My skin story
I have been on the search for a good cleanser for years. I’ve used all products, cheap to expensive all claiming to do simple to complicated things but I was constantly changing the products in the search for a solution for my skin problems such as dryness and oiliness at the same time (no seriously!) and a bad acne stage. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I started focusing on products with more natural ingredients, did I start seeing some more positive results.
Now I know everyone’s skin is different so I’m sure there are people out there who have an awesome adaptable skin type which means they can use the harsh cheap stuff – but not me.
If you’re curious what skin type you are I thoroughly recommend The Skin Type Solution by Dr Leslie Baumann. I read the book years ago to discover my skin type however I’m pleased to discover Dr Baumann has now made this information free online. This helps you to find out the ideal beauty regime and products for your skin type. For example, I discovered I should never use gel or foaming cleansers, which made a huge difference once I stopped using them.
So – back to the point at hand – In the last few years I have been looking for ‘the perfect cleanser’, focusing mainly on natural products. After spending a fortune on some very fancy, organic products I was still not happy with the results (or at least, I was getting fairly neutral results for such an expensive product). I was also now starting to become concerned about the amount of complicated (and scary sounding) ingredients I was still finding in these seemingly ‘organic’ products.
My biggest challenge had become my night time cleaning routine because I had to remove makeup from the dayand clean my face. My routine at the time was using strong makeup removers to get rid of heavy eye makeup, then cleansing my face with cream cleansers, which I would then often do twice to get the job done properly and even then my face never felt clean and I often got blemishes.
Then one day about two months ago, while casually wandering around the Fremantle Markets, I stumbled across MooGoo.
I’ll admit, it was the packaging that got my attention: a stainless steel bottle, cardboard coloured label and a picture of a cow. Then when I read the words “oil cleansing method” I was intrigued. I checked the label for ingredients, and was curious to discover the only ingredients were essential oils. Oils? To clean? I was at a point where I had to try something different, so I bought it.
MooGoo started when a dairy farmer adapted an ‘udder cream’ (used to keep cows teats in good condition) on a family member for their skin problems. MooGoo is now renowned as a product for people suffering from sensitive skin and skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis. Some Australian doctors even endorse MooGoo to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The company MooGoo are also a reputable sustainable company for the following reasons:
- They are Australian owned, and use Australian products
- They only source their natural oils from sustainable farms
- They are certified carbon neutral
- They use recyclable packaging
- They use natural cleansers (which break down to their natural components quickly in the water system)
Whilst MooGoo are not pioneers in this ‘cow teat solution turned human beauty product’ industry (Udderly Smooth have been operating in the USA for over thirty years), they do have the added advantage of being a more sustainable company. I recently ‘liked’ them on Facebook and love seeing their regular updates on product testing, asking users their opinions, and explaining more about their products.
The Cleansing Oil
There are two instructions for the cleansing oil – everyday washing and deep cleansing. The daily washing was simply to massage the oil into the face, shower, then rinse it off at the end. I was more interested in the night cleansing method though, so I thought I’d give that a go.
The instructions for deep cleansing are “massage the oil onto the face. Apply a warm wash cloth over the face to steam open the pores and allow the cleansing oils to sterilize the pores. Wash off with cold water and apply a moisturiser as normal”
Or, more specifically, this the way I did it:
- Tie your hair back (you don’t want oil in your hair!)
- Completely wet a washcloth (flannel) and squeeze out excess water. Fold it twice into a square.
- Dispense the oil onto your fingers (about half a teaspoon size) and rub into face
- Now take the washcloth and put it in the microwave* for between 20 to 30 seconds (depending on your microwave)
- While the microwave is heating the washcloth, massage the oil into the face. If you have heavy eye makeup on rub your eyes to release all the makeup.
- Remove the washcloth from the microwave carefully (until you know the right timing, be careful not to burn yourself) and first rub away any heavy makeup with the corners of the washcloth (i.e. eye makeup)
- Now place the washcloth over your face and let it sit there for a while, the steam will open your pores
- Wipe the oil off using the washcloth, then rinse your face quickly with cold water
- Apply moisturiser
*using the microwave is better than wasting water in order to get the right temperature, or waiting for a kettle to boil
According to MooGoo, the formula is made with ‘drawing’ oils (to draw dirt out of the pores) and moisturising oils (to keep the skin moist), with anti-oxidants and anti-ageing properties. There is also a selection of different formulas for different skin types.
Two months on, I am still convinced that this is the best cleanser I’ve ever tried. They tick all the boxes for me: simple, sustainable and it works. I am so impressed that I am going to stop looking for a new cleanser, and focus instead on trying other products in the MooGoo range.