Oil cleansing may be something that you have seen floating around the internet here lately. I began using this method about a year ago when I was in search for a natural way to clean my skin. I was in the market for a natural method that would leave my skin both soft and acne free without having to turn to harsh chemicals. My personal interest stems from the fact that I am acne prone when stressed. This left me feeling very embarrassed and frustrated as I am sure you can all relate to. I first heard of oil cleansing through the wonderful world of blogs. I thought I might as well give it a shot. What did I have to lose?
Once I started using this method I began to see results pretty quickly. It might take a couple days depending on your skin to adjust, but I simply have not found a better solution than this, and bonus, this method is much less expensive and all natural! It does not get any better than that. When I paired this method with simple diet changes (gluten free, probiotics) I truly began to see healing from the inside out. Today I want to share just what oil cleansing does and how easy it is to do it.
Did you know that our skin is the largest organ on our body? It also play many important roles. Some of those being:
- protective barrier (keeps disease-causing pathogens and organisms out)
- self-healing properties
- balances moisture loss or gain
- regulates temperature
- nutrient storage and synthesis
Our skin also absorbs everything we put onto it. The skin is a gatekeeper which allows good substances to enter and nourish while trying to keep the bad out. Just think about the skin’s role in absorbing Vit D through the sun! It is important that we give the skin what it needs both inside and outside as it is a huge factor in our health.
Factors Causing Skin Problems
There are many factors that can cause skin problems and most of them are lifestyle factors that we can have control over. These include:
- nutritional deficiencies
- poor food choices
- digestive issues
- products with harsh chemicals and irritants
Most blemishes occur due to inner imbalances. The great news is that these are things we can try to rebalance with lifestyle changes. Let’s discuss using oils that nourish the skin.
What is Oil Cleansing?
This website devoted to the oil cleansing method points out that oil dissolves oil. It goes on to say:
“The basic concept of this method is that the oil used to massage the skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open up the pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed.”
This method is cheap, easy, and soothing.
What you Need
You need two oils. The first oil is Castor oil. Castor oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties as well as cleansing and healing properties. This oil will be used in smaller amounts than your other oil as it can leave your skin very dry. The second oil will be used to dilute the castor oil while offering its own healing properties. I personally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as most experts would recommend. Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants Vit A and Vit E. These vitamins help to repair and refresh the skin leaving it soft and smooth. In addition to these two basic oils, I now use tea tree oil, which is a 100% pure essential oil. Tea tree oil is a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment that has been show to improve acne. You will mix 1 part castor oil to 5 parts olive oil. Only a few drops of tea tree oil are needed. After experimenting, if your skin is too dry you can add more olive oil to even out its moisture. It is easiest to store your mixture in a mason jar with a lid.
- Step One: Apply 1 TB of your oil mixture into the palm of your hand and rub the oil gently between your hands to warm it.
- Step Two: Apply to face and massage the oil into your skin gently and patiently. Enjoy the little massage.
- Step Three: Damp a washcloth with warm water (not soaking) and apply over face and allow it to warm the skin for a few moments. This is a nice pore opening exercise which I always treat as my “spa” time.
- Step Four: Gently wipe the oil from the face with the washcloth until all the oil is removed.
That is all! If you want you can add a small amount of a nourishing oil as a final moisturizer. I often apply a small amount of coconut oil.
As I mentioned there may be an adjustment period in the beginning where toxins are being pulled out. Give it a few days and the skin will begin to even out. This method can be done daily, but is not necessary to do morning and night. It is best to wash only at night and simply throw some warm water on your face in the mornings as your face should be cleansed from the night before. You will also most likely need to experiment with your ratio of oils when beginning to find what works best for your skin type.
We are curious, have any of you adopted this routine yourself? If so, have you also seen good results?