Penny is not going to let almost two feet of snow make her glum. This self-proclaimed sun goddess is in need of warmth in a bad way, but will have to settle for a cup of tea and my blog. LOL! I will simply plan to spend most of the night researching facial moisturizers online. Not sure why it is so difficult for someone like Penny with combination, dry, sensitive skin to find a moisturizer for day with SPF and one for night with hydrating qualities. I have received great suggestions, but cannot try several of them due to the citrus oils they contain (I'm allergic).
- Normal Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Secondary Oil.
- Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Secondary Oil.
From Penny's experience organic virgin coconut oil absorbed the best into the skin and has a nice light scent. While virgin olive oil seemed a bit heavier but good to use as a nighttime moisturizing cleanser. So I use both. Once you have created your unique oil blend, it only takes three (3) simple steps to achieve, clean, soft, silky skin the natural way. To cleanse your face you will need a soft washcloth, your oil blend, and hot, running water. Pour the oil into your hand (about the size of a quarter or more), and rub your hands together to warm the oil. Then complete the following steps.
- Massage the oil into your skin for several minutes - this will help remove the dirt, make-up and break down all impurities. It is also therapeutic and should help promote relaxation.
- Steam your face with a wash cloth dipped in hot water - this opens your pores and removes the oil.
- Rinse your face thoroughly - some recommend cold water to close your pores, while others say warm water helps to remove the castor oil the best
Keep in mind that this deep cleansing method should be done regularly, but not too often. Start off once a day or every other day. Dryness will occur if you're deep cleaning too often. After the first few days I found that I unblocked an oil flow and had a few small bumps here and there...this is normal. Give your skin a few days to adjust and adapt to being clean and clear of blockages; understand that the new oil coming from your skin is actually a good sign and will balance out not long after.
The oils Penny uses are all easily found at my local Whole Foods grocery store; usually in the cooking oils section and in the skin care/beauty aisle. You may also find them in your local grocery chain or health food store.
Be blessed. Be beautiful.