Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tip Tuesday: Natural Facial Cleansing with Oil

Yes you read the title correctly, I'm going to teach you how to replace your facial care products with natural, edible oils. At this point with my skin care regimen I am nearly 100% natural. I have recently begun washing my face with oil and I am loving the results. Read on to see how this method can work for any skin type. 

Contrary to what you may believe rubbing oil on your face is not going to increase breakouts. Breakouts are caused by factors such as hormones, diet, and pores clogged with dead skin cell and dirt. Natural oils are not going to clog your pore, in fact they are going to clean them out. 

There are several types of oils you can use. Castor oil is said to be the most important oil in this method because it has anti-inflammatory properties and will help to draw impurities out of the skin. It can be drying so it is not encouraged to use this oil on it's own. I can be mixed with other, more nourishing oils based on your skin type. I have been using olive oil because it's what I had at home. You can also use sunflower oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, and so on. 

Wellness Mama suggests these ratios based on skin type:
  • Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil and 70% Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Combination Skin: 20% Castor or Hazelnut Oil and 80% Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like olive oil, or a very small amount of Castor/Hazelnut Oil added to the nourishing oils.
Cleaning your face with oils will remove all make-up, including eye makeup. It is a very nice and soothing experience massaging your face with smooth oils. You can dip your fingertips in the oil mixture and begin to saturate your face. Massage gently around eyes and up to the hair and neck line. You can massage for up to two minutes or even leave the oil on your face for longer allowing to oil to pull impurities out of your pores. When you ready to rinse use warm water and get a majority of oil off of your skin. You can use a warm washcloth to gently wipe the oil off. You likely will not need additional moisturizer on your skin as the oil is very moisturizing. I usually just top off with a dab of olive oil which I rub in well and usually don't have issues with feeling too greasy. You can be a bit more generous at night as you are just  going to bed, but I also find in the morning the oil doesn't inhibit me putting makeup over it. 

*Be careful if you use oils in the shower, because they will make the floor slick. Be sure to wipe it down before letting someone else use it. 

My skin has been so soft and conditioned with this method, I even find it is more even toned. It's a cheaper method then buying several products and is very good for your skin and the environment. If I could only fast forward 50 years and see how good my skin looks I would know how well it's really working.