- Cleansing Oil - I use olive oil as a base and add rosemary and tea tree oil to it. The olive oil, alone, is fine; I like the scent of rosemary and the anti-bacterial properties of both rosemary and tea tree oil.
- Toner - Toner is good to close the pores. Rose water is a fresh type of tone that is mildly astringent, so it also helps quell the raging outbreaks I'm prone to have on a monthly basis.
- Moisturize Me - This part will vary depending on where I am and what I'm doing. If it's a normal day in which I will not be outside, I use a moisturizing oil consisting of a jojoba oil base with evening primrose oil and palmarosa essential oil. If I'm going to be outside, I treat my face with commercial sunblock in SPF 30 (Hawaiian Tropics) and the rest of my body with SPF 70 (Neutragena). I have one skin and I plan to keep it until I die...which isn't going to be from skin cancer.
A lot has changed in my life in the past 3 to 4 years. I started powerlifting in 2011 and was in a car accident in 2013 that forced me to quit lifting for a time (about a year, actually). I had ankle surgery (2014), walked the UK (2014), and got hit with some type of autoimmune disorder (2014) which kept me from restarting powerlifting when I wanted. Then I bleached and dyed my hair (2015), then I hacked it off (2016) to avoid dying in the heat (again). I joined the SCA (2016) and began researching medieval skin care. I started using oil to wash my face, based on historical evidence that oil is actually a really good skin cleanser. I believe I started that in August 2016 as a way to prepare for the first, ever, SCA class I was going to teach at Great Western War. This year, I've had to make a diet change for my health. I had no idea that sero-negative celiac disease was a thing and that I would have it. So, no more grains and, for me in particular, no more legumes/lentils. I really don't want to be sick and it doesn't take a lot to make me sick. I've drunk more water in the past checks calendar 2 months than I have in a few years, and my skin has been very thankful. I've also continued my skin care regimen of oil and rose water, and have just recently added a oil moisturizer to the mix that actually really does some wonderful things for my skin. But, is it just placebo effect, or is there an actual difference? [caption id="attachment_179" align="alignright" width="300"] Left: c. 2014. Note the fine lines at my eyes and the dull, uneven skin tone. Right: June 5, 2017. My skin is even and bright, and there is no evidence of fine lines.[/caption] The image to the right shows me 3 years ago and just last week. The picture on the left, my skin looks dull. It looks like its aging. If you embiggen the picture, you can see fine lines at my eyes. I look like I'm in my 30s in that picture (which is so very true! I was 36!). The image on the left is me just last week. I was picking up Geiri from work and had some time, so I snapped a selfie. My skin looks clearer, even, supple, and there is no evidence of fine lines forming anywhere on my face. I look like I'm not quite 30 yet (in fact, I've told people just recently how old I am and they've just stared at me in wonderment...they thought I was only about 25). I used to wear a lot of makeup. I don't anymore simply because it's a lot of work and I don't always have the spoons to do it. These two pictures have about the same amount of makeup effort going on, which is why I chose them. Before, I was using whatever products I could buy at the store to wash and moisturize my face. I have acne-prone skin, so many of the things were super harsh and drying (as is evident in the left picture, on the cheek). My skin care routine has completely changed and the difference was noticeable within a week. My routine is as follows:Read More
The Long Beach Irish Fair and Music Festival was fun. It was not as well-executed this year, likely due to the death of the previous organizer who wasn't known for his delegation. There were some other issues, as well, but the most significant for us and the other re-enactment groups was that of the Fire Marshal disallowing camp fires. There was nothing for us to really demo, after that, except for armored combat (which we did on Saturday). The weather this year was amazing! Last year, it was about 108-F both days; this year, it was a cool 70s-F. Light rain in the mornings and a strong breeze during the day made it just lovely weather. For those who are coming to this site from the perfumery demos and discussions, welcome! I hope you find interesting things in this blog. Pardon the store, at the moment; I have not taken pictures of everything, yet, which makes it difficult to list items for sale. If, however, you'd like to order a custom perfume, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's discuss what you'd like. :) On a personal note: I did do a bone-head thing and trip over a lash line on my tent on Sunday evening as I was preparing to break down camp. I landed squarely on my knees and hands/wrists and it seems my left knee took most of the impact. Keeping an eye on things, but it's possible I may have a stress fracture in my knee cap. We'll see how things progress over the next few days. Over all, the weekend was fantastic! My next scheduled event is Lyondemere Anniversary on July 8! Hope to see you there!Read More
It's been a long time since I've updated this blog. I do apologize. I've been hugely busy with my dissertation. The good news is I have submitted my proposal for preliminary feedback and have received half of that feedback. I need to make some edits, then it gets submitted for IRB and RRB review, oral defense, then off to the races with experimenting! If you're interested in my dissertation stuff (which has to do with using traditional role playing games for training critical thinking skills), feel free to e-mail me and I'll happily talk your ear off about it. Potrero War was this past weekend and it was pretty fantastic! I spent most of the war volunteering...which ended up being a bit of a mistake for me, healthwise, but c'est la vie! I started by presenting a class on Roman hygiene and perfumes, then started working at Base Camp, Base Camp HQ, and Gate in over-night shifts. I do love over-night shifts! I decided to run a second iteration of my class, too, because there were people who had wanted to come, but couldn't. It was great and I made sure to give the Queen her own custom perfume (for which she swooned). The documentation for this class and the one I taught at Great Western War are now available for download here. Enjoy them and if you end up making any of the perfumes, do let me know!Read More