This post is pretty special to me. My journey to healthier choices began with the Oil Cleansing Method, which led me to researching Essential Oils, and ultimately to beginning this blog. It sounds trite, I know. But it’s true.
OIL CLEANSING METHOD
If you’ve never heard of oil cleansing, the basic idea is “like dissolves like”. You put a specific combination of oils on your wet face, massage it in like you would a cleanser, which dissolves any dirty oil and impurities already on your face, then replaces them with the clean oils. Believe it or not, but this is actually a great cleansing method for oily and acne prone skin because it breaks the cycle of stripping skin of it’s natural oils. But it can also work great with dry skin, sensitive skin, acne prone skin and even mature or wrinkled skin. The trick is you just need to know what oils and essential oils work best for you!
The basic recipe is one part castor oil, one part carrier oil (like apricot kernel, grapeseed, or jojoba), plus a few drops of essential oil boosters. Think of the castor oil as the cleansing agent. It breaks up and dissolves the sebum and impurities already on your skin. Then the carrier oil replaces the moisture that the castor oil removed. Finally, essential oils infuse your skin with concentrated complexion-loving ingredients. All highly customizable for your skin type. A great sample set of carrier oils can help you experiment without spending a bunch. Now for a couple handy dandy tables to help you choose the carrier oils and essential oils for YOUR skin type.
SO many options, right? Sheesh I know! Over the past three years, I have tweaked a recipe that is perfect for my skin. I have dry skin, like peeling dry skin. I also have hormonal acne, meaning I break out for about 5 days a month before my cycle, mostly around my nose and chin, but also on my chest too. As if dry acne weren’t complicated enough, I also have to worry about dark spots and wrinkles. Now you know why a store bought cleanser never worked for me. To save you a year (or more) of research, I have started offering four different oil cleansers- one for each skin type! I use my oil cleanser recipe for Sensitive/Mature Skin types in the winter and the one for Dry skin in the summer. But don’t worry, I have actually worked with others that have Normal/Combination skin and Oily/Acne-prone skin to develop recipes for them too!
HOW TO USE
How to use this oil as a cleanser, right? First off, you can do this in the shower or in the sink. Most of the directions you’ll find elsewhere are in the sink, BUT I prefer the shower. Anytime I try washing my face in the sink, it just makes a mess. You remember I’m messy, right?
Anyway, dampen your face with warm water. Pour out a quarter size amount of oil and massage on to your damp skin: face, neck and chest too if you like. Now crank up the water to HOT. Like ultra hot. Too hot to stand in the spray hot. Wet a washcloth and place on your skin for 30 seconds or until the washcloth cools, then wipe off. Rinse the towel and repeat. You’re basically steaming the oils into your skin. Keep with the cycle of steam, wipe, rinse until your face no longer feels oily to the touch. Depending on the oiliness of your skin, you may not need moisturizer after you get out of the shower. I always do. Also, you need to stick with a recipe for a couple weeks before giving up or switching around. You can expect some breakouts immediately after trying ANY new skin regimen, and this method is no exception. Give it a couple weeks and if you are still breaking out, consult the charts above again and substitute out one ingredient at a time. If you change it all at once, you don’t know what works and what doesn’t.
If you’re like me and the thought of a hot, steamy towel covering your entire face seems like water boarding, then do what I do. I fold the washcloth in half and put it first on the top half of my face, then wipe, rinse. Followed by repeating the process on the bottom half of my face, then the neck and chest. The idea is to have either your nose or mouth uncovered at all times to breathe. Yep, if you ever want me to spill all my secrets, a steamy washcloth will work.
So that’s it. The quick and dirty version of the oil cleansing method by skin type. So what’s your skin type? Tell me in the comments below and as always, feel free to ask me a question!