Monday, February 10, 2014

oil cleansing: potential eco diy facial routines

I first heard of oil cleansing ages ago but was reluctant to give it a try because I am prone to oily skin. But then I walked into my local Sephora (which I should never do because 7/8th of their products are loaded with chemicals I don't even want to know about and I have a weakness for sparkly things). But I did and I got pulled into a conversation with a Josie Maran makeup artist. She managed to sell me a bottle of the Argan Cleansing Oil. It's way too expensive, but I was on a baby break and looking to splurge on me.

Sometimes a girl needs a little luxury, especially when she's been feeling a little down (as I was at the time). Not now, don't worry!

But I'd been thinking about trying oil cleansing and the makeup artist/representative hit me at the right moment, so there you have it. Added bonus, it counts as one of the 1/8th of Sephora's products that aren't full of chemicals, so yay!

I've been using the oil on and off for about 2 months. I'm notoriously bad about regular face cleaning, particularly when I'm tired and not getting regular sleep.

At first the oil actually brought out my acne. I'd read about this being pretty normal, so I was (sort of) ok with it as I'd been prepared for it. But after the initial breakout, purging of toxins, my skin has been really smooth and clean. Even considering that I haven't been using it super regularly. And it makes my skin soft.

Now, I don't think you need to rush out and spend the money I spent on a fancy name brand product. Oil cleansing is pretty straightforward and you can use organic, cold pressed (apparently this is best) oils, though not coconut (causes major break outs), castor (it's really drying and apparently there are harvesting issues around it) or olive (causes break outs), on your face.

Hazelnut, jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, even sunflower oil seem to be great for oily to average skins. Crunchy Betty breaks down her recommendations here (worth looking at if you have questions or different skin types).

Or better yet, you could play with a blend of oils to target you particular skin needs. This of course would require a bit of research on oils and their benefits. (I totally took the lazy way out to start off with and I'm thankful for it)! The Josie Maran blends argan, safflower, almond and grapeseed oils and it seems to be doing the trick for me. Though I definitely need to add cream after as I do find it a bit drying. I'm not sure if that's the argan oil or just my skin adapting still (cause I'm not all that consistent about using it).

All in all, I'm slowly moving my daily cleansing routines away from commercial products and transitioning to simpler goodies and finding them to be more effective. Coconut oil toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling cleaner and oil cleansing facials leave my skin softer and less acne prone. Oil is a win in this house these days. Oh, and did I mention that coconut and almond oils are my go tos for Baby Faye. Yup. They work great.

Do you use oils for your daily routines? If so, any tips you'd care to share? I'm thinking about trying to add in some essential oils into the mix, cause you know I'm all over them these days too! Maybe a little lemon or tea tree into the facial oils when I start making my own...


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