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Making your own skin cleanser is not as difficult as it sounds like, it is super easy and you get to avoid a lot of the nasty chemicals and unecessary ingredients that is found in commercial brands and as a bonus you become fully in charge on what you apply to your skin. I have experimented with different homemade cleansers, I really like this one, and it can be used by all skin types and can be adapted to your skin conditions if you wish. You only need a few basic ingredients;

pure castile soap, organic virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, raw organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother), vitamin e oil, and distilled water. If you wish you can also add your favorite essential oils, lavender, rosemary, orange, tea tree, whatever you like, as they also contribute with a lot of beneficial properties and adds a bit of scent as well.

  • 1 tablespoon, Raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup, Distilled water
  • 2 tablespoon, Castile Soap
  • 2 tablespoon, Organic Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon, Sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops, Lavender Essential oil
  • 5 drops, Vitamin E oil

Mix all oils and castile soap together with essential oil and vitamin e oil and pour in the distilled water, mix togther and store in a container with pump. Shake before use.

I use pure castile soap from Dr. Bronner and I shift between different natural scents, right now I am using one with Green tea, but I think my favorite is lavender. You can get them with all kinds of natural scents, peppermint, almond, eucalyptus, rose, citrus and you name it, but you can also get it unscented. Castile soap is basically the cleanest soap you can get on the market, it is purely plant-based and totally free of any chemicals, it is natural, organic and biodegradable and just good for humans, pets and Earth, so I am a dedicated supporter and I will never buy any other skin cleanser or soap for my skin and the best thing is that the castile soap has multiple purposes and can be used in many different ways. I use castile soap for my hair, skin, body and as handwash... I even shower my little Amstaff dog in it and it works amazing. You can of course find other brands out there just make sure it is pure and organic.

You can find many organic virgin coconut oils on the market as well, however I prefer using Dr. Bronners or Mantra's Organic coconut oil. I shift a little bit in between depending on my budget, Mantra is cheaper bascially because the packaging is super simple, whereas Dr. Bronner sells theirs in a nice glass jar ( that you can recycle for storage of your homemade skin care products.) However, I find that both works perfectly fine, so it is only limited to my budget. Organic coconut oil is just my life saver, I enjoy using coconut oil in my hair as a mask, on my skin as mositurizer, as intimiate wash, for dry feets, for dry cuticles and also in cooking. It is a wonder product and I can't live without it. It is a priority in my budget every month! It is super anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, insanly moisturizing and consist beneficial medium chain fatty acids that really keeps you skin in tip top shape. I can highly reccommend it and I have only heard positive feedback from people I have reccommended it to, even people with acne prone skin!

I use sweet almond oil and you can buy it at the pharmacy or at any organic health shop, I love using almond oil on my skin, it penetrates a little bit easier than coconut oil, as the oil is lighter and has more or less the same structure as our sebum in our skin. It is highly moisturizing and is a mild, hypoallergenic oil, which means that the oil is safe for sensitive skin, including baby skin. Almond oil is rich in vitamins and minerals and has large antioxidative properties, known to protect the skin against UV radiation damage and keeping the skin soft and supple and of course it is plant based as well.

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar needs to be labeled "with the mother" and you'll see kind of a spider web floating at the bottom but this is actually the substance that consist all the active ingredients that boost your overall health and skin. Don't use white vinegar, as it doesn't consist any active ingredients that benefits your skin. Apple cider vinegar is amazing to balance your skin's ph level, so it doesn't become too dry or too oily by simply balancing the production of sebum and water. It consist malic acid which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and helps keeping pimples, or any skin irrtation from happening. It can actually minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help draw out toxins from your skin leaving it clean and glowing. Always dillute apple cider vinegar with distilled water or oils, as it can be quite rough on senstive skin. You can buy distilled water or you can simply boil some water and let it cool down.

Remember that you can always experiment and use different products, what works for me, don't neccesary work for you, this is just an example on an alternative and more organic skin cleanser. Try it out!

Love Rikke

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Why do I have puffy eyes and dark circles? This is probably one of the most common questions I get, so I thought I wanted to share a bit about why it appears and how to minimize the appearence. When people ask me what they can do to minimize their dark circles, I most of the time ask if they get enough sleep and if they drink enough water. Why I ask these questions is because lack of sleep and stored toxins are conditions that tends to make the appearence of dark circles worse, but the root cause is actually more complexed.

