Foaming cleanser for combination and oily skins
Do you sometimes feel like life is humming along to a theme song and tapping out an interpretive dance to match?
At the moment, mine is Dancing on the ceiling.
Yes, Lionel Richie in all his red and cow print finery sums it up. I’m dancing along enjoying all the little corners of my life, but when I look down it turns out I’m dancing on the ceiling, but I’m not wearing Richie’s fancy dancing shoes, so gravity will win.
It’s all well and good to fix things, make noice stuff, bake bread, do a photography course, write lots of pretty freelance words, have shed loads fun running a blog, catch up with friends, raise a couple of kids and yes, somewhere under all of that love a patient husband who gives you concerned looks whilst making you coffee and bircher in the morning while you prop your eyes open with crayons.
The littlest member of the family decided to teethe and host his own little cot parties in the wee hours. My, ‘I can have my triple-tiered croquenbouche cake and eat all those tasty little profiteroles without dropping one theory’ came crashing down.
My own smug words about leading a balanced life came and bit me on the bum or at least some nasty sand flies did and gave me hives. So there I was completely covered in spots. I’m talking in my ears, soles of my feet, at the back of my throat – EVERYWHERE!
I may, or may not, have seized the opportunity to trial a little skin healing cream that I’ve been meaning to try and it worked a treat. I’ll share it with you when I get the balance right.
Anyway, there’s that word again. Balance.
The funniest thing is that I got the toddler grumps and was even heard saying, ‘But I want to do it all.’
Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Then, I fell over and slept for two days.
The thing is amidst all this chaos I may not have found the life balance thing, but I have found a new friend, the rebalancing foaming cleanser.
I’ve been perfecting this foaming cleanser base for a while now and it’s the addition of lavender, lemon and thyme ‘tea’ that really fixed me up quick smart. You see, they’re all attributed as the ultimate rebalancers. If you’re like me and battle pimples with wrinkles this is worth a shot.
The thymol in thyme oil is amazing for blackheads and pimples. One of the best things in the world, according to this study. Thyme is a no-no for pregnancy and maybe not for breastfeeding (discuss with your healthcare practitioner).
Sadly, the thyme in my garden was drowned out in the recent rains, so I used organic shop stuff, but I made Chard’s awesome roast vegetable salad with the leftovers, but this roast chicken is another user of thyme.
Lemon, ironically, is great for balancing oil and acid issues. The other good thing is that we often need the juice but not the peel, making it an inexpensive addition.
My love affair with lavender and my lavender ‘field’ goes way back, but other than smelling gorgeous it’s considered one of the great skin healers
To avoid using preservatives you’ll need to use a sterile or very clean bottle with a pump or squeeze lid to avoid contamination and keep in a cool spot, the fridge if possible. I usually make enough to last a month, as it’s about the same effort as making a fancy pot of tea. To make it even easier I write the recipe on the label.
This may seem a bit fiddly, but one of the things I’m becoming more and more aware of is it’s better to eat fresh food over tinned, because of the nutrients and the same is true for skin food. The fresher the better.
This is not a great mix for dry or sensitive types. The oatmeal wash is a better bet for you guys.
Speaking of which, I have quite a few trials running for a few different skin types, so shoot! Let me know what you’d like me to look at next.
Makes: 225 ml/ 7.6 fl oz, approximately enough for a month, morning and night
Saves $8 (based on average price for foaming cleanser $12 and the quantity of ingredients used)
Reduces carbon emissions and packaging
Has no artificial colors, diethanolamine, formaldehyde donors, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, toluene, or triethanolamine
1 cup boiling water
1 lemon peel
6-8 spray-free lavender flowers or 1/2 teaspoon of lavender essential oil
1 heaped tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme or 5 drops red thyme oil* (not if pregnant)
¼ cup liquid castille soap
2 tablespoons jojoba, macadamia, avocado, sweet almond or grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons of honey
Very clean or sterile pot, strainer and pump or squeeze bottle
1. Add lemon peel, lavender flowers and thyme to the pot, pour in boiling water, cover with a lid or foil, leave to cool and strain.
2. Mix together the castile soap, oil, honey, essential oils (if you’re using them) and herb ‘tea’ and pour into the pump or squeeze bottle.
To use: always test all new products in a discrete spot for irritation and only continue if no irritation*. To use, shake well, squirt into the palm of the hand and lather with warm water. Apply to the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes and mouth and rinse well.
Follow with a spray of toner all over the face to equalise the pH, rose water is perfect for the drier combination skins, while witch hazel is good for the oilier end of the spectrum. Follow with a moisturiser or hydration serum.
*Thyme is quite an active ingredient and can be irritating for some skin types.
What’s your theme song?