I know it sounds a little weird but, yes, I said it! Washing your face with oil has been called “The Oil Cleansing Method”. This is not as *new* as you may think. As a matter of fact, this is not new at all! Ancient Greeks and Romans used oil to bathe and also for their skin (face). But, here in the 21st century, we may consider it as new. So today we are going to turn off the faucet, put down the lathering cleanser, and get into this Ancient Secret to Beautiful, Flawless, Clear, Acne-Free Skin!
What is the Oil Cleansing Method?
First off, Oil dissolves oil, The oil-cleansing method is using oil to naturally dissolve the dirty oils on our skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals. We will get into which oils cleanses in just a minute. Oil, alone, will not bring on blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads, whiteheads…these are a result of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the buildup of these factors. There are two main reasons why women in particular have a hard time with their skin care regimen. One, they don’t know there skin type (thanks ennedear, for reminding to put in this my posts. Click here to visit her blog.)
Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we’re focusing on this oil as our primary oil. Castor Oil has been the focus of many books and medical discussion because of its seemingly “magical” healing properties.
“Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it.” ~Dr. McGarey, The Oil That Heals
Though it may be our most important oil, we won’t be using it in the amounts that we will the other oil (or combination of oils for those who want to take this a step further). A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you, surprisingly, with dry skin.
Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, we need to dilute it with another oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to the skin. Try Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Almond Oil. Carrier oils help in aiding the castor oil in transportation deep into the pores and allowing it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. The essential fatty acids, though they are not naturally occurring in the body, are a necessity for the health of our cell membranes. These acids help restore the skins natural moisture balance and help prevent unnecessary dryness. The secondary oil that you choose is entirely up to you and should be determined by your skins needs and the properties of that oil. Choose from natural, cold-pressed vegetable oils, as these have nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids that mineral oil and other refined oils don’t.
Your Personal Oil Blend
The starting point for creating your own, personalized skin cleansing oil blend is knowing your general skin type. Those with dry skin will want less Castor Oil. Those with oily skin will want to blend in more. Finding your perfect combination of oils will probably take a little bit of trial and error, so start with very small batches.
- Oily Skin: 75% Castor oil and 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil.
- Normal Skin: Equal Parts Castor Oil and Equal Parts Olive Oil
- Dry Skin: 25% Castor oil and 75% Extra Virgin Olive oil