… grapeseed oil.
It’s been nearly two years since I started using the oil cleansing method, and I’m still so glad I made the change. My skin is softer and clearer than it’s been in ages, and I have fewer oily/dry patches than I used to. I’ve made some adjustments to my routine, mainly through adding the Clairsonic – which I use AFTER I’ve applied oil, wiped it away to remove my makeup, and then added another thin layer of oil for the brush. But I also changed up my blend a little. When I got started, I was using olive oil and castor oil in a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio, and although it worked better than any other cleanser I’d ever tried, I still had loads of clogged pores. I chatted with Sarah Von about her blend, and she sang the praises of grapeseed oil. So I did some nosing around and came upon this article over at Crunchy Betty – where I first learned about this method to begin with – which sealed the deal. I cut down my olive oil to just a dash, and swapped in grapeseed oil.
And my skin sang me a little song of joy. (Have you ever heard skin sing? It’s very squeaky.)
Like so many people, I grew up thinking that my acne was caused by an overabundance of oil. I discovered later in life that my skin is actually dying of dehydration, and that the more ways I can find to moisturize it, the happier it will be. Grapeseed oil is both mild and moisturizing, and doesn’t cause as many problems for as many folks as olive oil seems to. My guess is that, for me, part of why the grapeseed works better than the olive is that it’s less viscous and absorbs faster. I’ve kept the castor in the mix for its cleansing and drying properties, but it’s still about 1/3 of the blend.
You’re STILL not convinced that slathering pantry products on your sensitive face-skin is a great idea? Well get this: Grapeseed oil is great for moisturizing non-face parts, too. Sarah and I actually commiserated over the Dry Itchy Winter Shins that we both get once it turns cold in MN, and she informed me that a little dab of grapeseed oil keeps her shins moisturized and flake-free for nearly a week. My own shins are delightfully not-itchy as we speak, and I owe it all to grapeseed oil. (I know it’s not winter yet – not by a longshot – but apparently no one told my shins.)
I know many of you are OCM converts, too.Who else had issues with olive oil? Anyone using grapeseed in their blend? Other oils that work wonders?
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