skin elixir blog
NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
Today we ask multi-talented artist Hilary Wellington aka Ginny Rawson for her top tips to nourish the skin you're in.
1. What do you do as part of a regular routine to look after yourself?
I love to be outside in Nature and try to make time for a walk or some gardening each day. Listening to music is a big part of my wellbeing and I love to sing along to the radio or my favourite CDs when I'm driving, although I wouldn't subject any passengers to that!
2. What are the key things you have found that nurture self-nourishment?
Eating well, with lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I try to cook everything from raw ingredients so I know exactly what is going into my food and can control salt and sugar intake. I experience periods of insomnia, and have previously been tempted to get up and work in the middle of the night, but now I listen to music if I can't sleep, so that at least I'm resting. I try not to sing along in the night though.
3. What could you do more of to nourish the skin you're in?
I really should drink more water, and have a more disciplined skincare regime. I veer between being a soap and water girl to trying out different cleansers, rigorously moisturising and then leaving it for days on end!
Having had skin cancer on my face a few years ago (on an old injury from falling off a pony as a child), I have had to work really hard at replenishing my skin where the surgical scars are. I found rosehip oil very good for this, sometimes even emerging from foraging expeditions with squashed rosehips on my scars, like a wild woman!
As an animal lover and human rights activists I've always tried to use cruelty free cosmetics that don't rob communities of precious resource, but enrich tribal people's lives. Since learning more from Shona about the ingredients of cosmetics I'm thinking a lot about how important it is to be kind to myself as well by not ingesting poisons through my cosmetics.
4. What top tips have you got to give others around your working life to stay on top?
In the past I have experienced stress related illnesses so I try very hard to maintain a healthy work/life balance and encourage others to do the same. As my business has three elements - dementia therapy and bereavement support, preserves and pickle making, and sewing and knitting, I have to be super-organised and plan ahead. But the beauty of a business like mine is the balance. If one element gets a bit stressful I can calm myself with a day of jam-making; and I can always take my knitting to do while watching a cricket match at Trent Bridge with my husband
5. What are the things you couldn't live without that are key to your happiness and nourishment?
My garden is a hugely important part of my life. I was lucky enough to take on a 'blank canvas' last year when we moved house, and have had a wonderful time creating a garden full of scented perennials, nurturing bees, birds and butterflies. It is my green gym and a peaceful place to relax with a glass of wine. I love to nourish my family by growing lots of our own fruit and vegetables there too, without exposure to weed killer, pesticides or chemical fertilisers.
Hilary runs a very unusual jam-making, knitting, sewing and therapeutic business. It's all inspired by her Grandmother after whom Ginny Rawson Textiles and Ginny's Good Yarn are named. Hilary uses person centred talking therapies and textiles skills to help people with dementia and bereaved people, and uses her jam in taste-based reminiscence therapy as well as selling her Lings Lane Larder preserves, pickles, children's hand knits and individual home comforts.
Find out more at www.ginnysgoodyarn.co.uk