My normal to oily, sensitive and blemish-prone skin has gone through so many challenges. Indeed, this young skin (I’m just turning 18) with never-ending problems (blackheads, pimples, cystic acne) needed a clean break! And by that, I mean really clean!!! So, when I got the Truth In Aging email my mother forwarded to me, I was so intrigued. It was about a natural cleansing product that would not only remove make-up but also exfoliate, detoxify, soften and restore moisture and balance to my skin! It was then a no-brainer that I should put this “multi-tasker” to a serious test.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Cleaning Oil ($42) has many wonderful claims to be excited about. Upon opening the box, I was first impressed with the very sleek packaging. The dark brown bottle with white pump looks simple yet sophisticated. There were different ways to use the product: you could warm it up in your palms, apply it to a dry face, then add a bit of warm water and massage it into a slightly creamy texture and rinse away, or you could use a cotton pad without rinsing.
I tried both ways at different times. I found that for my skin and depending on the amount of concealer and eye makeup products I have on, using the product both ways (in that order) provided the best results. As I could see from the cotton pad that hardly showed a trace of leftover makeup, I felt confident that this cleansing oil did its job. I was also pleasantly surprised by its tropical, pina-colada like scent, which I enjoyed because most makeup removers/cleansers do not have a particularly inviting smell. It was able to remove my waterproof mascara with such ease! It is true that just a couple pumps of this colorless light oil is enough to “effortlessly lift away impurities and makeup!”
There’s no denying it worked fabulously as a makeup remover the very first time I used it. Still, I used the cleanser religiously morning and night whether or not I wore makeup because I wanted to see if it truly would detox my problematic skin. After just two weeks, I noticed that my complexion had greatly improved, with blemishes remarkably diminished and skin so moist and soft!
The cleanser’s vitamin B is found in the curcubita pepo or pumpkin seed oil (which is also rich in vitamin A, C and E), papain and carica papaya or papaya seed oil (also rich in vitamin C and minerals) and provides the powerful antioxidants and fatty acids. Another key ingredient, helianthus annuus or sunflower seed oil, is rich in vitamin A, C, D and E, and known to be an excellent treatment for acne. In addition to these organic oils, Active Moisture also contains tocopherol, a natural non-GMO vitamin E, along with proprietary natural and organic fragrance. One particular ingredient I haven’t really heard of before is the di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate. However, the cosmetic data base resource I consulted did not really find it harmful, describing it as a “skin conditioning agent, emollient, surfactant solubilizing agent.”
There is still a fourth of the product left in the 4 oz bottle after these four weeks of use. I definitely will order another one soon. I highly recommend it because it is effective in not only cleansing but also nourishing my skin, which is now looking healthier than ever before!