Posts Tagged: skincare

This Week I Love …

grapeseed-oil_with text

… 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

Fascinating and Fashionable: Elizabeth the Skincare Product Formulator

Elizabeth Dehn is an award-winning beauty writer, blogger at Beauty Bets, and utterly inspiring businesswoman. She launched an eponymous line of skincare products a few years back, and is now collaborating with the lovely folks at One Love Organics on a new set of active moisture treatments. She is actively involved with the formulation process of the products that bear her name, and intensely interested in what is good for your skin and why. Let’s hear from Elizabeth!

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Have you always been passionate about skin care?
Yes! I was born with some sort of skincare gene but have no idea where it came from. I started making face masks from egg whites and mud and going through my grandmother’s cold cream jars at a very young age. read more

Combatting Acne as an Adult

Adult acne

I’ve written here and there about my struggles with adult acne, but I realized that I’ve never dedicated an entire post to the topic. My own acne is mostly under control, mild compared to what many people deal with, and considerably better than it used to be. But some of that is because I have had to change my behaviors on many fronts to ensure a relatively breakout-free existence.

Pillowcases and towels

In order to keep exposure to my own old sebum to a minimum, I change my pillowcase every other night. I sleep on one side, flip to the other side on the second day, then throw the pillowcase into my laundry basket. I use a new washcloth every night, and dry my face with clean, unused towels only. I use hand towels to dry, and have found that I can make them last for four uses by using half of each towel side per use. I own my home and do laundry once per week in my own basement. At least one person has mentioned that the amount of dirty linens that I generate through this system seems prohibitive, and I hear that. But when I travel for long periods and am unable to keep this up, I can see a difference within about a week. read more