Out damn spot!

“New year – New me”, that is my mantra most years. Normally this lasts for a few weeks then real life gets in the way. Well this year I decided instead of saying I am going to change something massive for the whole year I would start with one month – see how it goes – no hard feelings if it doesn’t go further – jubilation if it does. This year (sorry this January) I am jumping on the ‘quit sugar’ bandwagon.

quit sugar

I am a complete and utter sugar addict – so I knew this would be hard – but hopefully good for me. I read David Gillepsie’s book ‘The sweet poison quit plan’ and I haven’t looked back – yes it is only two weeks in – but I am impressed and gobsmacked by what he says about sugar.

david gillespie sweet poison quit plan

It has been difficult, but I think in the long run it could be fabulous. “Why are you telling us this”, I hear you cry. Well it seems the downside of ridding your body of this poisonous substance is it can give you a spot or two – only one so far for me – but still one too many.

I have talked in great detail about the fabulous spot killing properties of apple cider vinegar and manuka honey – but these do not always work as fast as I want them to – yes I am vain (aren’t we all just a little bit) – I want it to go ASAP. When I am stressed or unhappy my skin decides to make matters worse by breaking out. A few years back I was extremely stressed and unhappy and I was blessed with spot after painful spot. I researched and researched and found that red and blue light therapy can work wonders. I bought a Lumie Clear machine and hey presto (well not as fast as that but pretty speedily) my skin cleared up.

lumie clear light therapy

This machine was pretty expensive around £130 though worth its weight in gold as far as I was concerned. But when it had done its job and I was back to having clear skin I sold it on ebay and got most of my money back. A few years later I wished I hadn’t been so rash selling it. I found that no matter how careful you are with your skin the spots can still surface. I was not prepared to shell out this kind of money again, so back to Google I went. This time round I found a fabulous little gadget called the Rio skin clear – I found it on Amazon for around £25 and thought I would give it a go.

rio light skin clear therapy

I am really impressed with this little machine. It definitely quickens up the healing process of painful spots and helps them reduce in size pretty fast. If I left the spots to their own devices they would happily hangout and party on my skin for a few weeks, getting bigger and more confident as the days went on. But using this little device twice a day for 8 minutes I found that they only lasted a few days and never get big or too painful. Unfortunately nothing natural I have ever used will zap them into oblivion on the first go – but this teamed with my apple cider vinegar spray and manuka honey is pretty fast – as close to using a magic wand as I can find.

Below is some science stuff from rio explaining the light therapy if you are interested:

‘The blue light in the Skin Clear Light directly kills the bacteria involved in acne, while the red light helps reduce inflammation and stimulate the healing process. The result is clearer and smoother skin. Research has shown that combined blue and red light treatment is significantly more effective than using benzoyl peroxide which is a common treatment for mild to moderate acne.’

Good luck with your new years choices. I hope you find the magic you are looking for.

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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Last night I was lying in bed listening out for my daughter – the lurgy hangs over us once again. I stared into the semi darkness as the pale moonlight was seeping through the blinds. A question popped into my head “When the sun goes to bed and the moon lights up the night sky do the colours actually disappear and fade to shades of black and white?” What has this to do with ‘natural beauty’ – absolutely nothing. I just wanted to put that question out there.

Okay, here is the beauty stuff. A while back a friend asked me if I could help her with her ‘acne rosacea’ which for years had been making her very unhappy. This affects your face and makes your skin very red and bumpy and pretty miserable.

acne rosacea natural cure

I promised I would try my hardest to help. At the time I had had an allergic reaction to something that had touched my skin and I had an uncomfortable rash on my face. So I trawled the web and came across ideas that developed into this great face mask. I tried it on myself first and hey presto my skin breathed a sigh of relief and went back to being smooth and happy. I passed on the mask to my friend – she said for the first time in years her rosacea went away and you now can see her beautiful, youthful skin shining through. I can’t promise you that this will work for all of you – but if your skin is misbehaving, unhappy or even a few spots are appearing give it a go and see if you have the same exciting results as we had.

After much research I found that the best ingredient you can use for this is turmeric – the yellow stuff you use for cooking curries etc.

