It’s definitely colder now, sometimes very cold, but often rainy. Some things that have been working well with this skin recently:

silk naturals green tea & aloe serum


  • the cleaning of the visage: using oil (the DIY multi-purpose one) first: on damp skin, rinsed off, then washing with regular cleanser. Skin is clean either way, this method leaves it more moist. Tested split-face, waiting for a minute, then five minutes, post-shower to see if differences could then be detected in moisture levels.
  • the cleaning of the rest of the corporeal entity: I’ll usually just use cleanser in sweaty bits, dampen rest of skin, and slap on oil.
    Only undergoing a full clean of the person when washing my hair. This makes me super-squeaky-clean on the ethics front, by using less water. Well, fairly squeaky anyway. Also better on eczema-prone winter skin, using less water on it. Still using tepid water, even though it’s always very tempting to jack it up to the torrid max and go all hot and steamy this time of year…


  • Often just a quick splash of witch hazel hydrosol—i.e. the distillate but no alcohol—to add hydration to skin. Continues to be a jolly good thing.
  • Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum continues to please…
  • Silk Naturals Green Tea & Aloe Hydrating Serum: a new pleasant surprise, this one. I’d not used it before as for a long time my sin reacted very badly to aloe. But it’s been more and more tolerant of it; that is, I can use products that contain a higher concentration of it, more often, without my skin going bananas. I know my skin’s OK with green tea and glycerin (to watch out for if you haven’t tried them on your own skin yet, as they’re common acne triggers: YMMV as ever).
  • I apply this to damp skin (and that’s in a steamy post-shower bathroom, so high humidity all round), follow with witch-hazel, and then apply moisturiser straight away. Damp skin’s a must here, as otherwise the humectants in this serum work in the opposite direction and the result is desiccated skin…
    —INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, distilled water, Green Tea Extract, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Extract, White Tea Extract, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol
    —COST: $9.95 / 2 oz (60 ml)
    —WHY this is a good idea:
    green highlighted ingredients = cheap as chips compared to many other green- and white-tea-based antioxidant serums on the market.
    turquoise highlighted ingredients = humectants


  • the DIY multi-purpose oil, which has been containing more and more meadowfoam seed oil and less and less sweet almond. I reckon it’s now at least 90% meadowfoam, but that’s a guess. Great stuff. Absorbs fast, doesn’t leave skin greasy, and skin stays in good condition all day. As opposed to drying out and feeling taught, then eventually flaking and cracking and crumbling at some point during the day.
    Also good for defrizzing hair on damp days: using a tiny amount.
  • a return to the joys of Allergenics emollient cream on drier patches and hands. My hands get dry and papery fast, and my fingernails are always in a lamentably awful condition. Gnawing and picking at them probably doesn’t help. Keeping them moist helps a little.
    Also good for defrizzing hair, but not on damp days (more on that in next post).
    BUT: Anyone got tips for things a vegetarian can eat, or supplements, to help nails? I can’t do the classic trick of beef gelatin cubes. Biotin gives me horrid zits.
  • and a new joy: Weleda calendula ointment. More on that shortly, and how I found it. Quite a discovery. Makes for a superb eye cream, also useful on hands, elbows, etc.
  • plus the usual armoury of balms that lurk around and get used as needed, or on a whim: mainly Badger unscented balm (olive oil + beeswax), also back to using it as an eye- and lip-moisturiser.
    Current no. 2 is Dr.Bronner Magic Balm, either the “naked” or the “baby” version (avocado, jojoba, & hemp oils plus beeswax).
    The DIY multi-purpose balm (refined shea butter + olive oil + beeswax) that used to be my big favourite isn’t right now, doesn’t work as well as the no-shea version, i.e. plain Badger balm. Which absorbs faster and better, and retains moisture longer.
  • plus the usual sunscreen on top, on exposed body parts: BurnOut Ocean Tested, spf 30+, zinc oxide-based. Also contains help seed oil.

A surprise that didn’t:

  • Silk Naturals Oatmeal Serum. Used this last winter and loved it. Tested it out side by side with the green tea serum. The oaty one leaves skin feeling slightly more moist (both leave my skin hydrated, and both behave well under oil or moisturiser “proper”), but I got the start of zits in the key strategic points—chin, jawline—which disappeared when I discontinued use. I used both serums split-self. That is, one on one half of my face, neck, throat, and one hand and arm; the other on the other. Considering the differences between this serum and the other one, and adding in ingredients (and variations thereon) that are know to be fine on my skin and that I’ve used recently or am using currently: I’m concluding that the culprit is a new sensitivity to the Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate. Which is, by the bye, exciting stuff:

Sea Kelp Bioferment (seamollient) – a fantastic skin hydrator made from sea kelp that’s been fermented with lactobacillus bacteria (the stuff that makes milk into yogurt).  The fermentation process makes all of the vitamins and minerals more available to be used for your skin.  It’s cooling, soothing, and one of my most favorite ingredients.  Fermented sea kelp sounds gross – but it’s the active ingredient in Crème de la Mer.

Such changes mystify me. But such is life: things balance out: lose one serum, gain another.


elegant but slightly chilly *shrug*


  1. Idebenone

    I also ferment various items at home, largely due to trying to make my own skb. Now I make milk kefir, kefir cheese, water kefir soda, and kerirkraut. The soda and the cheese are the only successes I’ve had… perhaps beside the skb? I bought dried sea kelp powders online. (bull sea kelp, rockweed, dulse, bladderwrack, alaria, irish moss) Put in mason jar to which i added sugars and water kefir grains. It fermented very well for weeks. I mixed it up into smaller jars and added msm, caffeine, grape skin powder, aloe juice, to each. None “stopped fermenting” or grew mold etc. Added milk and milk grains to some, and whey or more water grains/sugar to others, basically to keep it culturing. After about 6 weeks, it stopped producing CO2 and I strained it. (kept in fridge now 2 months, perhaps i need a preservative(more whey?) I’ve been using it as skb in recipes with no adverse affects. It has a bit of a vinegary/seaweed smell, and it not clear otherwise seems to work the same? Kinda crazy, no idea what i’m putting on my face, lol, huh?

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