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I received this question recently:
I just started using oil on my skin, and it seems my face is breaking out a little more than usual. Is this normal?
Have no fears: for some people, this is entirely normal.
All sorts of factors go into the health of our skin: stress, physical or emotional inflammation, what we're eating, hormones, environmental pollution, spiritual growth, and, of course, what we put on our skin. As these fluctuate, so does the appearance and health of our skin.
When I transitioned to using oil daily, my skin thrived. For the first time in months, massive breakouts that covered my jawline and cheeks in an array of angry, red bumps disappeared.
However, everyone's transition experience is different. If this is the first time you're using oil on a daily basis, your skin may need an adjustment period.
After years of coating your skin with chemical cocktails—cosmetics and skincare products that have your skin constantly riding the wave of oil buildup followed by harsh surfactant- and alcohol-laden cleansers (which strip the skin of its precious oil reserves) followed by chemically-filled moisturizers designed to carry often questionable ingredients deep into skin—your skin’s got a lot of mixed signals to sort out. When that all stops, for the first time in a long time your skin is left to produce oil on its own accord without being artificially stripped down, scrubbed, or chemically-coated.
In other words, your skin needs time to find itself again, to discover its own happy balance.
In fact, your skin will be going through its own detox. When you switch to natural, organic oils as your go-to beauty care products, your skin will no longer be weighed down with a very unnatural and toxic load.
The result? Your skin will start releasing old impurities from years of toxic buildup, as the oils draw the impurities out through your skin. Remember: your skin is your largest organ and it’s an organ of exchange: on a microscopic level, things enter and leave your body through your skin every single day, in every single second.
Your mission during this time is simply to allow your skin to do it’s God-given job: to release, cleanse, and purify. And rebalance. If your skin breaks out a little more than usual for a week or two, admire it for being so clever: it innately knows it’s finally free to cleanse and release all the toxins that could be harming your body if they stayed inside. And that’s beautiful.
During this time, do not try to “fix” the breakouts with harsh soaps or scrubs or chemical-laden products. Trust the beauty of the human body to do its job and transition you to something even better. Because on the other side of this process is the truest beauty of all, the kind that comes from wellbeing.
Transformation is not always easy. The results, though, are well-worth it. Allow yourself to release and discover what’s possible when you set yourself (and your skin) free!
Lately, my skin has been feeling unruly. I’ve gotten little breakouts along my chin, which hasn’t happened in ages (and usually only happens when I’m feeling emotionally challenged. It’s definitely the “stress spot” for my skin). I recognize that our skin and our bodies simply reflect what’s going on in our lives—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and that we must honor all parts of our journey and how we look in every moment. Still, wanting to put my skincare knowledge to good use, I decided to whip out my bottle of organic lemongrass essential oil, and I applied that for a few nights on the breakouts along with my Ultimate Face Cream, which almost always does the trick.
And it did. Mostly. The little breakouts went away, but my skin still wasn’t feeling as radiant as usual, like it hadn’t fully reclaimed its peace and vitality.
You see, I’ve been dating a bit lately, trying out one man after another, which is unusual for me, to be so forward or to take on several people’s energy at once. It has been a tremendous experience in self-growth and awareness: I feel stronger, aware that I can get through whatever comes my way, and have been basking in the practice of repeatedly showing up in my authenticity.
Still, it can feel overwhelming at times. And, with each man, though I may be drawn in by his creativity or his intelligence or the way he makes me feel in his presence, there’s one thing I keep bringing up that’s missing: I don’t feel nourished.
And I know that to attract a man who will nourish me, I must first nourish myself. So after a few weeks of dating and my skin still not doing its thing radiantly, I decided to approach the conundrum of my less than lusterless skin differently. This time, instead of thinking what my skin needs, I thought, “What does my soul desire?”
Of all the products I make, the only one I so rarely use is the Nourished Woman Face Oil. With its rich, luscious avocado oil, perfectly suited for dry skin, I worry that it’ll feel too thick for my more hydrated skin. But, this time around, I felt drawn to its energy and its scent and I wanted to use it like a mantra: each time I squeeze some of the oil onto my fingers tips and then massage it into my cheeks and my chin, I think to myself, “I am nourished.” And I repeat this mantra several times to myself as I lovingly grace my skin with the oil.
