Thursday, August 3, 2017

Detoxing Your Armpits from Commercial Deodorant Tips & Tricks

Commercial Deodorants & Antiperspirants

Before we speak about Natural Deodorant, I want to talk about the current standard. Chances are, most of your life you have used Antiperspirant. Antiperspirant works by blocking pores and sweat glands under your arms. Antiperspirants work by either blocking or shrinking your pores. The issue with this is that your body uses your armpits to shed toxins via sweat. Have you ever used an Antiperspirant for several months or even years just to have it suddenly stop working? Your body is actively fighting commercial antiperspirant.

The Aluminum and Aluminum Salts in commercial Antiperspirant has also been linked to several health risks. I am not a fear monger, and won’t try to scare you, but please research the risks for yourself.

Deodorant is a very different story. Deodorant, or at the least Bear’s Beauty Natural Deodorants, are made to allow your body to sweat while killing bacteria and scenting the underarm. Natural Deodorant allows your body to begin regulating itself again.



Make The Switch

Whether you are switching from commercial Antiperspirant / Deodorant or even from other “Natural” deodorant, there may be a detox phase. This should not scare you. In reality, you probably have pores that are clogged with chemicals, dead skin, sweat, and built up toxins. When you stop blocking those pores, your body will pick up where it left off.

Detox can involve some excess sweating as well as an increase in smell. This is totally normal. This is just your body shedding toxins. Each of my formulas will combat this with a combination of absorbent starches and essential oils.

There may also be some instances of bumps or small lumps in the armpit, especially right after switching. This is far less common, but totally normal. In my experience it has been a very clogged pore that went away on its own, but you can use a gentle scrub and clay mask to help speed up the process. Read more below on how to make the process as easy as possible.

If you experience a rash, this is NOT an allergy to baking soda. The reality is, you cannot be “allergic” to baking soda. Without going into a ton of detail, your skin is naturally acidic. Baking Soda is Alkaline (the opposite of acidic) and can irritate the skin. The skin has a protective layer called the “Acid Mantle” that protects your body from environmental pollutants and germs. This acid mantle can become damaged. This is a type of contact dermatitis, but is not an allergy. Just because you had a rash with another deodorant, does not mean that you will have a reaction to all baking soda. In reality, most healthy people can tolerate alkalinity with no issue. If you do get a rash, be sure you are waiting at least an hour after shaving and try applying a layer of moisturizer before your deodorant for a few days.


Tips & Tricks

First, don’t rush to a conclusion. Give a new formula at least one week, ideally two, before you decide it’s not for you. Your body takes time to adjust, but will do so quickly.

Drink lots of water! You should be doing so already, but seriously it makes such a difference in your overall health. Water helps dilute toxins and hydrate tissues as well as keep circulation healthy.

Treat your pits special. Gently exfoliate with a natural scrub (Bear’s Beauty offers the Armpit Care Scrub for just this purpose.) Apply a gentle detox mask like Bear’s Beauty Black Detox Mud Mask. I even offer a serum to help soothe and calm angry pits. Taking extra care of your pits for a week or so while your body is detoxing does wonders for speeding up the adjustment. You can also choose any one of the above three or use all three together. You can also try dry brushing and making sure to use a gentle soap. Stay away from anything artificial.

Let yourself sweat. It may seem weird, but the more you exercise and work up a sweat, the more your body is able to clear out clogged pores. Try the hot tub or the steam room at your gym. I find hot yoga is my favorite.

Be ready to wash your pits a little more than you are used to. Keeping the area clean and dry does wonders for preventing irritation or rash. If you shave, wait at least an hour before applying deodorant. You can even apply some rich moisturizer or shea butter before for extra protection. When you shave, you damage the surface of your skin, exposing this damaged skin to baking soda will cause irritation.

Apply less product than you think you need. Many times, customers who find they are staining their clothes or having issues with irritation are just applying too much. One or two swipes is all you need for protection. Applying more product will not increase protection. Bear’s Beauty does sell mini sticks that can be easily and discretely applied throughout the day (though you will not need to once your body adjusts.)


