My adventures in natural health and beauty products have been met with success in deodorant and struggles in no poo hair care, but I was not very optimistic about changing my facial care routine. I loved the products cluttering my bathroom dearly and had a whole wish list of new products to try, but each product was full of chemicals. In trying to eliminate as many chemicals as possible from my beauty routine, I knew I needed to try something else. I kept reading about oil cleansing but was very hesitant to put oil on my oily skin. After all, I would go through Biore oil blotting cloths like a madwoman until I ran out and resorted to dabbing my face with paper towels in the bathroom several times per day. Then I tried oil cleansing, just to say I tried it and it didn’t help. How wrong I was. Oil cleansing works and it works really well.
I’ve loved clothes and fashion magazines for as long as I can remember. I once challenged myself in high school to wear a different outfit everyday for as many days as I could, I got to almost 60 days before I had a repeat. Before I lost all the weight, I couldn’t wear the clothes I so adored from the magazines, but I could wear the shoes, carry the bags, and I certainly could purchase the beauty products. And purchase them I did. In abundance, as evidenced by the lack of space in our master bathroom. I bought every interesting product I read about to combat acne, non-existent wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, you name it I tried it. Yet even with all my products and ritual daily use of a clarisonic brush, I was still breaking out, my skin was still oily and dull, and at times very dry. Complaining about my skin to my esthetician during a every 4 weeks on the dot eyebrow wax, she asked me what my routine was. After listing the 5 or 6 products I used in the morning and the similar number I used before bed, she stated maybe I should simplify my routine.
My estheticians comments came right before I purchased FATface Skincare’s Stank Stop to try on my pits. I decided to purchase a sample size of their cleansing oil for oily skin when I ordered Stank Stop for the first time. I didn’t try it at first though, because the thought of putting oil on my skin still freaked me out. I spent so much time trying to get rid of the oil I just couldn’t fathom putting more on. I read a comment about chemistry that “like dissolves like” and had my lightbulb facial care moment. In order to get rid of the oil on my face, so my skin can manage it’s own oil production at a normal rate instead of in overdrive, I needed to try putting oil on my skin. So I tried it.
And it worked. It worked really well. The night after using FATface cleansing oil for the first time I woke up with super soft skin. In 2 weeks of nightly use I had fewer breakouts and no longer needed to escape to the bathroom to dab excess oil from my face. My skin is brighter and at times glowing. Using oil on my face worked so well I added the FATface Myrrhaculous Face Cream to my routine for additional moisturizer (hello beef tallow) and organic rosehip oil (rosehip oil is in the Myrrhaculous Face Cream as well, I use extra) to combat the few old acne scars I have. That’s it. I went from using 10 to 12 products on my face in one day to 3, just 3. 3 products I use only before bedtime. I rinse my face in the morning with cold water and my skin looks so much better than before.
So much better that when our 10 year old started to get oily skin and break outs on her nose, I had her try washing with FATface cleansing oil too. If it worked on my skin, I thought it would be worth a try for hers. She loves putting the cleansing oil on her skin and using a hot washcloth to wipe it away. She rubs the excess oil onto her neck and her hands and now holding her hand is extra amazing because she has the softest hands ever! Seriously. While she still has a few hormonal breakouts on her nose, the rest of her skin looks pore-less and luminescent.
Needless to say my fashion magazine obsession has not cooled down and I still read about all the new beauty products. I no longer have a desire to purchase them all. My new routine is much simpler, quicker, and easy to follow, but has much better results than anything else I’ve tried. I finally got the results I wanted from oil cleansing and now I get space in the bathroom too as I clear out the old products I will never go back to using.
While I elected to use pre-made natural products, you can create your own recipe for oil cleansing. For more information on oil cleansing, including where to purchase the items I use and a recipe to make your own cleansing oil, check out the following links.
- FATface Skincare
- Organic Rosehip Oil
- The Oil Cleansing Method
- Wellness Mama: Oil Cleansing for Naturally Perfect Skin (link includes recipe for homemade cleansing oil)
- Crunchy Betty: Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method
And now for the disclaimer: The products above and linked to in this post are ones I’ve used or suggest. I did not receive any financial compensation or product for recommending any brand or product in this post. These are my personal recommendations or items I purchase for myself or my family. Nourish to Fuel does not receive any compensation for recommending products in this post. In other words, my opinion was not bought. It’s my own from personal experience. With that noted, Nourish to Fuel is now an affiliate for FATface Skincare because I believe in their products so much. Purchasing through the link on the website will give Nourish to Fuel a small commission which supports the blog.