Sticky Computers

lemonI’m in trouble with The Man from Salford.  ‘What,’ came the accusative roar from the spare bedroom, ‘What has happened to the mouse?  Why is it sticky?’  Now the last time we had a sticky computer problem was when Goldilocks, unable to contain her excitement at acquiring lions for her virtual zoo, spilt a Sherbet Fountain all over the keyboard.  Since I started this site poor Goldilocks has hardly had a look in at the computer and it wouldn’t surprise me if her virtual lions were virtually dead.  I could hardly stand aside and let her take the rap for this one.  ‘Oh that,’ I calmly reply, ‘that’s just a bit of lemon juice.’ 

As usual I’d being trying to do too many things at once.  On this occasion two of those too many things were trying to write a post at the same time as exfoliating my face.  Somewhere along the line I forgot to wash my hands in between the two and we now have a sticky mouse.   

Lemons are good.  Unlike off-the-shelf cosmetics they are not full of  suspicious preservatives or petroleum derived products such as mineral oil, which clog rather than clean.  Unlike alkaline soaps, they do not disrupt the skin’s naturally acidic mantle and therefore do not dry the skin out.  Lemons are astringent, so they tone (tighten pores) as well as cleanse.  The most important thing in lemons are the AHAs, or alph-hydroxy-acids.  These dissolve the glue that helps dead skin cells to stick to the surface of the skin, making it appear dull and lifeless.  AHAs are natural exfoliators.

You could, of course, use any fruit that contains citric acid in the same way and eating the rest certainly won’t do your skin any harm.  AHAs are also present in apple juice, cider, and cider vinegar in the form of malic acid.  Milk and milk products (lactic acid) are a good source, you can even use dried milk  to clean your face and it’s easy to transport on trips and holidays.  Grape juice, wine, (although I wouldn’t personally waste it in this way!) and cream of tartar all contain tartaric acid, and are plentiful in AHAs.   Sugar, or glycolic acid, also contains the magic AHAs, so maybe Sherbet Fountains will work as well, but I haven’t tried that one yet!   

To carry out my exfoliating regime, I first wash my face with water to remove surface dirt, then I squeeze a slice of lemon and pat the juice all over my face, (sometimes when I’m feeling extra hurried I just wipe the slice all over, but the pips sometimes scratch!)  There is usually some tingling at first but it doesn’t last long, and after ten minutes I rinse the lemon juice off.  Having patted the skin dry I then rub in a tiny smidgen of wheatgerm oil, less is definitely more here, to gently and naturally moisturise.  Wheatgerm oil is rich in vitamin E and omega 3s, both allies of good skin.   Three days of this regime and my skin feels soft, smooth and has a healthy glow about it.

The only off-the-shelf face care product that I use, is my Green People SPF15 Day Solution.  I’m outdoors a lot and want to protect my face from the sun.  You need also to be aware that when you exfoliate your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, so do protect it in some way.  Please remember that all skins are different and will tolerate different treatments.  Always try new treatments out on a small, inconspicuous area first and don’t embark on new regimes the day before an important interview or social event!

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1 comment to Sticky Computers

  • Ooh, that’s a good tip, thanks. Not heard it before. I might give it a try, as part of my general move towards beauty products that can also be used in salad dressing…

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