The Good News

Once your week of two of detox is over, you will find that you sweat less than ever before. You will also find that your sweat stinks less. I also try to eat a Vegan diet and avoid dairy, as I find those things really contribute to body odor.  You may even find that the skin under your arms gets softer, smoother, and more even toned. Best of all, no more Aluminum!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Troubleshooting the OCM : Texture + Tiny Bumps

I have recently had a few customers asking me about what to do about tiny bumps or texture when using the OCM. When you first start using the OCM there is an adjustment period, often referred to as “purging.” Purging is when your skin is starting to detox and cell turnover is being increases. It is a normal part of the process. However, if you have new deep cystic pimples, redness, itching, swelling, or any kind of discomfort; stop using at once. If you are experiencing dryness, texture, clogged pores, or little bumps; read on.

It is not unheard of that as seasons or hormones change, your skin may also change. Sometimes you need to adjust your cleansing oil to suit your skin.


In my experience this tends to happen in women who wear makeup or sunscreen. It also tends to be very early into oil cleansing, typically the first two weeks. While many skin issues are linked to diet, and I encourage you to look into diets for clear skin, we can address some of the imbalances from the surface. Oil cleansing tends to “reveal” your true skin type. When your skin is not being stripped by harsh cleansers, it is allowed to balance. You may have believed yourself to have “oily” skin your entire life, just to find yourself dry a month into oil cleansing.

The beauty of oil cleansing is the ability to adjust your oil blend based on what your skin needs. I typically recommend starting with either #0 or #00. These are both considered “dry” oil blends and help to quickly thin sebum and begin the detox process. For some, there is no detox, just an extra bump or two. In my case, I had about a two month detox phase. It really took pure bull-headed determination to stick with the OCM.

I want to first give you some tips and tricks.

About 50% of skin issues have to do with Exfoliation or Hydration. Be sure to exfoliate regularly and drink lots of water. Seriously, that is the number one tip. 




1.       Always use a clean cloth. Wash cloth regularly with Castile Soap.
2.       Do not use regular cotton terry cloth; always use gentle microfiber, muslin, or flannel.
3.       Do not change your oil blend more than every four days.
4.       Do not use foaming cleansers, scrubs, or harsh toners. This is especially important the first two months.
5.       Only do the OCM once a day, preferably at night. Some people can only do the OCM 3-4 times a week. Listen to your skin; look at the OCM as a deep cleansing routine. On days where you don’t wear makeup or work out, you can probably skip the OCM and use something like the Plain Jane Cleansing Grains, Micro Exfoliating Face Scrub, or Super Natural Cleansing Gel. These are also great options for your AM cleanse.
6.       Exfoliation is key for clear skin. Depending on your skin concern, you should be using a physical and /or chemical exfoliator at least 2-3 times per week. If you are only using the oil cleanser, make sure you use your damp microfiber on your skin for a little longer after the oil is removed, moving in gentle circular motions. Bear’s Beauty has a range of scrubs, peels, and cleansing grains for all skin concerns.
7.       Change your pillowcase nightly for a week and try to keep your hair off your face at night. If it helps, it may be one of your hair products causing you to breakout.
8.       Try using Witch Hazel 2-3 times throughout the day to cleanse skin of pollution and debris, as well as refresh. Use toner 3-5 minutes before doing the OCM instead of after, so you don’t strip the natural protective oils.

One of the things that I love the most about the OCM is the ability to customize everything about the routine for what best suits your skin at any given time. One of the most important parts of getting rid of texture and bumps is the removal process. Double cleansing is one of the best ways to address congested pores, especially when you are first using the OCM.

You only want to double cleanse when you are wearing makeup or sunscreen or when you are struggling with congested pores. Once your skin starts to clear up, you can do just one round of the OCM and double cleanse just 1-2 times per week.

How to Double Cleanse:

*Massage dime-quarter size pool of oil between palms and then into dry face and neck. Massage, using gentle pressure, but enough pressure that you can feel the texture of bumps and imperfections under your finger tips. There should be enough oil that your hands move freely over your skin and do not tug or pull. Add more oil as you cleanse, if you need it.

