Yes, you read that correctly. I never use soap to wash my face, I use oil.
I have been interested in natural beauty for a long time. My interest peaked when I got pregnant because I didn't want to use anything that had chemicals or additives while I was pregnant. You might think I am a bit crazy but actually make my own lotions at home and I've made many other personal care products myself as well. I came across the Oil Cleansing Method of washing your face and when I gave it a try I loved it. I will admit it sounded a bit strange when I first read about it but I gave it a whirl. Cleansing products I used in the past were very drying. The weird thing is they were drying my skin but also making it more oily. My skin tends to be on the dry side but when I would use a regular soap cleanser it stripped my skin of the natural oils and then my body was overcompensating and producing more oil leaving an oily film on my skin. I remember having to blot the oil off my face mid-day but still felt like my skin was dry and tight. If you can relate to this, I would give the oil cleansing method a try.
How does it work?
Something I never knew was a little bit of chemistry that says oil dissolves oil. Whether your skin is dry, normal or oily, there is a certain amount of oil on your skin. Using the oil cleansing method dissolves the oil on your face and carries away any dirt that you don't want on your face to clog up your pores and replaces it with clean oil from the cleanser to re-nourish your skin. When you use harsh soaps on your face, or even soaps that aren't as harsh it strips your skin of all the oils – even the good oils – and creates more dryness and more oil which is why many people have “combination skin.”
What is the Oil Cleansing Method?
The oil cleansing method involves two main ingredients – Castor oil and olive oil. The caster oil is an extremely good cleanser. It will remove dirt and dead skin cells from your pores without stripping the natural oil balance of your skin. The olive oil is a great skin nourishing oil that provides lots of anti-oxidants.
The amount of extra virgin olive oil and caster oil will depend on your skin type. Personally, I use a ratio of 3:1 (3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of caster oil). The first time I did it I used a ratio of 1:1 because I wasn't sure about how much to use and I found my skin to be slightly dry so I switched it up to this ratio and it works great. Here are the general rules for mixing the oil according to skin Type:
|Skin Type||Extra Virgin Olive Oil||Caster Oil|
|Dry||3 tablespoons||1 tablespoon|
|Normal||2 tablespoons||2 tablespoons|
|Oily||1 tablespoon||3 tablespoons|
You can also add other oils to the mixture for other healing properties like tea tree oil, lavender oil, rose hip seed oil, or any other essential oil. I add a few drops of tea tree oil to my cleanser which is great if you have acne prone skin.
How to use the Oil Cleansing Method?
Once you have your oil mixed up you are all set to wash your face. I keep mine in a small glass bottle with medicine dropper (shown in the photo) to dispense the cleanser neatly. Here are the steps:
- Start with a dry face and put a a generous amount of the oil mix into the palm of your hand then gently massage it into the skin on your face and neck.
- Once you have massaged the oil onto your face, get a wash cloth and run it under hot water in the faucet. Lay the cloth over your face as a bit of a steam treatment to let the olive oil soak into your skin.
- After a minute or so, use the cloth to wipe off the excess oil from your face.
That's it! You're face is clean. Some people feel they do not need any moisturizer after they do this cleansing method. Personally, since my skin tends to be try I feel I do need a little moisturizer. I use a moisturizer that I make myself at home which is also a mixture of a few different oils or sometimes I use my own homemade lavender lotion which smells awesome.
I started seeing a difference in my skin within a week of doing this cleansing method. Some people do this every night and some people only do it 4-5 times a week. I have been doing this most nights but if there is a night when I feel I don't need to then I just use a warm wash cloth and gently wipe my face.
If the thought of mixing your own cleanser just seems like another thing you have to add onto your to do list, you can purchase it already mixed up on my website here.