It’s the Christmas season! Annoying festive jingles aside, Christmas is a time for indulgence, especially after a busy year.
So what do you think of when you think of Christmas indulgence? Mince pies for breakfast? Enough roast potatoes to feed the street? More than enough bubbly and chocolates to feed the street? Or perhaps you’re more about indulgence in the gift giving department rather than what you’re eating and drinking.
Either way, have you given much thought to your skin? A faithful companion, our skin keeps us protected from the elements all day, every day. It surely deserves a much needed pampering for the holidays.
Some people certainly think so. And they’re taking the indulgence to the extreme! Throughout history to the present day, people have been using wacky, expensive and sometimes downright ridiculous things on their skin.
So just for fun this week, here’s some of our favorites:
Milk bath, anyone?
Made famous by Cleopatra, who was renowned for her beautiful skin, milk baths are still popular. Cleopatra is rumored to have used donkey milk, infused with honey and lavender.
Not just an indulgence, milk is a rich source of lactic acid which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. AHAs encourage skin rejuvenation by gently exfoliating away dirt, grime and dead skin cells from the pores.
So Cleopatra really was onto something!
How about some arsenic? Or lead?
Back in the 18th Century, women wanted to have as pale a complexion as possible (clearly fake tan hadn’t been invented then). In order to do this, they turned to what any self-respecting beauty addict would, erm, lead.
Mixed with vinegar (mmmm), they’d apply it to their faces to look flawless and to cover up their smallpox lesions. But as they slowly developed lead poisoning, they realized that the grey hair, extra dry skin, severe abdominal pain and constipation just wasn’t worth it.
So they turned to arsenic instead. Incredibly, arsenic was deemed much ‘safer’ than lead and had the same skin lightening effects. Unfortunately, arsenic also began slowly poisoning people, leading to the death of red blood cells (which did indeed lead to pale skin), baldness and eventual death.
Unbelievably, arsenic based skin care products hung around until the 1920s.
Kim Kardashian made the vampire facial famous a few years ago, and it really is as brutal as it sounds. In a nutshell, a doctor will take a blood sample, spin it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then re-injected into your face, leaving your face looking bloody and raw.
The vampire, or PRP facial is said to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and improve its texture.
An indulgence or not, the choice is yours!
The right skin care – the most indulgent treat for your skin?
Indulging your skin can of course mean doing all you can to look after it and keep it happy. Especially so if you have skin that experiences acne breakouts, sensitivities and general contrariness.
Our range of skin care products has your skin covered from gently cleansing, to day and time hydrating, supporting, nourishing and soothing. Our hero ingredient is our blend of alkalizing silica salts that work deep within the layers of your skin to support all its individual needs.
We have contrary, stressed out, acne prone skin ourselves, and we really struggled to find skin care products that supported our skin as well as feeling as if we weren’t just using medicated skin care designed for acne sufferers.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in skin loving, plant based, cruelty free, harsh ingredient free, indulgent skin care, then you’ve just found it.
So go on, treat yourself! Enjoy your Christmas season on a high, in your best ever skin. Consult our expert dermatologists!
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