The skin is our largest sensory organ and messenger of the emotions – in fear, she raises her hair; in shame, she blushes treacherously. She is the canvas for our grief, our anger and our joy, with her we exchange touches if we like to show affection. Our skin is the mirror of our soul. This connection between skin and psyche experts call psycho-dermatology. Still, it is not a big science, the external stimuli such as chemical cosmetics, environmental pollution, worry and stress, cause skin problems. The obvious issues with the skin then add to our self-confidence and aggravate the situation.
I’m asked often for my beauty secrets. The answer is deeply personal for me. I have highly sensitive skin that erupts in rashes, and various forms of dermatitis when out of balance. From a very early age, my skin was the focus of heightened attention – since I am a redhead with porcelain skin. With the years, my chemical sensitivities continued to increase, and I became more aware of how much my environment affected my well-being.
I discovered that I have a sensitivity to synthetic fragrance, preservatives, various of irritants, and that I suffer from a tremendous food allergy. Conventional skincare wreaks total havoc on my complexion, and even many “natural” ingredients irritate my skin.
As aesthetician and spa therapist, I had to experiment a lot with high-tech treatments and products common in spa and product training – chemically coloured masks, perfumed cleaning products, scrubs and concentrates. These treatments and products were, in the long run, torture for my skin. Since a couple of years, any beauty products makes me struggle with skin that keeps me in a constant state of discomfort and awareness. My solution was to immerse myself in the study of ingredients, organic products, plant medicine and ultimately create a holistic self-care ritual targeted to my own challenges. Over the years, my knowledge, experience, and passion evolved due to my own challenges and those of my clients, what presented me with a deeper understanding and a better point of view.
It is the simplest things that, if you notice them, have long-lasting effects. My mother taught me in my youth that eye cream is essential, and my face begins at the hairline and ends under my breasts, i.e. I care neck, décolletage and breasts. There may be women who think I have too much time – which of course is not true, the difference is, I take the time, it is my very own personal self-love ritual for my precious Temple and me.
So often, we rush through our cleansing process, and everything we do with our skin becomes a routine instead of a little ritual of love for ourselves. Or, in contrast, investing in aggressive brushing, peeling or cosmetic treatments, without realizing what exactly we are doing to our most vulnerable organ.
A former employee (ten years younger than me) once asked me if I could tell her at which cosmetic surgeon would I have my Botox done? I was shocked because Botox and such things are something that would never be suitable for me because there are no long-term studies to date and I also think that we women have a right to age with dignity. Sadly, this question is a seemingly common question among women today (overwhelmingly and especially in the mid-20s).
In today’s world, beauty products come from the drugstore and remedies from the pharmacy. This source of supply seems entirely reasonable for us today, but if you look more closely, it is an unfortunate fact. Mother Earth has provided us with an incredible selection of plants, herbs and flowers that we can use both internally and externally to heal both body and soul. Natural ingredients are easily absorbed by our organism, which by no means can always be said of synthetically produced substances. In my 1 on 1 treatment and workshops, I use natural and above all holistic products to treat skin and body from the inside as well as from the outside with as much care as if I were preparing dinner for my dearest girlfriends. Therefore, you will probably be tempted to snack on the mixtures in the preparation. Although I fully understand your desire to snack, I would recommend that you only take the plant potions that are intended for it. It is so important to me that any self-care ritual I create inspires playfulness, over-the-top self-indulgence, and loving care for both your soul and your sacred Temple Body.
I can’t wait to gather, to share in rituals together, and to dive deep into the green witch mysteries. Let’s get together as girlfriends, mothers, daughters, and grandmothers – every stage of womanhood is welcome!