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    I usually scrub my face vigorously with a towel and then put a little coconut oil on in the morning, nothing at night. But my friend says scrubbing with a towel really messes with the skin under your eyes. I do have some bags under my eyes and wonder if years of harsh scrubbing may have contributed to this. I want to start taking care of my skin better, but don't want a complicated daily routine. I'm willing to give up scrubbing. What do you guys recommend?

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    I've actually been told that coconut oil isn't suitable for the face.

    Castor oil is meant to be good - someone here recently tried it under the eyes and found it got rid of her dark circles.
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    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    • #3
      Really? That's the first time I've heard that. Maybe it affects different people differently. I'll check out castor oil. My main question is about the scrubbing. I find if I don't scrub my skin gets bumpy, especially on the nose.

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      • #4
        I heard coconut oil is acnegenic on the face so I've avoided it. I use it on my body just fine though.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Damiana View Post
          I heard coconut oil is acnegenic on the face so I've avoided it. I use it on my body just fine though.
          If you have an oily or combination skin it's better to avoid applying anything greasy on it, or you'll most likely break out like crazy. I mean on the face.
          I recently started using castor oil under my eyes only. I can definitely see some dark circle fading.

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          • #6
            I massage a half and half mixture of olive oil and castor oil on my face in the morning then wipe it off gently with a warm wash rag and finally I put a bit of homemade moisturizer on it. I have always had problem skin as it tends to be oily with big pores even now in my late 40s. My skin is no longer oily, and has become incredibly soft, the softest it has ever been. It might be wishful thinking, but I think my wrinkles are shrinking and the pores are not so big anymore.

            I have saved a lot of money in the last several months by not buying expensive face cream and all the things they tell you we need to use to have beautiful skin. I have also saved a lot of time.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Graycat View Post
              If you have an oily or combination skin it's better to avoid applying anything greasy on it, or you'll most likely break out like crazy. I mean on the face.
              I recently started using castor oil under my eyes only. I can definitely see some dark circle fading.
              Actually, this isn't true. I can tell you from both personal experience and from the little research I did before I started applying oil to my face to cleanse it. My skin is the clearest and softest it has ever been.

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              • #8
                I would avoid scrubbing. Every other day I might use a little baking/soda water mix and gently rub my face and then I apple rose hip oil or coconut oil. I do this at night generally. The next morning I rinse my face with cold water and lightly dry it.
                I don't wear makeup so some days I don't wash it, just rinse it.

                Even if you use soap the oil cleansing method Primal Pamme suggested above or just water, I wouldn't scrub.

                Also, on days that I might wear makeup or I've gotten too much grit on my face I use the OCM as well.

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                • #9
                  definitely avoid scrubbing hard with a towel. if you want to exfoliate, make a homemade almond scrub or use milk/cream with nutmeg in it (this is AMAZING!). oil on your face is a GOOD thing and is the only thing that will remove all the gross stuff (i.e., like attracts like so water/alcohol doesn't work). i've been applying coconut oil liberally, leaving it on, then rinsing with warm water and PATTING my face lightly with a towel. haven't heard that coconut oil isn't supposed to be good but my face has been a-ok!
                  will try the castor oil though!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Primal Pamme View Post
                    Actually, this isn't true. I can tell you from both personal experience and from the little research I did before I started applying oil to my face to cleanse it. My skin is the clearest and softest it has ever been.
                    Well, good for you. My experience has been exactly the opposite. I suppose it's one of those "try it for yourself and see" things.

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                    • #11
                      I put coconut oil on every inch of my skin, regularly. It makes me feel all nice and stops the winter dry-skin itchiness. But I never break out no matter what I do. You'll just need to try it for yourself.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                        Well, good for you. My experience has been exactly the opposite. I suppose it's one of those "try it for yourself and see" things.
                        Mine too. I put CO on legs during the winter to stop the horrible dry itching. It works great. I put some on my forehead and immediately broke out.

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                        • #13
                          The only makeup I generally wear is eye makeup and I use coconut oil to remove it, but don't use coconut oil anywhere else on my face or it does cause breakouts (but I do use coconut oil for my body almost everyday and no breakouts there) I use a sunflower/castor oil mix on my face everyday and an apple cider vinegar/water toner. I would definatley recommend NOT scrubbing your face hard with a towel, every other day or so just use a gentle exfoliant like was suggested above.

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                          • #14
                            I've been using argan oil and I've used jojoba oil in the past. I've found it works much better with my skin...melts in and not just float on the surface.
                            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                            • #15
                              I use it as a make-up remover in the eyes (applied with a cotton disc) and in the face as a moisturizer (applied with the hands). Never had -or at least noticed!- any problems so far...
                              Well, in my favour I'm told I have "great glowing skin", so, i believe the coconut oil isn't ruining too much.

                              Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                              I've been using argan oil and I've used jojoba oil in the past. I've found it works much better with my skin...melts in and not just float on the surface.
                              That is true, though. I have to dry the excess off.
                              I might try those oils you spoke of soon...
                              Last edited by La Carnera; 01-26-2013, 03:30 PM.
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