Over the years I have been bouncing around from just using water, soap and water or using a sample of this or a sample of that. What to use, what to use, what to use.
About a year ago, somehow I came up with the idea of using Noxema. I think I saw it at my mom's place and decided to give it a go. Hmmmmm - I like that - LOVE the tingle and fragrance of the Eucalyptus oil - but WHAT is all that other stuff? Well, the list of ingredients doesn't seem THAT bad - I've seen worse.
So off I went to buy my own and have been happily using it ever since.
A few weeks ago while blog hopping I found this post - well I don't think it was this one exactly - I can't seem to find the original blog but this one will suffice. (one of the hazards of following a few hundred blogs I guess - I was SHOCKED that it wasn't pinned!)
The blog post was about.....
WASHING your face with oil!
Back to the kitchen for my skin care ingredients!
REALLY! I mean - really! or as Cassia has been saying lately "What are you talking about?"
Exactly, cleaning with oil...
What are you talking about?!!!
Yup - that's the latest
I have to admit I was a bit nervous about trying it - as it seems most who are new to this idea. But not one to pass up a frugal opportunity I gave it a try. I began the Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)
Not wanting to lead anyone reading this astray, I decided to test it first. It has been about 3 weeks now and I just have to say.....
WHY HAVE I NOT KNOWN THIS FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS!
I mean - really! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
My face has never felt or looked better. Now don't get me wrong - I could NEVER be accused of having nice skin.
That just isn't me - it's ok - I've come to terms.
When my skin and my 20's met they waged a war over my face and my face lost - BIG time. I was ok all through my teens with no acne but once in University and right up to my 30's I battled acne constantly. I tried EVERYTHING from the natural to Proactiv to an
But for the first time in a long time my skin looks good - and dare I say that some lines seem to be not so obvious!
And so now, sitting beside my container of coconut oil in the bathroom is my bottle of olive oil. I reused a small almond oil bottle for my new cleansing potion.
The link below the picture for OCM talks about the importance of castor oil - I haven't had a chance to pick some up but might soon, and the use of sunflower oil rather than olive oil. It also provides step by step directions - but really - put some oil in your hand, rub it gently on your face and rinse with steamy water.
What I DID have on hand though were essential oils. So, I quickly read up on which oils that I have are good for the skin and dropped some in - I used a book I have on hand from the library but there are many online essential oil resources such as this post at Helium. I used Lavender, Neroli, Clary Sage, Bergamot and Grapefruit. Not only do I now have a good for my skin cleaner, it has a nice fragrance as well.
Here is a very very thorough article on the topic of Oil Cleansing Method.
Because my skin is now very soft I am using less coconut oil for moisturizer. At night after washing with olive oil I don't need anything else except I do run a bit of coconut around my eyes. In the morning I rinse and use a bit of sweet almond, grapeseed or coconut oil.
All good oils for the skin!
If you give it a try - let me know what your think!
Today's Interesting Link: Here's an interesting article from Natural News about the benefits of avocados for your skin - another oil!