It’s very important to cleanse your face each night. Dirt and make-up can clog up your pores, so your skin can’t breathe and repair itself. So to achieve flawless skin, you should cleanse each evening, because your skin does most of the repairing at night.
Now most of us cleanse our face with store bought product, which contain aggressive chemical ingredients. These can leave your skin feeling taut. But there is an alternative for these aggressive cleaners, which is the oil cleansing method.
Why Use the Oil Cleansing Method?
The oil cleansing method works this way: instead of washing your face with a soapy cleaning product, you use oil to clean your face. This may sound a bit weird at first. Many people will think that oil only makes your face more dirty, because it is a greasy substance, but this is not true. Oil will cleanse your face as well as any store bought cleaner, but it won’t strip the skin of its natural oil’s and it doesn’t damage the skin with chemicals.
As many people know, oil and water do not mix. When you pout water on oil, the oil will float on the water, as you see in the picture above. Now dirt and mace-up that gets on your face during the day, are also oil based substances. So they won’t mix with water. But many store bought cleaners are actually water based. So these products need to contain harsh ingredients, like sodium laureth sulfate, in order to clean. But these ingredients strip the skin of all its oils, not just the dirt and make-up, but also the skin’s own oils as well. Many people with oily skin may think “well, that’s a good thing”, but in fact, it’s not. Your skin needs these oils in order to stay healthy.
So instead of making a water based cleaner, which requires harsh chemicals, we can also use oil to cleanse our face. Like I just told you, dirt and make-up are oily substances. And water and oil doesn’t mix, but oil and oil does. So when you use oil to cleanse your face, all the dirt and make-up will mix in with these oils and your face will be super clean. But by using oil, your skin won’t dry out and get damaged by the harsh ingredients.
People with oily skin might be a bit scared to use oil on their faces. But there’s no need for that. You don’t have to be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not make your skin greasy or cause break-outs. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads and whiteheads, are a result of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the buildup of these factors. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. By not using regular cleaners, the skin will not be stripped of its oils, so there is no use for the skin to produce extra oil. Therefore your skin may even get less oily when you use the oil cleansing method.
How to Make your Personal Oil Blend
To cleanse your face, you first need to make an oil blend. The main ingredient in the oil cleansing method is castor oil. Castor oil is the oil with cleaning abilities. Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing. That’s why this oil is ideal for the Oil cleansing method. But castor oil alone is really thick and strong, and is not the cheapest oil either. That’s why we are going to make an oil mixture. We are going to use sunflower seed oil to mix with the castor oil. This oil is a lightweight oil that nurtures but does not clog the skin, and it’s not expensive at all. If you don’t have sunflower seed oil, good alternatives are extra virgin olive oil, or almond oil.
Now we are going to mix the two oils together. The ratio between the two oils depends on your skin type. The dryer the skin, the less castor oil you should use. The following blends are just suggestions. My advice is to start off with the suggested blends below, try it for a while, and adjust the blend to your personal preferences. I made the dry skin blend.
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil. Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil. Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.
How To Use The Oil Cleansing Method
Now that you’ve made your personal oil blend, it’s time to clean your face.
Take a bit of the oil in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to warm the oil, and apply it to your face. Now use your fingertips to massage your face. This will make sure that it loosens all the dirt and gets everywhere on the face. Take as long as you need to massage your face. You can just work it in quickly if you’re hasty, or take the time to relax while massaging the face. The longer you massage, the better the treatment will work, but it’s not necessary.
For the ladies who wear make-up, this method is ideal. We are used to first remove all the make-up and then clean the face. With the oil cleansing method, there’s no need for that. It removes make-up and cleans your face in one step, which saves time. So go ahead and massage the oil over your eyes. You’ll see that the make-up comes loose easily. Now you can take a cotton pad and remove the make-up in the area around your eyes. If you don’t wear any make-up, you can just skip this step.
Now take a sponge, wash cloth or a small towel. Run this under a hot tab. The steam will open up your pores and remove the oil. The Castor Oil, though it is an oil, will help with the removal of the other oils. It is our main cleansing oil and is easily removed with warm water. Cold water won’t work. Wipe the washcloth over your face, removing all of the oil. Now run the towel under the tab again and wipe the face again until all the oil is removed.
Now pat the face dry. Feel how clean your face feels. It won’t feel oily or dirty at all. But you won’t get that taut feeling either. Your face feels soft and clean. You can apply moisturizer if you want, but probably you won’t even need it.
Warning: it is possible that the first few days you use the oil cleansing method, your skin gets a bit confused by the change. This may result in more oily skin or breakouts the first day’s, because the skin is still used to getting it’s oils stripped. Just continue the treatment and see again in one or two weeks. Your skin should react better to the method now.