skincare routine

Oil Cleansing and why you need to do it:

"Commit to loving yourself completely. It's the most radical thing you will do in your lifetime."

- Andrea Gibson

Oil cleansing. Chances are you've heard about it... Oils are huge in the skincare industry right now - and for good reason! They are amazing for preserving and maintaining the health of your skin. Whether you are as dry as a desert, you'd compare your face to an oil slick, or you fall somewhere in-between, oils are your friend. Let me explain why... 

For starters, oils preserve your youth! They help to prevent/prolong fine lines/aging and they also protect your skin from free radicals as well as trapping and holding moisture in the deep layers of your skin. 

All skin types can benefit from using oils! Dry skin needs as much moisture as possible so oils are usually a no-brainer but my oily skin beauties usually cringe at the thought of putting even MORE oil on their skin.

But listen, hear me out.... Oil attracts oil! The more hydrated and nourished your skin feels, the less it needs to produce oil. That doesn't necessarily mean you will go from an oily skin type to combination skin - skin types are (typically) genetic - however, it can help drastically when your skin is off balance and over-producing oils.

......... Someone count how many times I say oil in this post.


There are so many different kinds of oils now. Cleansing oils, moisturizers, beauty oils, serums... Oh, marketing. Today we'll keep to cleansing oils but if you'd like to hear more about any others, let me know in the comments below!


The main difference in each cleansing oil is the base oil that is used. Each are good for certain skin types/concerns so it's important to know what your skin type is before purchasing!

Essentially, you have good and bad oils. The "good" oil, your cleansing oils, will grab onto the bad oils (sebum, dirt, makeup, etc.) and when you rinse, it will take those bad oils with it. If you are very oily/acne prone, I do recommend doing a double-cleanse and following the oil with your typical cleanser. This will ensure that your skin is 100% clean!

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These cleansing oils not only include specific "good" oils but they can also include antioxidants, anti-aging ingredients or acne-fighting ingredients for added benefits.

The best cleansing oils for your skin type:

Dry Skin:

  • Macadamia 
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sweet Almond 
  • Argan Oil

Oily Skin:

  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
  • Safflower 
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hemp Oil

Combination Skin:

  • Coconut
  • Rosehip
  • Almond 
  • Apricot
  • Sesame

Sensitive Skin:

  • Grapeseed
  • Calendula 
  • Jojoba
  • Sunflower
  • Coconut

How to use:

You'll want to apply your cleansing oil with dry hands, on dry skin. Work it in really well throughout your face, massaging it in and focus on your most congested areas. It removes eye-makeup like a dream! After you are done massaging the oil into your skin, add some water to your hands and this will emulsify and break down the oils on your face. Rinse a few times. If you feel that there is still some oil residue left on your skin, double cleanse with your typical cleanser.


I have very acne-prone combination to oily skin. I have seen a huge difference when incorporating oils into my daily skincare routine. Not only for cleansing but also moisturizing and even in my foundation to give a glow and believe it or not, to make my foundation last longer!

Here are some of my favorite cleansing oils - 

Excuse the chips of paint missing from my desk - these Ikea desks don't last for very long!!!

From left to right:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil ($32) - This oil is more on the pricey side but I absolutely love Juice Beauty and this is one product I need to repurchase. It's part of their anti-aging line and is suitable for all skin types. The main ingredients are: Malic Acid, Aloe Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil and Borage Oil to name a few.

Dermalogica Precleanse ($10-$40 depending on size) - We use Dermalogica at the beauty school I teach at and I have grown to love and adore Precleanse so much. It removes makeup beautifully and I've seen beautiful changes in our guests skin when they incorporate this into their routine. Ingredients: Borage Seed Oil, Kukui & Apricot Oils, Rice Bran and Vitamin E Oils.

Jojoba Oil (the Vitamin Shoppe brand - $9.99) - A staple in my household, I love Jojoba Oil and mainly use it for topically applying essential oils but this has quickly become a go-to for thoroughly removing my makeup. I love saturating a makeup wipe with Jojoba Oil to take off as much makeup as possible before cleansing with my regular skin care routine.

