My skin is incredibly dry. Like the Mojave Desert in July. And if you haven’t seen it or been there well here’s a visual>>>>>
People think I joke but seriously this is how it feels, and its itchy, and flaky. I’ve tried pretty much every lotion and cream I can find and nothing works for lasting results. Sure they all work initially and provide some relief for a few minutes or maybe half the day, if it’s really greasy but in the end they all fail!
Especially since I’ve been pregnant. My face has been especially flaky and tight. That pregnancy glow is laughable in my case.
I figured since no lotion that I’ve found has worked over the years I’d take a different approach. I mean SOMETHING has to give! If you read the label of pretty much every lotion, the first ingredient is WATER. And water may help a thirsty desert but NOT skin. It dries it out even more which is why (don’t get all grossed out) I don’t shower every day. My skin cannot handle it. I usually shower on the third day. I know, eeewwww, right? Well if your skin feels like mine you won’t either, trust me.
So I switched to ONLY using oils on my face for the last 10 days. The first few were rough. My skin was still peely, tight, looked wrinkly from the tightness (I’m 29 and don’t really have any real wrinkles yet) and had extra dry patches. I almost reached for the creams but resisted because I’m determined to give this a go for at least 30 days.
But then a miracle happened. After a few days, no more flakes. My skin looks much better and doesn’t feel like my cheeks are going to crack when I smile! Plus I’ve noticed my skin looks more plump. Bye Bye dry skin wrinkles!
I made my own concoction and here is what I’ve been using THREE times a day. No, I have not been using any foundation. My skin was so dry it was looking terrible so I’m giving it a rest for awhile. If you must wear foundation then I’d put this oil on in the morning and at night.
Coconut Oil. Its all the rage these days and for good reason, but alone it wasn’t quite enough for me.
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Sweet Almond Oil with Vitamin E– this stuff is awesome!
(photo source: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/hobe-labs-sweet-almond-oil-4-fl-oz/hb-1036#.V6EZVzUTZaY)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil– Very soothing to the skin.
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I mixed these three equally (coconut oil melted) and put in a small plastic container.
I also used just a touch of my stretch mark belly oil which has Safflower, Grapeseed, jojoba, Sesame, Sunflower oil and vitamin E. It also smells like lavender and vanilla. I only added a few drops of this so it’s probably not necessary. But just in case you’re wondering it’s called Body Boost
(photo source: http://www.gnc.com/Body-Boost-Stretch-Mark-Oil-Honey-Vanilla/product.jsp?productId=84249956)
Take the 10 day oil challenge and see if it makes a difference! And don’t give up the first few days because it gets worse before it gets better, BUT it does get better. My face actually looks and feels fantastic, and I’m looking forward to it getting better in the next few weeks. Even the redness of my cheeks is starting to be tamed for a more even complexion. I’m working on using only oils on my body but not there yet. Its harder with clothes to put it on several times a day but I’ve been using coconut oil on my whole body.
I’ve heard that if you have acne problems that using oils actually helps even though you’d think it does the opposite, however, with that said, I don’t usually get zits so I don’t know from experience.
Let me know if you’ll take the oil challenge in the comments!