A year ago, I stopped washing my face and switched to the oil cleansing method. It's been amazing, and I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, most personal care products have ingredients you might prefer to avoid. Finding a cleaner/safer face wash is possible, though can be quite a task. Even then, many of these still strip the skin of natural emollients. Oil cleansing is a great option to normalize both dry and oily skin. The oil cleansing method not only has simple, safe ingredients, but will give you the most amazing skin, IF you take some time to find the right combo for you. Here's how:
Start with some organic castor oil. This is a great oil for breaking down oil, dirt, or makeup. Caution with castor oil though, you don't want to use it alone. Mix about 1/3 of castor oil with about 2/3 of another oil. The other oil and the exact proportions of your oil mixture you will likely need to play around with a little bit. You can use fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, even olive oil. I typically use about 1/3 castor oil to 2/3 fractionated coconut oil, and if my face is dry will substitute almond oil. Some people may only need 1/4 castor oil and 3/4 avocado/fractionated coconut/olive/almond oil.
To use: Mix a small amount of the combined mixture in your hand (maybe a teaspoon or so) and massage all over your face for a couple minutes. If you have eye makeup on you can remove that last with the same mixture. Put some hot water on washcloth, wring out, and place on your face until it cools. You can repeat this once or twice. Then use the washcloth to gently wipe everything off your face. Gently dry, and then follow with a light moisturizer or I really like a couple drops of argan oil. That's it!
- Your skin may take a couple of weeks to acclimate to this. Be patient and stick it out, it's worth it. Once your skin adjusts and you find your perfect combo of oils, you will have glowing skin that requires little extra moisture or care.
- This method also helps to regulate excessively oily skin, and can be really helpful for people that are prone to breakouts.
- This works equally well in the shower or sink, your preference.
- Get a stack of wash cloths to devote to this purpose. If you use any eye makeup, gray ones are nice. They don't need to be fancy but avoid super rough and scratchy ones, they will just irritate your skin.
- Adjust the mixture you use as needed. I use castor oil with fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil during the summer, but switch to argan oil or almond oil in the winter. If you are too dry, use less of the castor oil. If you are very oily you can likely use a little bit more, but still be cautious to always add another oil as well.
- I recommend doing this at night. In the morning, you can likely just use warm water alone.
- I like a few drops of argan oil with a drop of frankincense, morning and evening as a moisturizer.
- Occasional use of a sugar scrub after cleansing is recommended. I like lavender or lemongrass, tea tree is nice too. More about Young Living Essential Oils
Do you use the oil cleansing method? Love it?! What's your oil combo?