*Wet your microfiber cloth with warm, but not hot water. Hot water will damage the skin and cause redness, but you want warm enough water to help soften the oil and remove it. Gently steaming the pores helps dislodge clogged pores and debris. Wring out excess water and lay the warm cloth over your face until cool. Gently wipe some of the oil as you remove the cloth. Wring it out, re-wet, and repeat.


*After second gentle steaming, use damp cloth to gently wipe away the rest of the oil. Be careful not to tug or pull your skin. Use gently circular motions to remove the oil. All excess oil should be removed.

*Once skin is dry, repeat the above process. The first cleanse helps remove surface pollution, makeup, sunscreen, and dead skin cells. The second cleanse helps to thin clogged pores, deeply detox, and soothe skin. After the second cleanse, you do not need to use any other products. If you choose, you can mist skin with a gentle floral water and then apply a serum and or face oil.

Once you find you no longer have texture and small bumps, you can just do one oil cleanse every night and then occasionally a double cleanse as a deep detox.
Using a clay mask 2-3 times per week is a really great way to keep pores clear.

As your skin changes, you can adjust your routine as well as your oil. If you find that your skin starts to get dry using #0 or #00, try #1. Formula #1 has Sunflower in addition to Hemp Seed Oil, which is rich in Vitamin E and very moisturizing without being heavy.

If you find you are dry, use a Pure Hydration Face Water each time you cleanse and throughout the day whenever you feel at all dry. Seal it in with something like Hemp + Shea Cold Cream or Mango + Hemp Anytime Face Butter.
If you have questions, feel free to email me BearsBeauty@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Shop Update : Upgraded Packaging + Formulas + New Products

Hey Loves, It has been awhile since I checked in. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know some exciting things in the works for Bear's Beauty.

Upgraded Packaging : 

As some of you may have noticed, I have recently switched from amber glass bottles to green glass bottles. The beautiful new bottles still protect your precious oils from degradation, but also convey the beauty within. I chose to stay away from clear glass for many products because light can damage some oils. It always made me a little sad to mix up a batch of beautiful emerald serum and pour it into brown glass. Hemp is one of the most beautiful green oils I have ever seen, and the new bottles pay homage to the heart of my line.

I have been working on some ideas to extend shelf life and ease of use for a few products for quite some time. Part of my mission is to make natural skin care approachable and easy to incorporate in your daily life, as well as to offer options for all tastes. Glass is a very clean + green packaging, and I always offer a glass option whenever possible. That being said, we lead busy lives. Sometimes you don't have the time to scoop your deodorant from a glass jar and massage in, but you need to throw the stick in your purse and apply as you dash into the meeting you are way past fashionably late for. I have recently started testing some airless pump bottles that are AMAZING!!! Air is what causes oxidation and speeds the spoilage of natural products. Think about a piece of bread left on a plate vs in a bag. Not only do these new bottles help extend the life of your products, they are also easier to use in some cases. They are also safer for travel, as you don't risk breaking them. I honestly love both options. Glass is so elegant and classy, and the airless pumps are equally classy, and easy to use in a hurry.

I am also working on some new perfume bottles, so keep an eye out ;-)

Formulas + New Products

I have been working on lots of new makeup! I am super stoked to introduce some new shimmer gels as well as foundation serum.

I am also about to release the new and Improved Shampoo! I cannot tell you how stoked I am about it. It is exactly what I have been searching for. It is great for all hair types and won't leave your hair dry or parched.

I have several new face mists and toners on the way, and I am most excited about some of the new colors! Stay tuned loves!


Make sure to check in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for deals!



Monday, September 26, 2016

The RITUAL : Normal Skin (Routine for Normal Skin)

The Ritual – Normal Skin

What is “Normal” Skin? Normal skin is anyone who does not have any specific skin concerns.  You just want to use natural products and keep your skin clean and healthy.  You are not worried about issues like Sensitivity, Breakouts, or Anti-Aging.

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is an ideal way to cleanse your skin and is one of the easiest ways. The OCM doesn’t strip your skin, and if you wear makeup, it removes makeup and cleans in one step.  I offer two variations below, both the Oil Cleanser as a PM cleanser or another face wash.
I will explain the basic routine as well as offer a more advanced routine and some supplementary products that work for your skin.

