style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
Someone asked me recently if there are things I swore I’d never do… but actually ended up doing. The initial question was posed in reference to parenting, but the conversation quickly grew to include all areas of life. I realized there are plenty of things I said “I’d never” about over the years… but then actually did. Do those things count as hypocrisy or evolution? I suppose it depends on your outlook.
Since the start of 2018, I’ve done a complete 180 with four previously deemed 'nevers'.
I’ll be sharing my upended nevers over the next four weeks. A blogging mini-series:-) This post is Part One.
If you’d asked nine months ago about the chance of me making the changes I’ll share, I’d have said less than zero!
Slim to none! No way!
However, here I sit. Smack in the middle of some incredible newness. Laughing at the inevitability of change and the beauty available in shifting. And loving that when it comes right down to it, humans are pretty damn adaptable.
Usually it’s our own mind (and the story we've created) that prevents us from embracing a fresh perspective or habit.
The older (and hopefully wiser) I become, the more I realize that there’s truth to the phrase...
Never is a very long time.
Today’s never: Use olive oil to wash my face.
Sounds disgusting, right? I agree.
Guess what? I wash my face with olive oil.
You read that correctly. Every single night, I wash my face with olive oil. The exact same brand I put on my salads.
Even as I write this it seems absurd to me!
I was intrigued by the idea of using oil as a facial cleanser after I returned home from NINE Revolution last September. NINE's founder strives to live a Zero Waste life and shared that she uses olive oil to cleanse her face.
Now, I should mention that she’s absolutely fabulous! The kind of fabulous you dream of absorbing and copying and becoming. But even that wasn’t enough to make me want to wash my face with olive oil!
I mean, everyone knows that oil on your face causes breakouts, right? Why would I ever consider slathering the stuff on my face. From my kitchen, no less?!
I certainly wasn’t oblivious to the ‘facial oils’ craze. I saw them appearing on the shelves of Ulta, Sephora and drugstores. We were even stocking luxury face oil cleansers at Anthropologie.
But I still wasn’t buying it.... the concept or the product. Have I mentioned that I tend to fall into the Late Adopters category with regards to trying something new? :-)
Last fall, I did go so far as to mention in a post that I was ready to give coconut oil a try for washing my face. I had been happily using it as a moisturizer and low SPF sunscreen for a few years.
I used coconut oil to ‘wash’ my face for a month or so, never really loving it. My skin looked and felt fine, but not amazing. And honestly, it was a pain to dig the solid ‘oil’ out of the jar and a nuisance to warm it up to liquid form before using.
So, I did what any modern woman does when seeking solutions… I turned to Google.
I wanted to see what others had to say about using household (or luxury) oils for face washing.
Olive oil was everywhere!!!
Okay. I’d reached my tipping point...
Three months ago, I decided to give it a go.
WOW! Who knew? Well, besides NINE founder and a zillion other women on the internet:-)
Benefits of using olive oil as face wash:
Clean, soft skin- Skin that actually feels dewy and moisturized... in dry Colorado, this is no small feat. And my skin feels clean in a no-chemicals-or-junk kind of way.
Saves money- A bottle of olive oil is much less expensive than the equivalent in actual foaming face wash or fancy luxury oil. You only use a small amount, so it lasts for ages.
And the very best perk of all…
Longer, darker, fuller eyelashes!!!!!!
Note: I tried using Castor Oil (yep, the same one pregnant women drink to induce labor) on my lashes and sparse brows for a few months. Apparently, castor oil easily penetrates the lash line and gets to work nourishing the follicle. This produced noticeable results, but honestly, it was a pain to apply. The oil is super thick and it was one more step… I want simplicity!
Well, it seems that olive oil must also penetrate the lash line and nourish lashes. It does! Google it for yourself and see!
In the current climate of 'how long and lush can a girl’s lashes be?'… I wanted some of that, but I didn’t want the trouble or expense of lash extensions!
Olive oil face wash = clean, soft skin + better lashes! BONUS!!
I am a huge fan.
In case you’re wondering…
No, I haven’t experienced any breakouts or negative side effects.
If your skin tends to be oily, you can mix 1 part Castor Oil with 3-4 parts Olive Oil.
Castor Oil has incredible cleansing properties.
Learn how to properly cleanse with oil at The Oil Cleaning Method.
I also use olive oil as my body moisturizer... sometimes I mix it with some regular lotion.
Okay, your turn…
What are you currently doing that you said (maybe even swore) you’d never do?! I’d love to know!
Tune in next week for another 'never'… it's a big one!
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If you're observing... have a lovely Easter Sunday. And/or an amazing weekend!
P.S. No paragliding for me. While this is a common activity in Boulder, I'm content to watch them soar as I run beneath them on solid ground.