 

With all of these oils, you want to make sure to apply with dry hands to a dry face. Massage it in really well for a few minutes and apply water when you are ready to remove the product.


Have you used cleansing oils before? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

Holy Grail Foundations:

I got a request to do a post on the foundations I use.. Thank you for the request!!

I have combination skin, acneic and sensitive to many skin care products (lots of allergic reactions over the years). It has taken me a long time to put together a skin care regiment that keeps the breakouts under control. For many people, the most important thing to remember when putting together a skin care routine is it will more than likely be trial and error for you. What works for some may not work for others. It can be a frustrating process for those with difficult skin but very rewarding once you find the right regiment for you. <3

My two holy grail foundations are the original Revlon Colorstay and the Colorstay Whipped.

(I know there are many reviews on this so forgive me!)

*I borrowed a friends camera for the time being but am still getting used to the settings so I apologize the pictures aren't the best.. But they are better than if I'd used my iPhone :)

The original Colorstay comes in a dry/normal formula and one for combo/oily skin. It's medium to full coverage and is great for covering up any imperfections you want to hide, but it can feel a bit heavy on the skin (and sometimes cakey) if not applied with a light hand. I use this on days when I have a blemish or two and feel I need more coverage than usual (I typically like more coverage than most prefer, even on my good skin days). This sets pretty quickly on the skin so you need to move fairly fast to blend once it's applied. The staying power is great and although I can't speak on the 24 hour claim (who wants to wear foundation for that long?!) it has lasted me throughout the day and does not move, even in the summer.

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I have combination skin.. My shade in the summer is 250 Fresh Beige and 200 Nude in the winter.

(Sorry again for the photos! I'm trying to learn how to use this darn thing! lol)

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I use the Sedona Lace FB 07 Flat Top Buffer Brush when applying this. I will pour a small amount onto the back of my hand, then dip the brush in, buff it into one side of my face, then grab some more and buff the other side. Then I usually take whatever is left and go over my whole face one more time to make sure everything is blended well.

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Me with the original formula (and my old red hair! :) )

Colorstay whipped has become the foundation I use almost daily and has a lighter feel on the skin than the liquid formula. I don't have a problem with this looking cakey and it gives an airbrushed looking finish. It has build-able coverage, however I don't think it has as good of coverage as the original formula. If I do have a spot that needs to be covered up more, I've taken a dab of the foundation and used it as a concealer too and it worked well. The staying power is great, but with oily skin it may not last as long as the liquid formula. I usually need to reapply pressed powder to my t-zone after maybe 5 hours of wear (again, I have combo skin so oily may need to apply it sooner to soak up some oiliness and to tone down any shine).

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My shade in this is also 200 Nude. You may have trouble finding your right shade because these jars do NOT show the true color well. Be sure to keep your receipt just in case; I had to return mine the first time.

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I apply with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Unfortunately, with the jar I usually just dip my brush in, which isn't the most sanitary (you could purchase a stainless steel spatula and use that to scoop some of the product out, then wash the spatula for the next use. There are also disposable spatulas but could get pricey buying them after a while).. I stipple it all over one side of my face, then buff it in. Then do the same with the other side. Then I will take a little more and apply anywhere I need a little extra coverage, then make sure everything is blended.

(Having to explain what I do in words is a little difficult, hopefully you understand what I'm trying to say... Blogging makes me tempted to do videos but I'm a little shy for that yet!)

***With this foundation, I think it's more your preference when it comes to application. I've heard many people say love the look when using their hands, a beauty blender (or drugstore version), and others preferred with a buffer brush. I've tried all of these and didn't like the way it looked. The stippling brush gave me the best finish on my skin. So you may need to play with different ways of application to find the one you like best.

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& me with the Whipped formula.

You can find these foundations at any drugstore, Walmart, Target, etc.

