I’m about to admit something internet. This may alarm some of the members of my family (Melissa). Last month, I ditched the soaps, lotions, peels, scrubs and retins in favor of … oil.
That’s right, I have become a convert to the oil cleansing method and I absolutely love it.
I have always (ALWAYS!) had trouble with my skin. It’s not really dry, it’s not really oily, I’m not totally covered with acne, but I’m never totally clear. I have old acne scars, giant pores and lots of blackheads. Am I too critical of my face? OF COURSE I AM, but I’m a girl and I do what I do.
A couple of months ago I spent a metric ton of money on a bunch of Keihl’s products thinking that I would just plunk down the money and finally get control of my skin. Fast forward 1.5 days and my skin totally revolted. My face was so messed up I didn’t want to leave the house. Probably didn’t help that my pregnancy hormones were all out of whack, but the fact remained that I was disgusting and no one could stand to look at me (at least that’s what I assume everyone was thinking).
The first few days I just rubbed olive oil into my face, but I knew that wasn’t really the right way so I decided to make a trip to the local Whole Foods for the real deal oils.
I currently “wash” my face with a mixture of equal parts castor, avocado and jojoba oils. The “washing” consists of rubbing about a teaspoon of oil into my face, soaking a washcloth with hot water then draping it over my face for a mini-steam bath then gently wiping the oil away.* The I use a small amount of this rosehip and vitamin E oil mixture I found with a little drop of lavender essential oil as my moisturizer. It is the best smelling thing you can imagine – if you like lavender that is.**
Oil cleansing is nothing new and (I think?) lots of people do it. It’s based on the idea that water won’t break down oil, only oil can break down oil. I think its physics or something.
Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I LOVE IT. Seriously, I love it. My face looks so much better. I still have some red spots and I do still get little pimples every now and then, but they are much smaller than they used to be and seem to just disappear as soon as I notice them. Plus, my skin is so much softer and I get to smell like a lavender field every night before bed. It is totally relaxing y’all.
I don’t know you guys. It seems to work.
I have been known to take on some seriously crazy hippie shenanigans in my day, and this may be my most hippiest of shenanigan, but I cannot imagine ever going back to regular soap. My life has been changed (and by “my life” I mean the super superficial aspect of the skin on my face). Gah, next thing you know I will be burning sage and saying namaste instead of goodbye! Send help, but leave my oils!
* Go check out either of the websites I linked above if you are interested in trying this yourself. I am totally not an expert, but these sites give good tutorials on how to slather oil all over yourself.
** In case anyone is wondering, I think I spent about $60 at Whole Foods and that included a little glass bottle with a dropper to hold my oil mixture. Based on the rate I am going it should last me about 6 months before I have to buy anything new, which I think is relatively economical considering a I spent $60 on a TEENY TINY 4 oz jar of lotion that made zits the size of Mount Everest erupt on my cheeks!
P.S. This is the reality of my house … While I was trying to take a picture of my oils, the kids were hovering around screaming CHEESE!! CHEESE MOMMY! CHEEEESSSEEE MOOOOMMMMY! Until I finally had to take a picture with them in it and then bribe them to get them out of the shot. Couple of little hams.