Have you heard of the facial oil cleansing method? I heard about it a few years ago, but I wish I had known about it as a teenager.
But first, let me be totally honest… I have troublesome skin (as seen above in my unedited, no makeup photo). I have been breaking out since I was thirteen years old, and I have tried just about every treatment available. Some of them a bit extreme, even. However, none of them have yielded any lasting results. I was hopeful that I would outgrow acne, but I don’t seem to be that fortunate. C’est la vie. I’ve come to accept my skin woes and decided to try to treat my skin as best as I can and forget about the blemishes.
Since my less-informed teenage years, I have learned quite a bit about commercial personal care products and the many unhealthy dangers they present, but that is a conversation for another day. Now, as a more conscious consumer, I prefer to seek out natural products for my beauty and personal care needs.
This is where the facial oil cleansing method comes in. To cleanse your face, you use a mixture of Castor Oil and Olive Oil as a facial to remove dirt and condition your skin. *Gasp!* I know, I know… putting oil on your face? Really? It’s so counter-intuitive, and goes against everything you’ve ever been told about skin care. Just, hang with me.
Castor Oil is an anti-inflammatory and works to draw out dirt and other gunk clogging your pores. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or Sunflower Oil) dilutes down the thick consistency of the Castor Oil and works to condition your skin to be nourished and glowing. By using these gentle oils, you are conditioning your skin, rather than using harsh chemicals and cleansers, which strip your skin too much. Cleansers cause dryness and irritation, and your skin will over-compensate by producing too much pore-clogging oil. Is this making sense? I hope so! If you’re willing to give it a go, keep reading for the simple the how-to.
Facial Oil Cleansing Method
The facial oil cleansing method is like a luxurious facial- without the pricey spa. So, to do this yourself, you’ll first need to make your oil with only a few supplies:
- Castor Oil (found in the laxative section of your pharmacy)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil
- Small, clean bottle
Your skin type will determine what ratio of oil will work best for your skin. Below is a guide to help you get started, but you may find that you need to adjust your formula for your personal needs. More olive oil will be more moisturizing (if your skin feels too dry), and less olive oil will prevent your skin from feeling too oily.
I have combination skin, and I like a ratio of 25% castor oil and 75% olive oil.
Once your facial oil is prepared, grab a soft washcloth and get the hot water running.
Place about a quarter-sized amount of oil in your hand and warm it up by rubbing your hands together.
Now, rub the oil onto your face using gentle, circular motions. If you need more oil to cover your skin, add more. Once you are satisfied, get your washcloth wet in hot water and wring out excess so the cloth is not dripping. Be careful to not burn yourself. Hold the cloth over your face and relax. Allow the warmth to open up your pores.
Once the cloth has cooled, remove it, and repeat the process another one or two times. After your last round, use the washcloth to gently wipe away the oil, dirt, makeup, and dead skin.
To finish, splash a bit of cool water on your face. If your skin is feeling dry, put a very small bit of moisturizer (I recommend coconut oil) on your face.
This can be done 2-3 times per week, depending on your skin. On the days in between, I recommend keeping your skin fresh with a pH balancing toner (recipe coming, soon). Be sure to store your oil in a cool, dry place.
Easy and wonderful! I love that I get a facial every time I wash my face. This method is my favorite. It doesn’t cure me of all my skin woes (only an act of God could do so), but my skin feels good and I do see a reduction in the frequency and severity of blemishes, so that’s a win in my score book.
Have you heard of or tried the oil cleansing method? What do you think? Join the conversation below!
Have a delightful day!
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is meant to be educational, and is not intended to cure, treat, or prevent any ailment or disease. I am not a doctor. Please consult your physician before starting an herbal treatment.