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Natural Skincare: DIY Face Massage Using Almond Oil


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You may have noticed that we are a bit obsessed with all natural beauty products here at Peaceful Dumpling. For me, personally, it’s been a long way coming. When I first began having some sort of skincare routine at 14, I used a lot of Biore cleansers, St. Ives apricot scrub, not a whole lot in the way of moisturizers, and lots of Wet n’ Wild and Cover Girl. No wonder my skin was not happy (and my foundation never quite matched my skin). In college, with some initiative and more cash from part-time jobs, I started using more expensive brands like Nars, Laura Mercier, and that ultimate throwback to circa 2005, Bare Essentuals. Still, I thought I was doing the right thing by using that orange Neutrogenia anti-acne cleanser, supplemented by an Olay lotion. After college came a series of expensive potions that promised perfect skin, but I never thought to really explore natural products until fairly recently–and  I’m really happy I started making the switch! Now, it seems a natural extension of my lifestyle sans processed, packaged foods and chemical household cleansers. It’s really liberating to know that there are no chemicals and additives in these products, and they make me feel so pampered whenever I use them. I’m still working away on my Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, but these are what I use after cleansing.

1. Immediately after patting my face dry, I spritz liberally with this Coconut Water Toner from EveryDay Coconut. Coconut water is really good for balancing the pH of your skin. You can also wipe away gently with a cotton pad but I let it absorb because it feels very refreshing and hydrating. I’ll also sometimes just spray it on in the middle of the day when I feel like I need a pick-me-up. (Also a bonus: this company was founded by a Togolese to empower locals–10% of proceeds go to support community projects like education and women’s health).

2. Then, I apply dime-sized amount of Pangea Organics Facial Cream (I use Nigerian Ginger with Lavender & Thyme for normal to combination skin). Ginger extract nourishes and balances the skin while lavender soothes.

3. I finish with AuraCacia Organics Sweet Almond oil to lock in the moisture. I originally bought this oil to experiment with oil cleansing method that Mary recommended. I still sometimes use this with a cotton pad after washing my face, which gets rid of traces of makeup you never knew existed. If you want to try this, just wash your face afterwards, then follow up with toner. Otherwise, you can use it over your facial cream/moisturizer so that it creates a protective layer. You can even use this to give yourself a one-minute DIY face massage, which drains your lymph nodes, prevents swelling, and promotes better blood flow (read: prettier skin!).

Just a little bit goes a long way, so start with a pea-sized amount and add more if you need it. And make sure you don’t pull your skin unnecessarily, which can help create wrinkles. And feel free to use other organic oils like coconut oil or argan oil.

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Step 1. Use your fingertips to massage around your cheekbones in a circular motion. Continue all the way up to your temples.

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Step 2. Press onto the sides of your nose, all the way down to your nostrils, then the bottom of your cheekbones (following your laugh lines).

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Step 3. Round your hand as if holding a tennis ball, and lightly tap all over your face to stimulate blood flow.

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Step 4. Use your fingertips to gently massage your chin and neck in an upward motion. This will define your jawline and keep your neck looking young! Be careful not to tug on your skin since your neck skin is very delicate.

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Juhea Kim
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.
  • Mary Hood

    I can’t wait to try these massage techniques!

  • Juhea Kim

    Thanks Mary! By the way, I started these products almost around the same time so I can’t say which is affecting my skin the most, but I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference with my problems of breakouts and uneven texture. I think the pH balance with toner is making a big difference–just feels like it! And after I massage with a bit of oil my face feels more firm and elastic, if that makes sense. 🙂 I hope you like it!

  • I would love to try more natural products, but I worry about the oil causing acne. Do you have any feedback about that? This is a really great feature as there are so many ‘kind’ cosmetic products out there, but they are usually hard to find – especially which ones work best. Thank you for this!

    • Juhea Kim

      Hi Jana, it’s true that we’re so used to taking oil away from our skin that when we first start adding them to skin, it takes some getting used to. I found that what works best for me is using only a very little bit of oil and building up if I need to. Find what amount works best for you because at first I was using a lot more than I needed.

      If you’re still worried a great way to dip your toe in the water (or oil) is to use it before cleansing. I suggest cleanser>oil, then wipe with cotton ball>cleanser with water again. you’ll find that oil gets rid of whole bunch of stuff you never knew existed.
      Finally when you’re using oil on your face it’s really important to rinse all corners of your face very carefully. Tell tale sign is breakouts around the edges of your face and hairline.
      It sounds like a lot of work but the payoff is literally glowing skin! After I do this little 3 step routine my face looks and feels very happy–and somehow very *natural* as well, which feels different than using chemical laden, expensive creams. Give it a try and let us know!
      p.s. we have a lot of natural beauty brands/products/techniques here so check out Get Glowing!

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