A while back, I mentioned my switch from moisturiser to natural oils for my face, along with dumping the habit of drying out my skin from soap, and now that it’s been about three or four weeks, I figured that it was time to tell you about some progress.
Truth to be told, my acne only went down only while I was at home. Once I got back up to school, it started back up again (though not as severly as last year) because of the differences in water between Saint Charles and Kirksville. This is a bit of a bummer since I spend most of my time at school, but if things continue how they have been with there still being acne but not in as great of quantities, then I guess I’ll take it.
Some positive things, though: my skin is slightly less oily (not completely, but I’m a little better off), it no longer feels like it’s been completely dried from my showers, and my hands are less dried out. That one seemed odd to me, because it took at least a week or two to put the pieces together. But, as I see it, now that I’m using less soap, my hands are no longer being dried out. It’s gotten to the point where, for the first time in nearly four years, I no longer have to put hand lotion on every day. Awesome and money saving.
Another thing that I was not expecting was that my eye condition has improved. I have a chronic eye condition that causes a lot of, let’s call it ‘gunk’, to build up in my eyes, causing my vision to get blurry and there to be itching and redness and teary eyes. No fun, really. Well, I’ve noticed just as much ‘gunk’ being produced (maybe even more), but what has been really remarkable is that the pain and itchiness is gone–completely. It’s made me wonder if my eyes could have been negatively reacting to my moisturiser for the past five years.
I’m still experimenting with washing my face in hot water and using oil rather than my old soap/moisturiser formula, so I definitely do not have the full affects of the regiment yet. But, as I learn more about using natural oils and healthier/environmentally safer body products, I will let you know (I suppose that I should mention that I make my own body spray from water and essential oils, and it smells wonderful and is completely one of a kind).