back to basics

Ok, a few months back I raved about the Olie Biologique essential oils I had sampled and I can honestly say that I have converted the majority of my skincare to organic oils and all natural products…and my skin has never looked better!

A problem I always had was that I wanted a “quick fix” for large pores, ruddiness, redness, etc., and I used stuff that was way too harsh on my face. I’ve read that you shouldn’t use any acids or peroxides on your face (though many washes contain salycic acid or benzoyl¬†peroxide and many people swear by glycolic acid peels), but I’m not a doctor so don’t quote me. I think it makes sense that harsh products would have an overall drying and essentially aging effect on delicate facial skin, though.

While I certainly credit my new face to the oils, I also have been consciously drinking more water, eating less processed foods, taking probiotics and also upping the tea and yoga. But, sigh, I do still indulge in shots of espresso. Baby steps, people!

Moi, makeup free and ready to take on the day!

Basically, I’ve evolved my routine to this:


Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

Witch Hazel (for toner)

Keihl’s Abyssine Cream SPF 23+ (to protect from the Florida sun!)


Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

Witch Hazel

Rose Hip Oil (for moisturizing)

Tea Tree Oil (on a Q tip to smooth over pores on my nose/cheeks/chin)

Keep in mind–a little oil goes a long way!

Also, once a week I do an at-home facial steam. It’s so easy– boil a pot of water, let it cool 5 minutes and put a drop of tea tree oil in it. Put a towel over your head and sit for about 8-10 minutes deep breathing and zenning out. I like to set an alarm and also put on a little music otherwise it gets kind of boring and I wind up counting the minutes…

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  • Reply wendy 2011/09/23 at 2:37 pm

    You don’t need all that witch hazel do you?

    • Reply e 2011/09/23 at 5:17 pm

      Twice a day? Yes!

  • Reply dieta 2011/10/02 at 8:17 pm

    For example most natural facial cleansers contain herbs and botanical ingredients which will work for some people but may not work for those with sensitive skin.Why?

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