Have You Tried Oil Cleansing?

Oil Cleansing

Have you tried the oil cleansing method (OCM)? It’s a gentle, yet super effective way of cleansing your skin.  Right around Christmas, I started using this method and I haven’t used any other cleansers or moisturizers since. I wanted to use something as natural as possible with the fewest natural ingredients I could find. Oil cleansing will not only remove makeup and cleanse your skin, it will also help balance oil secretion, reduce inflammation and increase skin hydration.

Benefits of the oil cleansing method

1. Oil Cleanses Oil

Water based cleansers don’t do a good job removing any excess sebum or clogs from your skin. Oil does.

2. Best Makeup Remover

This method removes make up better than any expensive makeup remover.

3. No Chemicals

Oils don’t dry out your skin, which is very important especially if you have dry or acne prone skin. Harsh, chemical based cleansers remove the necessary oils and dry out your skin, forcing your skin to produce even more oil. The oil won’t strip your skin of  its natural oils.

4. Incredibly cheap

A bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, or avocado oil is around $4 at Aldi. One bottle goes a long way for the oil cleansing method.

5. Relaxing and Luxurious

Oil cleansing feels like a spa experience in your own home.

 

When I started  the OCM, I limited it to twice a week. The gradual transition gave my skin the chance to adjust without freaking out. Now I do it every night. So far, I’ve only used extra virgin olive oil. It’s something I always have in my pantry. Olive oil has been here since ancient times and it is super rich in Vitamin E and oleic acid, both of which are skin saving nutrients. Other great oils are avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and hempseed oil.

The oils that you use are ‘good’ oils that help drive out ‘bad’ oils stuck in your pores. The oils also break down dirt and pollution deep within the pores and on the surface while dissolving dead cells.

How does oil cleansing  work?

Step #1: Apply some oil to dry skin. Never use it on wet skin – it’s not going to work. Massage it into your skin for a couple of minutes.

Step #2: Run a clean washcloth under warm water . Wring it out and drape over your face. Allow the steam to help loosen the oil. I usually oil cleanse in the shower because the steam of the shower really helps loosen up the oil.

Step #3: Wipe away all the oil and makeup. Your face will feel very clean.

Step #4: Rinse off with cool water.

Step #5: If your skin still feels dry, don’t hesitate to apply more oil. I apply two or three drops of Rosehip Seed oil.  But you can use any oil you like. It can even be same oil you used for cleansing. But if your skin is oily naturally, you can skip this step.rosehip oil

The oil cleansing method works beautifully for my 48-year-old skin.  The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other. Give the oil cleansing method a go.  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

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The Softest Shag Rug For A Teen Room

**Disclosure: I received a free product for review. All opinions are 100% mine.**

New Rug in Teen Room
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Shag rug for teen room

Natural Rugs

For a teenage boy his bedroom is like a fort protecting him from the outside world. It’s a place where he can go to get some private space or hang out with friends. It’s also a place where he can start to express his own identity separate from the rest of the household.

A few months ago, my teen was ready for a larger bed. At 14 years old, he stands 5’11” so his old twin sized bed just didn’t cut it anymore. He upgraded to a queen bed, which meant getting a new mattress, bed frame, comforter, duvet cover, and sheets. I also added new art work and a better desk chair.

My son loves neutral colors – grey, black, and brown are his favorite. He prefers minimal decor with sleek , clean lines. Recently, we added a rug to his room, which provides some extra padding to the hardwood floors. I let him pick out the rug and he chose this Natural Area Rugs shag rug.  Shag rugs are cozy, soft, and luxurious. I love them. This rug feels so soft on bare feet and compliments the room’s modern decor. It adds style and comfort. Now the room feels “warmer” and cozier.

Natural Rugs

Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy to pick a rug. Natural Area Rugs has a huge selection of contemporary, jute, sisal, grass, etc, rugs. All their rugs come with a FREE rug pad and shipping is always FREE.

Here are just a few of their products.

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Bermuda Oriental Rug w/ FREE Rug Pad             Grandeur Contemporary Rug w/ FREE Rug Pad

Fiberglass Wall Panels As Tub Surrounds

Fiberglass Wall Panels

A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel when I bought the fixer, fours years ago.  The tub/shower was the thing I wanted/needed to get done right away. I removed the old dry wall,  tile and wall panel. After installing the new cement board, I purchased FRP panels (Fiberglass-reinforced plastic) for my tub/shower surround.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

FRP panels are a laminate surface wall and ceiling panel that is ideal for wet environments like bathrooms. Fiberglass is mixed with plastic to produce panels that are tough, durable and water-resistant. FRP can be installed in any area of a bathroom and will help ensure the walls remain easy to clean, for the life of the installation.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

This is what I had in mind minus the price – Swanstone 3-Piece Easy Up Tub Wall.

 

This is what I created: My own “Easy Up” with these 4×8  FRP panels for $33 each.

null 4 ft. x 8 ft. White .090 FRP Wall Board

To install the FRP, you need

 

Fiberglass Wall Panels

The FRP  panels provide a very basic, clean, simple look – they may not be for everyone. Some people prefer the high-end look of tile. And that’s fine too. Heck, maybe someday I’ll have tile in the shower. But in the meantime,  FRP is extremely durable, resists mildew, moisture and staining and is easy to clean. It’s also a lot more affordable.

Have a great week!