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We all know that smoking is probably not the best decision towards a good health and a long life, actually smoking cigarettes not only causes various of cancers, psoriasis, cataracts, sleep depression, hair loss and much more, it literally ruins your skin day by day.

I can most of the time tell when I am dealing with a smoker or a non smoker's skin simply by looking at few characteristics. A study in 1985 came up with the term Smoker’s Face to describe these simple characteristics, such as pre-mature wrinkles around eyes and mouth, gauntness, uneven skin tone, prominent blood vessels, dullness, dry and course skin with a gray appearance.

A smoker's skin often doesn't have a natural glow, as cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which override the oxygen in our skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving the skin dry and discolored. Due to the lack of blood flow and lack of oxygen, many valuable nutrients, including vitamin c and vitamin a, which helps protect and repair the skin, are both missing components to remain a good skin health, an instead leaves the skin dull and fragile and defenseless causing free radicals to create further damage to the skin.

Nicotine found in cigarettes also damages the fibers and connective tissue in your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and strength which result in pre-mature aging and wrinkles. Smoking can also trigger different skin diseases such as rosacea and psoriasis leaving you with a permanent skin disorder.

Cigarettes is one of our skin's worst nightmare and smoking cigarettes can for sure turn our skin and health into a nightmare as well. Keeping a youthful skin can be hard when smoking cigarettes daily, it might not show in your early twenties or mid thirties, but slowly the signs from smoking will creep up on you and haunt you and you skin in your mid forties and sometimes even way before. Is it worth it?


xx RiRi



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//My skin care is 100% natural and raw as possible and I find it so awesome to be in full charge on what’s in my products and what I am applying to my skin.

My skin routine is super simple and so easy it literally takes me 8 mins per day. 4 mins in the morning and 4 mins in the evening. Voilà!

My skin cleanser is made of Castile soap base, sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil and vitamin E oil.

- I mix it all together in a container with pump. It feels so silky on the skin and has an amazing milky and smoothy consistency. Castile soap is natural, biodegradable, vegan, environmentally friendly, naturally derived and chemical free! It’s a gentle cleanser that doesn’t rip off your natural oils and is naturally antibacterial.

- Vitamin E oil is an amazing antioxidants that fights and blocks free radicals and prevents aging signs. It promotes tissue repair and is therefore amazing for acne prone skin and dry skin.

- Lavender essential oil smells divine but is also used to treat and aid acne, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It aids the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues and then it is just super therapeutical.

- Sweet almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, minerals and vitamins. It is highly moisturizing and aids acne, eczema and penetrates easily into the skin tissue.

My skin toner is made from organic brewed green tea, organic apple cider vinegar and organically grown tulsi leaves. Toners are amazing to remove excess dirt and balance the ph level of your skin.

- Brew the organic green tea, let it cool off, add apple cider vinegar and tulsi leaves. Shake it. Voilà.

- Organic green tea improve your skin complexion and helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, reduces inflammation and improve the skin’s elasticity.

- Organic apple cider vinegar works by restoring the proper pH levels to your skin and it’s beta-carotene helps to counter future skin damage.

- Tulsi leaves is a detoxifying agent, it purifies and cleanse, soothes inflammation and works as an antioxidant.

My scrub is made of sugar, sweet almond oil, lemon essential oil and vitamin e oil. I exfoliate twice per week.

- The sugar gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and leaves the skin fresh and clean. It helps regenerate new and strong skin cells and keeps your skin glowing and able to absorb your moisturizer.

- Lemon essential oil has astringent properties that reduce excess sebum on the skin by shrinking large pores. It’s also super anti bacterial and anti fungal.

My mask/cleanser is made of blue bentonite clay, distilled water, red bentonite clay, lavender essential oil and vitamin e oil. I use it twice a week to make a deeper cleansing on my skin.

- It draws out toxins from your skin and with its essential minerals it help replenish and regenerate the top layer of the epidermis. It cleanses hair follicles and dissolves impurities and leaves your skin detoxified and clean.

My moisturizer is pure argan oil.
- The oil contains Vitamin e and fatty acids and is extremely moisturizing.

