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10 Products I <3: The Body Shop – Cucumber Cleansing Milk

For the past 10 years I’ve been following the Ayurvedic way of life. I’ll get a little more into the topic of Ā Ayurveda later but I follow my eating, sleeping andĀ exercise habits a certain way.Ā  Thanks to a book that IĀ was introducedĀ to by a friend, Ā I ‘ve lent and purchased copies ofĀ  Absolute Beauty by PratimaĀ Raichur on www.pratimaskincare.com (I’m in need of a new copy now) šŸ˜€

Ayurveda has ways that the skin isĀ treated with natural ingredients whileĀ tackling someĀ specific and difficultĀ skin issues. I don’t have as much time to mix herbs and oils like I did when I started years ago so I started looking for ingredients that are acceptable by Ayurvedic standards for my skin type and body constitution. I found a gem in The Body Shop‘s Cucumber Cleansing Milk.

2014 Update: The Body Shop has since discontinued this product.! In it’s place I started buying Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser. It’s got the same creamy consistency and still does an amazing job! It calms down overactive or sensitive skin!

The Body Shop has many products which I discovered that have oils used throughout the Ayurvedic skin care regime i.e.Ā sesame oil, brazil nut oil, almond oil, babassu oil. Ā Cucumber Cleansing Milk contains organicĀ community trade soy oil from Brazil! Soy oil is a dry oil that can moisturizeĀ dry and combination/oily skin effectively. Soy is a highly popular staple inĀ Asia (Japan) which is where I started using soy more frequently šŸ˜€ Ā Soy oil contains linoleic fatty acids that is easily absorbed into the skin and body to grow healthy cells. Soy oil is also anti-inflammatory.

I noticed after weeks of using the milkĀ my occasional breakouts ceased and any facial cleanser that I used which would normally be irritating; completelyĀ stopped burning. Massaging theĀ milk inĀ the skin enables it to actĀ as a barrier from harsh water,Ā cleanser and environment.Ā Ā The cucumber, soy and glycerinĀ combination work well to help calm, soothe and tone most skin types including skin with rosacea and acne.Ā The milk rinsesĀ clean so there is no need to worry about a greasy residue. Soy oil helps the skin combat the effects of free radicals and pollutants in the water and air.

There are so many things about the cleansing milk I can say but I’ll just get into how it is usedĀ for optimal results. In Ayurveda skin is massaged and treated before it is cleansed. Reactive or combination skin should beĀ treated with an initial “facial massage”. Dry skin types can use the oil/cream as the cleanser itself. Once the milk is appliedĀ to the skin, make-up, dirt and sweat is massaged off .

The skin is rinsed a few times and if needed milk is re-applied a few times. No need to worry it’s not going to clog pores, you’ll be following with cleanser. You’ll notice a clearer, smoother, less irritated and balanced skin!

After you clean your skin,

-shine