Your Skin Will Thank You
As most of you know, I am always busy doing makeup. Last week, I was asked three times in one day about how to control oil and shine. Since I was literally being asked in stereo, I figured others could benefits from the information, so I thought I’d share.
Some of you may want little to no additions to your beauty routine and some of you may be looking for a complete over haul. Depending on where someone is at, I always like to give people choices. Here are three totally realistic options for clearing skin and combatting excess oil and shine:
1 If you are oily and get shiny throughout the day, always carry blotting papers with you. Blotting papers are available in most drug stores. They absorb oil and often eliminate the need for additional powder. When you continually use powder to blot excess oil, you will inevitably build up a thick layer of powder in a few hours. This can make your skin look dull and lifeless, so you’ll definitely want to avoid that.
2 Always carry pressed powder with you. Nothing will blot shine and refresh your makeup like a little powder. Remember, if you produce a lot of oil you will always want to use blotting papers first. If you don’t have blotting papers, then blot the excess oil gently with a tissue. Apply the powder with a brush so you’re not depositing too much. This will help your makeup to stay soft and natural looking throughout the day.
3 Completely rethink your skin care routine.
When skin is oily we tend to aggressively clean it in an effort to control it. That can kinda maybe sorta work, but you’ll often notice a few things happening – a) after cleansing your skin feels dry and itchy, b) after moisturizing it still feels dry and itchy and c) your skin gets really shiny again no matter what you do.
It’s a vicious circle and the only way to break it is to cleanse & hydrate in a way that’s much more compatible with your skin. As scary and counterintuitive as it may seem, there is no better way to control oil production, then to cleanse and hydrate with oils. Cleansing with oils breaks up makeup and daily surface oils amazingly. Once you rinse off the oil based cleanser, your face will be deeply clean without being red, dry, irritated or overly scrubbed. You then follow up with a hydrating face oil and behold! The oil glands get the signal that “there is enough” and you magically produce less oil over time. I admit it sounds like a Jedi mind trick, but it’s nothing short of life changing.
All oils are definitely not created equal. Be sure to use products that are designed for deep & gentle cleansing. Clean skin = Clear skin. Essential oils like eucalyptus, clove bud and rosemary gently suction out dirt and bacteria without your pores even knowing it. Chamomile and lavender soothe the skin and keep it feeling happy.
Even if you are oily, you still want your skin to feel comfortable after cleansing. I know using oils on the face is really tough for us oily skinned girls to embrace, but stripping it is the enemy and will put you back on the road to oil stimulation. Stimulating oil means giving bacteria a home for blemishes to thrive in. Without a doubt, the right kind of oils are definitely your friends when fighting oil.
Follow up with our hydrating face oil that’s rich in vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins truly nourish the skin. Dream Drops has key ingredients like rosehip, argan, black cumin, camellia, German chamomile, lavender & olive squalene – your skin will glow without ever looking greasy.
It also leaves enough hydration on the skin so you don’t need an additional makeup primer. I can’t tell you how much I love products that multi-task and make life easier.
Not many companies can say this, but our products are completely nontoxic, organic, vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, phthalate free and paraben free. They are safe enough to eat, but please don’t do that you silly goose. Another great point to remember is that oils are compatible with our skin because our glands naturally produce oil and your skin ultimately understands it.
What to expect when using oils
Essential oils are no joke. Anyone who has tried straight tea tree oil on a blemish knows this firsthand. Ouchie ouch. Plants remedies are where modern medicines come from, so take them seriously and know that they work.
The right essential oils in your oil cleansing routine will passively suction dirt and bacteria out of your pores & lead to skin that’s radiant and glowing. Remember, what I said before clean skin = clear skin. However, now that you are cleansing it in an entirely new and much more skin compatible way, a certain amount of purging is to be expected.
Purging is how you know the cleanser is working. It is completely normal for the skin to break out while it’s in the initial clearing phase. Flushing out the pores is like flushing out old rusty pipes. The old rust has to get out, so the pipes can work properly. It’s not a pretty analogy, but I think you get the idea. So, when you see your skin initially break out, know that the products are working.
Your skin is the largest organ on the body. People tend to treat it like it’s an impermeable clamshell, but it’s not. It is the living, breathing outer layer to your inner anatomy. It is one with the rest of your body. Treat it like it matters and understand that when you abuse it, you’ll see dehydration, blemishes, rashes and all kinds of funky things. By breaking the cycle of stripping your skin & stimulating oil production – your skin will stay calmer, clearer and better balanced. Your skin loves oil, so give it what it wants.
Why Doctors Don’t Talk About Oils
We have had people write in saying that our skin care works better than anything their doctor ever prescribed for them. Those emails are the greatest compliments we could ever wish for & the photos attached to them tell the story. Now, you can’t really blame your dermatologist for not knowing about oil cleansing. They were educated on many different levels to solve a plethora of issues. I, personally have never come across a dermatologist who specialized in plant therapies & looked at clearing skin through a different lens other than a medical one.
Doctors are busy keeping up with patient needs, updates in medication and changing insurance platforms to name a few. You cannot expect your doctor to have the time to do research and think differently than how they were trained in medical school. It is perfectly ok to make informed decisions about what does and doesn’t work for your skin and it’s perfectly ok to share that with your doctor.
Any good doctor will welcome hearing new information about skin care that has worked wonders for a patient. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by giving oil based skin care a try. Believe me, your skin will thank you for getting it off the hamster wheel.