What do you use in your skin care? Will try and make a video showing how I do my skin care and how absolutely easy it is to incorporate in your daily lives\\

xx RiRi

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Sometimes taking a bit of fresh air and distant yourself from daily routines opens up new opportunities, because you allow yourself to explore. In the first month of this year RAWISM by Hou went from being just a thought and an idea to an actual enterprise, RAWISM by Hou Ltd. Funny how time, circumstances and passion can allow someone to grow. In 2016 I remember myself standing in the Cathedral Square Building trying to registrar a company for a Beauty Parlor in my name, but for some reason I freaked out and left the building. I never spoke about it again. Last year 2017 I decided to make my blog, I think because a blog didn't seem so scary to me. So I started writing even though I didn't have a concrete structure or plan for what I was going to write about, I only knew that I wanted to share my knowledge on natural skin care with people around me, actually just because I liked sharing. I made different blog post and somehow I found myself feeling home, I felt comfortable in my writing, and then the ideas started accumulating and I had to pull the plug and pause for sometime to figure out in which direction I wanted RAWISM to go. I took about two and half month break from writing and I am happy that I did.

The break allowed me to gather my thousands of ideas and thoughts and somehow make a plan. RAWISM by Hou is my virtual home, a home I would like to share with my readers - it is a destination for free tips and tricks on raw, natural DIY skin care, because I believe we all deserve natural solutions and better health, it is a place to share with you guys the person that I am, my values and what I stand for and now also a destination for sharing and selling my own handcrafted designs/accessories which I have labelled RAWISM Design by Hou. Finally RAWISM will be a destination for my own skin care RAWISM Skincare which is still in progress, but slowly and surely on its way, when the time is right for it. But for now I hope you'll welcome my line RAWISM Design by Hou, Norse Collection with handcrafted and unique pieces in raw, minimalistic BOHO design with a touch of Nordic simplicity!!! You can see the full Norse collection on my FB and order via message. Notice! Limited edition.

I am ready for R E A L I Z A T I O N of my many ideas and now a proud owner of my own brand and enterprise RAWISM by Hou.

xx RiRi


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Hi lovely readers!! RAWISM is back after some time on vacation where we have been rethinking RAWISM's future and progress, I will soon share with you guys what we have come up with. Stay tuned! However, today I would like to talk about BENTONITE CLAY!

Bentonite clay is doing wonder for your beauty and overall health and can be used both externally and internally. Today I will write about the externally benefits of using the clay and how to use it. Bentonite Clay, also known as the healing clay, has been used in skin care for ages and is derived from volcanic ashes. The clay got its name Bentonite Clay from the largest source of bentonite clay found in Fort Benton, Wyoming. The clay is also known as Montmorillonite clay, and stems from the region of France called Montmorillon where the clay was actually first discovered. The clay goes a long way back in our history as a traditional healing remedy protecting the body from diseases and has been known in several traditional cultures living in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia, as a consumed drink for health purposes. It has been a long forgotten skin care and health remedy, but it is finally finding its way back into our lives as people tend to reach for more natural solutions after all.

I use Australian Blue Bentonite Clay in my skin care, which has an abundance of beneficial minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. The clay is made up of negatively charged ions that draws out positively charged toxins from your skin. Basically it means that the clay works as a sponge absorbing the toxins in our skin and leaving it healthy and glowing. The purification makes the clay an amazing and gentle skin cleanser by naturally removing impurities and removing dirt. When the clay is combined with water and left on the skin as a clay mask, the clay is able to absorb any bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin and within the pores, this helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes, alleviate redness, acne and also to fight allergic reactions. Bentonite clay also helps letting oxygen into the skin cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the skin cell leaving room for oxygen to replace it and when cells have more oxygen entering them, your skin will naturally look and feel more energized and your skin has a quicker healing process. NOTICE, as Bentonite Clay acts as a magnet for positive charged toxins you should avoid using ANY metal utensil because the metal can leach from the utensil and be absorbed by the clay, which means that your clay will be useless thereafter. Always use wooden or ceramic utensil to get the maximum out of your clay.

I use my clay as a skin cleanser, detoxifying armpit mask, a face mask and body wash.

Skin Cleanser;
4 tablespoon bentonite clay
3 tablespoon almond oil or argan oil
5 drops of vitamin E oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Mix together with wooden spoon store in a small glass jar.

Detoxifying armpit mask: (removes toxins from deodorant use and other chemicals)
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoon of distilled water

Mix together with wooden spoon and spread a thin layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. If it hurts remove it straight away. (because of the vinegar) Wash off with warm towel.

Face Mask;
1-2 teaspoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 drops essential oil of choice (i like lavender and lemon)
1-2 teaspoon of distilled water

Mix with a wooden spoon and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.

Body Wash;
1 cup castile soap
1/2 cup bentonite clay
Distilled water until preferred consistency.

Mix together with wooden spoon and store in a container.

//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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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...

Love Rikke




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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 are one out of the many millions that are suffering from acne, you would want to read along here. I will try to simplify what creates acne and of course how you can cure it yourself.

