current skinsperiments

and other human-guinea-pig testing: ah, the sacrifices I make. Estee Lauder group, take note. Some of us put our money where our mouths are.

Testing the following things out currently:

MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL

Using this:

  • for removing eye makeup
  • for shaving the Glorious Pits of Underarm Joy
  • as a body moisturiser, applied to damp skin at the end of a shower
  • on face and around the eyes: patted on at the end of shower, when doing the rest of me
  • on face (and eyes, again): on top of moisturiser
  • on hair: mixed in with conditioner, both used as a pre-wash and as, well, you know, just normal conditioner

Quick report:

I had my reasons for trying this stuff out. To cut a very long story short (I’ll post up various bits and pieces of stuff about it at a later date…), as a replacement for mineral oil that does what it does, but is more sustainable. Better still, it’s local: native to the Pacific Northwest, and some grows on Vancouver Island, which is a leisurely ferry-ride away from where I am. Available from various places online, at assorted prices. The best prices I’ve found for delivery chez moi were from Mountain Rose Herbs and Soapcraft.ca

It’s a curious beast. A denser texture than my other recent main oils (mineral, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower), but not as viscous and heavy-feeling as the likes of avocado or olive. Not much is needed (compared to my last oil, the almond). Despite being thicker, it spreads easily. Absorbs remarkably fast: you just sort of spread it around and it sinks in as you’re spreading it. Not in a “not moisturising enough” way (like grapeseed oil): skin feels superbly moisturised, no greasy feel, just plump and juicy. That skin-feel is a little like what you get with sesame seed oil, come to think of it. I also tested it out split-body in the shower, against almond oil, to check my initial hunch-findings. Using a standard teaspoon for quantities.

No scent. Very stable, long shelf-life. No skin reactions to it at all. I was wary (as ever) of putting it on my face, but tried it out overnight anyway. Someone has to suffer for beauty’s sake, and for all you morosophical beauties out there… and the standard-issue ones too, and of course regular people who couldn’t give a fig for all this beautymythcrapola but just want nice moist skin that stays on their bones, and doesn’t flake off or crack and bleed and otherwise cause discomfort and pain.

I’ve also been experimenting with using this as The One And Only Oil: replacing the DIY multi-purpose oil AND the DIY hair oil AND rosehip seed oil (used as serum under face moisturiser). I’m still keen on the rosehip, and will be continuing to use it at night, but there’s something very comforting (for me, anyway) about knowing that you can replace a bunch of stuff with one single item. It makes my minimalist soul sing.

Anyway. Consider me a happy camper. A very happy one when camping (and on any other trips involving packing light). I’m so delighted I’m getting more.

Getafix prepares magic potion: from "Asterix the Gaul -- Or: How to get the biggest bang out of the Gallic Swordsman," Civilization Fanatics' Center Forum; image linked to discussion-thread (guest access only)

SILK NATURALS SERUMS

I’ve used and liked the Oatmeal Serum. Tried out the following. Just for the hell of it, you know. Skin’s happy and behaving, so why not play around with it:

AWESOME SAUCE ANTI-OXIDANT SERUM: slight itching

FACELIFT VITAMIN C, DMAE, & PEPTIDE SERUM: a little tingly

ROSE HYDRATING SERUM: nice

SUPER SERUM (the one with niacinamide): nope, some irritation

VITAMIN C PEPTIDE SERUM: nice

For why? Vitamin C. I was curious about the others, so gave them a try too. I’ll probably go with the Vitamin C Peptide one: lacks the bells and whistles of the other serums, but has those antioxidants I’m more interested in: that is, vitamin C (in MAP form) and white tea. I was mainly looking for an antioxidant serum, I should emphasize: for boringly practical reasons. Protecting hyper-photo-sensitive skin. Boosting sunscreen’s action. Tamarind’s not done any harm to my skin in the past, though I’d be sceptical of making any grand claims about it. Peptides look interesting, a nice bonus without going headlong into flights of fancy / fantasy / science-fiction / vanity.

Of the three I’ve liked the best, there’s a lot of ingredients in common; the different ones have been underlined.

OAT HYDRATING SERUM INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, White Tea Extract, Licorice Extract, Tamarind Seed Extract, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Oats,  Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate , Panthenol
(suggest this one if you’re on the fence about glycerin)

ROSE HYDRATING SERUM INGREDIENTS: Rose water, distilled water, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Extract, White Tea Extract, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate,  GlycerinHydroxypropyl starch phosphate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol
(suggest this one on drier skin: the moistest of the set)

VITAMIN C PEPTIDE SERUM INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, Tamarind Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, White Tea Extract, Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol
(suggestion: the lightest of the set, and might be the best bet–for these things are always just bets, at the end of the day–for more irritable and/or acne-prone skin??? as no glycerin and no Seamollient kelp ferment)

In an ideal world, I’d like to see a serum that looks like this:

GINGERRAMA’S MAGIC POTION INGREDIENTS: Rose water, Distilled Water, Tamarind Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, White Tea Extract, Licorice Extract, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Oats, Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol

Asterix ingesting a doping agent; from "At long last, a study of brain injuries in Asterix books," The History Blog, 17-06-2011; image linked to original blog-post

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