Thursday, August 22, 2013

Organic Skincare: Eating My Words

I wasn't the biggest fan of organic skincare, and I avoided any and all for years. I was convinced that all that essential oil and plant extracts clogged/irritated/burned my skin. Same with oils, if you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that trying Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil caused the worst break outs of my life. And at that time, I honestly thought that they did. In hindsight, it occurred to me that maybe it was not the oils themselves but how I removed them. I was so paranoid that I double and triple cleansed. Dehydrated skin = unhappy skin. Okay, so background established. 

Back in June, I professed my love for Pai's Rosehip Oil and it's still going strong. I use it as my night time treatment. It's so good and absorbs so quickly that even my husband who is allergic to any form of lotion or potion uses it every single night along with me. This is the truth, regardless of any sort of protests he may come up with. Next, as my night cream, I use Korres Advanced Sleeping Facial, which is just great for dehydrated skin. I admit the smell is quite strong, and for me lingers a good bit but I can't deny that it works. On top of that, I use Josie Maran's Argan Oil (you cannot tell from the pic, but my bottle is almost gone). This is perhaps, the biggest surprise.. because I *thought* I hated Argan Oil. But I use 4 drops of this and massage all over my face (even under and around my eyes). Go to sleep and wake up with hydrated and soothed skin. 

In the morning, I use Tatcha's Camellia Cleansing Oil (not pictured, bec I wasn't sure if it classifies as 'organic' per se but I love this stuff and now on my 3rd! bottle) then move on to Korres Greek Yoghurt Primer. Its a primer but I really use it more of a moisturizer. Its light and hydrating, perfect under my sunscreen (Hadalabo UV Creamy Gel) which is the next step. I recently purchased the Argan Oil Light to see if it could in fact be used during the day, but alas, not for me. The smell is stronger, but performs pretty much the same as the original. I will finish up the 2 bottles then repurchase from Shea Terra Organics, which is much cheaper for more. 

Last is Ren's Purity Cleansing Balm rescued from my blogsale bin and I've been using at night. I use a separate eye make-up remover because this stings the eyes like no one's business but for everything else, this is the only one I use. I used to always double cleanse, but I realized that I was just drying my skin out for no good reason. I've read some reviews that this leaves a residue on their skin, but this is not the case for me. I do take my time with it though.. really massaging in a good blob of it on my face and neck, adding water to emulsify, massaging again, then using the muslin cloth to remove whatever is left. I find that I can control the exfoliation by how much pressure I use with the muslin cloth. I am surprised just how soft and calm my skin looks after this. You would think that muslin cloth = red face, but quite the opposite. 

So I guess this is an updated skin care routine of sorts.. I'm not saying I will only be buying organic skin care from now on, because I'm not. But some of it is very effective and really worth another look. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. I love skincare posts - really. Especially when the blogger has beautiful skin! It really makes me run out the door and buy some of the interesting products listed! In your list, I'm eyeing on the PAI rosehip oil as well as Josie's Argan Oil (always been hesitant to try but I think I'm a bit more convinced now!)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have typical combination skin. For years I used a foamy face wash, like Origins "Checks & Balances." I never felt clean unless lots of suds were involved. However, I still suffered from monthly break outs. Enough that I purchased some expensive acne creams.



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