And, you know what? A few nights later and my skin looks and feels more radiant. No skin is ever perfect, but I feel more nourished in body and spirit, and I know this nourishment is coming from me.
Of course, this is only the beginning: nourishing yourself extends far beyond your skin. But I wanted to share this experience with you because it’s a reminder that how we treat our skin is intimately linked to how we care for and feel in our spirits. Our minds, bodies, and spirits are innately and wondrously connected, and all we have to do is listen and trust in them to lead the way.
So, the next time your skin is not radiating the way you’d like it to, think not, “What can I do to make myself look better?” but rather, “What is my heart calling for?” And then do your best to offer what your heart most desires to yourself.
Still need support deciding which face oil to choose so that your skin thrives? I've written this to guide you.
Best for bringing luminosity to:
oily or combination skin
inflamed, breakout-prone skin
I created the Luminous Woman Face Oil to bring love and healing to oily, combination, or breakout-prone skin. I understand that healing from breakouts is complex and involves other lifestyle influences like food, hormones, and stress. This oil, however, is the first oil I ever created and the one I used to heal my skin, which was covered in deeply inflamed breakouts around my jawline. I believe that, with this oil and other holistic healing techniques like detoxing your body, finding more joy in the face of stress, and discovering practices like yoga or meditation that resonate with you, you can heal your skin.
The base of the Luminous Woman Face Oil is organic grapeseed oil, which is supremely balancing. While it may seem counterintuitive to put oil on oily skin, grapeseed oil actually helps prevent skin from over-producing oil. In other words, in this case, oil fights oil.
The Luminous Woman Face Oil is also packed with essential oils designed to stimulate circulation in your skin so it can release toxins, calm skin to ease redness and inflammation, and balance oiliness. This face oil is ideal for oily, combination, or normal to oily skin prone to breakouts.
Please be mindful that the Luminous Woman Face Oil doesn’t magically heal your skin overnight. Instead, it works in harmony with your body to bring healing, balance, and luminosity over time.
Best for soothing:
sensitive, irritated, or red skin
all skin types
The Peaceful Woman Face Oil embodies the energy of peace, healing, and serenity. Rich with one of my favorite plant essences, organic blue chamomile essential oil, the Peaceful Woman Face Oil soothes red, irritated, and sensitive skin just like chamomile tea soothes the body.
The organic blue chamomile essential oil, which is a main feature of this face oil, is, in fact, blue. In color theory, blue balances red, meaning blue chamomile essential oil is perfect for calming skin that is red or prone to rashes.
The base of the Peaceful Woman Face Oil is mostly organic jojoba oil with a touch of organic grapeseed oil. Jojoba oil is gentle and balancing, the plant oil that is most similar to human sebum. Grapeseed oil is naturally clarifying and harmonizing, meaning it actually helps prevent your skin from producing excess oil. In other words, once aain, oil fights oil.
The Peaceful Woman Face Oil is ideal for all skin types, especially skin that is balanced, normal to oily, or combination. It brings peace to red and irritated skin and occasional breakouts.
Luminous Woman vs. Peaceful Woman
This oil is similar to the Luminous Woman Face Oil in that they both ease redness and irritation and balance oil production, although the Luminous Woman Face Oil targets breakout-prone skin more strongly. In other words, the Peaceful Woman Face Oil is ideal for sensitive skin, redness, rashes, and occasional breakouts, while the Luminous Woman Face Oil focusses on frequently inflamed and broken out skin.
Best for nourishing:
dry skin seeking deep hydration
The Nourished Woman Face Oil feels, to me, like skin food. It is rich and luscious and nourishing. With organic avocado oil as its base, an oil that is cold-pressed from ripe, organic, creamy avocados, this face oil is thicker than the others, making it supremely hydrating. It is ideal for dry skin, especially in the cold and drying winter months. It is gentle, balancing, and works to even complexion, making it a good fit for women of any age whose skin could use hydration and nourishment.
Best for rejuvenating:
divinely mature skin
The Wise Woman Face Oil is my salute to divinely mature skin. I never like to use the words “anti-aging” because I believe that we should honor who we are and where we are in life; with age comes wisdom, and that’s something to celebrate. We don’t need to go backwards.
However, this oil is particularly suited to heal and protect skin as it matures, supporting skin to diminish dark spots (and even complexion), and keep skin plump and moisturized, which prevents the appearance of fine lines. Rich in organic sunflower oil, it also contains healthy fats (like the Nourished Woman Face Oil) to truly nourish, hydrate, and rejuvenate skin.
