So here’s my story
My love-hate relationship with skin care Okay, so I’m getting old… and now that I am in menopause (finally, I might add), I have noticed a great deal of aging in the last few years. I have spent so much money on skin care products, I could probably buy a small island. Every time the latest and greatest thing comes out, my hand digs deep into my pocket to try it. I am not going to waste time talking about the pros and cons of those products. Let it suffice to say, some worked better than others but NEVER, EVER did I see a big enough difference to continue spending that small fortune on either drug store or specialty market brands.
I was resigning myself into “growing old gracefully.” Ha! NOT…. I began searching for what, I didn’t know. I came across some websites and reading on natural products. I researched how many so called “100% Natural” products are no better than their synthetic counterpart. Most of these miracle creams actually aid in making our skin age faster due to their synthetic and toxic preservatives and other additives. Just because we are not ingesting some of this stuff does not make it safe or nontoxic. Our skin is the largest organ we have and it only takes seconds for the products we put on our skin to enter our blood stream. Don’t believe me? Do the research…
Anyway, a few years ago I discovered Coconut Oil as a healthy oil for cooking. Now, I find, it is also a healthier way to moisturize skin, unless you have a sensitivity to it. My skeptical nature never totally believes these things work so I started whipping up just a small amount of the stuff with a little vitamin E and used after every shower. Was it oily, yes? I was concerned about that at first until I realized how quickly it absorbed into my skin and made it feel so soft. Then I tried it on my face after I cleansed but only on occasion since I still wasn’t sure about all this. I found using it after cleansing with a store bought product still left my face feeling dry once the oil absorbed and in its plain state, let’s face it, it wasn’t pretty to look at. Okay, Okay, for those that know me, you know that’s important. Remember, presentation is everything.
I researched further and found a great recipe for Lotion Bars; added ingredients for when I needed a little more moisture. Shea and Mango Butter as well as other natural oils and wax made it more convenient and pretty to package and somewhat less oily. Remember though, the short time these products feel oily is well worth the reward. Now I was somewhat happy with how I was moisturizing, but what about cleansing.
I looked into several options and found one that has worked out wonderfully for my skin. Oil Cleansing…. I read that this can work on all skin types, even oily, because oil breaks down oil. I found that there are several carrier oils and not all of them are nourishing. Some are drying. I read up on essential oils and their benefits in health, healing and beauty and that these should be handled and dispersed with care, depending upon their usage.
Luckily, I also read that once you start on the oil cleanse journey, it can get worse before it gets better as it seems to really clean out your pores and, as usual, it may not be for everyone. For my skin I came up with an oil blend, with pure products I was lucky enough to have in my kitchen.
So I began. After about a week, I thought, “Oh this may not be for me.” I thought my skin looked dry and crepey [not a word, but accurate]. I wanted to use up the mix I had already made so I went another week and boy am I glad I did.
I am not even sure how it happened but now, my skin feels and looks nourished all the time… If I could only stand on my head and reverse gravity, I’d be ecstatic!! I’m working on that… LOL Seriously, now I cleanse my face with my oil blend and I moisturize with another type of oil with an essential oil mixed in. Sometimes, I may use additional moisture with my lotion bar or a face cream I mixed up.
My Night Routine:
Cleanse: Use very warm water and wet a wash cloth. Hold it to you face for a second or two. Take a small amount of the oil cleanse blend and rub in a circular motion all over your face, eyes, neck, chin. [Remember Oil takes off make up so there is another product you can do without] Wet the wash cloth again with very very warm water, wring out and hold to your face to steam for a few seconds. Then use the wash cloth to rinse and wipe away excess oil.
Moisture: Dab a few drops of the moisturizing/wrinkle release oil blend onto you face including under and around the eyes, lip, neck and forehead. It will absorb in a few minutes so you can enjoy a great night sleep.
My Day Routine:
Cleanse: I do exactly the same thing in the day. But to be honest, if it is the weekend and I’m going nowhere, I may skip it. On occasion I also use raw honey for my daytime cleanse, but more on that later.
The large pores that I have always had have decreased immensely, the wrinkles have softened, the roughness on the top of my nose and between my lower lip and chin which I think came from small whiteheads have now almost gone, and the redness around my nose has diminished. Pretty amazing considering no other store bought product or gadget could claim those results for me.
If you are embarking on this journey with me and I’ve sent you some products to try, please use them faithfully for at least two weeks and let me know the results. I am also just beginning to make some products so any feedback would be welcomed as to how the products react to your skin, if you would like firmer, oiler, or more scent. I use the essential oils sparingly as many are sensitive to smells and because I am only starting to familiarize myself with their properties. I have made a body butter that I LOVE but it has to stay below 75 degrees so I didn’t want to make it travel.
My label/logo: I have always used for business and that is my dad’s birth name, Vito. Hence, Vitolae Naturals. [Pronounced like Frito-Lay]