Skip to main content

Oily Clean

It's taking input Thursday and per request I'm giving a beauty post. 

I talk about this a lot in my beauty posts but have never really addressed this in its own post. So today I'm going back to basics and talking about oil cleansing. I first heard about oil cleansing in 2013 from a sorority sister and was very doubtful. Oil cleansing is the process of cleaning oneself with oil rather than soap and water (not to be confused with oil pulling which is a procedure of using oil as a mouth wash of sorts to pull bacteria from the body). 

I have oily skin, so the idea of rubbing my face with oil seemed crazy - it will cause clogged pores I thought! But I pondered the idea for a bit and it started to make sense - oil desolves oil (ie gross yuck stuck in pores) and soap and water strip it away and cause the skin to produce more - think of soap as like a crash diet for your skin. So, I gave it a try and guess what, I get blemishes less often, my skin feels healthier and I don't feel like a greasy dirty weirdo. 

I started off with a commercial oil blend, and yes I was lured by the pretty bottle. 


This is $80 on amazon!!! ($40 on other sites though). Still, ridiculous. I do love the bottle though and forgot to save the last one so I'll probay buy it one more time. When I looked at the ingredients I saw a bunch of stuff I can't pronounce and basic kitchen oils - olive, almond, grapeseed and corn. I decided to play around with my own blend and see if I could do something just as effective on my own. 

Right now I use these: 


Mostly grapeseed oil for the base because its moisturizing, than some Jojoba oil which is the oil closest to skin's natural ph, and vitamin E for healing properties. I also mix in some tea tree essential oil (good for acne) and lavender for scent (it's also soothing to skin). 

Making is super easy, I just pour my oils into a small container to mix and then pour into a bottle for storage. 



Finally, a use for the Lilly bottles from the Estée Lauder collaboration! 

At night I massage a quarter size amount into my face for about a minute and then wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. This removes all my makeup and leaves a light bit of oil on the skin so it doubles as a moisturizer. I still get a pimple or two (I'm 30, so unfair!!!) but this has cut down the frequency and duration. I don't ever see myself buying a facial wash again. 

It's been a while since I've tried a new beauty project so if you have any ideas let me know! I'd love you thoughts on beauty projects or any idea you'd like to read about next week. It's Thursday and I'm taking input! 






Comments

  1. Mandy, I love this post. I have been trying to find something more gentle than cleansers/soap for my face. I would love to try this. Would you mind posting the amounts of each oil that you use?
    Thanks so much.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Lisa, thanks for reading! I think each person should play around with their mixture to find the right balance for their skin but I use 3 parts grapeseed and 1 part jojoba with just a small bit of the vitamin 3, about a quarter sized amount in my blend for a four ounce bottle. Good luck and let me know how it goes for you!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Vi Peel

2018 Update: Hello Internet! Welcome to my most popular blog post - I presume you're here because you're considering getting a facial peel. Please keep in mind this is an old post and my photo quality is not great. Please feel free to read and enjoy but I do want to let you know that as the years have passed I have taken a more proactive approach with my skin care and I do not get frequent peels. If you'd like to see my modern approach to skincare check out some of my other beauty posts and I'd love for you to connect with me on Instagram to keep up with my latest and greatest recommendations.
___________________________________________________________________________________

Hello! So I got my first Vi Peel which I was super excited about. Since the Botox post was popular I figure y'all would like this too. Besides, it's well established I'm beyond any sense of privacy or shame here.
I got my first peel years ago - a mild Glycolic peel added onto my fac…

Zyto Scan Review

Recently I received my first Zyto scan. And I know most of you reading this are thinking, what the heck is a Zyto scan??? 
There's a graphic below but basically a Zyto scan is a device to read the bio-markers of the body (there are 76) and provides feedback on "out of range" markers and recommends products as a result. The Zyto scan does not diagnose or treat medical conditions, that's what doctors are for y'all. Because I received my scan at a Young Living class, my results were for Young Living products. 
The scan is painless and easy, one simply rests their hand on the cradle like so and watches a quick video on the process: 
This is me getting my scan 
A diagram of how it works 
After a few minutes received my results! Of 76 bio-markers 19 were out of balance, which isn't bad. I've really been making a push to focus on my health so I was pretty pleased with the results. 
Here's my report: 

I really love how in addition to recommendations the report discu…

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

OMG, Ipsy finally has a cute bag for the month!
Seriously, this month's coral ticket design bag is super cute and would make a fun little clutch for a night out at a festival or fair.
The items I received this month weren't terrible either. Here's what's inside my bag and my thoughts on each product:
OFRA Cosmetics Peach Blush $12 Everything I've received from this company in my Ipsy bad is a full-sized product (nice)! However they need to be in a refillable palette so that may not be your thing but I just found mine recently so this offends me less. This is overall a nice shade so I'll add it to my palette.
Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel $30 This is a little more lightweight than the aloe gel you can get in a giant bottle at CVS but I'm skeptical yet if that makes it worth $30 for a jar. We're going to the beach in May so the timing is good and I'm sure I'll use the whole sample.
No Poreblem Primer $18 This is a nice, lightweight primer and has a …

Thank you, Thank you very much

Every time I hear that sending thank you notes today will set one apart I'm a little shocked, I know plenty of people who send thank you notes. But I also probably know a few who do not and just don't want to admit it. If you're ever in doubt about when to send a thank you note or need some ideas to get you in the habit than fear not, I am here to offer you some advise. Most of this I feel is common (apparently semi common) knowledge I've gathered over the years but I'll also offer you some special practices I have developed. I've also got some pictures of the type of card that might be appropriate. All examples are available at Tiny Prints. Job Interviews Seriously, it really shocks me that people don't do this. If you want the job, send a thank you note. I usually keep some in my car and will write it and take to the post office as soon as the interview is over. In fact, if you know the decision is going to be made the next day write it in the parking l…

Birthday Discounts

Woohoo! It's my birthday week y'all! Birthdays are always a great time for brands to make customers special and each year I'm able to take advantage of some pretty good discounts in July so I thought I would share the love and talk about some of my favorite discounts and how to get them.

My absolute favorite discount is from Kendra Scott! During your birthday month you can receive one regular item at 50% off. It's your first time you'll have to show your id in store and sign up for their email list but then once they have you on file you can just go into the store and say that you would like to apply your birthday discount to your purchase and give your email address. This year I purchased the Tatiana Long Pendant Necklace which usually sells for $175. This necklace takes the look of the popular Rayne necklace and really amps it up.  
If jewelry is your thing you can also get a $10 credit from Charming Charlie - this discount is sent to Charm Rewards members at the…