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Below is the recipe:

1 tablespoon raw organic honey (I use manuka honey, anything over 16+ but it is expensive)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil (If you don’t have any vitamin e oil start off using organic olive oil.)

Mix all this together in a glass bowel.

When using this for the first time try a small area of your face which is effected, a very small area about 1cm squared. Leave it on for an hour but take it off straight away if there is any stinging or pain. You can cover the rest of the mask with cling film and leave it in a dish until later. If you get on fine with the patch test then carry on as below.

Tie your hair back and do not wear anything white or anything you mind staining as turmeric stains terribly and will not come out.

Use old foundation or any soft makeup brush to smooth it onto your face as again this will stain your hands.

acne rosasea face mask

I recommend only doing this at night because it is likely that you will have a hint of yellow on your face but it will fade by the morning. Also you mustn’t get the mask on your eyebrows or your hair.

Leave it on for half an hour up to one hour if you can. Then wash off with water. I would use paper towels to pat your face dry or a dark towel, as again it will stain them. Spray your face with a small bit of your vinegar spray then slather on your rosehip oil and go to sleep on an old pillowcase.

Do this every evening if you can for a week or until it starts to help.

Lastly don’t mix this with chemical products found in your local drugstore as they will counteract the mask and stop it working.

I can’t promise miracles and this might not work for all of you, but it did for my friend and certainly made my rash disappear after a few goes. Hopefully it will make your skin smile again.

happy face

The only reason for being a bee that I know of is to make honey…. And the only reason for making honey, is so as I can eat it. – Winnie the Pooh

Winnie might believe that honey is just for eating (I am sure many of you would agree) but the wonders of honey don’t stop there – honey is one of the best natural skincare products available.

People who have known me for years would never put the words ‘Mollie’ ‘love’ and ‘honey’ in the same sentence. When I was a little girl I hated the smell and taste of honey. I never thought it would be something that I would come to adore. I still hate the taste and the smell can be a little much sometimes but as a skincare product I love love love it.

You can use honey in skincare, haircare, for first aid, burns, blemishes – the list goes on and on.

If you have read any of my other posts you will know that I use it every night to wash my and my 5 year old daughter’s faces.

I wanted to let you know of another way to treat your skin using this lovely product – as a face mask. This will smooth your skin and treat any blemishes that are threatening to invade your prefect complexion:

Wash you face with Oliva. Use the bicarbonate of soda face scrub if you want to. Then dry off your face. Plaster on your chosen honey and lie back for at least 10 minutes, more if you can be bothered. I like to do this in the bath. If your skin isn’t dry when you apply the honey it will slide off your face. Wash off and reveal smoother, happy skin.

I have been experimenting with a new honey I picked up from Waitrose – Littleover Apiary wildflower honey with royal jelly. This lovely organic, wildflower honey has royal jelly added. I found this information about royal jelly on the dr organic website:

“The unique combination of nutrients, amino acids and plant hormones makes Organic Royal Jelly a superb ingredient to help maintain a youthful appearance. Throughout history this wonderful ingredient has been heralded as natures fountain of youth. It is ideal for rejuvenating and nourishing the skin, while its anti-aging properties help maintain the skins elasticity, texture and tone.”

Who knows if it is really adding anything special, but my skin is feeling extra smooth at the moment so this could be down to this royal additive. It is only £4.75 so I am happy to use it!

Littleover Apiary wildflower honey with royal jelly

A great tip if you feel a spot (zit) nudging away at your skin trying to get noticed, dab a bit of honey on it and leave it over night, the next day it should be gone or at least smaller. You can use manuka honey for this as it is super strong and has a higher concentration of anti-bacterial qualities to zap that spot. Don’t use manuka as a wash or face mask though, unless you have super strong skin, it can be too harsh and might reduce your skin to tears and tantrums.

On a side note, away from the golden elixir, this year I am trying lots of new things and will be working hard so my posts might be more infrequent – just a couple maybe even only one a month. I’ll still be here, trying new things and letting you know about them, just not as often as I have been. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a while I promise I am still around.