Thursday, July 18, 2013

Oooh La La Oils!

Amazing how time flies, even when you're not having fun!  Can't believe its been almost a year since my last post but at long last I feel inspired and MUST share my new obsession.
This is Big.....yet so incredibly simple.....and life-changing! All my peeps....young and not as young..... will want to know about this.

OK, so it is pretty well known that I have been going more natural....earthy....crunchy....
some say "hippie" but it just makes sense to lessen the toxic, chemical load in our lives.
I have cleaned up my food act alot and have turned my attention to cosmetics and skin care.  Our skin is our largest organ, that gets exposed to and absorbs so many harmful,
yucky unpronounceable toxins - all claiming to moisturize, hydrate, smooth and cleanse.
Meanwhile, we are loading up our exposure to more chemicals and irritants that may do
more harm than good.  So what is a girl to do to avoid chemical contact....besides
living with elephant skin and looking much older than we feel?

Aaaaah, I have found the solution!  I did not discover it but came across this natural method of cleansing and moisturizing that has been around forever but evidently kept secret by estheticians.  It seems that it is very simple to get that wonderful, fresh-from-a-facial glow and dewy complexion - at home!  The Oil Cleanse Method (OCM) is
THE WAY to cleanse, hydrate, balance sebum (body's natural oil), clear up acne, roscea,
splotchiness, dry patches, AND look years younger and healthier!!!

Here is the short story on OCM:  Cleansers will strip our faces of sebum which causes our skin to either over produce or be depleted of natural oils.  When using organic, botanical oils instead of commercial cleansers (full of irritants, fragrance & chemicals) you can cleanse pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the
dirty oil with beneficial ones that heal, protect and nourish your skin.

Oil Cleanse Method:  Mix Castor oil with either Grapeseed, Jojoba, Almond, Coconut or Avocado oil, depending on skin type, along with some healing essential oils like lavender, frankincense, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang or jasmine.

    Put a small amount of oil blend (quarter size) in your palm, rub together with hands and gently apply to your face and neck, rubbing in well.  Keep massaging for a few minutes to dissolve the dirty oil that has hardened with impurities, stuck in the pores.

     Wet a wash cloth with hot water and place over your face until it is room temperature.  Steaming your face like this helps pull out impurities from pores and removes dead skin cells.  Rinse cloth again and repeat, gently wiping face thoroughly.

    You do not need to use any other cleanser or makeup remover, and should not need any night cream or moisturizer.  If you have very dry areas, just dab a little of the oil blend on and rub until it is absorbed into the skin.

    OCM should be done at night.  There is no need to wash your face in the morning, just
rinse and apply sunscreen and/or a little natural oil if needed.

   If you google Oil Cleanse Method, there are all kinds of articles and blogs that give the
basic formula of blending oils and tips.

   There is nothing I like better than to come home after a long day of sweaty workouts to a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi tub.  I have also concocted some wonderful sea salt and sugar scrubs with the oils that feel heavenly in the steamy water.  I also do my facial cleanse in the tub, taking more time in the massaging and steaming process.

   After an oil scrub and cleanse, your skin feels aMAZing, and so rosy, silky smooth and soft!  Of course, if you have a man to appreciate (i.e. take advantage of) how fabulous you look, smell and feel.....even better!!  I settle for comfy pjs, homemade popcorn and reality tv.....and a great night's sleep!  (I like to use lavender essential oil in my bath and cleansers/scrubs because of its healing and calming, stress-relief effects)

   If you decide that you also want to try OCM, I have made some jars of oil blends (my
daughter calls me "Rafiki", the kooky medicine monkey from Lion King) for oily, acne-prone, normal and dry, aging skin.  That way you can test it out before buying all the stuff.  We also carry NOW brand oils and essential oils.  Make sure you use products that are organic and cold-pressed... avoid any synthetics that will irritate skin.

   Nothing like being a ~somewhat~ Natural Woman.