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The Oil Cleansing Method – A simple, cleansing facial massage for clear skin!, via Ask Metafilter.

Nothing’s Dry in Seattle Come January – Voracious. On the concept of Dry January, I’m bookmarking this mostly for these words: “What’s the benefit in withholding for 30 days only to get annihilated in a ‘YAY! I can drink again’ extravaganza?” Replace that with food and it’s how I feel about dieting.

Simple Homemade Body Scrub | Prudent Baby.

No masks please–just a little makeup! – cosmetics makeup foundation | Ask MetaFilter. Lots of recommendations for mixing foundation with moisturizer.

· comments [16] · 01-20-2011 · categories:beauty · links ·

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  • 1 Seanna Lea // Jan 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Ah, the diet thing. I did it last year and decided it was the last time, because I did exactly what you note above. I was good for a period of time (it was a challenge through my gym), but as soon as the challenge was over I gorged on sweets and not just for a single day, but for months.

    Of course, now I’m food logging again and while it looks like a diet to some people, it isn’t. I have chocolate or ice cream in moderation. Yeah, moderation works.

  • 2 Carrie // Jan 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been using a cleansing oil from a drugstore for a while and it’s great in the winter when my skin is more dry. I might have to try the homemade recipe they suggest.

  • 3 Sarah // Jan 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I’ve found a great tinted moisturizer – Origins VitaZing. It goes on light, blends like a dream, and feels great!

  • 4 diana // Jan 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    i’m currently trying the oil cleansing method. i’m using coconut oil (mostly because that is all i had) and castor oil. i have oily skin and so far, it seems to work really well. i’ve noticed a difference in my acne, after using other products and having no luck.

  • 5 Donna // Jan 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I saw that same thread and started mixing my old, heavy foundation with moisturizer, and it’s much better – I may actually start wearing makeup regularly.

  • 6 katrina // Jan 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The oil cleansing method is seriously amazing! The massage you give yourself is worth it alone, and it’s made my combination skin SO much happier, especially in dry New England winters.

  • 7 Ilse // Jan 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I use Jojoba Oil as both a makeup remover & a moisturizer. I have oily skin and realize that using oils on my skin only helps it actually, but I still use a cleanser, usually Dr. Hauschka’s– I find it good as it is also a very mild exfoliant.

  • 8 sioux // Jan 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    the oil thing totally works. there’s a great skincare company called DHC, and they have an olive oil based deep cleanser (they call it a makeup & dirt remover i think). it works wonders – blackheads be gone! and stay gone! and i’m an oily girl; i was very doubtful at first. but it rocks. it also costs money, so maybe i should just make my own!

  • 9 Shelly // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I have experimented with formulations on the OCM: while I love olive oil, I don’t much like smelling like the salad du jour..

    Currently I am using grapeseed oil ( adding jojoba in cold weather if very dry, none in summer) with licorice root extract (anti inflammatory), St.John’s Wort extract ( same and it smells divine) and a bit of tea tree oil, sage oil: I tend toward cystic acne and thus need the antiinflammatory extras. I tried literally thousands of $ of treatments and products before I came upon this and WOW. Also, buy a pile of cheap washcloths, a clean one each night, to steam your face after the massage. They get pretty stained with mascara etc, so you don’t want to use your nice ones.

    Lastly, an aloe based moisturizer, very light, great for acne prone skin: ReVitae AloVera Complexion Cream. Cheap, great.

  • 10 just barrie // Jan 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    i will ditto all the praises for the oil method. it just works.

  • 11 Sarah Rose // Jan 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I haven’t experienced the sort of tremendous results from the OCM documented here. I have sensitive skin which is neither overly dry nor overly oily. The OCM–I used evoo and castor oil–left my skin red, blotchy, and unbearably burn-y & itchy for an hour or so. I love the idea of cleansing with natural ingredients, but I’ll stick to organic, detergent free cleanser myself.

  • 12 Jennifer // Jan 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Homemade Body scrub? Um, Hello, Yummy! And added bonus is that it looks totally, totally easy to make! I bet I could use tea trea oil and make it a foot scrub. Quick question though on jars for storage. Would you suggest the jar in the pictures, or can I use one of about Mason Jars that I have in my cuppard? (Sorry if I’m spelling that incorrectly – can’t remember if I’m supposed to use p’s or b’s)

  • 13 megan // Jan 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Jennifer – The jar in the photo would be good because you can open it and not have to find a place to put the lid down while you’re getting scrub out. Also, screwing a lid shut with oily fingers can be challenging. But really you can choose whatever you’d like, keep in mind that a shallower and wider jar will work better since you do use your hands to scoop the scrub out. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re very clumsy (like me) you might want to avoid glass near the tub/shower. Product Body uses straight sided plastic jars with ribbed screw on lids that I never had any trouble handling. But if your mason jar is good, re-use is always a plus.

  • 14 Jennifer // Jan 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Megan, thanks for your comments! I do personally like the jar you’ve shown in the photo, it’s just a matter of taking the time to find it someplace here in the town that I live in. I just thought if I could use what I’ve got for now,then all the better for me. Thanks so much, as always, for all of the wonderful posts and ideas that you put out there – your reseources and research are truly a blessing.

  • 15 megan // Jan 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Sure thing Jennifer, I’ve discovered that it’s hard to screw a lid back on with oily fingers the hard way :) And in the spirit of making sure credit is given where due, that actual body scrub recipe is from a website called Prudent Baby, which I’m a big fan of.

  • 16 Sylvia // Feb 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    You mad genius! I love it.. Can’t wait to have a facial with my daughter and grands.. Xx thank you!

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