Posts Tagged: cleansing

This Week I Love …

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… grapeseed oil.

It’s been nearly two years since I started using the oil cleansing method, and I’m still so glad I made the change. My skin is softer and clearer than it’s been in ages, and I have fewer oily/dry patches than I used to. I’ve made some adjustments to my routine, mainly through adding the Clairsonic – which I use AFTER I’ve applied oil, wiped it away to remove my makeup, and then added another thin layer of oil for the brush. But I also changed up my blend a little. When I got started, I was using olive oil and castor oil in a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio, and although it worked better than any other cleanser I’d ever tried, I still had loads of clogged pores. I chatted with Sarah Von about her blend, and she sang the praises of grapeseed oil. So I did some nosing around and came upon this article over at Crunchy Betty – where I first learned about this method to begin with – which sealed the deal. I cut down my olive oil to just a dash, and swapped in grapeseed oil. read more

Fancy Lady Equipment

Most conspiracy theories make me giggle. I’m a pretty open-minded gal, but the notion that the moon landing was faked strikes me as downright bizarre. However, I do believe that most major cosmetics and personal care products companies actively conspire against women. These corporations strive to manufacture discontent among women to convince them to buy new products, more products, complex systems of products to combat our apparent flaws. In many cases, the conspiracy goes even deeper, getting women hooked on certain cosmetics or procedures as mere gateways, eventually revealing that more costly versions will yield even better results. It’s a system that not only convinces women we’re undeniably imperfect, but also snows us into believing that our “imperfections” can be cured with products. And, of course, bales of money. read more

My Thoughts on Oil Cleansing

This is an older post – read updates here, here, and here!

So. I’ve been using nothing but oil and water on my face since late October. Before I made the decision to do this, I did EXTENSIVE research. Meaning I had a five-minute conversation with Beauty Bets, got her blessing, and dove right in. Because that’s how I roll. And because I figured hey, if it was awful, I’d just stop.

I’ve had problem skin forever; Mostly acne, but also combination dry/oily issues. And although my acne is of the cystic/hormonal kind and absolutely requires more than over-the-counter remedies, recently I began to feel like I should change my cleansing routine. I’d been using Cetaphil face wash and a dermatologist-prescribed topical cream for several years, and the combination just felt … wrong. I broke out fairly regularly, my skin felt a bit sore at times, and I was pretty blotchy. read more