Being an esthetician I can't stop analysing people's skin, my eyes is like a scanner, scanning the different zones of the face.. I can't help it.. (smiling)... but my "skin scanning" gives me clues to what could cause certain skin diseases, as acne. My colleague asked me the first week we worked together why she got pimples on her lower cheeks. I asked her if she smoked, she said yes but only for a couple of months. I told her to stop smoking and the pimples would get better. She stopped and the pimples got better. The location of where the pimples where placed, told me that her lungs were suffering. Ever heard about Chinese Face Mapping? Chinese Face Mapping is what I call "Skin Scanning" and is based on the believe that different parts/zones of the face is linked to a corresponding internal organ that can tell you a lot about your over all health. I try to practise this philosphy when I meet my clients, bearing in mind that also external factors can affect different skin diseases and conditions, which sometimes makes it very complexed. However, I would like to make you understand what acne really is and why it appears.

Acne consist of oil (sebum), bacteria/toxin (from external or internal) and dead skin cells and can have many different root causes. Some get it because of genetics, others because of constipation or digestive issues and even hormonal imbalance, infact any form of imbalances in our body can trigger acne and other skin diseases. The fact that your skin is breaking out is simply a sign or a clue that something deeper is going on inside of your body, and the good thing is that it is cureable. This is why I always say that I will never be able to help someone who is not willing to look into the root cause and stop expecting me to "cure" the problem by using skin care products or reffering you to a doctor who can prescribe you antibiotica (which is not good!). It doens't work like that, and anyone who have told you otherwise needs to be deeply inlighted. No matter how expensive your skin products may be, they will not fully cure your acne as long as you have an untreated imbalance in your body. YOU are the one to do the biggest effort to make the change on your skin, and I am here to inlighten you and make sure that your skin is healing correctly without your skin getting scarred. The skin needs to be treated from the inside and out and not the other way around, everything you do from the outside is pure maintaining and proactive work, which is also important! However, when you are having acne it is important to look at what you eat and how good your digestive system works and also if you do enough exercise in order to pump your lymphatic system free from toxins.

Food that is highly acidic, high in saturated fats, processed grains, meat fats and refined sugar all weakens and inflamate your gut. The weakness of the gut, leaves a lot of undigested food, which will turn into a sticky, cloudy, smelly substance that becomes food for panthogens (bad bacteria) and their toxic waste can spread through the gastrointestinal tract and gut wall and into our blood stream and cause inflammation on our skin, aka acne, eczema, psoriasis etc etc. Improper digestion is in fact responsible for 90% of all diseases, believe it or not! The toxic waste from the panthogens can also clog up the lymphatic system, as all the toxic waste in the blood is filtered through our lymphatics. Deep breathing and exercising is important as this is the only way to help "pump' the lymphatic system and avoid building up toxins that will cause acne or other skin diseases. Now, the panthogens lives in colonies and keep on reproducing and fermenting as long as your digestive system is not functional which means that the probiotics (good bacteria) becomes a minority and can't fight back the panthogens. Antibiotica is clearing the skin while you are taking the medicine, when you are done with the medicine, your acne will come back, maybe even worse. Why? Because antibiotica kills all the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut and as you have not treated the root problem, all that has happend is that your gut is now without any probiotics to fight back all the panthogens (bad bacteria) and your skin goes nuts! Talk about an evil circle huh! Water, fish, fiber, antioxidants, cooked vegetable, fruits and plant based probiotic supplement has been shown in many studies to decrease all kinds of acne and is so much healthier for you.

Hormonal acne occurs when we produce too many androgen hormones (male hormones found in both men and women) that triggers an overproduction of oil (sebum) which clogs the pores and create inflammation. Androgens are produced by the testes, ovaries and the adrenal glands and can be controlled by a healhty diet and omega-3’s which have been found to lower testosterone and androgene levels. By taking EPA and DHA omega -3 supplementation and eating more omega 3’s in the diet, one can help the body to balance testosterone levels and eliminate acne breakouts.

To fight acne from the inside and out - Decrease saturated fat consumption, increase fiber consumption, decrease dairy consumption, increase alkaline foods and decrease acidic foods, and do exercise!!

Skin products you can use at home as a great supplement to your inner cleansing and diet - castille soap for cleansing (I like Dr. Bronner's,) homemade coffee scrub (find it here ) and organic coconut oil (no, it does not clog your pores, it is a MYTH)! Very simple, yes, but you honestly do not need more if you are treating your skin from the inside and out and not the other way around. I recommend a deep pore/pimple cleansing at your esthetician once or twice a month to avoid scarring and to get an updated status on your skin's improvement and condition.

I hope you enjoyed reading along and got some inspiration on how to get rid of your acne! You deserve a beautiful skin.

Love Rikke

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