What I am about to say may sound crazy and completely backwards, but before you accuse me of being a mad woman just hear me out. Go into your bathroom, find your commercial facial cleanser, and throw it right into the trash can! That's right. Peace out soapy, pointless suds. You're no longer needed and your harsh chemicals do nothing but strip our pretty little faces of their natural goodness! You see, every inch of our skin secretes oil. Even if you have dry skin, it still has oil on it! When skin is stripped of its natural properties/sebum it goes into overdrive...which leads to clogged pores and a whole array of skin issues! According to chemistry, like dissolves like; what the oil cleansing method does is dissolve the dirty oil from your face and then replenishes it with clean and nourishing oil. So no matter your skin type- oily, dry, aging, etc, the oil cleansing method is for you!
Are you ready to give it a try?
The best oils for cleansing
Castor: You will definitely need this one in your oil mixture. It's what does the major cleansing and dissolving, and it is antibacterial.
Jojoba: All skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin.
Sweet Almond: Rich in fatty acids, for all skin types, especially oily.
Grapeseed: All skin types, especially sensitive or oily.
Avocado: Vitamin rich and thick, great for dry and aging skin.
Sunflower Seed: Deeply nourishing, great for all skin types.
Apricot Kernel: Very moisturizing and great for all skin types, especially dry or aging.
Argan: High in vitamin E and absorbs quickly, great for all skin types.
Hazelnut: Astringent, works great for oily skin.
Olive: Conditioning and great for all skin, especially aging.
Once you've picked your oils here are the base ratios for creating your mixture!
These are just a starting point and are not set in stone. Only you know what feels the best for your skin, so don't be afraid to experiment and play around with it!
Normal/combination skin: equal parts castor oil and carrier oils
Dry skin: 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oils
Oily skin: 2/3 castor oil and 1/3 carrier oils
You can jazz your mixture up with a few drops of essential oil to enhance the health benefits!
Some of my personal favorites (so far) include-
Lavender: Calms and soothes skin, balancing, contains antioxidants that slow aging.
Tea Tree: Antibacterial and cleansing, rejuvenating, prevents breakouts.
Frankincense: Tones and lifts skin, anti-aging, fades dark spots.
Lemon: Balances and brightens, great for blemishes.
Neem: Restores skin tone, antibacterial/antiviral, fights breakouts.
I recently re-committed to my oil cleansing ways, and in just in a few weeks I've seen a big difference in my skin! I believe this method does its best magic when used in the evening before bed; not only does it clean your skin, it also removes all traces of makeup. When you're ready to use simply massage a small amount on your dirty, makeup-filled face. There's no need to wet your face before hand because the water will just cause the oil to roll around (which is slightly annoying), so slather it on while your face is still dry. While you're massaging it in let your water run so that it gets very hot. Wet a washcloth with very hot water, and just hold it on your face for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times, and then start wiping away the oil. Guess what? You're done! Easy Peasy! Your skin will feel glorious and you will want to run through a field of flowers. If you don't love it right away then give it a little bit time. It may even be super weird for you at first, but after some adjusting you might just start to love it!
Have you oil cleansed before? How did you feel about ditching the face suds?