Post # 61
I’m another huge advocate for oil cleansing! I have severe eczema, and ever since I’ve decided to go the organic way of “if it’s good enough to eat, it’s good enough to put on your face,” my skin has been so calm.
For coconut oil – I strictly only Oil cleanse with it, If I were to use it as a moisturizer on my face, in a few weeks it just freaks out. For exfoliation, I mix Coconut oil with sugar and I customize how abrasive I want it to be by the ratio of oil, usually I do 1 tablespoon of oil to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
For daily moistruizing, I currently do a mix of 4 drops of Argan oil + 2 drops of Rosehip oil. Argan Oil dries very quickly with zero shine residue left on my face.
I’m a HUGE FAN of Apple Cider Vinegar (must have ‘Mother’) as a toner for my face. The ACD minimized my pores and it took about 2 weeks to purge. Ever since committing to ACD, holy cow, my face is smooth, soft and supple like a baby’s bottom. I found it also helps even out the tone of my skin overall. It was really gross and kind of terrifying seeing my face just flake off these big flecks of dried skin, but I was so happy to see underneath that, it had healthier skin coming around.
I used to spend $$$ every few months on the worlds tiniest bottles of creams, most of them had the filled/raised bottom so the bottle looked bigger than it actually was. Now I have 1L bottles of Apple Cider Vinegar and the essential oils (200ml) and coconut oil (1kg) last me atleast 6months per bottle. I started religiously about 1.5 years ago and I have been so happy with the results and it doesn’t hurt that all of these things can be found on sale at the local grocery store every once in a while, haha.
GL on your journey to discovering what works best for your skin, it can be really frustrating at times, but continue to try things out and I hope you find what combination works for you
Post # 62
I used to have horrible skin ( dry, awful breakouts ect) bc I was exfoliating and putting too many chemicals on it. I have totally transformed my skin by doing the following
1. Washing my face with either ayurvedic soap ( $1 at your grocery store) or water
2. Using ORGANIC lotion. No over the counter stuff. I get my lotion online, its $20 dollars for about 4oz but its sooo worth it. My skin is super sensitive to any chemicals I have found in regular lotions from the pharmacy or grocer or even dept. store.
3. Toothpaste matters! My skin reacts badly to certain chemicals in toothpaste, my derm told me Crest especially is bad. I only use colgate and have noticed a difference. My teeth are just fine, too. LOL.
I made the mistake of exfoliating and also not moisturizing which made my skin very unhappy. I found that less is more. GL. I struggled with my skin for YEARS until I figured it out.
Post # 63
just wanted to chime in that most oils are pore clogging/acne causing – coconut, olive, Moroccan, and many scented oils. Safflower and sunflower oils are less comedogenic naturally. I read a ton about how great coconut oil cleansing is, started it for a week, had an appointment with my esthetician, and got many extractions from the damage i’d caused 🙁
Post # 64
I second your toothpaste comment. Toothpastes containing sodium laurel or laureth sulfate can cause acne or breakouts!
Post # 65
i have very sensitive and extreme dry skin prone to rashes and break outs.
The only thing that works for me is ‘nivea creme’ it is super thick and very lightly scented and doesn’t cause me to break out. I use it top to toe. I lather it on my face every night. I have tried thier other moisturisers but they don’t work as well as the super thick nivea creme.
I also drink loads of water and have been taking a probiotic supplement but recently I have started fermenting my own milk keffir. My allergies and skin sensitivities are a million times better since taking keffir everyday. I have only been able to use mineral makeup for the last five years but since th keffir I have been able to use ‘normal’ make up.
good luck….seriously give the nivea creme a go. My 95 year old grandma has used it for 75 years and she looks 80 and has the greatest skin!
Post # 66
You should see a dermatologist. I have sensitive skin that became extremely dry and flakey after using prescription acne medications for a couple of months. My dermatologist suggested using CeraVe or Cetaphil. I started using CeraVe moisturizing cleanser and cream, which healed my skin. I have now permanently switched from expensive skin care brands to CeraVe. I could have saved lots of money if I had discovered this drugstore brand sooner!
Post # 67
thank you so much for these really practical tips (especially about the Nalgene dispensing bottles with the link!!)
It so funny because crunchy betty was were I read about the oil cleansing as well for the first time (through Pinterest) I think I need to check in with her site again…
Tahnks everyone for the great tips!
Post # 68
Interesting about the oils… so much to figure out!
(so far I am doing okay though with the olive oil…)
Post # 69
MUST TRY ACV!!!!! Thanks for the idea!