A Few of My Favorite Things

17 Sep

I love stumbling upon new ideas and things to try. Since I have not yet allowed myself to wander into the Pinterest world, I rely on articles from my hubby, suggestions of friends, and a few blogs I follow. I feel like a jack of all trades constantly trying new things, but once in a while something new really sticks. Here are a few of my newest favorite things:

1. The oil cleansing method. I wanted to blog about this immediately after I tried it, but I waited a few months to make sure I was a devoted follower. In an effort to detox, I ditched most of my skin care products after discovering they didn’t score very well on the EWG cosmetics database. I searched for safer alternatives and came to the conclusion that I could either spend WAY too much money on a fancy organic skin care line or I could go back to the basics. I chose the basics. Try this: Pour a large dollop of castor oil and another large dollop of your favorite oil (I like avocado or jojoba) in the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to mix oils and apply to face in circular motions for a minute or so. Take a hot wash cloth, ring it out, and let it set on your face for a bit to let your pores open and oil soften. Repeat, and then gently wipe remaining oil off with washcloth. Go to bed. Wake up to skin that feels amazing. Repeat every night. The pain of washing washcloths and taking a little extra time quickly wore off for me. Now, I look forward to it nightly because it has been so beneficial. I no longer need a separate moisturizer and my face does not look shiny by 10am anymore! For more detailed instructions, read here.

2. Dry brushing. I’ll admit I came across this after searching for natural “cellulite” remedies during swim-suit season. While I’m not convinced of that benefit, it is amazingly invigorating and makes me feel just plain good. It is also the cheapest and easiest way to exfoliate, stimulate blood and lymph circulation, tighten and tone skin, stimulate oil and sweat glands, improve nervous system function, aid digestion, and prevent premature aging. My routine includes first thing in the morning to wake up my body, and then again post workout before I hit the shower. Here is a how-to video and further reading.

3. Liquid Castile soap. This has been my go-to soap for many things: face wash in the shower, body wash, and kids shampoo/body wash. I like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and Dr. Woods Liquid Castile soap (most grocery stores at least carry Dr. Woods).  It can be used full strength for skin cleansing, and diluted for shampoos, household cleaners, and laundry detergent! A little goes a long way, which is an added bonus for the budget. Plus, combined with dry brushing, the need for lotions and moisturizers afterwards is almost non-existent. Organic soaps and oils aside, I’m certainly far from all-natural elitist–just taking steps towards a less toxic life. I too spent a half an hour sampling all the new pumpkin scents at Bath and Body Works the other day and buy my kids funky character themed soaps, because sometimes things like that bring worthwhile smiles.

4. Protein packed coffee. In a perfect world I have eggs or some type of animal protein for breakfast every morning with a handful of nuts, but busy mornings happen more often than not. Try this: In a to-go coffee mug mix 8oz hot coffee, a splash or two of unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and a serving of your favorite protein powder. I stick my blender bottle insert in my Contigo travel mug, shake it up, and it’s perfect. Yum. It makes a great pre-workout breakfast, plus coffee IS very beneficial!

Here’s to trying something new!

Heather

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” ~F.D.R

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4 Responses to “A Few of My Favorite Things”

  1. Candace September 18, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I just started my teenage daughter on the OCM about a week ago. It has made a marked improvement in her skin. I am ready to try myself but have a question for anyone who does this and has contacts. My current routine is to wash my face prior to removing my contacts so that my hands are clean and my makeup is removed prior to touching the lenses. How do folks deal with the oil residue on their eyelids, lashes, etc when removing contacts?

    • the PRIME pursuit September 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      That is great to hear Candace! At first I was so hesitant to “clean” my skin with oil, but it really works! After all, oil dissolves oil. Some days I’ll play with the ratio of the two oils, and use a larger amount of castor oil if I’ve worn a lot of makeup or if my face was super sweaty and dirty.

      As for contacts, I do not have any experience. I’d think you would want to take your contacts out before oil cleansing so you didn’t end up without a resulting residue or film on your lenses afterwards. I hope that helps! Let us know what you find works best!

  2. Corrie Broughton September 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I have been using the oil cleansing method for about 6 months and my skin has never looked better! I started with the basics and my skin was doing so well that I thought maybe it would do “even better” with some fancy products from Primal Life Organics. While the products are fun and great, my skin looks just as good with the cheap stuff:)

    • the PRIME pursuit September 24, 2013 at 6:55 am #

      Thanks, Corrie! I agree. I generally buy whatever I can find in my local store! I hope you continue to have luck!

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