I tried the oil cleansing method for a week or so and just couldn’t get over the feeling that I was just wiping away the beneficial oil from my skin with the wash cloth. I also didn’t want to leave it all on my face so I was left with an inconsistent amount of oil every time. That’s just me though. People love and swear by it and I will someday soon post a great recipe if you are interested in giving it a try. Also, even if you use the OCM, adding vitamin e oil to your mix can only boost its benefits.
So I went back to a gentle cleanser but with a new night and sometimes daytime moisturizer, vitamin e oil. I had it around for stretch marks and missed the soft skin from the oil cleansing method so I dabbed a little on my dry patched cheeks and forehead and went to sleep. Lo and behold, a week later my dry patches had all but gone away. Anytime I forget to use it, my skin feels off and doesn’t look as bright. And it costs anywhere from $3-$12 depending on the amount of vitamin e in the carrier oil.
HuffPo published a great article about the warnings of using any cream labeled with vitamin e and advice on the best ways to use it. It’s a pretty amazing oil. It blocks free radicals, brightens your skin, it’s an anti-oxidant and it’s anti-inflammatory. I’ve quoted a large part of it here:
Apply it at night. “The oil can be thick and greasy, so it’s best used before bedtime, possibly in place of a night cream or moisturizer,” says Dr. Broumand.
Combine it with vitamin C. “It has been shown that when combining vitamin E with vitamin C, it can act as a natural form of sun protection,” explains Dr. Broumand. “Vitamin E oil works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.”
Vargas adds, “It has basic antioxidant properties that everyone needs. It is unavoidable that we are all suffering from environmental stress. [Vitamin E oil] protects the skin against cell mutation in the sun and pollution. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it calms and hydrates sensitive skin.”
Swap it in place of skin-brightening creams. “Free radicals can also prevent the healing of scars, so applying vitamin E oil will help to repair and improve the appearance of the damaged tissue,” says Dr. Broumand.
Use it to target excessive dryness. “There have been some studies to show that vitamin E oil may increase circulation to the scalp,” says Dr. Broumand. “This temporarily increased blood flow to the area could help to enhance the health and strength of the hair follicles. Vitamin E oil can also work to hydrate and moisturize dry, brittle hair.”
Vargas also recommends massaging vitamin E oil on your cuticles and lips to prevent and soothe chapped skin.
Crunchy Betty also has a great post that breaks down why vitamin e is so darn good for you.
If you are ready to take the plunge check out mountain rose (74,000 UI) for good quality oils. It’s also available in nearly every drugstore and natural food store.
Photo credit the true care.