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Old 04-17-2009, 11:33 PM   #21
 
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I just started today..
I'll keep you guys posted!
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Perhaps I am doing this wrong...the mix, after water was added was gloopy and not smooth and never reallly turned into a paste. Maybe I didn't blend enough? I don't know if I did something wrong...
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Thank you so much for posting this thread. I bought the book and started this routine last night and I am in love already! I am going to buy some little jars and pots and make up kits to give to my mom and sister for Mother's Day. Thanks again!
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I am going to start this today...I will update.
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I just wanted to say that I use something similar from mountain rose herbs called Cleansing Grains

Ingredients: White Kaolin clay, organic Oat Bran, organic Almond meal, organic Corn meal, powdered Rose petals, and a blend of pure steam distilled essential oils.

It works wonders for me.
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Bump!
Where are everyones results to this? Im really intrigued!!
I did an attempt last night but used my Lush angels on bare skin as the oatmeal thing, and the Lush toner spray instead of rose water. I liked it though!
Would love to know if ppl are still using this? If so, do you do it morning/night/both?
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I have been using it for the past month or so and I love it. I am still having occasional breakouts, but I think it might have to do with the fact that I am still using up my old makeup (which contains preservatives and the like). I am planning to buy mineral makeup soon. One thing I noticed right away is that my skin is so much more hydrated. I hardly ever have to use the olive oil to moisturize. Before my skin was oily but I had dry, flaky patches. Now my dry patches are gone and it seems like the goat's milk wash and the honey are enough to keep me hydrated. I use the olive oil around my eyes to remove mascara at the end of the day and sometimes around my mouth, because I seem to get dry there. I do the goat's milk wash and the honey both morning and night and I only use the olive oil to moisturize every few days. I don't use the rose water. I tried lavender spritz a few times, but I find it's just easiest to apply the honey to my skin while it is still wet after rinsing off the oatmeal/goat's milk. I keep my little jar of powder on the sink and my brother (who is also my roommate) got curious and tried it the other day. He loved it too!!! He kept rambling on about how it made his skin so smooth and soft and tight but not dry. It kind of gave me a chuckle. Now if I can just get my boyfriend to start using...

By the way, I did order a bunch of little bottles and jars online from this site http://www.specialtybottle.com/ and I made up some little gift sets to give to my mom and sister for Mother's Day. I am so curious to find out what they think of it!

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Actually I've tried it about a month ago, but found something in the dry mix causing breakouts. I've just started doing a modified version (no flax seeds, my homemade ACV/citric acid/rose water toner and tea tree oil only on spots) two days ago, and I really really like it. My skin has become so soft and it glows I found my skin doesn't really need any moisturizer other than honey, since it's hot and humid outside. But anyway, it's been amazing for only using it for 2 days, and I'm really curious how this routine would work when my period comes
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:10 PM   #29
 
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Hey Jess!

I also recently discovered the "less is more" with regards to acne! Its why I thought CG might work for me! In about 2000, I started getting cystic acne. My skin before that been very dry with only a few blackheads on my nose. It took me a while to figure it all out, but I found a routine that worked for me (involved a gentle mechanical scrub every day).

Just recently my skin freaked out. It made me re-evaluate everything, and I had to cut out the scrub and switch cleansers. No toner either. I use a very basic super gentle moisturizer. A super gentle cleanser as well. It has parbens in it though, so I was looking for an alternative. I'm glad you posted this because I definitely wanna give this a try!

However, I was just reading up on Flax seeds today (cause I had some leftover from making the gel hah), and I remember hearing before that you can't digest the whole seeds. There were tons of instructions about grinding flax seeds, but that you need to refrigerate after grinding because the seeds contain a lot of oils (not that the flax meal is oily, but you know what I mean) and go rancid very fast. Do you make up a small pot and use it up quickly? in the very least, some of the good stuff oxidizes and you lose some beneficial... thingys.