The truth is that the root cause is your genes. But let me explain what exactly happens when you get dark circles under or around your eyes. Dark circles are a result of the thin layer of skin below your eyes showing the blood vessels and the blood inside, which tend to reflect dark blueish, greenish, brownish colors. The skin around your eyelids, also called periorbital skin, is on average 0,5 mm thick and compared to your skin on the rest of your body which is on average around 2 mm, this is quite thin and some people have it thinner than others depening on your genes. The dark, bluish, greenish brownish circles, depending on your skin tone, are usually the result of light being reflected back from the blood vessels that lies just below the surface of the thin skin.

With age our skin loses its elasticity and ability to regenerate and as a result the skin becomes even thinner and the bloodvessels tends to show even more. However, there are of course different factors that can worsen the appearence of dark circles;

1. Periorbital hyperpigmentation, which is basically a condition that results in more melanin production, in this case, under the eyes. Melanin is a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the skin. This condition is more noticeable on darker skin than fairer skin, sadly. This is really hard to work on, but using SPF around the eye area can reduce and minimize the risk of producing even more melanin and therefore also reduce the risk of dark circles.

2. Oxidisation of blood leaking from the periorbital blood vessels, which is just a fancier way of saying that the blood vessels around your eyes can get damaged, blood leaks out, and you're left with puffy dark circles under your eyes. It is a harmless problem and can be treated by changes in lifestyle and diet.

3. Swelling and puffiness referred to as periorbital puffiness, is a problem that goes hand-in-hand with dark circles also called bags under your eyes. It can be caused by fluid buildup (edema) below the eyes, either due to illness, allergies or excessive salt consumption which can result in the body retaining more fluid than usual. This can cause increased pressure on the blood vessels around the eyes and force it closer to the skin, resulting in dark circles to appear more prominent. Eye puffiness can also simply be a result of old age, because the tissues and muscles around your eyes weakens with age and leaves "bags".

4. Lack of sleep and energy. When we do not get enough sleep and the body is tired, production of the adrenalin chemical cortisol is dramatically increased to help give you the energy you need to stay awake. Cortisol actually increases the volume of the blood in your body, which causes the blood vessels, including the ones below your eyes, to enlarge to accommodate the volume of blood. As mentioned dark circles are mostly caused by blood vessels that are very visible through the skin, so it makes sense when blood vessels are being enlarged, they are naturally easier to see, even in people who may have been blessed with thicker skin below their eyes. So a good night sleep is actually very important when it comes to minimizing the appearance of the dark circles.

5. From a Chinese medicine perspective, the kidneys are connected to the adrenal glands and the overall endocrine system. Therefore, kidney imbalances due to for example lack of sleep, chronic stress and/or poor diet can result in Kidney Qi Deficiency, which can include fatigue or adrenal exhaustion often resulting in dark circles under the eyes.

6. Lack of iron in the diet. Insufficient levels of this nutrient cause the skin to look pale and dark circles looking darker. It also result in poor oxygenation of bodily tissues which is most visible under the eyes. Your doctor can check your iron levels and consider supplementing with vitamin C to help with iron absorption. Women tend to be more in lack of iron than men because of the loss of iron-rich blood during the monthly menstrual cycle. The richest sources of iron are dark green and leafy vegetables. Incorporate kale, spinach or chard, egg yolks, beans, chickpeas and lentils into your diet.

7. Lack of water intake influence on dark circles. Why? Because water helps flush out the toxins from your system and thereby reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area. So drinking enough water is important to also minimize the dark circles and flush away the toxins.

8. By eating a lot of vitamin K, namely found in; broccoli, brussels sprouts, green leafy vegetables, and spinach, you make a better blood coagulation and circulation of your blood and since poor circulation can increase the appearance of dark circles, consuming enough K-friendly foods may lighten the circles under your eyes.

To minimize the dark circles with skin care I here suggest you some few remedies - remember using these remedies only once will not help, you will need to be persistant;

1. Almond oil lightens and moisturizes skin. It has a rich amount of vitamin K and other antioxidants which relieves puffy eyes and contracts dilated blood vessels. Gently massage the oil under the eye area for 3-4 minutes every night and sleep with the almond oil. Continue doing so until you see results.

2. Raw potato. Potatoes are natural bleaching agents which lighten dark circles and prevent puffiness. Simply grate 1-2 chilled potatoes to extract its juice and apply the juice to the eye area and leave for 10-15 mins. You can also apply two sliced potatoes and apply the potato directly on the eyes. Continue until you see results.

3. Mint leaves have a cooling effect and contains antibacterial, anti-microbial, and antiseptic properties that constrict blood vessels and clear dark circles. Simply just apply crushed mint leaves under the eyes for 10-15 minutes. You can with good reason also mix the mint leaves with the almond oil.

I will share more recipies on how to minimize dark circles on my Facebook Page Rawism.

