ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
One of the new trends in skincare is the Asian system of multiple steps (sometimes as many as 17) for pre washing, washing, toning, serums and moisturizers etc. While this is a great system – if you have the time – it is impractical. So we only add steps to our daily routine when they are extremely effective. We thought we’d share our favorite way to make sure our face is EXTRA clean. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. That’s right, we said oil. Don’t run and hide because oils can have so many benefits when used correctly. Let us explain how we use it and why it’s our newest fav!
Step 1: Pre Cleanse to Lift Away Dirt and Makeup
The first step is to use our favorite extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to pre wash your face. Think of a pre-cleanse like giving a dirty dish a rinse before putting it in the dishwasher. It essentially makes sure you really end up with a perfectly clean face! We get ours from Olive En Folie, an amazing local store we trust to have the best quality. We suggest you use EVOO which is made without the use of chemicals and additives. It is the purest and healthiest option and contains the highest amounts of antioxidants. All the oils from Olive En Folie have gone through a strict qualification program and are tested to ensure a pure, high-quality product. There’s been some recent news about EVOO’s that aren’t pure, so make sure you trust the company you choose! Organic olive oil is rich in Vitamins A, E, D, E and K. We apply a few drops of Olive en Folie's California Arbosana olive oil to skin with our fingertips and rub gently in a circular motion. This loosens both your makeup and the dirt of the day. Not only is olive oil a great cleanser but it removes waterproof mascara easily and is gentle around the eye region.
Step 2: Cleanse for a Perfectly Clean Face
The second step is to use your favorite cleanser. We recommend something like Spectrogel or the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser. These are effective and inexpensive. Apply a quarter sized amount of the cleanser to a clean cloth (we use a clean cloth every morning), wet with lukewarm water (extreme temperatures are not good for your skin), and cleanse your entire face, again using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water splashing all over. Gently dry your face and get ready for the next step.
Step 3: Apply Serum to Transform Your Skin
Last but not least, we put one large pump of our JOH Essential Serum onto our fingers and place a dot on each cheek, forehead and chin. Gently apply, in an upward motion until all the serum is absorbed. You will notice that it absorbs very quickly, due to our nano-dispersion technology, and your skin will feel super silky. Let your skin rest a moment. Next apply your eye cream all around your eyes, out to your hairline (think crows feet). Our eye cream will be available at the end of this year but go ahead and use your favorite one for now! The last two steps are the application of your moisturizer, again using your fingertips (ours will be available also at the end of this year) and if it is in the daytime, the apply a broad spectrum SPF cream. All this should take you about three minutes to get your skin ready for the day or night. The oil is an amazing step because it makes sure your face is perfectly clean and ready to absorb all the benefits of the serum! It’s a must. Try it and you’ll see why we have grown to love this extra step so much.