Oil Cleansing Method
It will probably not be a surprise to some of you that I don’t wash my face with soap. I use the oil cleansing method. After all, I don’t wash my hair with shampoo, so why would I use soap on my face? I have a very frugal and green method of cleansing. I actually use a blend of oils to wash my face. I know- it seems counteractive to use oil on your face, especially if you have oily skin or are acne prone. Hear me out on this one!
Your skin produces oil. When you use oil to cleanse it, you are actually removing some of the oils (sebum) and impurities with it. Oil dissolves oil. When you use traditional skin cleansers, you are removing a lot of the oil and then replacing the moisture with a water based moisturizer because you are scared of putting oil back in the skin because it causes breakouts, right? Well, it could be doing more harm than good because when you remove all the oil, your skin works harder to replace it, making the skin more oily and prone to breakouts. Yikes. The oil cleansing method combats that problem.
You can buy this at the drugstore or grocery store. It is commonly known as a laxative. Castor oil is the main cleansing oil, as it removes impurities from your skin. It also has potent anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Chances are that you have olive oil in your cupboards for cooking. Olive oil is the lighter, more moisturizing of the two oils. Have you ever noticed how the Italian and French women have beautiful skin and never seem to age? They’ve discovered the secret of using olive oil on their skin.
What you want to do is make a mixture of the oils. Here’s a general ratio of oils:
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 70% Castor Oil to 30% Olive Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 50% Castor Oil to 50% Olive Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive Oil.
Acne Prone Skin: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your mixture. It is a natural antibacterial!
Obviously you’ll want to find a balance that works for your skin, but start with a small amount, try it, and go from there!
Get a nice washcloth out and start running your hot water. While waiting for the water get hot, put some of your oil mixture onto your fingers and start massaging it into your skin. When the water is hot, take your washcloth and get it wet, wring it out, and place it on your skin. Leave it on there until it cools down. It’s almost like a mini facial! Repeat until your skin feels soft and clean. Afterwards, if your skin feels a little tight, you can use the oil mixture, or even some coconut oil for moisturizing. Voila! You’ve successfully completed the oil cleansing method.
Have you heard of or tried the oil cleansing method?
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