Using oil to clean my face sounds like a contradiction. There is no way this could be good for my face, so I thought. Actually, since I have been cleansing my face this way for the past year or so, I have not had a breakout, my skin feels soft and more supple and I never have traces of mascara on my eyes in the mornings! Trust me, my guy is grateful for that (I was scary sometimes!).
The theory behind oil cleansing is that oil dissolves oil, meaning that it dissolves the oils from makeup and dirt from your skin, and whisks them away when you wipe off the oil. This method will naturally balance your skin’s oils, so even oily, acne prone skin will finally calm down! Plus you can tailor your ingredients to suit your specific skin types and needs. Keep in mind that using this method, you wipe off all the bad stuff and replacing it with oils that nourish your skin from NATURAL botanicals that will heal and protect!
Facial Cleansing Oil Base Recipe:
You will need castor oil, a base oil that works for your skin type, and essential oils that est work for your skin’s needs. Please buy organic, cold pressed oils for the purest and best quality. Skin is your largest organ. Do you really want to put toxic junk on your face? If you did, you would still be buying the commercial stuff. Just sayin’.
Castor oil is important because this will be your cleaning agent. It is a natural astringent, so it pulls out dirt and toxins from your skin. It is drying, so it is extra beneficial for acne prone skin. Don’t use straight up castor oil. Trust me, your skin will NOT thank you. The castor oil will be mixed into a base oil in ratios that change depending on your skin type.
- For oily skin the ratio will be: 30% castor oil to 70% base oil of choice
- For balanced skin the ratio will be: 20% castor oil to 80% base oil of choice
- For dry skin the ratio will be: 10% castor oil to 90% base oil of choice
Your base oils can also be tailored to meet your specific needs (isn’t DIY stuff just awesome!).
- Base oils for acne prone skin: hazelnut or sunflower oils
- Base oils for oily to normal skin: sunflower, grape seed, or sweet almond oil
- Base oils for normal to dry skin: grape seed oil, or apricot kernel oil
- Base oils for very dry skin: avocado oil or apricot kernel oil
Finally, add several drops of essential oils to really make it special. You can find which oils are best suited to your specific needs here!
How to cleanse with oil:
Pour your cleansing oil into the palm of your clean hand.
Massage the oil onto your DRY face in circular motions for at least a minute (more if possible)
Using hot water and a VERY clean wash cloth, wet the cloth and place it over your face. Relish in the feeling and smell of the steam as it opens your pores, softens the oil and allows the good stuff to penetrate into your skin.
Using the cloth, carefully and completely wipe the dirty off of your face. Pat dry.
Your face will feel soft and very clean. You may not need moisturizer after this method. When you wash your wash cloths, use hot water and some borax or baking soda in the water to ensure that you get all that dirty oil out! Also, don’t use fabric softener – liquid or sheets. You don’t want those toxins on your gorgeous face!
Finally, one more note. You skin WILL go through a period of “detox”. May breakout a bit more, be more oily, etc. Keep cleansing with your oil. It will balance out after a couple of weeks and the wait is SO worth it!
Here is my blend that I use every single night:
- 1 ounce castor oil
- 3 ounces sweet almond oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops lavender oil
In the morning, I swipe my face with a cotton ball that is saturated with witch hazel and then use my moisturizing oil blend (stay tuned for that post!)
Let me know what your thoughts are on this method? What is your blend?