What is it?
Oil cleansing your face is the most natural form of skin cleansing and good for your face regardless of age or skin condition. It works wonders for oily skin, acne, wrinkles, dry skin, combination skin...whatever it is..this is the answer. It is using natural oils to cleanse your skin.
How does it work?
Turn off the faucet, throw out the soaps and cleansers and astringents and get ready for a revolution in your skin!! Skin secretes oil for a number of reasons..that's how your skin takes care of itself. So here is a chemistry lesson.. like dissolves like.. So you are dissolving yucky dirty oil and wiping away make-up and clogged pores by replacing with clean nourishing oil. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works wonders. There is no soap, no suds, no chemicals!! This is the key. If you use these kind of products it strips your skin of it's oils so it over produces oil to try to help. So...then you get pimples, black heads and white heads and irritation ..yucky skin. (as my face was dry and peeling with pimples..I decided this might be true).
What to Use:
Two oils are used for oil cleansing. One main constant is castor oil. Castor oil is very cheap and has an array of health benefits. Castor oil is derived from the castor bean plant. Castor oil contains an extremely high amount of a rare and unusual fatty acid called ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid.
Castor oil exhibits strong pain-killing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, and anti-wrinkle properties due to its high content of this acid.
You also need a carrier oil for the castor oil..there are several to list, but personally I have been using Sunflower oil..most people have the best results with this combination..you may also use these:
Good Oil Cleansing Varieties
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
Olive (all skin types)
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
- Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)
Here is your recipe:
I personally do a 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 sunflower oil in a little bottle that I mix up myself and keep in the bath tub.
Here is how to do it :
1. Prepare your solution in advance and keep at the sink, tub, or shower where you wash your face at night with a washcloth nearby.
2. Massage the about a quarter size amount (or more) on to your face. Paying attention to rub in a few seconds on to each area of your face. Pretend you are at the spa and massage away.
3. Get your washcloth wet with hot water (as hot as you can stand it). With the oil all massaged in, place the wash cloth on your face and let it steam out your pores until the washcloth is cool. I do this step 3 times. Lay back, relax, and pretend you are at the spa..minus people yelling, fighting, and screaming outside the door. Take the washcloth the last time and gently wipe the oil off your face (not scrubbing, just wiping). Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer if needed.
Tips to take note of:
- Do not use other cleansing products when you switch, you will confuse the daylights out of your skin.
- Only do this once a day at night..I just rinse my face with warm water in the morning.
- I still apply my moisturizer (I use YES to Carrots Body Cream on my face)..recommended by my dermatologist...and YES to blueberries eye cream..along with ROC at night
- it may take a week or two for your skin to adjust but is so worth it!!
- you can add essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender essential oil (if your face is oily or acne-prone) or carrot seed oil or rose hip oil for normal/dry skin or even some rose essential oil or myrrh essential oil if your skin is aging. In all cases, just use 2-3 drops of each oil in your mixture. (I have not done that yet)
|My products..so cheap to do!!|
|No one should be pictured this close without photo shopping..but here is my skin after 2 weeks..it feels great!|