Skin care is all about listening to your body and paying attention to how your skin reacts and feels. You do not need to use every tool in your arsenal every day. As a general rule, I say that you should follow a routine where you cleanse twice a day, tone and moisturize. From there, it is all about your own preference and what your skin needs. If you feel dry after cleansing and moisturizing, consider adding a Face Oil or Face Cream. If you feel oily, use a little less product. As seasons change, a lot of us find that our skin changes. You may need a thicker moisturizer in the winter and a lighter version in the summer. My biggest tip for all skin types is Sun Block. Wear a mineral-based sun block every day.

AM :

*Cleanse – Your AM Cleanse should be gentle. There is no need to Oil Cleanse more than once a day, and even if you aren’t oil cleansing, you should still only need a very mild cleanse in the morning. This is also a really great time to exfoliate your skin. Try using a gentle face scrub (check out the Exfoliate section.)

Use just water OR

Gentle Foaming Face Wash (https://www.etsy.com/listing/230281247 ) OR

Creamy Clay Daily Face Wash (https://www.etsy.com/listing/480657005)


*Tone – A lot of people skip this step. Don’t be those people. Toning is vital for healthy skin. It helps close your pores, tighten skin, and adds hydration. It also helps your skin to absorb your serums and creams.
Any Toner or Hydrosol, my favorite is Rose Hydrosol (https://www.etsy.com/listing/288960067 )


*Serum – For your daytime serum, you want something moisturizing as well as Anti-Oxidant. You can go with pretty much any of my serums or face oils.

Skin Sponge Serum offers Hydration and is totally oil-free (https://www.etsy.com/listing/245614355 )

Oil-Free Quinoa Hydro Emulsion also offers deep hydration (https://www.etsy.com/listing/472820039 )

Achilles Azure Anti-Inflammatory Face Oil is a great option for reducing redness and improving the overall look of your skin. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/289256691 )

Any of my Face Oils are also great in the morning. You can mix and match different oils for your skin. I love Argan and Red Raspberry Seed Oil. View my BARE collection here. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BearsBeauty?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&search_query=BARE )


*Moisturizer with SPF –

Naked Hemp Sun Block (https://www.etsy.com/listing/267411905 ) OR

Tinted Naked Hemp Sun Block (https://www.etsy.com/listing/234928618 ) OR

Anti-Aging + Smoothing: Daily Protection Smooth Perfection Beauty Balm (https://www.etsy.com/listing/264147136 )



PM:

*Cleanse – Your PM Cleanse is the most important, removing debris and pollutants from the day.
Cleansing Oil is a great option for all skin types, and especially if you wear makeup.

 Any of my Crazy Bear Cleansing Oils will work.

If the idea of just using oil to cleanse your face is not something you want to try, check out my Cold Creams.

Creamy Clay Daily Face Wash – it is super gentle, lightly foaming and rinses clean. OR

If you just aren’t in the mood to cleanse, try Micellar Water.


*Tone – Any toner works, but something with light fruit acids is really amazing for maintaining and evening tone.


Witch Hazel Face Mist helps to tone + tighten + reduce any redness


*Serum – You want a serum that is high in Antioxidants to help neutralize free radical damage from the day and reduce signs of aging. If you are concerned about uneven tone or dark spots, choose one with Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

No Worries Antioxidant Serum – super light + nourishing + smells great.

Blue Moon Resurfacing Sleep Balm – a true multi-tasker that helps improve the overall look of your skin.

*Moisturizer – You may not need a moisturizer other than one of the serums, but the Waterless Vegan Face Cream  or Smooth Perfection Crème are great options if you are feeling a little dry.




Supplementary Products:

*Mask – Any of my masks.  I use a mask 2-3 times per week. I also tend to mix and match masks. I love using the Whipped Cocoa + Cinnamon Moisture Mask along with the Mayan Vanilla Soothing Mask. It is basically face dessert.

*Alpha Hydroxy Treatment – AHAs help increase cello turnover and keep your skin looking fresh. Either the serum or the Treatment work. AHAs should be used at night.