The Wise Woman Oil is best suited for balanced, combination, or normal to dry skin.
Trust Your Intuition
What’s most important when choosing a face oil is that you trust your intuition. Each of these oils is packed with nourishing, organic, healing plant essences that work in harmony with your body. In other words, each will work to heal your skin. I’ve written this to help guide you, but trust yourself to decide which face oil draws you in.
I designed each Face Oil to serve your body and your spirit in their entirety. It is a multifunctional product with the earth coursing through it. I want you to feel the earth on your skin as you use it and, as you do, to become more acquainted with the earth, to experience a deeper communion and a deeper recognition that the earth is in us, in you.
I want you to know that this is skin food; may each Face Oil feed your skin, wherever you apply it. Literally, may it give your skin and your body more life force energy, more plant-based power. May you feel and smell the plant essences in their full bloom, as they were when they were in the earth. May you imagine the soil teeming with vital life. May you imagine the sun soaking into the plants until they are picked at the peak of ripeness—at their sweet spot—with the farmer’s hands. Imagine the aroma as they are distilled into precious plant oils.
The Face Oils are designed to serve your skin completely. There is so much noise in this world, so many distractions, so much outside energy. Excess ingredients and poisons in our food, our water, our air, the products we cover our bodies in. We’ve lost touch with our need to get back to the earth: to simplify.
Should you find pleasure and joy in selecting from an array of products each day, from products that come from the earth, honor the earth, and are created with love and sustainable beauty in mind, wonderful! Celebrate that and enjoy as many as you'd like. Bask in what you love. Should you, however, want a clearer space in your bathroom and your body, one is all you need. Let this one product, the Face Oil, nourish you.
You can cleanse your face with it, moisturize, use it under makeup as a primer; on hands, lips, feet, elbows, and toes. In your hair to tame frizziness and offer repairing moisture that, once again, provides an extra dose of plant goodness.
Instructions on how to use each Face Oil
When I wash my face with it, I like to smell in the aromas first, really dive into the experience. As I take in its aroma, I like to remind myself what I’m putting on my skin because what we put on our skin becomes us, literally. 60% of what goes on our bodies ends up in our bloodstream; we must remember this and we must treat our skincare products as food and we must hold them up to just as high a standard.
To cleanse, squirt a couple drops of the oil on your palm, then rub your hands together and use your fingers to massage the oil onto your face, enjoying the feeling.
Once done, dampen a cloth (preferably a natural fiber cloth, but whatever you have will do. Don’t throw out what you already have to get a more sustainable version. Until the cloth you have can no longer be used in any way, even to clean up after the dog, there’s no need to add to the waste already on our planet. Only once it cannot serve you or your home in any way, replace it with a more sustainable option. The earth and our future generations will thank you for this).
So, to return to where we were: to cleanse your face, dampen a cloth and use it to “pull” off the oil you just applied to your skin. As you do so, the oil will bring with it any makeup or impurities that have accumulated on your face during the day or over night. The simple rubbing of the cloth will also gently exfoliate skin, removing the old to make room for the new.
At this point, a faint residue and scent of the oil may remain on your skin; this is fine. Let it moisturize and plumpen your glowing skin!
Depending on your routine, you may choose to follow the cleansing experience with some added moisture: usually a couple more drops of the oil massaged into skin and, should you desire it, a spritz of a face mist. I like to rub the two together—a couple drops of oil and one spritz of the face mist—in my hand and then apply the mixture to my face. Oftentimes, I wear this combination under makeup; its delicious plant power secretly heals my skin under makeup and makes my powder foundation stay in place all day.
At night, I like to truly nourish and love my skin with an extra layer of cream. I apply the Ultimate Face Cream after cleansing or after an additional massage of the oil-mist mixture.
But, again, only one product is necessary if you want to clear space in your home and in your mind. Use the Face Oil as your cleanser, your makeup primer, and your follow-up moisturizer. Find the routine and magical combinations that work for you.
This oil is my love offering to you, the first product I ever created to heal my skin so many years ago. When I used it, I discovered that I was able to touch my face with my own love: to grace it with what was created with my own hands. And, feeling that, my skin healed. My hope is to pass that feeling—the feeling of plant goodness and my labor of love—on to you.