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The Tea Ingredient: African red tea
The African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser by Ole Henriksen is a beauty product that holds sentimental value for me. It came in a travel set that my sister-in-law gave me, which I immediately packed in my hospital bag while anticipating my son’s birth.
Just as I had been forewarned, everything that I had planned and imagined for the birthing process quickly went out the window. My contractions were causing my baby’s heart rate to drop, and all of a sudden I was having an emergency c-section. Once my son was safe in my arms, the fog began to lift.
The drugs also began to wear off.
The next morning at the hospital, I found myself hunched over and holding on to the sink for dear life. I was recuperating from the surgery after a sleepless night of getting acquainted with my newborn, learning how to breastfeed, taking my pain medication, and having my vitals checked every hour. Nevertheless, I was determined to at least feel presentable. Applying makeup was too ambitious so I settled for washing my face and brushing my teeth.
I had to act swiftly before the baby woke up so I reached for the foaming cleanser, pumped out some product, and massaged it onto my face. I was taken aback. As much as I felt rushed, I recall actually pausing to enjoy the light citrus scent and the soft, gentle foam. It rinsed off easily leaving behind not residue but invigorated and moisturized skin.
While I know foam cleansers to be very drying, this one is not. It even helped my skin stand up to the stale, dry hospital air during winter. No tightness of the skin whatsoever. I think it’s far too gentle for makeup removal so I recommend this product for morning cleansing.
I can thank tea, once again, for seeing me through the most dramatic and grandest event of my life!