I hope you enjoyed the reading and remember to share with people you care about and who may suffer from this condition.


Love Rikke


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I enjoy homemade masks for my skin when I want to give it a bit extra care and love. I have not spend a rupee or a krone on commercial skin brands for more than a year now, but been doing my own skin care with what I have at home, and I think it is probably the best thing I have ever done for myself and my skin. Today I want to sharewith you some homemade masks that suits all skin types, which is easy to make and doesn't cost a lot but some of your time. Enjoy guys!

1. Oatmeal and Yoghurt Mask
Oatmeal hydrates because it is rich in lipids and preserve moisture balance while its proteins protect the skin’s barrier funcion. Oatmeal is a great skin reliever if you have sunburn, windburn, redness, chicken pox, eczema and itchiness and it also helps calming acne because it contains saponins, which works as a cleansing component removing dirt from pores and acts anti-inflammatory. Yoghurt is just awesome, it's lactic acid gently removes dead skin cells, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, fights acne, treats skin infections and soothes sunburn and the cooling feeling of the yoghurt feels absolutely amazing.

- 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
- 1 tbsp plain, natural, organic yogurt
- A few drops of raw organic honey

Mix all together and leave for 10 mins, rinse off with water and apply your favorite facial oil.

2. Coffee and Cocoa Mask
An amazing mask if you have the tendency to puffiness and a dull and tired complexion. Coffee reduces inflammation and redness, caffeine helps tighten the skin and works as an anti aging agent, while cocoa powder is a good source of antioxidants; repairs damaged skin due to environmental pollutants and free radicals and contains a high level of sulfur which is great for fighting acne. It smells wonderful.... if you like the smell of coffee of course.

- 4 tbsp. organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp. ground coffee ( if you grind it yourself make sure it is grinded really fine)
- 8 tbsp. natural organic yoghurt, almond milk or coconut milk or you can use substitute oils as olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil, if using oils then only use 4 tbsp as it will become too liquid.
- 2 tbsp. warm raw organic honey

Mix all together and leave for 10-15 mins, rinse off with water and apply you favorite facial oil.

3. Pumpkin Mask
An exellent rejuvenating mask!! Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, and leaves the skin with a healthy glow. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help protect and soften the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Egg whites contain albumin, a simple form of protein that helps tighten pores and clear blackheads, while the yolk contains proteins, vitamins, fatty acids and lecithin, which is a natural emulsifying agent and antioxidant. The yollk is nearly two-thirds pure lipids, which are great for retaining moisture.

- 1/2 cup fresh organic pumpkin pulp
- 2 raw eggs
- 2 teaspoon almond milk
- 1 teaspoon honey

Purée the fresh organic pumpkin pulp into a thick paste. Add the eggs which works as a binder and add a bit of omega-rich almond milk and honey. Mix well. Apply the mask, leave for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water and apply your prefered facial oil.

4. Turmeric Mask
An exellent mask for uneven skin tone with anti-inflammatory properties that can aid acne prone skin. Turmeric also protects against breakdown of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid and soothes skin irritations and wounds.

- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
- 1 teaspoon natural organic yoghurt or nourishing oil, such as almond or coconut oil

Mix all together, be careful tumeric stains clothes, wear something you don't mind getting stained, leave mask for 10-15 min and rinse off with water, be aware that fair skin (like mine) can get stained but it is possible to remove with oils as olive oil for example, so don't worry.

5. Rosemary and Avocado Mask
Rosemary both cleanses and revitalises the skin. The nutrients of rosemary can help protect skin cells from damage caused by the sun and free radicals. Since rosemary has natural antiseptic properties, it's a superior disinfectant for our skin and when used with avocado the skin is also thoroughly moisturised. Avocado are super rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that protects and improve your skin.

- 1/2 ripe organic avocado
- 1 tbs rosemary leaves
- 2 tbs natural yogurt

Mix all together, leave for 10-15 min and wash off with water and apply your facial oil for moisturizing.

Voila guys, super simple and so easy. Your skin will love it.


Love Rikke


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In my previous blog post I shared the perspective on health from an Ayurvedic point of view and how the three doshas Pitta, Vata and Kapha, are sharing a huge responsibility in our overall health. Today I am going to explain a bit more about the doshas.

Vata

As mentioned, Vata derives from the elements of Space and Air, also referred to as "wind," and is the energy of movement and biological activity. Vata is called the “King of the Doshas,” as it governs the body’s life force and gives motion to the two other doshas, Pitta and Kapha. Just as a balanced wind in our nature provides gentle movement and expression to the natural world, a balanced Vata person/individual will be active, creative, and gifted with a natural ability to express and communicate. When a Vata person/individual is in imbalance they can be like a hurricane and negative qualities quickly overshadow the positive within them. Common signs of Vata imbalance include anxiety and bodily disorders related to dryness, such as dry skin and constipation.

