I was at the Conscious Life Expo at the LAX Hilton a couple of weeks ago and saw a lady and her sister selling a line of skin care products called HannesDottir (it means “Hannes’ daughter” in Icelandic). You can read about the products at www.perfectfacial.com . They both had lovely glowing skin and impressed me as being sincere. They have a lot of testimonials in their literature of people having acne clear up from using their products. They have an “any time any way” 100% money back guarantee. I bought 5 products:
- Sea Masque
Purely Poreless Masque
Elixir of Minerals
Sea Soak (for the bath)
The only reservation I have about the products is that they do contain kelp. Dr. James E. Fulton, Jr. warned that ingesting iodine can worsen acne, and kelp is high in iodine. He also said that putting iodine directly on the skin can induce acne. Facialists often use seaweed topically, though, to treat acne. Kay at Dermaculture uses seaweed masks and she put my acne totally into remission. I will discuss the seaweed question further in a separate posting.
Anyway, to continue, I’ll give you my review of them so far and then keep you updated as to how my skin responds to them over time.
I really, really like the products so far. I got them on Friday and today’s Sunday. I’ve used the Sea Masque as a leave-on masque every day and I’ve used the Purely Poreless Masque twice so far. (That’s a lot more frequently than she recommends, but I’m desperate to get clear.) The Sea Masque is kind of gooey and sticky (I think it contains honey) so you really need to keep your hair totally back, or your hair will get stuck in the masque. All of her products have a really nice natural aroma. You leave the Sea Masque on for 20-40 minutes and then wet your fingers and scrub your face for 1 minute (it has particles in it). The Purely Poreless Mask contains albumin and dries really tight like egg white does. It can leave a greenish tint on your washcloth, but it does wash out. You use the Mineral Mist after cleansing or after the masques, and then use the Elixir of Minerals. The Elixir is a liquid and you only need to use 2-3 drops for your face and neck. It feels like nothing on the skin. I feel like I need to use a heavier moisturizer, though, because I use a loose mineral powder foundation and it needs a base to adhere too (and also my face starts to feel dry). You can use the Mineral Mist in your hair also to control frizzies (haven’t tried it yet).
I’ve also been using Linda Chae’s Organic Essentials Clarifying Facial Cleanser and Sheer Moisture Lotion (I already owned these products). HannesDottir also has a Mineral Wash Daily Cleanser, but it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which I am sensitive to. Janis (the owner) suggested that I could use some of the Sea Soak (the bath salts) with some water to wash my face with. With the exception of the face wash, the products seem to be very natural. The Elixir of Minerals does contain “ethanol” and “monolaurin” though at the bottom of the ingredients list which sound like chemicals, don’t know. My skin is looking better already: the pimples have shrunk down and the redness has subsided. My skin has a healthy glow to it and feels softer and more supple. It also feels very clean and refreshed and comfortable: no itching, irritation or redness. I’m very pleased with the products so far. Time will tell if they keep the acne under control.
This is hardly a scientific test because I have also been seeing a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) and I have started taking a whole bunch of supplements and making some dietary changes. I’m supposed to eat a lot of raw foods and fresh juices. I have also started a new relationship, which hopefully will be less stressful than my last one, which was extremely stressful and draining. My former boyfriend moved out of the city 7 hours drive away a year ago. I just couldn’t do the long-distance thing anymore plus all the other issues there. All these changes could impact on my acne, hopefully for the better.