*Exfoliate – Any of my face scrubs. You should be exfoliating 2-3 times per week. I like to exfoliate before using a mask. Exfoliation is key for healthy skin. You are constantly shedding skin cells and they make up a layer on your skin. When you remove this layer, it allows all of your other products to work better and penetrate your skin. You can exfoliate daily if you are using a gentle scrub, but at least 2-3 times per week. Check out these scrubs for a good starting point.



*Eyes – Any of my eye creams or serums. De-Puff Eye Butter helps reduce puffiness; Anti-Aging Eye Serum will address all signs of aging.





Monday, June 27, 2016

Oil Cleansing 2.0 // Oil Cleansing With Sonic Brush

I have been oil cleansing, using the (OCM) for a little over three years now. Over the last three years, I have been able to stop my acne, reduce the size of my pores, and heal my acne scarring. I have pretty much become an expert on the OCM as well as on natural skincare in general. I have a passion for sharing things I learn with everyone.

I love oil cleansing with a true oil, I use my Crazy Bear Cleansing Oil in Formula #1 or #2. My skin used to be combo, with lots of oil and dry patches.

Now, after three years of oil cleansing, my skin is pretty normal, but still sensitive and acne-prone. I like to switch between formulas, because #2 has Maracuja Oil, which helps brighten complexion, but sometimes I sell out. Yes, sometimes my skincare is in such demand that even I have to wait. If you have never tried the OCM, please check this out, where I talk all about it and what it is.  - - - The short version is; soap is a salt of a fat, on a molecular level, there is one end that likes water and one that likes oil. Traditional, and even handmade soap can strip the protective fat layer from your skin and leave it exposed to bacteria and environmental stressors. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, chances are you cleanser is causing the skin issues that you have. Oil cleansing is a method of using the right oil to cleanse your skin. The oil removes makeup, grime from the day, and clogged pores without stripping skin. You then use a cloth or a second cleanse to remove the oil and the grime it has removed. Your skin is left soft and clean.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a silicone face brush. I thought, I wonder if I could use this for the OCM? That night I tried it, and WHOA! My skin felt so soft and I noticed that even those areas that I always struggle with clogged pores looked way clearer than they ever had. This is the biggest thing for skin since the OCM. Using the silicone brush (preferably sonic, like this one or this one) helps work the oil deeper into the pores while also exfoliating dead skin.

I love that the silicone brush is easy to clean, and I typically just use my foaming face wash to wash the brush after use.

How to do the OCM with a brush:

Massage a dime to quarter size pool of Cleansing Oil into dry skin. If you are wearing makeup, massage into skin for 1-2 minutes and then remove the makeup-y oil with a dry cloth. You don't have to do this, but if you really want to get deep into your pores, you want to take your makeup off first. Apply more oil and massage for 2-3 minutes.

Use your silicone brush in gently circular motions all over your face for 3-5 minutes.

Remove the oil with a dry cloth, or you can use a mild facial cleanser, like the one I offer here.

Tone + Serum + Moisturizer

I have been doing this every night, and I cannot get over how soft my skin is. Give it a try :)




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My First Henna Hair Dye Experience and Why I am in Love

I have pretty much been coloring my hair for 20 years. When I was a baby I had the perfect shade of platinum blonde, but as I got older, it faded to a sandy blonde color. While there is nothing wrong with that color, I was never happy with it. Summers in the sun would leave my hair streaked and then winters left me with a band of dark roots. For most of highschool I bleached my hair every month. Once I got into college, I experimented with every color under the sun (including black, which was very unflattering with my pale skin.)

When I decided that I wanted to be a cosmetologist, it was my love of hair color that really stood out. Nothing made a woman look different faster than a brand new color.

I loved doing color, but I always hated the smells. They almost always gave me a migraine, which was inconvenient since I worked in a salon.

Fast forward 5 years, and I am now making my living selling my own natural skin care line. Coloring my hair was the last vestige of my old ways, and I did not readily abandon it. I found creative ways to color or bleach my hair and minimize the exposure to my scalp. I would slather vegan non-petroleum jelly over my scalp and hairline, rinse my hair upside down, and then wash it with natural shampoo.