I prolly wont' need a moisturizer after using this either (I already know I do poorly with an oil on my face as a moisturizer, been there tried that). But if I use a gentle enough cleanser I dont' need much of a moisturizer.

btw, I agree that mineral makeup is great for sensitive skin! It was one of the few things I could use and not break out with.

thanks again for the post!
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I am going to try this! I was like you. I had tried nearly everything from commercial products, natural products, and dermatologist prescriptions. GiGi Organics face wash and this one gel from the derm has worked decently, but my face still has acne. Nothing has really worked, so I am so grateful that you have shared this with us!

I have also heard that grape seed extract oil and tea tree oil are great on the skin, but I have not tried it.
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I recently switched from commercial cleansers to using ayurvedic herbs to wash and japanese camelia oil to moisturize, with tea trea oil as a spot treatment, and my skin has never been more clear! However, I've been needed a good all-natural exfoliator and a lighter moisturizer for summer, so I may introduce this into my routine and see how it goes. I've been following this thread since Jess started it, and am encouraged by the positive feedback. Thanks, ladies!

BTW, anyone wanting to try tea trea oil, you can get a little bottle of it at any drugstore that carries Desert Essence brand, or at Trader Joe's, for under $10. It lasts a long time if you use it correctly - the bottle says to not use it full-strength on facial skin, but I've found that dipping one end of a Q-tip in the oil and dabbing it directly on blemishes works great.
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I've been using OCM for a few years and have modified it along the way to suit me. My current routine is inexpensive and easy to do and works for me.

To cleanse I use 1 part castor oil and 3 parts of 1 of the following - sunflower, safflower, jojoba, hempseed. I just massage it into my skin for a couple minutes and wipe it off with a kleenex (the oils even remove my tough waterprood mascara). Then I mix a drop of honey with some rosewater and apply it to my face.
For a moisturizer I will apply a little more oil or my homemade skin moisturizer (jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter mixed together).
For a weekly scrub, I use baking soda mixed with a little water.

I have never had beautiful skin. I have deep forehead wrinkles from living with migraines for 40+ years. I have sun damage. I have scars from cysts, impetigo, and chicken pox. But this method has cleared out black heads and made my pores smaller, has evened out any oily or dry spots, has lessened the occurrence of cysts, and it just makes my skin feel better.
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Actually I've tried it about a month ago, but found something in the dry mix causing breakouts. I've just started doing a modified version (no flax seeds, my homemade ACV/citric acid/rose water toner and tea tree oil only on spots) two days ago, and I really really like it. My skin has become so soft and it glows I found my skin doesn't really need any moisturizer other than honey, since it's hot and humid outside. But anyway, it's been amazing for only using it for 2 days, and I'm really curious how this routine would work when my period comes
I also tried it a month ago and started to break out. A LOT. I thought maybe it had to do with my oil having olive oil in it, so I changed. But then my face continued to break out, and normally, I don't get that many break outs. Needless to say, I quit.

So I'm interested to hear that it was the dry mix for you. Did you figure out what? Could you PM me your recipe?
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Actually I've tried it about a month ago, but found something in the dry mix causing breakouts. I've just started doing a modified version (no flax seeds, my homemade ACV/citric acid/rose water toner and tea tree oil only on spots) two days ago, and I really really like it. My skin has become so soft and it glows I found my skin doesn't really need any moisturizer other than honey, since it's hot and humid outside. But anyway, it's been amazing for only using it for 2 days, and I'm really curious how this routine would work when my period comes
I also tried it a month ago and started to break out. A LOT. I thought maybe it had to do with my oil having olive oil in it, so I changed. But then my face continued to break out, and normally, I don't get that many break outs. Needless to say, I quit.

So I'm interested to hear that it was the dry mix for you. Did you figure out what? Could you PM me your recipe?

In the book, it is mentioned that people with dry skin should use flax seeds. Well, I don't have dry skin It was too much for me, so this time I omitted the flax and my skin has never been better It's also PMS time, so I was expecting 5-6 pimples but you know what...I got one And it would've healed a lot faster if I didn't pick it last night hehe...

