We’re back again with another natural beauty tip - Oil!
The oil cleansing method has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the ancient Egyptians used oil on their bodies, faces, and hair to keep themselves looking beautiful. Before soap was around, this was the way to clean. Why?
Because like dissolves like, oil is the best solution for getting oil out of your pores and conditioning your skin, hair, and body (which is also skin but, whatever).
Acne sufferers and people with oily skin may cringe at the thought of putting MORE oil on their face, but the difference is that thick oils like the natural oils we produce (sebum) and coconut oil harden and clog pores. The oils used in this cleaning method do not thicken up and so, they slip into our pores, dissolve or pop the blackheads and other clogged up gunk out of the pore, and swish it away.
For those with oily, clog prone, acne prone, and sensitive skin, here is the recipe I use for my oils. I’ve used this once before but stopped (can’t remember why) and now I’m using it again! For most of my DIY recipes for beauty products I mix up small batches. That way, if it doesn’t work for you or you just don’t like it, you don’t have a bunch of premixed product and can find a use for the different ingredients that you still have left. Also, if you do like it, the product is usually fresher if you only mix a little at a time, same with dilutions. This means it works better and smells better, and there is smaller possibility for it going sour.
I use expeller-pressed (cold pressed) castor oil, jojoba oil (great for acne), lavender and tea tree essential oils.
The castor oil is the cleaning oil, it has a very similar consistency to human sebum, so it’s the best at cleaning out the gunk. Generally the rule is more castor oil for oilier skin, less for dry skin, because it can be quite drying.
Of all the different oils you can try, I settled on jojoba oil, because it can be used as a moisturizer on it’s own, it’s good for your hair and nails, and it’s the best for oily skin and for getting into your pores. It’s lighter than olive oils and other oils that work for dry skin, so I like it. Other options for oily skin are grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil. Try to get expeller pressed (cold pressed), because that means they don’t add any chemicals to the oil in the extraction process.
I also add tea tree and lavender essential oils because a) I have it around the house, b) it’s good for acne, and c) it smells good (to me).
2 parts Castor oil
1 part Jojoba oil
10 drops Tea tree oil
10 drops Lavender oil
Adjust to your skin type and preferences, put it in a squirt bottle, shake the crap out of it. You could also store it in a pump bottle or tupperware, but I don’t recommend a squirt bottle. Could get messy.
I rub oil generously on a dirty, greasy face for 5 minutes or so (or however long or short you want to). Then, you have severeal options:
1.Wash it off with a warm washcloth until you’re satisfied it’s gone
2. Use the warm (warmer than you would normally wash your face with) washcloth to steam your pores open by laying it on your face until the cloth cools, then rub the oil in more, then wash it off with the warm washcloth.
3. Use a steamer (read: hot water in a bowl with a towel over your head to keep the steam in) to steam your face, then massage it in and wash it off with a warm washcloth
Or my personal favorite..
4. Go into the shower and hang out for 5 minutes or so while you’re shaving, then massage it in and wash it off with a warm washcloth and finish your shower. I like this method because I wash my face with oil at night when I’m gonna take a shower, so this means I don’t have to worry about the oil getting in my hair if I’m going to shampoo. Also it means less washcloth waste.
The reason for steaming after you rub the oil on is that the hot steam opens your pores up, which lets the oil mixture seep down into your open pores, and pop the gunk out. With this method, you will feel little grainy things - that was in your pores, and is now out and about to be washed away. You’re welcome.
After this you can wash again with a face wash of some sort if you want, but I wouldn’t. It will probably confuse your skin and make the adjustment (purging) process a lot longer and more drawn out. Likewise, you can use a toner and moisturizer, but I’d go for a natural toner like Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel, then use jojoba oil to moisturize. Also coconut oil on your eyes - wonderful eye serum. Non-natural products will confuse your skin.
The oil cleansing method is not for everyone. As with every beauty tip, it’s based on how you adjust it to your personal skin and preferences. If you’re trying and after a few weeks you decide it just isn’t working, try a different method of oil cleansing or different oils/concentrations before you give up. Either way, if you have a month or so that you don’t need your skin to be perfect, it’s worth a try if this could give you the perfect skin you’ve always wanted in the end.
Happy Tuesday :)