The qualities of a Vata type is; dry, rough, light, cold, subtle, and mobile. A Vata person/individual will have physical and mental characteristics that reflect these qualities in both a balanced and an imbalanced state. The main locations of Vata in the body are the colon, thighs, bones, joints, ears, skin, brain, and nerve tissues. Physiologically, Vata governs anything related to movement, such as breathing, talking, nerve impulses, movements in the muscles and tissues, circulation, assimilation of food, elimination, urination, and menstruation. Psychologically, Vata governs communication, creativity, flexibility, and quickness of thought. To avoid imbalances in Vata eat a Vata-balanced diet; favor the sweet, sour and salty tastes and avoid bitter, pungent and astringent foods. Favor sweet, sour, heavy fruits, such as oranges, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, peaches, melons, berries, plums, pineapples, mangos and papayas. Vegetables should be eaten cooked so reduce raw salads, also beets, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes are good choices. Vata-pacifying spices include cardamom, ginger, cumin, cinnamonm salt, cloves, mustard seed and black pepper. Always eat in a peaceful environment, engage yourself in wholesome activities for example being in nature, follow a regular daily routine, go to bed early, meditate daily, do gentle physical exercise like yoga, swimming and walking. Ways Vata becomes imbalanced, eating Vata - aggravating foods, eating while being anxious or depressed, eating on the run, drinking alcohol, coffee or black tea, smoking cigarettes, following an irregular daily routine, going to bed late at night. Vata balance key words would be grounding, warming and routine.

Pitta

Pitta derives from the elements of Fire and Water and is also referred to as "heat." It is the energy of digestion, metabolism, organic acids, hormones, enzymes, and bile. Pitta is most closely related to the element of Fire. The qualities of Pitta are oily, hot, light, moving, liquid and acidic. A Pitta person/individual will have physical and mental characteristics that reflects these qualities in both a balanced in imbalanced state. The main locations of Pitta in the body are the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat. Physiologically, Pitta provides the body with heat and energy through the breakdown of complex food molecules. It governs all processes related to conversion and transformation throughout the mind and body. Psychologically, Pitta governs joy, courage, willpower, anger, jealousy, mental perception and intellect. The balanced Pitta person/individual is like a small cosy campfire blessed with a joyful disposition, a sharp intellect, and tremendous courage and drive. An imbalanced Pitta person/individual can be compared to a forest fire with ease to anger, rage, bitter and the imbalances often manifest in the body as infection, inflammation, rashes, ulcers, heartburn, and fever. To avoid imbalances, eat a Pitta-balancing diet; Favor sweet fruits, such as grapes, cherries, melons, avocados, coconuts, pomegranates, mangos, and sweet, fully-ripened oranges, pineapples and plums. Reduce sour fruits such as grapefruits, olives, and unripe pineapples and plums. Favor asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, lettuce, green beans and zucchini. Reduce hot peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, radishes and spinach. Spices such as cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and fennel are all right, however following spices strongly increase Pitta and should be taken only in small amounts: ginger, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, celery seed, salt and mustard seed. Chili peppers and cayenne should be avoided completely. Try always and eat in a peaceful environment, avoid artificial stimulants, engage yourself in calming activities, do gentle yoga, swimming and walking. Pitta becomes imbalanced when eating Pitta-aggravating food, eating while angry, smoking cigarettes, over-working, being overly competitive. Pitta balance key words would be cooling, calming and moderation.

