Do you know tamanu?
I’m 29 and I still have bad skin. I’ll just come out and say it. It’s not terrible, but at this point in my life, you’d think that I’d at least be able to go a few weeks without a random pimple.
Many months ago, I started experimenting with the Oil Cleansing Method. I made the mistake of using EVOO as my base. No. Bad! Olive oil is okay for every now and again use, but not every day – twice a day. It can, over time, clog the pores. I know this, because it happened to me.
So I started reading more about the OCM, and I read over and over about this magic oil called tamanu. I quickly found a good quality cold pressed (MAKE SURE IT’S COLD PRESSED!!) tamanu oil, and immediately started using it with my skin routine. (I order from http://www.beautyoils.co )
I also bought a Clarisonic, because I am ready to fight fire with fire. Here’s what I learned from using a Clarisonic:
1. Don’t push hard. Your skin will hate you, and you can even break surface capillaries, and be forced to have rosy cheeks and splotches for weeks until it heals.
2. Take the brush head off after every use.
3. Once a day is fine. Twice a day is pushing it. Every other day is ideal. I use mine every night before bed, but I had to build up to it.
4. Clean the brush head thoroughly! The Clarisonic works by exfoliation, so if you’re washing with a dirty brush, you’re pushing that into your skin. You won’t like the results.
5. Seriously, don’t overuse it. You can really do damage. Like cystic acne and such. Just don’t. Be excited, but don’t act on it.
My favorite thing about using a Clarisonic is that my face feels like it really takes in what I put on it. Several times a week I will use the Clarisonic, then put on honey and leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it off. I’m telling you, my skin has never been this soft.
Alright, back to tamanu. It’s kind of stinky. It’s not awful, though. It’s also very thick and sticky. I can see why that would keep people from wanting to use it. It’s borderline expensive, but a little goes a long way.
So how has it helped me?
I have very uneven skin tone and random break outs. I’d like to say that it’s hormonally based, but alas, it is not. At this point in the game, my hormones should be back in balance from having Audrey. Perhaps my face hasn’t gotten the memo yet.
Tamanu oil, for me, has evened my skin and healed old scars. It has also taken the breakouts I had and brought them down. Just a few days ago I felt a pimple coming on, so I stuck some oil on it before bed and when I woke up, it was gone.
I’m not lying.
I’ve never had anything work for me like tamanu oil. I almost keep wondering if it’s a dream and I’ll wake up from it.
My face still has a way to go to heal completely, but I leave the house with only mascara on. I hardly need any mineral powder because I’m finally comfortable in my skin.
For the kids, I use it on any injury they get to their face. Claire’s nose was starting to become raw from blowing it, and at night I stick the tamanu oil on, and by morning she’s healed. Incredible. Mae’s scar from the head hitting off the corner of the chair thus needing her forehead to be glued shut incident is reduced and improving. No joke.
I can’t make this stuff up.
Part of me was worried because I wanted it to work so badly that I sort of willed it to be in my head, but I’ve really seen the change.
I’m just glad I’m figuring all this stuff out now, so that when my kids grow up and need this, I can drop a giant ball of knowledge on them. BOOM.