In the back of my mind, I knew that I was still exposing myself to a host of toxic crap.

Henna is not a new thing for me. I have always been fascinated with the body art made from this beautiful plant. I have gotten so many henna tattoos, and even tried a few on myself. I had heard about henna for hair, but was always scared to try it. I read that you couldn't use any other color on your hair after using henna, and that results were unpredictable. Even five years into making natural products, it still scared me.

Recently I have been doing a ton of research on henna as hair dye, and everything I read seemed to call my name. No chemicals, good for your hair, long-lasting color, and shinier hair. Could it really be true? Could henna be the answer to my hair color woes?

I already had a jar on the way. I spent hours choosing just the right shade for my hair. I wanted something that would be an auburn without being too orange or bright red. I had just dyed my hair a few weeks earlier with just medium brown, to start to blend the bleach blonde with my sandy roots.

The jar arrived on a day when I was home working. I had done a lot of reading on how to best use henna and what to use as the liquid. I made some Hibiscus Tea (not going to lie, I just mixed Boiling Distilled Water with powdered Hibiscus Petals that I use in my skincare :) I then washed my hair with Bear's Beauty Apple Amino Acid Shampoo. I needed to wash my hair thanks to a botched attempt at clay washing. It all sounds great until you are flopping what is essentially mud around your shower (more on mud washing later.) So I washed my hair and didn't condition (which really is not abnormal, as I don't really use condirioner as it is.)

So I mixed together half the jar of henna + enough hibiscus tea to make a paste + apple cider vinegar. What I ended up with was a bowl of green goo that seemed to almost be a jelly consistency. Something no one talks about, it smells. It smells like grass or plants, something very earthy and green. To be honest, it wasn't nearly as bad as the regular hair dye smell that always makes me feel the need to go outside.

Ok, so I used to work in a salon, but this is not complicated. You basically section your hair off in four sections, apply to hair, and spread it around. I would love to tell you that I carefully sectioned my hair into four sections, but I didn't. I parted my hair down the middle, used a brush to brush on the roots and hairline, and then used the end of the brush to cut a 1/2 inch section and flipped it over to the other side. I then painted more henna on the underside of that section and then the top of the next. I did this on both sides in the front, stopping at my ear. I then kind of did the same thing from the crown of my head down, and then used my gloved hands to spread and massage into the rest of my hair.

I covered with plastic wrap and went about my day. Other than the slight smell, it was really pretty forgettable. I left the henna on my hair for between 3-4 hours. I had tried to dye my hair red before and had it rinse out within a few days, so I know I left it on longer than I really needed to. So after a few hours I hopped in the shower, flipped my head upside down, and rinsed forever. Seriously, I rinsed my hair for like 10 minutes.

Once I got most of the chunks of henna out, I used some castile soap, with ACV added to adjust the ph, and lathered out the rest of the plant bits. I then rinsed, and that was it. I was legit scared of what my hair would look like. No conditioner twice in a row, castile soap, and unknown henna action.

Within an hour my hair was dry and I was super impressed. The color was not as dark as I had hoped, but the texture of my hair was surprisingly smooth. Within two days the color had darkened to a really pretty shade of auburn.

I have decided that I will do one more round before I go on vacation in July, but I love it. It didn't wreck my hair or scalp. The color is really natural looking, and it isn't full of toxic junk. Love!


Integrating the OCM into your Routine + Troubleshooting the OCM

Whether you use the OCM already or are just curious about integrating it into your routine, you have come to the right place. The OCM refers to the "Oil Cleansing Method." I go into great detail as to what the OCM is here, so I won't cover that now.

If you are here, chances are you are interested in the OCM, but not sure what it entails. You may also already be using the OCM and looking to solve some issues you seem to be having.

