As a new mum over 40, I’m obsessed with everything and anything that will help with my daily beauty routine. That means a) Get rid of my lines and wrinkles and b) Stop the kids calling me “grandma” in future in the playground.
I’ve never been afraid to dabble with things that help improve my skin, eyes and hands, so when I discovered an exfoliator called sefid-ab during a visit to see my in-laws in Persia, I was more than happy to try it out.
I’ve been using it weekly ever since. The only downside is that it’s really hard to come by in the UK and that means every time the family asks what we would like, I ask if they could send me some. It’s a lot cheaper than the likes of microdermabrasion but has the same effect. I’ve found it helps release toxins from my skin and works great on clogged pores, cellulite, stretch-marks and crow’s feet and fine lines under the eye area.
Sefid-ab or white water is an ancient Iranian cosmetic and cleanser that is used to exfoliate the skin. It can be used by both men and women and works best on all skin types when teamed up with a kiseh or exfoliator mitt.
The sefid-ab is a white-coloured chalky substance made of animal fat and naturally occurring minerals. (Clearly no good for vegetarians or vegans – and you shouldn’t use it if you have an allergic reaction) It is made by mixing Mel with water to form a smooth paste. The animal fat is then heated until it melts. After this, the molten mixture and plant extracts are added to the paste and mixed before it is added to small casts and left to dry.
Application (body): I wet the sefid-ab and began by rubbing it on to the kiseh in the shower. I then rubbed it on to my skin in a circular motion to remove the dead skin and dirt before rinsing several times and brushing off the remaining debris. The circular motion was most effective as I found it less abrasive than the back and forth movement. The result was baby soft skin which felt rejuvenated and radiant and I hadn’t spent a fortune.
Application (face): As the sefid-ab is quite a harsh exfoliator, I covered my face with Vaseline before applying it with water to my skin. Beginning with my forehead, I scrubbed in a circular motion towards one side of my face, down on to my chin and then on to the opposite side of my face. I then rinsed several times with water and wiped away any debris.
After using sefid-ab on my face, I apply a mixture of almond, olive oil and glycerin to moisturise my skin. One tsp of each is enough.
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