Washing your face with oil sounds a bit kookie…but it really works! It works better than most make-up removers and it helps to remove all those blackheads and whiteheads you can never seem to get rid of.
Basically it is what it sounds like. Washing using oil. The method is very relaxing (as long as you don’t have a child screaming about what pajamas to wear to bed in the background). Knowing that oil dissolves oil is very important in this process. Basically, you are using good oil to dissolve and wipe away all the dirty oil from your face, then replenish with more oil. No chemical involved at all to strip your face and make it feel tight. On that note, your face may feel tight if you have hard water or high chlorine in your water. I use our shower head filter to run the water to wash my face for better results, or you could boil water…but that takes time!
So, you need only a few things. Castor oil, a moisturizing oil, a facecloth and a hand towel.
Good oils for all skin types include:
- sweet almond
- argan (expensive)
- sunflower seed
Good oils for other skin types are:
- avocado – dry or aging
- apricot kernal- dry aging
A few things to note. Castor oil can be very drying so make small batches to start in case you need to change your oil ratios. Also, remember that the time of year and your climate may also dictate you needs.
There are many basic ratios you can follow, the important thing to note is all of them have normal skin with a 1:1 ratio.
Oily skin – 2/3 castor oil, 1/3 carrier oil (2 tsp castor, 1 tsp carrier)
Normal skin – equal amounts of oils
Dry skin – 1/3 castor oil, 2/3 carrier oil
The “how to” part.
- Premix your oils in something (I use the original sweet almond oil container). Turn on your water to very warm. Warm your facecloth under the tap until needed.
- Rinse your face with warm water then use about a quarter sized amount of oil and gently massage it all over face. Work it into the blackheads and all the little areas. Massage always in upwards circular motions to get it into the pores. Do this for about 2 minutes then let the oil sit for about 30 sec.
- Heat your wash cloth until almost too hot for your face. Lay the facecloth over your face, cover with hand towel and relax until it cools…about 30 seconds-2 minutes. Gently begin to wipe off the oil. Rinse your cloth, really well.
- Repeat step 3 one to two more times but wiping face with hand towel so you don’t rub with the oily cloth.
- OPTIONAL: If you need a bit of moisturizing you can dab a bit of your oil mixture on to the areas. Just be careful not to add too much or it wont absorb in or refer here for my face oil recipe
Coconut oil is not recommended for use on face for everyone…it does clog pores and may contribute to blackheads. I use coconut oil on my eyelids and under eyes. It is really great for wiping away mascara and eye make up before washing your face.
That’s basically it. It can take your face a week or so to adjust to the new way of washing…as in not over producing oils, like in your hair!
- make sure you are steaming your face and cleaning the dirty oil off well.
- try a different oil ratio
- try a different oil
- If just beginning the ocm, you could mix just small amounts in your hand to see what ratio was best for you
My new oil blend is 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 sweet almond oil and 1/3 avocado oil. It’s wonderful. Basically, just pour into a container and shake. Away you go!