All too often, we think of our skin as some sort of despotic demi-god that’s given to vindictive behavior and deserving of extreme measures—i.e., kill that zit! This rather violent philosophy is not only ineffective, but can be downright harmful to your health, says Emma Graves, the holistic visionary—and a trained herbalist as well as an aesthetician—behind Between You & The Moon, a line of organic, handmade, chemical-free skincare products that have a cult following among fashion and beauty editors.
Instead of viewing the skin as an adversary, Graves advocates the revolutionary idea of making friends with your face by using products that support rather than suppress the skin’s natural functions. So instead of drying out a pimple, she prefers to make your skin healthy enough to heal itself quickly and naturally.
We have chosen to feature her mild and rejuvenating Sow Your Wild Oats: Organic Grain Cleanser. Mixed in a 1:1 ratio -about a quarter size flat pile is enough- with water (for any skin type), cream (for dry skin) or yogurt (for hyper-pigmentation), the product, which we’re offering in both regular and travel sizes, does this by giving the skin a gentle but thorough daily exfoliation. It employs a three-pronged approach: oatmeal physically removes dead skin build up; lactose provides deeper, AHA-type (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) exfoliating; and papaya extracts digest impurities and prevents clogged pores. Mixed with honey, Sow Your Wild Oats doubles as a weekly mask. Used daily, the larger jar will last about six months, while a small jar will last about 6-8 weeks.
Sound simple? It is. And like many simple things, it works far better than all the complicated, fancy-sounding theories in the world. Make nice with your face—and see how nice it can be to you.