Oil Cleansing Method + Acne Update!

Hello!

We are still loving in some weird times. Things are opening back up and moments of "normal" are returning. As much I am ALL for that... the slow pace of life and routine that I (we were all) forced to dive into will be missed. While it was challenging and hard, so many blessings have come from this time. 

One being... an appreciation for my skin! HA.
I'm serious. For the majority of my life I was constantly thinking about, worried about, disgusted with, or irritated with my face. My unclear, blemish-ridden skin. 

I was scrolling through old pics and came across old blog pics from 2013-2014. I was shocked to see how terrible my skin was. I read my old blog entries... oof. The struggle was so real. And hard. 

These are the old pics:

July 2014

But, today. Oh, today.

July 2020


I posted this pic on IG a while ago:


This was back in April. I discovered the sweet spot of natural light from my window (it's seriously amazing). I was working from home, not going to Mass, not going anywhere really, sooooo... no need for makeup. I have no makeup on in this pic (ok, mascara and some lip color). Juuuuuust bare skin. One of the gifts of this time was getting comfortable seeing my face and skin for what it is. And... loving it. Yes, there are scars. Yes, there are wrinkles. Yes, there are crows feet.

But, I see my face and I'm not disgusted. I don't pick it apart. I don't feel like I need to hide it.
Seriously freeing.
And a gift.

Here is the run down of my previous OCM and acne chats! These list all the other things I have tried, including oil combos, so if that is of interest to you... happy reading!!

Acne treatment frustrations- ie, not taking the pill. (June 2014)
OCM + Clarisonic (July 2014)
OCM Update (January 2015)

My routine is pretty much the same. However, I don't use the Clarisonic Mia 2 or witch hazel anymore.

NIGHT

  1. If I have mascara or eye makeup on I will use the Neutrogena makeup removes wipes to remove it.
  2. Floss and brush teeth. (HA! Might as well give you the whole shebang)
  3. With clean hands, I will then take some coconut oil from the jar (about a quarter size, maybe), soften it with my hands (not an issue right now b/c my bathroom is fairly warm during the summer months) and then rub all over my face.
    • Enough to really rub it around all over, but not dripping off.
  4. Let it sit there for a bit, while I grab my washcloth and get the water pretty hot. 
  5. Wipe off my hands, rinse washcloth.
  6. Begin wiping off the oil from my face. I will rinse of the washcloth a few times until I feel like all of the oil is off.
  7. I wash my hands (Bath & Body Works Vanilla Coconut foam hand soap), rinse my face with some water.**
  8. Pat dry with towel.
  9. bareMinerals SkinLongevity- Vital Power Infusion (it's a serum type thing for moisture and such. I love it! I've been using it for years!) all over my face
  10. bareMinerals SkinLongevity- Vital Power Sleeping Gel Cream all over my face (love this stuff, too!!)
** Sunday/Wednesday- wash face with light scrub/exfoliator wash. Whatever I have around!

MORNING

  1. While in the shower, I take a different washcloth and wipe my face and neck.
  2. I don't use any cleanser or anything. 
  3. Only water and washcloth.
  4. Pat dry with towel
  5. bareMinerals SkinLongevity- Vital Power Infusion.
  6. Done.

Other notes:
  • I try to wash/switch out my washcloths about every 2 weeks
  • Same with my pillow cases (although I get lax with this more than I'd like to admit!)
  • Clean hands are key
  • You are beautiful no matter what your skin looks like!

ALSO. I just want to acknowledge- this will not work for everyone. Like I have said, I have tried alllll sorts of treatments and cleansers and combos of oils. Once I started with coconut oil... everything clicked and fell into place. For many, coconut oil does not play nice. For me... it works. Part of the deal is patience and trying something and patience and trying something else until you figure out what works for YOU!!

Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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