Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Facial Routine

One of the most common questions I get is "what do you use to wash your face?"  I always laugh and tell them that they can find the ingredients in their kitchens.

Here is what I do every day of my life.  :-)

Facial Cleanser (a.k.a. OCM (oil cleansing method))  A friend of mine wrote a great post about it and she got me started a long time ago (Thanks Mackenzie!) The original recipe used Castor Oil, but there is some new research that makes me uneasy about Castor Oil.  So, when I have used up my Castor Oil I will be switching to Avocado Oil.  :-)

2 Ingredients:
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Avocado Oil* (see list below to choose the best oil for your skin)
(I use a 1 oz measuring shot glass I bought at Walmart a long time ago)

Depending on your skin type (*refer to list below to choose the best oil for your skin), this is what you do.....
For dry skin use 1 part avocado oil to 3 parts extra virgin olive oil
For oily skin use 3 parts avocado oil to 1 part extra virgin olive oil
For normal skin use equal parts of each oil.  This is what I use.

I bought a cool 4 oz cobalt blue glass bottle with a glass dropper that stores inside the glass bottle and serves as the lid.  I love it.  I bought mine at Whole Foods but you can also find them here.  This is AromaTools website, I LOVE this website and use it all of the time for my doTERRA biz.  

You can add essential oils here at this step, if you are storing the oil in a glass bottle (no plastic with essential oils!).  There are a million things you can do with essential oils here.  For example, if you want a good facial cleanser you can add peppermint or melaleuca.  The list goes on and tightening....pore reducer....extra hydration....anti-aging, etc etc.  And of course if you know me, you know that doTERRA essential oils are the ONLY essential oils I will use in or on my body.  Want to learn more about doTERRA go here.

I prefer to use this in the shower.  Place a nickel size amount in the palm of your hand (before you get your hands really wet) rub between your hands to warm the oils, then apply all over your face, eyelids and neck (before you get your face wet).  Continue massaging and rubbing the oils into your skin for a minute, concentrating on any problem areas.  Get your wash cloth really wet with really hot water, but don't scald yourself.  Lay the washcloth on your face and just stand there for a minute, letting the heat from the wash cloth push the oils into your open pores.  Then flip the washcloth over and wipe the oil away, rinse your wash cloth and repeat until you feel like all of the oil is gone from your face.

Now, I will tell you, from where you are starting in your life, switching to OCM will be a road easily traveled or it may be one filled with potholes.  Meaning...when I switched to OCM I had a few small breakouts, but I kept going.  Now, I have the clearest skin I have ever had in my life (and people actually comment on it, which is pretty cool) -minus one time a month where I occasionally develop a pimple or two-somethings seem unavoidable, right?  :-)  On the other hand I have heard of people REALLY breaking out with acne.  But please try to stick to it.  It may take months to clean out your pores completely.  Or sad to say, OCM just might not work for everyone, every time.  But give it a try and let me know what you think.  

My Facial Moisturizer
Organic virgin coconut oil.  Truly, I prefer Tropical Traditions Gold Label brand.  I like the company and I like their products.  But my second in command is Costco's Organic Carrington Farms coconut oil.  That's it!!  Rub a little dab in the palm of your hand and apply over your face, eyelids and neck.

My Eye Makeup Remover
Organic virgin coconut oil.  I use organic cotton makeup pads (you can buy them at Whole Foods and EarthFare), put a little dab of coconut oil on the makeup pad and work it in all over your eyelids.  A friend of mine says it makes her eyes a little cloudy feeling afterwards, so I would recommend gently wiping your eyes with a wet washcloth and/or using eye drops to clean out anything left behind in your eyes.

If you need a reminder of how AWESOME coconut oil is click here.  

*Oil choices if you do not want to use Avocado oil or have other skin conditions....
Almond Oil (sweet) - Softens, soothes and reconditions
Avocado Oil - Rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E;
good for those with psoriasis, eczema
Borage Seed Oil - Reduces inflammation and calms skin, promotes blood flow, good for eczema, acne, and rosacea
Grapeseed Oil – Absorbs easily and is non-allergenic. Good for those with skin sensitivities (I have to research more here, I thought Grapeseed had a bad rap.....??)
Hazelnut Oil – Astringent, good for oily skin
Hemp Seed Oil - Nutrition for your skin – antioxidant, protein and mineral-rich. Contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes by Heather Dessinger

Keep Trying to Live GREEN my Friends!


  1. Ok so far. Loving your suggestions and green routine.

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you so much! It's exciting to meet another GREEN sister!! Take care!!