Kapha

Kapha derives from the elements of Earth and Water and is referred to as "sticky." It is the energy of building and lubrication which provides the body with physical form, structure, and functioning. Kapha is the essential cement, glue, and lubrication of the body. The qualities of Kapha are moist, cold, heavy, dull, soft, sticky, and static. A Kapha person/individual will have physical and mental characteristics that reflect these qualities in both a balanced and imbalanced state. The main locations of Kapha in the body are the chest, throat, lungs, head, lymph, fatty tissue, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons. Physiologically, Kapha moistens food, gives bulk to our tissues, lubricates joints, stores energy, and relates to cool bodily fluids such as water, mucous, and lymph. Psychologically, Kapha governs love, patience, forgiveness, greed, attachment, and mental inertia. Kapha grounds Vata and Pitta as well and a Kapha person/individual in balance is loving, calm and nourishing. A Kapha person/individual in imbalance is like a rampant flood contributing to a heavy dampness that weighs down the body and clouds the mind and becomes the breeding ground for many bodily disorders such as obesity, sinus congestion, and anything related to mucous. To avoid imbalance, eat a Kapha-balancing diet; Favor lighter fruits, such as apples and pears and reduce heavy or sour fruits, such as oranges, bananas, pineapples, figs, dates, avocados, coconuts and melons, as these fruits increase Kapha. Honey is excellent for reducing Kapha, but reduce any kind of sugar products, as they increase Kapha. Most grains are fine, especially barley and millet but do not take too much wheat or rice. All spices are good for Kapha except salt. Almost all vegetables are fine however reduce intake of tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and zucchini. When eating, eat in a loving environment, avoid a luxurious mindset and focus on non-attachment in daily life, do emotional housekeeping regularly, make time for meditation, learn how to make a distinction between being nice and being taken advantage of, go to bed early and rise early with no naps during the day. How Kapha person/individuals becomes imbalanced, eating to offset emotions like eating sweets when feeling down, spending too much time in cool and damp climates, not engaging in physical activity and spending too much time indoors watching TV and avoiding intellectual challenges. Kapha balance keywords drying, no stimulants, express yourself.

To know what your dosha is I recommend consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Love Rikke

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Over time I have come to the conclusion that being healthy has a deeper meaning than just being physically fit and in shape. Having come across the Ayurvedic perception of health I have realized that the state of health is a continuous process that embraces all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Achieving balance on all levels of being is the true link to perfect health. What I really admire in the Ayurvedic perception of humans and health is that there is no average person and no standard treatment. Every individual is special with a unique blueprint for health and treatment, however, the prescription of Ayurvedic medicine and perception say "recognize the power of self-healing within, and you will become your own greatest doctor."

With that in mind, I would like to explain how close the human being is connected to nature, seen from an Ayurvedic point of view, for you to understand the importance of embracing our physical natural world into our health choices. As I have mentioned before, humans are a part of nature and we always have been and will be, we sadly just think we are above that fact most of the time. Now, when we look at the nature, you will notice that five elements provide the foundation for the entire physical world; Air, Fire, Water, Space and Earth. Ayurveda also observes these five elements within the human body. We feed ourselves with foods from the Earth, and when dying our bodies become earth itself. Air flows freely throughout the body, giving movement to biological functions and feeding our cells with oxygen. Water is our life-sustaining liquid, making up more than 70 percent of our total body mass. Fire provides the body with heat and energy and exists within all metabolic and chemical actions. Space is always present, allowing the elements to interact with each other.

Coming back to the Ayurvedic fact that every human is unique and one-of-a-kind, makes me ask myself what accounts for our many differences? Why are some people super active and extremely fast, while others are full of grace and stillness? Why can some people eat one meal after another (me for example), while others can barely finish a single sandwich? Studying Ayurveda, the answers to all of these questions lies within the Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are biological energies found within the human body and mind and their purpose is to govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health. The doshas are derived from the Five Elements that I mentioned above. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water. I am a Pitta, Vata type which means that I am mostly composed of fire and water and influenced by space and air. Pitta is my predominant dosha and Vata is my influential dosha.

The doshas are energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and any other inputs that feed our mind and body. When we make lifestyle and dietary decisions that foster balance within our doshas, we achieve health. When we live against our balance within our doshas, we support unhealthy patterns that lead to physical and mental imbalances. We are most prone to imbalances related to our predominant dosha. If you’re a Pitta type like me, for example, you can experience heartburn after eating spicy foods, by simply choosing more alkalizing foods, you can avoid heartburn and obtain a healthy feeling instead.

Following our natural individual balance can give us ultimate health, when we feel sick it is simply because we do not respect the nature that lies within ourselves. In my next blog post I will write a bit more about the different doshas and explain their characteristics and how to avoid the imbalances.

Love Rikke

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PART 2

I hope you guys enjoyed the first part of my blog post - My 6 favourite facial oils and that you have tried to experiment with some of the oils already. Today I will share the last 3 of my 6 favourite facial oils and they are surely worth trying Here you go.

