Thursday, October 24, 2013

My New Face Cleanser

My Mom is a serious book fanatic and is always on the look out for a great book. With out a doubt she could open up her own book store. A while back she gave me this book--

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.. and I must say it has some pretty awesome things in it. I'm just sorry I haven't picked it up sooner and seriously read it before now. 
Just another example of God showing me to get my procrastination under control! 
This book covers everything from a 28 day cleanse, weight, hair, cosmetics, perfumes and more.

A couple years ago, I was given a sample of Obagi facial cleanser and fell in love with it!

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It is not cheap tho and I have really been trying to pinch the pennies lately. Seriously sick and tired of spending extra money over here!!
After running out of my face wash and moisturizer, and NOT wanting to spend over $50 on all of it, I finally picked up this book for some serious reading.  

Welcome to Chapter 4- Beauty Secrets: Skin.

Ginger discusses a three step regimen- 
washing and exfoliating, nourishing and plumping, moisturizing and protecting
that can be done morning, night, or both. 

She states that women in biblical times loved to wash their faces in milk and often made this apart of their morning routine. Which brings us to the first step:

Step 1: Wash and Exfoliate
Rich Milk Wash

You will need:
1 cup powdered goat's milk (try Meyenberg milk)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
[fresh flaxseed in the winter months]

I have never heard of Meyenberg and I honestly thought I was going to have to make a trip to Earth Fare or some kind of organic foods store to find this. BUT, I was at Ingle's in town and just accidentally stumbled upon it. I was SO excited!! This container was $10.68 plus tax. I already had these Red Mill oats at home and organic flaxseed that I went ahead and added in the blender. Ginger says that in the winter months your skin becomes dry from the indoor heating, and the omegas in the flaxseed add extra emollients and richness to the wash. 


Process the powdered milk and oats in a blender or food processor until the mixture is very fine. Store in an airtight container, in a cool place, for up to four weeks.

Step 2: Nourish and Plump
Honey Tonic
Apply 1-2 drops honey (I used local) to wet fingertips and massage onto wet face. Do not rinse. Pat dry. 

Step 3: Moisturize and Protect
Olive Oil Moisturizer
Place 2-3 drops of extra-virgin, organic olive oil onto your palm. Rub palms together and pat your face gently.

I started this on Sunday, October 13th, cleansing morning and night. I was only going to document this until Sunday, October 20th, but we had a death in the family, so my documentation ends the 23rd. 





The following pictures are from last night. I had already applied the Honey Tonic and the Olive Oil Moisturizer. 

Before I compared these pictures, I did NOT feel like I could tell that much difference in my complexion.. but my jaw dropped when I enlarged these photos and I could DEFINITELY see a difference! I took these 'after' photos in the exact same lighting and in the exact same place in our bathroom just like the 'before' shots. 

 I have a Clarasonic that I normally use and I did not use it during this time span. I normally fight bumps on my chin and it is almost as smooth as a babies bottom!! The only way I have been able to get rid of those bumps is with my Clarasonic. Towards the end of the week I have felt my makeup has gone on smoother and I haven't had to wear as much. At my temples near my hairline, I had started getting red, splotchy areas, and I can see a major difference there! The inflammation has gone down and it hasn't felt itchy.

Concerns on the honey and olive oil??
I have NOT 100% felt like a honey comb or Italian restaurant.
The honey is not sticky if your skin is damp and you only have to use a couple of small drops of oil. A little goes a long way!

I was even talking about this in the salon a couple days ago and one of Whitney's clients said the best skin she has ever seen was a woman in her 80's.. She asked what her secret was and it was olive oil! Said she had used it since she was a little girl!

Needless to say, I'm hooked on this regimen and want to try it on the rest of my body!
Let me know if you end up trying it and what your results are!

Milk is the first food for new life: Newborn are sustained by it, and the "land of milk and honey" was a reference to the cherished Promised Land, which represented the blessing of God's abundance and new life for God's people. Peter even used milk to symbolize deep, nourishing truth, telling us we are to "desire the pure milk of the word". 1 Peter 2:2.

Honey is the promise of abundance in the Promised Land. Exodus 3:17

The Word of the Lord is sweeter than honey. Psalms 119:103

The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. Jeremiah 11:16

source: Beauty Secrets of the Bible. The Ancient Arts of Beauty & Fragrance. By Ginger Garrett


Tammy Jo said...

Defintely want to read that book :) Thanks for the suggestion

Renee said...

Just had to tell you that your complexion is ahhh-mazing!!

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