Today I will talk about facial care products, cleanser, moisturizer, eye makeup remover, and lip balm.
First I will tell you where I came from and where I'm headed.
I had acne issues as a teen, but not tremendously terrible. I have had adult acne ever since. I don't know if this ever goes away. It didn't at 30, will it at 40 or 50? But I can say that this past year has been the best ever.
I started wearing makeup at 14 and was taught to do the full routine, liquid foundation, concealer, powder to set, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, the whole nine yards. Over the years I became quite skilled at camouflaging blemishes. I'm sure this did not help the acne issue, but rather exacerbated it further.
Over the years I have tried every product under the sun and spent a load of money! Mary Kay, DHC, Arbonne, Murad, Proactive, to name a few. Some of them were awful--in addition to acne, my skin was VERY sensitive, some of these products would cause a rash. Some of them did work for a while, though. But it seemed it would last for so long and then maybe my skin became immune. Plus it wasn't easy to drop $60 to $80 each time I needed new products! I dreamed of being able to buy whatever cheap cleanser was available at Walmart!
One day I hope to be able to go foundation-free. I do some days, more so in the summer. I now use Neutrogena Mineral powder makeup (which I'm sure isn't as pure as some more expensive mineral makeups) and I think that has helped clear my skin a bit. Also, when I started eating better, I noticed a change in my skin. (Sugar and refined carbs cause inflammation.)
But I've been the most happy with this new product. If I freaked you out with the baking soda for toothpaste, brace yourself--I use castor oil on my face!
This is called the Oil Cleansing Method. The oil actually dissolves the oil that is clogging your pores! People typically use a mixture of castor oil and olive oil or jojoba oil. The ratios depend on your skin type. My skin is VERY oily (although it has toned done since using this oil). I use 3 parts of castor oil to 1 part jojoba oil. I used olive oil when I first tried this. I already have Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my kitchen (I hope you do, too!) and castor oil was only a few dollars at the store. Even if you're a skeptic, it won't cost you much to give this a try! You will find some great information here and here, and here. The latter is where I got my info.
I thought it was just something that came with age, but my pores had become so large and my skin was becoming more dull and rough feeling. Now my skin has a rosy glow and feels soft and smooth. My pores have shrunk significantly!
I pour about a nickel sized portion of oil into my palm and then spread the oil on my face. I massage it in for a minute, steam my face with a hot washcloth for a minute, then rub all the oil off, gently exfoliating with the cloth. I then will put a drop of oil on my palm and pat my face and neck with it as a moisturizer. That's it! I used to be quite addicted to toners that contained salicylic acid, but I don't need them anymore!
I was already familiar with using oil as a moisturizer, since I had used DHC and their main moisturizer is pure olive oil. If I ever get too much oil, I just pat it on my hands, elbows, anyplace that needs moisture. My face never feels greasy, just soft. In fact, it has helped balance my oil level. Our skin will produce extra oil if we keep stripping it with harsh cleansers. My face is still oily, but I can tell it is less so now.
I decided to try this oil as an eye-makeup remover. I first get some tissue handy and then pour about a dime size amount in my palm. I rub it on my lashes with my eyes closed. Then pat it off with the tissue. I don't rub too hard, since the eye area is so fragile. I am very happy with this. It will vary depending on your mascara. I don't use waterproof mascara. I am using a new mascara lately and sometimes I notice a little residue under my eyes, but I just take a Qtip, dipped in the oil, and wipe off the remaining residue. It's okay to leave it on your eyes, since it's your moisturizer, too. I just pat off any excess.
This oil makes a great lip balm. Castor oil is the main ingredient in lip gloss anyway. It is an oil that doesn't soak in too quickly, keeping a nice shine.
I have even used it as a hand moisturizer and body lotion! I think I should probably use a different ratio for that, though.
Occasionally I'm lazy and I just wash my face with Kiss My Face soap, but I can tell the difference, it's not as good as the oil cleansing. And occasionally I will use bentonite clay (mixed with water) as a mask, but it's hardly necessary. I bought my bentonite clay, castor oil, and jojoba oil from Majestic Mountain Sage. They also sell inexpensive bottles, if you need a container for your oil mixture (or you could find a bottle in the travel section of the grocery store). Buy their small dropper bottle (I think they come in 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. sizes) and keep some oil handy in your purse, for your hands or lips!
Stay tuned next time, when I give details about hair care!
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