The oil cleansing method has been a godsend for me. I used to clean my face with a very expensive French botanical cleanser. It was the only thing that actually cleaned my pores with one step. A few years ago the EU issued new guidelines that banned one of the active ingredients, so the company changed its formula and the product became less effective for me.
The Oil Cleansing Method
Before I tell you the details there are a couple of things I should tell you upfront. First, the first few days of using this method can be a little unnerving. Your skin has been accustomed to producing a lot of excess sebum (oil) to compensate for the drying cosmetics you have been using. Until your skin adjusts, it will appear extremely oily. If you can give it a few days, it will be worth the journey.
The second thing is that it may take a few tries to find the right oil blend for your skin. There are cleansing, drying oils (castor oil) and moisturizing oils (avocado, sunflower seed, etc.). You will need both types to properly clean your face.
Now that my skin is aging, I use a blend that is 10% castor oil, 45% avocado oil and 45% apricot kernel oil. I also add essentials oils for aging skin. My current blend includes a few drops of geranium and frankincense.
Generally the recommended blends are as follows:
- For Oily Skin: 30% castor oil to 70% moisturizing oil.
- For Balanced Skin: 20% castor oil to 80% moisturizing oil.
- For Dry Skin: 10% castor oil to 90% moisturizing oil.
Depending on your skin type start with the above proportions and adjust as needed. Only make a very small amount until you find what works for your skin. You will know that you used too much castor oil when your skin feels dry. Please be very careful to keep the container and the oil blend free of bacteria.
You will want to have a good quality castor oil. Other oils used in a cleansing blend are:
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Jojoba (all skin types, especially acne-prone skin)
- Olive (all skin types)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
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- carrot seed oil (normal & dry skin)
- chamomile (combination, dry, damaged, and sensitive skin)
- frankincense (aging skin)
- geranium (all types)
- lavender (normal, dry, sensitive, & damaged skin)
- jasmine (all types)
- rose hip oil (normal & dry skin)
- tea tree (oily skin)
My skin has never been smoother and I have no problem with blemishes. If something pops up I just smooth the oil mixture on and steam and it disappears by the next day. The method can be used morning or night but if you tend to rush out in the morning I would recommend cleansing at night and a splash of warm or cool water in the morning.
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