I’m giving my summer a theme, one that takes into the account the reality of my slowing metabolism. I call it the summer of wellness (it’s a working title). To start: a mini detox. I can almost guarantee my definition is much looser than yours. It’s been nearly two weeks since my last cup of coffee, which was easier than expected. And I’m curbing alcohol, eliminating it during the week. And I’ve only made an exception to that rule twice. Like I said…looser definition. Every well-intentioned detox (or you know, subtle elimination diet) needs a beauty component. It was that suggestion by Dr. Sarah Villafranco, founder of Osmia Organics, that prompted one of the most satisfying beauty treatments I’ve ever had at home! Osmia’s Detox Exfoliating Mask looks like the earth, thanks to three types of purifying clay and activated bamboo charcoal which pulls every toxin imaginable out of your skin, and smells faintly of chocolate. Raw cacao and manuka honey powders are to thank for that. Sarah packages this with a dish and spatula so you can whip up a fresh batch each time. The dry powder formula equals zero preservatives! After about 15 minutes, I could physically see all of the impurities in my skin bubbling to the surface. When I rinsed it off, the finely-ground black walnut shells gently exfoliated my skin. My skin felt lighter and softer and looked brighter. Instant gratification! This is how a detox mask is done, my friends. Best used sparingly because it’s so powerful – a maximum of once a week, though I’ll probably opt for every two weeks.
Also, I’ve heard from a few of you on the Osmia Blemish Treatment. I’m so happy its working for some of you! I’m sort of having an Osmia moment, since everything I try from Sarah is effective and unique. Definitely give me a shout if you’ve tried!