Fresh Faced: Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

I am very picky about my cleansers. Well, if we’re being honest, I’m very picky about everything. But cleansers are an integral step in our skincare routine. We start and/or end our days with our cleanser. We are counting on them to remove dirt and grime from the day and to wipe off the makeup we rocked all day long and are now desperately ready to free ourselves from. They need to clean our face and make us feel fresh and invigorated. It’s a tough gig, but I think I found the gal for the job.

The Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil by One Love Organics is my holy grail of cleansers. Do I have an entire shelf filled with other cleansers in my bedroom? Maybe. But, do I reach for this one 90% of the time? Totally. This cleanser removes dirt and impurities while also restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier, which is one reason why I love this oil cleanser so much. So does my dry and acne prone skin. The Vitamin B cleanser contains papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften. It also contains a natural Vitamin B complex to detoxify and tone.

It may seem like a foreign concept to some out there, but oil can be a great combative to both oily and acne prone skin; crazy but true. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh, dewy and clean. I’m not a huge fan of that squeaky-clean feeling left behind by some cleansers. If you do that’s great, but maybe shy away from an oil cleanser. The oil moisturizes and cleanses the face all in one, which is wonderful for me. As an added, awesome bonus, the Vitamin B cleanser is killer at removing makeup; yes, even that pesky eye makeup. We just have to use a little extra product to get all the mascara off our eyes, but it definitely works. I use 1 pump when I’m just cleansing and 2 pumps when I’m trying to remove makeup as well as cleanse.

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I love giving my face a massage while applying the cleanser. It feels great and helps to get circulation flowing, which helps tighten our skin. Say goodbye to all those annoying wrinkles we’re all convinced we have. Obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight, but a face massage every night over the course of a few months, to a year,  will definitely improve our overall skin tone. Also as an added sense of pampering and luxury, it smells fantastic.

I apply the cleanser to my hands and rub them together to evenly distribute the product. I then massage it into a dry face anywhere from 30 seconds up to 1 minute. When it comes to removing the cleanser, it can be done in several ways. We can simply remove it with warm water, then pat dry with a washcloth. But, if we’re looking for a deeper clean, and a small amount of exfoliation, just saturate a washcloth with warm water and press it over your face, holding it there until the cloth loses most of its heat. Then repeat this process, but this time gently rub the cloth to remove the rest of the oil, hence the light exfoliation. This technique helps the cleanser to enter deeper into our pores, creating a deeper and more effective cleanse. However one decides to use the cleanser, it’s sure to be effective. I highly recommend checking it out!

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What’s In My Shower: Current Shower and Body Care Products

I am a notorious long shower taker; this fact has made me strive to become quick and efficient at taking showers to prove my roommates and mother wrong. Yes I can shower quickly and get everything done, just watch. It has taken me a while, but I would like to announce I have almost achieved this goal, I can now shower much quicker, but I still take around a half and hour, which totally beats my hour to an hour and a half showers in the past. I love shower products, but strangely am not a huge fan of showers themselves, not the getting squeaky clean and de greasing my hair part but the part that where it take me forever to shave my legs and rinse the conditioner out of my super thick hair, putting on lotion and waiting for it to dry before I get dressed and the exhausting feat of drying/ partially drying my super thick hair. Not to mention not wanting to get undressed in the freezing fall/winter weather to get into the shower.

Needless to say I have tried my best to buy and use, what I think are really good and effective, shower/body care products to help make my showering experience more beneficial.

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Lets start out with my favorite and arguably one of the most important things in the shower, shampoo. I absolutely love my shampoo. I have Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and to me it smells like almond extract, almond extract is literally the last ingredient listed in the shampoo, I checked, but still that’s the smell that stands out the strongest and to me it smells great. This shampoo was raved about on several of the YouTube channels that I watch and I wasn’t very satisfied with the one I was using at the time, so I decided to give it a try and I haven’t regretted it since. I have bought and used other shampoos, but I always come back to Acure. I love the formula and it does lather up, a bit, like conventional shampoo, which is nice. Plus the smell, don’t forget about the smell. It cleans my hair and keeps it clean for days, with the help of dry shampoo, for the grease, I wash my hair about three times a week and that seems to work pretty well for me.

