My father is a man of philosophies. He has philosophies about everything from home heating to wearing tennis shoes at the beach. One of his best theories is about the perils of junk food and how the omission of candy from one’s diet can cure almost any trouble – canker sores, cuts, bruises, freckles, near-sightedness, pimples.
I have dismissed most of his ideas as utter hokum for some 23 years, but I’ve recently been having second thoughts, and it all started with a string of pimples that appeared on my face in quick succession some two weeks ago. It was just a few days after my birthday, and I had been allowing myself to indulge in all kinds of celebratory sweets for several days. And then they appeared: Two bulbous spots on my chin … then another … and another. My father surveyed the bumps judiciously (as if trying to read the fine print on my chin), shook his head and commented (predictably),
“Too much junk food – all that chocolate.” (He spat out the word “chocolate” like it put a bad taste in his mouth.)
It’s never a convenient time to have pimples, but these appeared at just the right time. About a week ago, I mixed up a nice acne-proof face wash from a recipe I found on Darling Louie, and I have been waiting for an opportunity to test it.
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 25 drops Tea Tree EO
As a face wash, it is surprisingly effective. I usually have huge problems with facial cleansers – so many of them leave my skin feeling slippery and oily, like it needs a good wash. What is the point of that? That’s like pouring mud in your washing machine and expecting the clothes to come clean.
This soap actually leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed – the tea tree oil creates a tingling feeling on my skin, and it all washes away without a fight. Another plus: it tastes amazing! I can’t say that its acne-fighting powers are any stronger or weaker than a store-bought cleanser, but it certainly works just as well as anything else I’ve ever used, and it is an effective spot treatment!
Of course, I have it on good authority that you don’t even need an acne fighter if you can just stay away from chocolate in the first place.