Something amazing happened to me a while back. I stumbled across a method a facial cleansing that I absolutely love! Oil cleansing.
No kidding… I’VE BEEN WASHING MY FACE WITH OILS.
Yes, this may seem contrary to everything you were ever taught in high school. It may not be popular with advertisers, large corporations, or Dow Chemical. It might seem odd to rub the very dreaded substance on your face that strikes a cold-blooded fear into the heart of a teenage girl, but yes, oil cleansing is in fact a method of facial cleansing, and a fantastic one at that!
“How does it work?” You cry!
Your skin is an organ. It should be treated accordingly with grace and humility. It knows how to care for itself if you let it, and it doesn’t need you fouling things up with your abrasive, toxic, chemicals. Your skin needs and makes its own oils to function properly, and your goal is to let it breathe, keep it balanced, and to provide support. In chemistry, “like dissolves like.” The oil cleansing method dissolves impurities clogging your pores and gently removes dirt, black heads and other “fairly-nasty things” that I don’t need to describe. It is an easy method that can be used as a make-up remover, cleanser and moisturizer in one. (Ladies, can I get a hallelujah!)? The supplies are simple. Just common oils and a wash cloth, and a drop of essential oil if you want to get fancy. Here’s the method…
…But first, lets discuss castor oil. I had always thought of castor oil as a one-trick pony that desperate women use to kick-start their labors. Well, if you’re with me on that, we have been sorely mistaken! Castor oil is one of the must-have’s in the oil cleansing arsenal. It is a multipurpose wonder-oil of yesteryear. From a bygone era, it’s praises have been sung worldwide and it’s applications almost too numerous to list. It is commonly used as a laxative, lubricant, (even for mechanical parts), a mold inhibitor,as an ingredient in many food and skin care products, and as a potent home remedy for many healers across the globe. And that’s not all. It boasts many modern medical applications in the the general areas of gastrointestinal, antimicrobial, anti-infammatory/analgesic, immune system and lymphatic stimulant, and as a labor stimulant. The amazing things it does for your skin alone was enough to have me sold on it!
I have healed a skin condition of my own with castor oil:
A few years ago I went to a Western doctor for a cyst I had discovered on my shoulder. Of course, I thought it was cancer. It thankfully wasn’t, and my doctor informed me it was a sebaceous cyst and that we could remove it then and there in the office, but; it would leave a scar. I didn’t know any better, so I did it, and all was well in cyst world. Scar and all… But, then– it came back. With a vengeance. Pardon me; but, damn! I did a bit of research on my own, (which I should have done in the first place), and learned that sebaceous cysts could be cured by simply rubbing castor oil on them. It worked like a charm! I couldn’t believe it. If I recall correctly I did it every night, or more often, for about 3 weeks to 1 month and the cyst had vanished. My skin was beautiful.
With oil cleansing, I recommend using castor oil with a secondary oil. Everything in moderation, and too much castor oil can be drying. There are varying ratios of oil combinations by skin type, and good resources can be found here and here. I’d say I have pretty normal skin, so I do half castor oil, half olive oil.
I’m not exact about my measurements. I just aimed for equal parts of each oil.
The method is simple:
- With your oil ready, wet your face with warm water and use an amount the size of a quarter in your palms to gently massage your face. I do my upper neck as well. Massage for at least 2 minutes. (This step is not hard, it feels amazing!)
- Saturate a wash cloth with hot water and wring. Drape across your face and relax for a minute to allow the water to steam your face. I use 1 drop of lavender essential oil in my cloth for added aromatherapy benefits. Good choices might also be chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, rose geranium or rose otto, tea tree, or whatever you have and are comfortable with.
- Rinse your cloth with hot water and wipe your face clean.
This method should be used right on top of makeup, in lieu of a makeup remover. (I hear it works amazing in removing makeup. I quit makeup 8 months ago so I can’t testify). It also does not have to be done every day, but should not be used in conjunction with chemical cleansers in order to not confuse and abuse your skin.
Don’t be afraid to put oil on your face. This is not a new fad. It is an old, tried and true method of cleansing and it works well. At first you may experience a sort of purging/renewing period where your skin cleanses itself and you might think its not working. It may be one of those “has to get worse before it gets better” steps in healing, and I encourage you to stick with it for a t least a few weeks. If nothing else, appreciate how good it to massage your face, and how much money you can save over time. With this method, I don’t moisturize my face either, even in winter, and the oils are already staples in my house, so I am saving quite a bit on facial care. I used to look for the most natural products possible, even still there were ingredients I wasn’t sure about, and they were probably something I didn’t even want under my kitchen sink, let alone on my face. Even if you aren’t ready yet for oil cleansing, at least read the label of your face wash…
I dare you.
Other Resources You May Find Helpful:
- Simple Mom has a great post about Oil Cleansing, and of course, breaks it down for you, plain and simple 🙂
- Dr. Mercola is always very informative but gives a great background on castor oil.
- The Oil Cleansing Method.com goes way in depth on the method and is really helpful for those wanting more info.
- Crunchy Betty is one of my favorite resources for natural body care.
Have you ever tried oil cleansing? Give it a shot and give us a shout! Let us all know how you’re fairing 🙂
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