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Right now I don’t really have a conditioner that I love I was using the Acure one and liking it, but I ran out, and my mom had extra of her Alba Botanica Hawaiian Conditioner in Mango, so since I’m lazy and cheap I decided to use that, instead of buying another conditioner for myself. The conditioner works fine, however once I use it up I will most likely buy another one from Acure or try out a new brand.

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About a year ago I switched from using body wash or body scrub to just using bar soap, I may write another post on why I decided to make the switch and why I like bar soap better, but for now I’ll just say I use bar soap, right now I am using an olive oil bar soap, from Kiss My Face, which is purely made of olive oil and water, it works well, I switch up my soap all the time just for the change, but I am liking this one. I have this cool homemade loofa, that you can put your bar of soap in, that I got from a craft show, it is really handy and helps the soap to last some much longer, it also gives me a gentle exfoliation as well. When I want a stronger exfoliation I use my homemade coconut oil body scrub. I do this once every two to three weeks.

For my face wash I alternate between a scrub and a cleanser, depending how my skin is feeling. At the moment I am using Acure Organics’ Argan Stem Cell + Chlorella Growth Factor Brightening Facial Scrub, which is a dark green color and smells of peppermint and I really like it. On the days where I feel like being a bit gentler on my face I am using Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, it’s okay, nothing to special about it, but it gets the job done.

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The shaving cream I am using right now is The Honest Company’s Sweet Orange Vanilla Shampoo and Body Wash. The reason I am using this is because I bought it to use as shampoo, but I didn’t like it very much, it left my hair feeling greasy and I felt like I needed to wash it every day, I just didn’t feel like it was getting my hair clean. However I didn’t want to let it go to waste, so when I ran out of my shaving cream I decided to repurpose it. I actually love this product as a shaving gel, it works great and leaves my legs feeling smooth and soft, plus it smells great too! It wasn’t that expensive so I honestly (no pun intended) might buy this product again to use as a shaving gel. Before using this, I was using Dr. Bronner’s shaving gel, which I thought was great too.

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Well that’s it, the contents of my shower have been revealed, I hope that you have found some products you might like to try, or found out a few products that we both seem to love, if any one has recommendations on shaving gel or conditioner or really any shower products that you love and think I should check out, please let me know!

 

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Favorite All Natural Facial Cleanser

My all-time favorite cleanser, right now, is Acure’s facial cleansing cream with Argan oil and mint. It is a very creamy and moisturizing cleanser. I love the way it makes my skin feel after using it. My skin feels silky and smooth when I rinse off the cleanser.

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I use my konjac sponge to apply and massage the cleanser into my face, and then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a washcloth. I follow up by applying tea tree oil to my acne scars and spots and then coconut oil to moisturize.

I bought this product online at Vitacost, but you can also find it, and other select Acure products, at Target and Meijer, as well as Acure’s own site online.

The cleanser is very gentle. I use it morning and night and my face never gets irritated. However, I would start out using it just once a day to make sure that your skin doesn’t react to it.

I have found that it does remove makeup, but I like to use a cleansing wipe prior to using the cleanser on days that I am wearing more heavy makeup, just to make sure that all of my makeup is removed.

This cleanser is my favorite for so many reasons, but one of them is because it contains so many nourishing and beneficial ingredients, including fair trade certified and Organic Olive Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, and Cocoa Butter.

These ingredients are particularly nourishing, and provide nutrients while moisturizing the skin.

What I like even more than those great ingredients, are the ingredients that this cleanser does not have. Along with being vegan, this cleanser is also free of parabens, phthalates gluten, silicon, and synthetics fragrances. It’s also made with food grade ingredients.

The best part about this cleanser is that it is full of amazing and nourishing ingredients and free of all the bad stuff that can irritate your skin.

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