First, I want to talk about why the OCM is so great for just about all skin types. Cleansing your face with oil may seem strange, until you consider to science of soap. Soap starts its life a fat of some sort that is then mixed with lye to produce soap. Lye creates soap by making a molecule that has two ends; one that likes water and one that likes oil. The end that likes oil attaches to the oil on your skin, while the end that likes water rinses it away. While this is an oversimplification of the process, it does explain why soap can strip your skin. Soap does not discern between the oil-based protective layer of your skin (acid mantle) and grime from your day. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, that is water escaping your skin because the protective layer has been stripped. This layer not only keeps out environmental pathogens, but keeps moisture in your skin. When it is stripped, your skin is susceptible to breakouts and infections.

Many times what we believe is our "Skin Type" is actually a result of what we are doing to our skin. Your body is made to work in harmony. Left alone, the systems work well at keeping skin clear and balanced. I used to associate the tight feeling after washing my face with "clean." I cannot tell you the number of harsh chemical face products I have used in an attempt to "control." my skin.

Oil cleansing allows your skin to balance while also reducing signs of aging, breakouts, and dryness. I talk about choosing the right oil in the post linked in the intro, so please feel free to go read that when you finish this :)

No matter what your skin type, the OCM will benefit you greatly. Even if you have "Normal" skin and don't have any particular issues, the OCM is a beautiful way to remove makeup + cleanse + moisturize all in one easy step.

If you already have a cleanser, scrub, or face wash that you just adore; you can add the OCM into your routine. If you are unhappy with your current products, the OCM can be your entire routine. There is so much room to customize for just what your skin needs at any given time.

When I talk about what your skin needs, I mean that you should pay attention to how your skin reacts to different things. When I first started the OCM, I was using it every night before bed. A few months in, my skin began to feel a bit dry and got to the point where it seemed like nothing I used sunk in. I started using the OCM every other night, or following it up with a gentle scrub or clay wash when using every night. My natural oil production had balanced out, so I was no longer an oil slick (like before the OCM.)

If the idea of just washing your face with oil does not appeal to you, then you can also choose to use an oil cleanser before your normal face wash. This will help to protect your skin from being stripped, as well as help to deep clean your pores. To do this, you massage the oil into your dry face for 1-5 minutes and then massage your face wash right into the oil on your face. You can also choose to remove the oil with a soft cloth and then follow with your face wash.

If you have super sensitive skin that is prone to redness and breakouts, you can use cleansing oil alone with a dry microfiber cloth to remove it. The less you do to your skin, the better shape it will be in.

Exfoliation is key for all skin, but when you are using the OCM, you may forget or be confused about when and how you should go about exfoliating. You don't want to use harsh scrubs, and you also don't want to use soap on your face. I have come up with a few epic scrub options here. You can also make a super easy DIY scrub with very fine-grain sugar and honey. You want the finest possible sugar so that it will exfoliate gently without tearing or cutting your skin. The best time to use a scrub is either in the morning (when using the OCM at night) or right after oil cleansing.

When you are oil cleansing, you only want to do it once a day. It may be tempting to use it morning and night, but it will not add any benefit. Using the OCM as your deep cleanse at night allows your skin to breathe while you sleep, and typically all you need is a swipe of toner or splash of water in the morning vs a whole wash. This is especially epic if you are busy.

Cleansing oil is not just for women, men will love this too. Think about it, one product that does the work of at least 3? Guys, if you have facial hair, all the more reason to try the OCM. For guys, you want to use the Oil Cleanser at night, Massage into dry skin for 3-5 minutes, remove with a dry microfiber cloth. In the morning, just splash with water and go! If you have facial hair, massage a few drops in your beard or stash for soft + smooth skin and hair.

Many "oil cleansers" on the market are just oil mixed with an emulsifier. While this is sort of a step up from soap, they can still be very irritating to the skin. My range is made using only oils and essential oils, offering you options for all skin types.

If you find that you get little white bumps, you are using a cleanser that is clogging your pores. This happens most often with Coconut or Olive Oil. (EDIT : This does not apply during the first three months of oil cleansing. There may be a detox period where the oil cleanser is loosening clogged pores and bringing them to the surface. If you have pain, itching, or redness, discontinue use.)

To add an oil cleanser to your routine, simply use it as a pre-wash.

You can use an oil cleanser 2-3 times per week as a deep cleanse. Massage into skin and let sit for 10-20 minutes before removing.