Organic Jojoba Oil (ho-ho-ba)
I love to pronouce this oil HO-HO-BAAA!!! Jojoba is the liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis plant and Native Americans use and have used jojoba oil for treating sores and bruises for many years. The oil has a chemical structure that's very similar to our skin's natural oils, therefore easily absorbed into our skin. It is recommended because it also contains minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin. Jojoba oil is also an emollient meaning it moisturizes our skin and prevents irritations, or scaly and rough patches, it is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog your pores, which makes it an exellent oil for oily skin or acne prone skin. It works as a protectant and cleanser and is rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that leads to breakouts. The antioxidants in jojoba oil fights fine lines, wrinkles and naturally slows down other signs of aging. If you make your own skin care products jojoba oil is a nice oil to add for an extra boost.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This oil is not only amazing for cooking it is also briliant applying to your skin. The oil is produced by cold pressing freshly harvested olives, without any usage of chemicals or artificial flavours. The benefits originate from its high content of antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids. Like jojoba oil, olive oil is similar to the oils our skin naturally produce. It helps stimulate cell repair for firmer and smoother skin and have deep moisturizing properties. The oil is packed with polyphenols that helps keep free radicals and toxins away, promotes healing and help prevent infections, super inflammatory which is why it is also a good oil for acne prone skin.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
An amazing oil for aging, uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, and acne-prone skin. Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush. The oil is famous for being called Mother Nature's Retin-A and with its omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, the oil work to increase cell renewal and the retinol effect increases collagen and elastin production, while its high concentrations of linoleic acid may help acne prone skin.

I normally use organic coconut oil for evening and sweet almond oil for day, because it works so well on my skin, my skin has the tendency to be a bit dry and these oils does wonder for my moisture level. However at one point I will need to work more anti aging on my skin and I am pretty sure I will use the Rosehip Seed Oil for the evening and night. As you see there is plenty of opportunities to combinate the oils and find out which combination that suits your skin the best, try it, you'll love it.

What I find truly amazing and extremely comforting is that it is ALL natural and it makes me feel so good knowing that I protect my health but at the same time our beloved nature, by not using chemicals, which is so important to me. We humans seriously owe mother earth all our consideration and love, and by changing few routines in our daily lives, choosing more natural solutions, we all contribute towards a healthier life but also a more sustainable future for our nature. However, if people prefer cream because of its texture I will soon show you how to make your own homemade cream with natural ingredients. Stay with me and I will be so happy if you would share my blog posts with the people you care about, they might appreciate it more than you think. Sharing is caring.

Thank you for reading along!


Love Rikke

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If the thought of putting oil on your skin gives you terrifying pictures of breakouts and acne.. my only word is STOP that thought and please let me explain why oil is a wonder for ALL skin types! Using natural facial oils have been a practice since the ancient egyptians, and to surprise many, my old ancient ancestors the Vikings were also using oils and natural herbs from the nordic nature in their beauty and skin routine (we were actually pretty hygenic.) I guess it lies within my viking blood being as close to nature as possible, and I will probably define myself as a 100 percent oil girl. Why? Because it is the most natural moisturizer packed with natural vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and so many other benficial properties. It is raw, authentic, safe and straight from nature itself, no bulls**t. Even people with oily skin should consider switching to a face oil, it will NOT clog your pores, it is a sad and untrue fact and myth! Oily skin produces more oil as a defence mechanism to balance out the loss of moisture on your skin. By using oil, the oil attracts oil and can dissolve sebum, grease and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils and will compensate for the loss of moisture on your skin and create moisture balance. You need to give it at least a month for your skin to adapt to the oil that you use. Read along and maybe you'll fall in love with the oils, just as I did. Oh, and another reason why I love natural oils... it doesn't rip off my wallet. Below you will find 3 of my 6 favorite facial oils that will do wonder to your skin.. I guarantee.

Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is extracted from the fleshy meat of a coconut. It’s a natural saturated fat, and consist almost entirely of medium-chain fatty acids, which makes it incredible for the skin. Lauric acid, the dominating medium-chain fatty acid found in coconut oil, is extremely antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Phytonutrients and polyphenols found in coconut oil act as antioxidants, that protects and support the tissue. It is an amazing moisturizer and can reduce bacteria, acne, infections, improve wound healing and support the collagen production. This oil has its place in our bathroom at home, I use it in the shower and my husband mix it with our castille soap for washing his hair. In fact... ladies... the coconut oil is also very beneficial as an intimate wash as well.

Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond oil comes from edible almonds selectively cultivated for their sweet taste. The oil is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc and other minerals and vitamins. Almond oil is a light oil and it is easily absorbed by the skin and regular application of the oil can protect your skin from oxidative stress and UV radiation damage. Almond oil easily penetrate deep into the skin, gently softening and unclogging the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores and hair follicles and prevents blackheads and acne thanks to the Vitamin A content in the oil. Warm almond oil does wonder to dark circles, simply just apply some warm almond oil under your eyes before sleep and with time you will see a difference (remember to drink enough water and get enough sleep as well.) The oil is also rich in proteins, and can provide the amino acids required for the formation of collagen, which makes it a good anti age oil. I use sweet almond oil every morning as I find the almond oil lighter on my skin during the day and it is easily absorbed.

