I wash my face with oil. I know, the thought of rubbing oil on your face seems very counter productive and may cause a case of the heebie jeebies when visualized. However, if you do not try this method of cleansing you are missing out. It's an Ayurvedic cleansing method that's been around for hundreds of years and used all over the world.
Before I explain how and why, I will share a few quick facts that will keep you reading. This will be the most inexpensive regiment you will ever come by. It's homemade, natural and toxin free. The ingredients are inexpensive, available and do not expire. Most importantly, it works. You will have dewy, glowing skin. It gets better, this cleanser multiplies as a make up remover and moisturizer.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO, recommended, though other options include Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil)
- Organic Castor Oil (Any Castor works but for your face, invest in good quality. A little goes a long way.)
- A small glass bottle tinted brown (You can buy this at Noah's.)
Why this works:
- For years, it has been engrained into our minds that oil is the enemy. Oil free cleansers, moisturizers and the like. Years ago when my mother gifted me a pH balancing oil to be applied to my face I was horrified. I now know better.
- Oil dissolves oil. This method of cleansing gently, naturally and effectively removes make up, dirt and black heads (sebum) from your face while moisturizing and exfoliating your skin.
- A blend of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Castor Oil achieve this. Olive oil has a similar pH to skin and is high in anti-oxidants which give it anti-aging properties. If you are acne prone or have hormonally sensitive skin you could try using Flax or Primrose Oil. I have not tried this myself but in extreme cases these oils may be better suited. Some trial and error may be required but finding your perfect blend will be well worth it and still far less expensive than trial and error at Sephora (Sorry Sephora, I Love You.)
- Do not underestimate Castor Oil. It literally pulls the dirt from the skin and has a drying affect. I used too much Castor Oil at first, which dried my skin and gave me a slight face lift effect, not the good kind. Let's talk ratios.
Ratio (Based on Skin Type):
- Oily Skin: 3:1. Castor Oil : EVOO
- Normal: 2:2 Castor Oil : EVOO
- Dry: 1:3 Castor Oil: EVOO
- Very Dry: EVOO Alone
- Step 1: Mix your Cleanser in your small glass bottle. We use a tinted bottle to protect the mixture from direct light. Keep the bottle closed when not in use. Chemistry is not my strong suit, just do it.
- Step 2: Gently shake your cleanser and pour amount equal to a quarter or slightly more into your palm. Massage into your face for one to two minutes. No need to remove make up first. It will begin to lift off of your face. As you massage this oily make up mess all over your face, have no fear, it will be removed from your skin shortly.
- Step 3: Soak your washcloth under hot water, and hold it over your face to steam your face. This will open your pores whereby the castor oil will enter and lift the dirt from your face. Stop steaming When the cloth cools or after about 50 seconds.
- Step 4: Rinse your washcloth and gently begin to wipe the oil from your face. Repeat this 2 - 3 times or until all oil is removed from your face. Remnants of EVOO will remain, this is ideal and will leave your skin moisturized. If any signs of eye make up remain you can apply a little more EVOO or cleanser around the eye area and wipe clean with your cloth.
- Step 5: Enjoy your clean, moisturized, toxin-free, make-upless face.
- You will need to buy an abundance of washcloths and you will be washing them frequently. Small price for perfect skin.
- There will be an adjustment period. You might find yourself feeling lazy and going for your traditional cleanser. Don't do it. Commit and you will be rewarded.
- Share your experience. Comment.