Revlon Colorstay - $12.99

Revlon Colorstay Whipped - $13.99

* Search around, you can sometimes find them a few dollars cheaper! The drugstores almost always have Revlon buy 1, get 1 %50 off.

Lastly, I always set the whipped foundation with a pressed powder (I typically don't need to apply powder with the liquid formula). My holy grail pressed powder is Rimmel's Stay Matte. I have the translucent shade and absolutely love it. It sets everything perfectly and helps add to the airbrushed, matte looking finish. This keeps any shine away and does not end up looking cakey if you apply it throughout the day as needed.

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I apply the pressed powder with the Elf Powder Brush. I press the powder into my face versus buffing it so it sets the foundation better.

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Skin Care Routine

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150): I can't say enough good about this, and I may do a review in the future. You can use a makeup remover and two cleansers, and the Clarisonic will STILL find makeup left over. It removes blackheads and although they do not claim that these exfoliate your skin - they do. Quite the investment but absolutely worth it. There are different brush heads you can buy, although I've only used the sensitive one so I can't speak about the others.

** If you have acneic skin, be very careful. This can spread bacteria around if you have current breakouts (no matter what brush head you buy).

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99): super popular in the youtube & blogging communities... I like this, it works well. However I usually have to go over twice because doing it once just doesn't cut it.. But, I do layer mascaras so that could be the reason why.

Bioré Steam Activated Cleanser ($7.49): I use this to cleanse my face in the shower in replace of the Cetaphil. It is good to switch up cleansers from time to time because your skin can get used to them and if that happens, they could be less effective for you. I like to use the Bioré one for a little change, and I also like the way it leaves my skin feeling after. It has a few small "exfoliating beads" in the gel, however not enough to actually exfoliate your skin so... Not sure why they bothered but hey, as long as it works, right? :)

Cetaphil Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin (11.99): This is fantastic. Always one I recommend to clients, and is also dermatologist recommended. It is gentle and great for sensitive skin, removes makeup well. It does have a scent that kind of bothered me at first but I got used to it after a while. Another cleanser similar that I would recommend that doesn't have as strong of a scent is CeraVe (they have a foaming cleanser for normal, combo & oily skin and a hydrating cleanser for dry to normal).

Cetaphil also has an oil control foam cleanser and one for all skin types. Additionally, they have a body wash, cleansing bars, and moisturizers.

Thayers Lavender & Witch Hazel Toner ($9.49): I did a previous post where I mentioned this toner. I can't say enough good about it. Works wonders, smells nice, removes any access makeup that is left over, and helps heal any blemishes faster.

Here is my previous post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/why-use-a-toner/

Keyano Aromatics Alpha Beta Exfoliating Cleanser ($25) & Dermabrasion Cream ($30): I used these in the spa while working at my school. I believe they are only available for purchase online via the company to professionals, however my school did have retail of this brand and you may be able to find spas who sell this, also Amazon has it (cleanser, couldn't find the dermabrasion cream on there)... The exfoliating cleanser is amazing, the dermabrasion cream can be dangerous if you don't know how to properly use it. It's extremely abrasive and many have gone overboard with using this and damaged their skin. But when used correctly, it works wonders.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($3.79): I also did a post on this. It's super cheap and more effective than many high end masks I've used. It's a clay based mask that dries up any acne and clears away blackheads.

More about this product in my post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/mint-julep-masque/

 

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer ($5.99): I have a love/hate relationship with this.. Although I try to avoid clean & clear products - simply because I believe many of these brands are geared towards younger skin - at times, this works very well for me.. Contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, feels nice on the skin and is oil-free. It's very lightweight so I'd recommend it for summertime.

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream (the small jar with white top) ($13.13): I bought this because I needed an eye cream for my state board practical exam and just grabbed it while wondering Target.. Have been using it for the past few weeks and can't give much of an opinion on it yet.. I haven't seen any results. It smells and feels nice though.

*Prices may vary slightly :)

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