Anyway, here's my recipe:

-1 part low-fat milk powder, 1 part regular milk powder, 2 parts oatmeal, ground, as the cleanser/mask/scrub mix
-1 part rose water, 1 part ACV, 2 parts water and a tiny bit of citric acid as my toner (if it burns, add more rose water)
-While it's still wet, I add the honey with wet palms

I do this routine twice a day, using a clear soap at night if I wore heavy makeup. After the honey and vinegar toner dries, I wash it all off before putting on makeup or goingto bed. Because I don't use an oil afterwards, the honey feels quite sticky. The weather is hot and humid, so I don't need extra moisture. Besides, I've found that every oil (except tea tree oil) breaks out my skin. This includes olive, sunflower, castor, sweet almond, jojoba, coconut etc. so I prefer not using them

I've been using this routine for 5 or 6 days now and my skin is amazing. I normally wait about at least a month to rave about a routine, but this is soo amazing...and it got rid of my pimples without the "detox" period where your skin gets worse before getting better.

I cannot thank Jess enough for it, no derm has ever been able to get rid of my PCOS-related acne before. In less than a week, my skin went from 5 pimples to one and my scars are fading so fast. The blackheads on my nose are invisible...and my face glows. Really. Everyone is asking what I did differently, and I'm so happy to tell them about this routine.

Thank you so much Jess
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I noticed a few refs to mineral makeup in the thread, and I just want to mention that not all mineral makeup is equal. Now that every makeup line under the sun is producing a "mineral makeup," please do yourself a favor and research before you buy. Most of them have ingredients in them that will irritate your skin just like ordinary makeup.

I have been using Jane Iredale for years now, and it's wonderful -- my very sensitive acne-prone skin improved so much when I started with it, and my skin is actually better and more comfortable with it on than off. You can sleep in it with no problems. It is very spendy -- however, it lasts a heck of a long time, and you can get better prices on EBay. There's a Web brand called Everyday Minerals is excellent and very inexpensive and they will send you generous samples for just a couple of bucks. Bare Minerals, Sally's Beauty brand of minerals, and most or all of the drugstore minerals are not the same -- they have bismuth, among other things, in them, which is very irritating for many people.

I also recommend pure unrefined shea butter. This stuff is amazing for your skin. I put it on at bedtime. You'd think it'd be too heavy or greasy, but it's not greasy at all, it absorbs beautifully, and leaves your skin so soft. It is *very* soothing and great for acne (it is non-comwhatever it is), burns, itchies, rashes, all kinds of irritation. Great for face, lips, hands, feet. It has a natural SPF and a lot of vitamin A. Buy the pure stuff and be sure it's free trade and unrefined. I buy 4 oz for about $10 at my natural foods coop but there are some great sources online. I scent it myself with pure EOs.
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Actually I've tried it about a month ago, but found something in the dry mix causing breakouts. I've just started doing a modified version (no flax seeds, my homemade ACV/citric acid/rose water toner and tea tree oil only on spots) two days ago, and I really really like it. My skin has become so soft and it glows I found my skin doesn't really need any moisturizer other than honey, since it's hot and humid outside. But anyway, it's been amazing for only using it for 2 days, and I'm really curious how this routine would work when my period comes
I also tried it a month ago and started to break out. A LOT. I thought maybe it had to do with my oil having olive oil in it, so I changed. But then my face continued to break out, and normally, I don't get that many break outs. Needless to say, I quit.

So I'm interested to hear that it was the dry mix for you. Did you figure out what? Could you PM me your recipe?
In addition to what Domino mentioned in her later post, you might want to try grape seed extract oil instead of olive oil or coconut oil, etc. I have very break-out prone, oily skin, and grape seed extract oil is the only oil that will not cause me to break out, and will actually help my skin. You might want to try adding a few drops of tea tree oil into your toner as well, if you pretty much have blemishes all over, like I do.
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I noticed a few refs to mineral makeup in the thread, and I just want to mention that not all mineral makeup is equal. Now that every makeup line under the sun is producing a "mineral makeup," please do yourself a favor and research before you buy. Most of them have ingredients in them that will irritate your skin just like ordinary makeup.

