amount of papaya enzyme.

In the morning, since I am not removing make-up, I use my own cleanser that I make and sell. It is honey and oil based with baking soda, available here.


Skin Care


Skin Care –  I began studying skin care in my teens. I was interested in how to treat my
teenage acne and the science of skin care. In my early twenties I read about a
company called Redken, and though their products were not available widely I
liked what they had to say about maintaining the PH of the skin and not
stripping it of it’s natural oils. At that time there was very little info on
the science of skin care, even less on how to care for our skin naturally.

Redken came out in the early 70’s with their PH  balanced mild bar of soap
for your face. Their advice to help not strip our skin of it’s natural oils was
to rinse our face in the water we had washed with, as it contained oils from our
skin. This did not make sense to me, I wanted my facial skin clean, not rinsed
in washing water. SO I began studying skin care, looking for mild products that
were effective. I tried Kiss My Face soap, it was too strong, made my face tight
and dry. And even though my skin was oily it made it oilier. I tried and
couldn’t find anything I was happy with. I ended up using Clinique and Lancôme
for a while, and while they were effective I didn’t like all of the chemicals.
My sister gave  e a book on making my own beauty products and I was off to the
races!  I learned to make soap, I made them with olive oil and used Apple Cider
vinegar as a toner. Still just ok. Slowly more and more products were coming out
that were organic. Skin care, along with makeup, that was available in health
food stores were clean, but not very good. They were too oily, too heavy. I
discovered it when I was pregnant with my daughter, Rachel and used it
exclusively while I was pregnant. It was the first mineral make-up I ever found.

Skip forward to 1996 and my daughter Rachel was going to school to become an
esthetician. We saw the first articles about the link between breast cancer and
Parabans. Even the health food store brands had this ingredients and they began
scrambling to reformulate. I could not find a cleanser that didn’t have it. At
this point I had been using Cetaphil cleanser for a long time because it was
very mild. But it wasn’t strong enough to remove makeup well. SO I decided to
formulate a cleanser myself. For months I studied formulating (it’s not such a
stretch form being a Chef!) I started by studying ingredients. This was the
cleanser I made and I have been using it ever since. It has honey as it’s main
ingredient, with baking soda as an exfoliator, a very small amount of Dr.
Bonner’s soap, almond oil, geranium oil, evening primrose oil and water.  I
still used it until last year, when it became a little strong for me, so I
reformulated it without the baking soda. I have been using Retin-A since I was
forty years old and found as I aged my skin was more sensitive and was dryer.

That Honey Cleanser is available- Honey Cleanser

About this same time mineral makeup burst on the scene and I discovered Jane
Iredale. Pricy but amazing quality. I also discovered Evan’s Garden. They are a small
Company in Clearwater, FL that makes small batch skin care and make-up. I LOVE
her Skincare
for Mature Skin
. I have used her Crème Rose for day and Ma Juennesse for
night as moisturizers ever since!

This new blog topic is going to cover the science of skin care, with a focus
on organic products, and I mean truly natural and organic…not the stuff full of
glycerin and  silicones that are out there today claiming to be all natural. I
will review and cover makeup as well as skin care products and I will share my
skin care regimen as well as the makeup I use. We will talk about why silicone
sand glycerin are horrible for our skin, and the right was to cleanse,
exfoliate, moisturize and nourish as well as how to protect our skin.

It is imperative to not just cleanse our skin with clean ingredients but to
truly nourish our skin. Of course the best thing we can do for our skin is be
healthy, active and well nourished. We will cover what foods to avoid for great
skin, how to combat the things that ages our skin, and how to care for it as we

My first blog post will be about the dangers of glycerin and silicones, how
to avoid them and the products I use that do not have them.

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