SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 29, 2017

No Face surgery, just easy care. .

Some wonder about my skin

When chatting with others in stores, while shopping and selecting my fresh foods;   small-talk can start so easily.  Sometimes it lengthens a bit more.  Enjoyable.  If I speak of “smokinchoices” or mention my age. .  .  a look can cross their face as they reach for words to express their surprise.  .  sometimes I can almost sense. .”wonder what she’s done to her face, . . facelift, probably. ”     Not the sort of thing you ask someone about without seeming to be rude.  If they seem interested, I offer them my card for the blog.   It’s kind of amusing, and I don’t mind it.     I have been blessed with  pretty good genes, but there are a few things I’ve learned to do which helps my skin be as reflective of health and deliberate care which allows it to look as it does.  In case  this might be of interest to some  of you, I’m happy to share.   Rest assured. its DIY cosmetology, not surgery or from any other professional.   

The Oil Cleansing Method

As with my teeth,  I generally do these ablutions before bedtime.    First, I slather on some oils I ‘ve mixed,  kept in a bottle in the bathroom cabinet  for cleansing.  This can be any choice which appeals to you, sesame, avocado, macadamia, olive-oil, castor oil is less costly and can be the mainstay (up to a third), argan or ylang-ylang  or apricot, etc.,.   Dryer skin may need less castor oil and more of one of the richer oils.  I let the oils remain on my skin while I tend my teeth which I’ve gone into fairly recently (see that post].   Then, using an absorbent washcloth and hot (as you can stand it} running water > hold the hot, wet cloth to your face and neck a short while;  repeat a few times, then wring out the cloth and wipe the oils from your skin. . gently a time or two. Face should feel spectacular. . nothing more need be done.   At this point, I used to dab on some of the  Tallow Balm I make from the suet of grass-fed (organic and pure) beef bought at an organic  butcher.  This too, has been shared with you as this fabulous cream can be quite costly to buy commercially, but so very cheap with DIY.      Of late,, . I do a further step (before the Balm) Next:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Vitamin C Serum

 This cosmetic combination is extraordinarily effective to keep skin moisturized  plump and dewy looking.  Some call it miraculous – – like a face lift in a bottle.   This is a rather popular, accepted, well established procedure which one can find all over the internet. Very costly to buy commercially. . .but again —  inexpensive to make at home.  Of course, I’ve tinkered around kinda customising it as you no doubt would expect that I would do to try to make it as effective and healthy  (good for the skin) as possible.   My C-Serum looks different from most because I use natural, organic Vit C  for the C content and a bag of well-steeped green tea for its ‘antioxidant effect,’ but helps give it that yucky color. . . fortunately no one can tell you’re wearing yuk.

These two products  are meant to be used/worn together. . . on a freshly cleaned face.  (I don’t use soap on my face).   apply  first the C-serum via the dropper onto face/neck  – all over here and there, gently.  Feels good, no negative reaction like stinging which can happen with using the L – Ascorbic Acid (only) part of vitamin C rather than the natural, entire complex of C of which Ascorbic Acid is only one part.  Both of these products are totally natural – not preserved –  nothing synthetic in it. . .so they must be shaken each time of use, recapped  and put back in refrigerator (will last for weeks if kept cool). 

Vitamin C – serum is a workhorse.  It is healing;  is capable of smoothing out many problems  as well as promoting much needed collagen.  Shamefully, I hadn’t made my dual formulae in well over a month or so — just couldn’t get around to it (tho it goes together in a snap). Skin missing it.  Had grown some ugly bumps and one looked kinda like a mole, altho a scabby one – up near the hairline.  Last week – back to normal with my routine going again  (recipes to follow). . in 3 – 4 days, skin smooth and clear.   So relieved.  The combo will help refine those pores .  .  .  all blessings which can make a less-than-perfect (or aging) skin look quite acceptable.  

The HA (Hyaluronic Acid) is what plumps up the skin because it can hold up to 1K times its own weight in water.  This is why the skin must be kinda moist [from the C-serum], to grab some moisture and hold it in.  The HA as used is a  ‘gel’. . goes on easy. . slides around.   It’s gorgeous what it does for skin.  HA never removes water from the skin — it ADDS water to it. There must BE water there to absorb.  So if skin isn’t moistened,  just dab some wet fingers around the face and throat.  Then, using the dropper, apply the HA gel on entire surface.  Nothing more needs to be done.  But this is where I dab some Tallow Balm here and there..  One could instead, dab on some moisturizer or other cream of choice if one chooses.  Nothing else however, is needed.  Use it once a day either rising or bedtime or both,. . .whatever.  You be the judge.   

 SKIN CARE RECIPES

VITAMIN C-Serum

Note:  To buy organic C-powder, can put what you are after in browser and see who’s offering what.  There are many, such as Amla or  Camu Camu,  Acerola Cherry. Have bought Amla – 1# thru ebay, Bluejay Trading for $16.00 and also Camu Camu for $36.00 # from Zokiva (also ebay and organic).  Both are much more costly than Ascorbic acid which is actually a chemical construct, no matter how loudly they claim otherwise  – – its synthetic, hard on stomach and not as good. Commercial, scientific and medical all claim Vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid – period.  I beg to differ and have understood this truth for at least 60 years. . Ya pays your money and take your choice!

1 tsp C Powder (1/2 will do if using Ascorbic Acid.. more could burn the skin)

1 Green Tea bag in about 3+ oz Distilled water, steep at least 10 minutes  > cool down in freezer a bit. (No heat on your org. C !)       

2 tsp vegetable Glycerin                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Put all into small dropper bottle, preferably amber or blue [to keep light out].   C oxidizes /if turns yellow or brown – toss and redo otherwise – can last for several weeks in frig.                   

HYALURONIC ACID Serum                                                                                                                                                                                                  (topical, face use. .  .Many ingest HA – different recipe, as body makes internally good for joints and everything)

 1/2 tsp HA powder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 – 3 1/2 oz  distilled water . . sprinkle HA atop the water in measuring cup.  HA is costly, no need to lose it on some spoon;  I hold the cup in my warm hand and swirl it for a number of minutes until it starts to gel (which it does).  Kinda fun to watch it happen. Some complain that it doesn’t gel right! . . not my experience.  When it has thickened beautifully, I add a few more items which are beneficial to the overall health/beauty for the skin:   

(Am using “TT”  to indicate ‘tiny touch’ or few grains)                                                                                                                                                   scant 1/8 tsp or TT B-3 powder;      TT MSM powder – may have to use mortar/pestle – make sure is ground fine, any powder.  TT DMSE powder.  Sprinkle all the fine powders onto the HA gel;   swirl again, tho gel is made now – won’t lose, can use small spoon to  mix.       It is also good to add favorite EO (essential oil). . I use Lavender.  Also can drop in some Vit E oil – 10-12 drops. All done

When all is well mixed, pour into the small dropper bottle; label and refrigerate.   I find my concoction delightful. Gives XLNT results, is anti-aging and especially good for younger skin which has suffered acne’d problems.. . so some say.  Let me say, further,  all one needs for this recipe is the Hyaluronic Acid and Distilled Water – – period!  Carry out this recipe that far and you’re good to go.  All the rest is optional  (and it is working well for me).   For any who try this, it would please me to hear your results and impression of how it works for you.   Enjoy,  be happy,      Jan

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