I have been using Jane Iredale for years now, and it's wonderful -- my very sensitive acne-prone skin improved so much when I started with it, and my skin is actually better and more comfortable with it on than off. You can sleep in it with no problems. It is very spendy -- however, it lasts a heck of a long time, and you can get better prices on EBay. There's a Web brand called Everyday Minerals is excellent and very inexpensive and they will send you generous samples for just a couple of bucks. Bare Minerals, Sally's Beauty brand of minerals, and most or all of the drugstore minerals are not the same -- they have bismuth, among other things, in them, which is very irritating for many people.

I also recommend pure unrefined shea butter. This stuff is amazing for your skin. I put it on at bedtime. You'd think it'd be too heavy or greasy, but it's not greasy at all, it absorbs beautifully, and leaves your skin so soft. It is *very* soothing and great for acne (it is non-comwhatever it is), burns, itchies, rashes, all kinds of irritation. Great for face, lips, hands, feet. It has a natural SPF and a lot of vitamin A. Buy the pure stuff and be sure it's free trade and unrefined. I buy 4 oz for about $10 at my natural foods coop but there are some great sources online. I scent it myself with pure EOs.
That was some great information. I never knew about that brand you mentioned. I am so glad you mentioned Everyday Minerals, because I have been looking for a mineral makeup that won't clog my pores, and so far, I have not been successful.

I think Prescriptive might have a nice mineral makeup, but I'm not sure. I have a liquid foundation from them, and although it causes me to breakout a little, it doesn't do so nearly as much as most liquid foundations.

The shea butter won't cause breakouts?! Even to very oily skin? I'm very curious to try some out. Hopefully I can find the unrefined, free trade kind, and hopefully it is inexpensive, too!

I haven't tried GloMinerals' foundation, but I have their concealer and it is awesome. The only place I know to find it is on E-Bay and at the dermatologist. Currently, I use a little bit of the pressed powder foundation from Neutrogena's mineral makeup line, and so far, it is okay. Not too bad. Another one that I use sometimes is Ulta's mineral makeup, Ulta Minerals, and that one I really need to be careful with, and it isn't nearly as light as I'd like it to be. I've never tried the Skin I.D. one, but I heard it was good? I have no idea.
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Rozetta -- I completely agree that not all mineral make ups are equal. I hadn't tried jane iredale's yet, but I've seen several reports saying that it is the best for people with ultra sensitive skin. I hadn't tried it yet, I saw the $46 retail price and kinda choked. I usually would have just dived right in and bought it, but I swore I was going ot try and find something cheaper, not more expensive. LOL. I'm such a product junkie. really good to know about ebay, I might be looking that up!

I hadn't heard that about shea butter. ooh I would love some of that scented with lavendar (my new scent trip).

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Last night I got a little carried away with honey, it felt so sticky and heavy on my face...but since I wash it off after it dries, I figured I'll go on doing it because my face feels even better and today I got another compliment
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Rozetta -- I completely agree that not all mineral make ups are equal. I hadn't tried jane iredale's yet, but I've seen several reports saying that it is the best for people with ultra sensitive skin. I hadn't tried it yet, I saw the $46 retail price and kinda choked. I usually would have just dived right in and bought it, but I swore I was going ot try and find something cheaper, not more expensive. LOL. I'm such a product junkie. really good to know about ebay, I might be looking that up!

I hadn't heard that about shea butter. ooh I would love some of that scented with lavendar (my new scent trip).

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Have you considered Meow Cosmetics? Their mineral makeup is very affordable, non-irritating, and there are over 80 foundation shades to choose from. You can also buy color samples for $1 each before committing to a big jar of foundation. http://www.meowcosmetics.com/

Also, as someone with oily, acne-prone skin, I would caution people to NOT use shea butter on their faces! I used shea butter last autumn as a moisturizer and within a week I had blackheads, white heads, and painful cystic acne all over my face, and my skin felt greasy and clogged no matter how little I used.
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