Before I started making my own beauty products, I would go to the department store and admire all the beautiful packaging. I’d read thoroughly every label being convinced of the reasons why I needed a new one. When I had finally decided on THE ONE, I would look at the one beside it and think: “But that one is so cute” or “But this one says I’m gonna see results in 20 days as opposed to the one I have at home that says 21 days”. For all of you How I Met Your Mother fans out there, I was following Barney’s one rule:
Since I’ve committed to oil cleansing, I try to mix it up by tweaking the oil mixture, adding different fruits or vegetables and choosing a different exfoliator. And then it becomes (drum roll) … NEW! So, after you try the Tomato Exfoliating Cleanser you can go on to the new one.
Pineapple contains enzymes called papayan and bromelain. The papayan enzyme stimulates the replacement of old skin cells with new ones – new is always better (gotcha!) – while bromelain can be anti-inflammatory. Pineapples are filled with Alpha Hydroxy Acids also known as AHA. AHA is widely used by commercial products for chemical exfoliation. Combined with the sea salt, it gently removes dead skin cells, improving circulation and thus revealing fresh healthy skin and a smooth texture. This leads to a more youthful appearance and helps clear up blemishes and pimples. Just like many other fruits, pineapples are filled with vitamins A and C which fight free radicals, slowing down the aging process.
The oil we are adding to our oil cleansing routine is the Tamanu oil. Tamanu oil has an overwhelming ability to heal damaged skin. It is anti-neuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant. The Tamanu tree grows in Southeast Asia and was considered a sacred gift from nature and that gods hid in its branches. Can you say no to that? (thank you mother nature! hahaha)
Apply the cleanser on the skin, massaging it gently.
For maximum benefit leave it on for at least 15 minutes (optional).
Wash it off with warm water and a wash cloth.
For a softer scrub use only 1 tablespoon of sea salt or less. If you would like a more coarse scrub, add the sea salt until your desired consistency, up to 2 tablespoons.
You can also adjust your oil ratio. Castor oil can be too drying for some people. Find out what works better for your own skin.
The fruit or vegetable is always optional. But if using pineapple, store it in the refrigerator.
Give your skin some time to adjust to the oil cleansing method. It is normal to notice some breakouts as the toxins and impurities leave the skin.
Friday we are going on to the Avocado Exfoliating Facial Cleanser which is excellent for winter because it is very moisturizing. Please subscribe by typing your e-mail on top of the sidebar. This way you won’t miss it!
If you would like a head start, and/or you just need a cute container to store the cleanser, stop by the Te Amo Too Shop and get the Pineapple Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. The only thing you need to do when the package arrives is add the fruit or vegetable! The recipe and directions will be in the container, for easy access. And it also comes with a free wash cloth.