Raw Argan Oil
Also called the "liquid gold." Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has a high level of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Amazing for dry, damaged skin. The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation and promote healthy collagen. Raw argan oil doesn't smell nice, however you can always add your favorite essential oil for a more pleasent smell. Argan oil is amazing on stretch marks as well, it increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. I used this oil when I was 17 suffering from a pimple now and then and it really helped me healing the small scars I made in my forehead which is completely gone today.

You are probably very interested in knowing the last 3? Stay with me, part two of my 6 favourite facial oils will follow soon...

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My motto “don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth” is adopted from the Danish beauty expert Rasmus Bjorn Andersen who is a huge inspiration source to me. I totally share his belief, on the fact that I would never intentionally eat cosmetic chemicals so why would I put it on my skin? To me it is important that what applies to my internal health also applies to my external health. It is a pure belief and principle to me and I live by it at 100 percent when it comes to my own skin - what other people decide to live by is of course their own choice and I fully respect that, my intention is only to inform, enlighten and make people/you curious and maybe even rethink their/your health and skin care choices.

When that is said, I am not denying that you can find good and well-produced commercial brands with highly beneficial ingredients and without toxins, because you sure can, they are just often on the expensive side and personally I would rather trust in nature, know exactly what I am applying on my skin and save money at the same time. Win Win.

We have all heard that a certain percentage, whether it is 60 percent or 80 percent of what we apply to our skin is being absorbed into our bloodstream and lymphatic system and many theories and studies have been discussed and done on this statement and also many misinformation are to be found “out there.” Personally I believe that our skin, to some extent, is penetrable and absorbs some chemicals, I have learned and decided not to put any percentage on it as it can’t be determined as such because many factors are playing an important role when it comes to skin penetration and absorption.

Our skin has evolved to be a protective mechanism. It is our largest organ and function as a barrier, it separate and protects our body from the outside world, however the barrier is not 100 percent impenetrable. Let me explain the skin biology for you guys which is good to know in general. Our skin is composed of three layers:


1. Epidermis is the first skin layer and is the skin that we directly interact with. Epidermis has additionally 5 layers and the outer layer, called stratum corneum, is a dead layer of skin cells (bricks) and sebum (mortar). The thickness of this layer varies based on the location. It’s very thin on your eyelids, for example, and much thicker on the bottom of your feet. Epidermis is the layer that is responsible for protecting your body from external factors.

2. Dermis is the second layer, the dermis, is where hair follicles and small blood vessels is to be found, and where oil is being produced. It’s also home to nerve endings which are responsible for your sense of touch.

3. Hypodermis is the third layer of the skin and is the subcutaneous fat layer. This layer basically attaches the upper layers of skin to the bone and muscle below. The fat insulates you from temperature variations as well as physical shock, and it contains even more, larger blood vessels.

Whether or not the skin will absorb something depends on a lot of factors and I will highlight 3 factors that I find important.

1. Molecular size and weight, anything smaller than 500 Daltons can penetrate the skin’s epidermis while anything larger than 500 Daltons can not. (A Dalton is the standard unit that is used for indicating mass on an atomic or molecular scale.) Common allergens tend to be smaller than 500 dalton and therefore penetrates the skin and ends up in our bloodstream and lymphatic system.

2. If the ingredients are oil-soluble or water-soluble. Oil-soluble ingredients penetrate easier as the skin itself is water proof (to some extent). In technical terms we describe this as the hydrophile or lipophile balance of the ingredient. But let’s not get too technical here.

3. The condition of the skin. Skin is on some parts of your body thinner than other places. Damaged skin is more exposed to penetration than intact skin. That means if your skin barrier/epidermis is damaged due to dryness and dehydration, harsh skin care products or over exfoliation, ingredients are more likely to penetrate through the bricks (skin cells) and mortar (sebum) of your skin (epidermis). Picture the skin cells as tiny bricks stacked up on one another with some sort of mortar or cement in between them, if the mortar/glue/cement or whatever you fancy calling it, is broken, water, dirt and fungus or anything from outside is more likely to enter the brick wall and cause inner damage.

So my personal opinion is that we can’t determine by percentage how much our skin absorbs and penetrates, but we can’t ignore nor deny the fact that some, not all, but some ingredients are actually ending up in our bloodstream and lymphatic system and potentially causes “damage” and imbalance.


Therefore I have chosen to be in control of what I apply on my skin - and don’t put anything on it that I wouldn’t put in my mouth and if not possible, making sure that what I am using is as CLEAN as possible. On another note I am a huge believer in nature’s ability to give us all the nutritions, vitamins, minerals and benefits that our skin needs, so why not use its properties? People can chose to take my adopted motto to heart (and save money) or chew a bit on it and make sure that what they use on their skin is safe and “clean”.

