[full of it]

OCM

Posted in Uncategorized by susieyarbs on March 21, 2010

so many things! first of all, i’ll admit that i’m being a pretty terrible wife right now by not going with john to get the oil changed in the car. sorry hubs.

second! mom and claire visited! we had a delightful time. we went to chinatown and north beach, we finally went to city lights bookstore, got pedicures, went to the saves the day/new found glory show. it was good times. oh, and we went to baker beach. i wore shorts!! it wasn’t quite bathing suit weather at the beach, but it was a hundred times nicer than it has been. i was pretty bummed out when they left. texas felt really far away.

third! one from my list: the oil cleansing method. for whatever reason, a few months ago my skin started acting up. i have rosacea so it’s always pretty red, but i started breaking out on my forehead and my chin. the blackheads on my nose were out of control…it was just bad. i couldn’t find any products that would work, even the ones that had helped in the past. i spent the big bucks on a facial, and it was amazing. it really helped the rosacea and made my skin all smooth again. even with the products that the facialist recommended, within two weeks my skin was back to how it had been. i remembered reading a while back about the oil cleansing method, but had never tried it because it grossed me out. i looked it up again because i was ready to try just about anything, including smearing oil on my face. i’ve been doing it for about two or three weeks, and it’s already making a HUGE difference.

basically, it just involves replacing your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer with an oil mixture. castor oil is really great at drawing out gunk and removing makeup and dead skin cells, but it’s really potent on its own and will make skin super dry, so it needs to be mixed with another oil. most people use extra virgin olive oil, but you can also use grape seed oil, flax seed oil, or jojoba oil. i used grape seed oil because i read it was better for folks with problem skin. i started off with a 50/50 mix because my skin is so oily, but i had to add more grape seed oil because the mix was too drying. i also added some tea tree oil, mostly to see if it would cover the castor oil smell, which is not exactly pleasant. you put the oil on dry skin, rub it around for a bit, then put a hot wet cloth on your face for a bit, rub the oil around some more, then use the cloth to rub off the excess. easy peasy. i recently switched to just wiping my face with a wet cloth at night, and using the oil in the morning while i shower.

the idea of putting oil on an oily face made me cringe for a while. it was a good week before i stopped expecting it to make me break out horribly. after a couple of days the blackheads on my nose all but disappeared, my chin stopped breaking out and my forehead was much smoother. my face isn’t an oil slick by the end of the day. it’s counterintuitive at first, but it makes sense. it’s the same concept as using baking soda on your hair — if you strip away all the oils, your skin will overcompensate and turn you into a grease machine. it works! it’s also super cheap, so. bonus points.

next up: gluten.

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  1. Rachel Austin (aka Posey) said, on March 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    You totally inspire me. Keep posting this type of thing because I’m going to buy some castor oil and grape seed oil after work. Miss you lady. Glad you got to see your family. We’re hitting up Texas in about a week for Easter (although don’t tell Dale’s family because we’re only seeing mine :).

    Miss your pretty face!


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