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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My mini facial :)

This is not photography related in any way, but I just had to share it with my blog readers! I stumbled across this blog a few weeks ago, and found this great skin care regimen. We have always been pretty health-conscious (or so I thought), but I recently have felt challenged to go more natural with not just what we put IN our bodies, but also ON our bodies.

I admit - I have been a Proactiv user for a few years now...and while I have always been uncomfortable with putting those harsh chemicals onto my face (and in turn into my bloodstream), I honestly didn't think anything else would work for my "problem skin". BUT...I just started this new completely natural, home-made regimen...and -

WHOAH. My skin has NEVER, ever looked this good. It actually glows! Even the texture of it has changed...it's smooth, and even...no dry or oily spots - it's just balanced. With Proactiv I had such a hard time finding the perfect balance between drying the heck out of it but still controlling it. This new regimen seriously has changed the way I feel about my skin...and the fact that what I am putting on it doesn't contain 20 chemicals that I can't pronounce...even better! :) So b/c I am just so excited about this, I have to share it! Just try it for a day and you will never go back!

The best part - it is SAFE and healthy for my skin/body - and it's MUCH cheaper than anything I could buy in the store. My hubby is stoked that we no longer have to buy Proactiv, too :) He even told me last night that he had noticed how great my skin looks - yay!

Ok, so here's what you do:

1) Take equal parts extra virgin olive oil and castor oil and combine in a sealed glass bottle. Add essential oils if you like (I love tea tree oil for it's blemish fighting properties and lavendar for the smell) - just a few drops will do ya :) There's your face wash - easy and cheap!

2) Tie your hair back, and massage a liberal amount of the mixture into your face - about 30-60 sec is all.

3) Wet a washcloth with STEAMING hot water. Ring it out and lay it on your face. When it cools, do this again. Then again. This part steams out all the impurities and helps the oils do their job (and feels SO good). This is my favorite part. It reminds me of the mini-facials they do at the local spa.

4) Rinse out the washcloth and wipe all the oil of your face. Be sure to get all of it. This is the exfoliating part....ahhhhhh. You will not believe how smooth your face will be just after the first time you do this!

5) I like to splash hot water on my face as the last step, then pat dry. That's it! If you are prone to dry skin, you can take a tiny bit of the oil, rub it in your hands, and then on your face as the last step - instant moisturizer!

I do this every morning and every night. You can get castor oil and olive oil at most supermarkets, but I prefer to get all natural/organic from the local health food store, since pesticides concentrate in fats. You can also find essential oils at any natural/health food store.

Ok, so I want everyone to try this tonight! :) If you do, PLEASE - leave me a comment telling me what you thought! If I get enough comments, I'll draw a name to win something really cool!

Enjoy your gorgeous skin! :)


ecrunner said...

OK, i saw this radio program (http://skinhealthtoday.com/?utm_source=blog) and they warned against things like aroma therapy, etc. I still tried this facial- WOW!

I don't have bad skin, but I sometimes get salt build up when I run... After this wash, though, I could not believe how great my skin felt. Thanks!

Tara W. said...

Hey Summer,
I can't wait to try this. I'm heading to the store later to get these ingredients! Your committment to being natural is inspiring. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tara W. said...

This is WONDERFUL!!!! Thanks for sharing. I love the way my face feels (I think Don does too!)

Summer said...

YAY Tara! I knew you would love it! Now just do it every day or night (or both) and you will soon become addicted! I feel like I have totally pampered myself after this...which we all need more of :)

hartgirlies said...

I think all the women in your family have beautiful skin! I too have tried Pro-Active, to no avail. I was using Aveda products, but they are sooo expensive! I did like them because they were so gentle. It seems the harsher the product, the worse it makes my skin! Thanks for sharing this! I can't wait to try it. Natural, gentle and CHEAP! I love it!

Sheila said...

I finally got all the stuff and tried this tonight.... I loved it! Thanks for sharing!!

Lisa said...

I love this so far! I have been using it for 3 days and my skin looks great. I can't say for sure if it will prevent my breakouts yet but it definitely is cheaper than Proactiv. Plus my face doesn't look so angry when I am done!

Gary said...

Did this for the first time yesterday. Feels amazing! Immediate results. Woke up with such smooth skin the next morning (did the night before) that hot water shower was enough (didn't need to repeat that morning... will try it just nightly)... My skin has never looked this good. And all this after one day! Wow. Chemical cleanser companies, shudder in your boots!