Thank you guys for reading along!

Love Rikke

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If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again! You’ll love this humble fruit after reading along here.

If you ask me, bananas are extremely delicious and an awesome snack... and healthy! The yellow fellows are a great source of essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, energy, skin health, anti aging, skin moisturizing, blood pressure and weight loss and seriously SO much more!

Bananas are rich in fiber, as well as several antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Potassium
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Lectin
- Pectin
- Amino Acid
- Fiber
- Protein
- AND more....

The fiber pectin aid our digestion and also gently removes toxins and heavy metals from our body. Acts as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria (probiotic) in the bowel, improves your bowel movement and produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients. If you ever feel constipated, the high fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility, however make sure you eat RIPE bananas as unripe or under-ripe green bananas actually cause constipation because they still have a lot of starch, which can be hard for the body to digest. So ripe bananas guys!

Bananas is also very beneficial when it comes to our skin! The potassium hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin, while B vitamins protect against free radicals that cause oxidative stress and premature aging. Vitamin A heals the skin, fades acne scars and dark spots and smooths out aging signs. Lectin destroys bacteria that causes acne and pimples and amino acid nourishes skin, strengthens the connective tissue and helps maintain skin elasticity and strength. I know - awesome right?

Here you can find some ideas how to use bananas in your skin care!

- As a mask!! Rich in potassium and moisture, the banana will hydrate and moisturize your skin, making it soft, soothing and comfortable. Mash a ripe banana and apply to your face and relax for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. If you have oily and greasy skin add lemon juice and honey as well it will remove excess sebum on the skin surface and calm down inflammation. Enjoy the feeling of a soft and clean skin.

- Anti age mask! Bananas is also known as nature’s botox. Apply a thick coat of 1 mashed banana, 1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice, and 1 tablespoon spoon natural yogurt. Relax for 15 min and rinse off with cold water. Twice a week!

- Exfoliate dead skin cells. Gently slough off dead cells on the surface of the skin using banana, coconut oil/milk and oatmeal. Oatmeal has an abrasive texture that will help scour off excess dead cells on the skin surface while banana and coconut milk will keep the hydrate and nourish skin.

Yes. I love this little fruit. Hope you’ll enjoy its benefits as well.


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I tried this for the first time last week, and it really made me sleep much better! Raw organic honey can do miracles for your sleep and for your overall health. Many have heard it before, that drinking a cup of tea with honey can improve your sleep, but many is also afraid that the sugar in honey will cause weight gain, infact it does the opposite, it helps your body burn fat while you sleep and allows your liver to process toxins much better.

Our liver is an organ that works extremely hard during night in order to repair our body. The liver has many functions, including detoxifcation of various metabolites, protein synthesis, and the production of biochemicals neccessary for digestion. It has a huge role on our metabolism, regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells and hormone production.

Raw honey has an ideal combination of fructose and glucose that does not lead to insulin spikes in the blood. When raw honey is consumed, fructose regulate glucose into the liver where glucose is converted into glycogen. Glycogen works as the liver’s fuel and is necessary for the liver’s process in recovering our body. When you take one tablespoon of raw honey before bed you ensure liver glycogen stores up to eight hours while sleeping. This prevents or limits the release of two stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, which can be released from the brain if we do not eat regulary during the day or if the liver thinks we are hungry. Glycogen stabilizes blood sugar levels and contributes to the release of melatonin, the hormone required for both recovery and rebuilding of body tissues during rest and sleep and is known as the important sleep hormone for high quality sleep and is exclusively fat burning.

An average adult liver can store about 75 grams of glycogen at a time, which the body consumes very fast, more precisely 10 grams of glycogen pr hour. This is not really a problem if you’re eating regularly throughout the day (6 meals). If you are not eating regularly your liver might think that you are hungry and then triggers the brain to release stress hormones (because the liver thinks you are starving) which is equal weight gain. Your body will be more likely to store fat and gain weight because of the cortisol levels which limits the liver’s recovery process and instead sends your body into stress mode. Let me sum it up for you!

Re-supply with glycogen by taking 1 tablespoon of raw honey before bed. Raw honey consist of fructose and glucose - fructose regulate glucose into the liver, and in the liver glucose is being converted into glycogen. Glycogen is being stored in liver upto 8 hours = releases recovery hormones as melatonin, a hormone required for recovery and is exclusively fat burning = limits realise of stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin = good night sleep and potential weight loss.

Voila! I think it is amazing how the body works and what wonders some honey can do for your body. Try it!

Love Rikke


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