Mar 4, 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD


Lately i've been really into researching ways that I can make myself products that I need and use everyday like cleaning products, buying in bulk, and beauty products. This is where I was introduced to The Oil Cleansing Method. I was at first, probably like most of you, a little skeptical because why would I clean my oily face with oil. That made little sense to me, until it did.
Washing your face with oil actually gets rid of all the dirt and oil on your face and there are no harsh chemicals since the oils are true organic products. This will help prevent blackheads, whiteheads, and clogged pores since your face wash wont strip your skin of the necessary sebum it creates. 

What's also great about this is that it's budget friendly; you don't need to slather the oil on. A little goes a long way. And most oils are relatively cheap compared to the numerous face washes, exfoliants, and cremes that are on the market. 

There are two important things that will most likely be a hit-and-miss for a few days and those are figuring out the oils that are best for your skin and their ratio. The oils that are most used for the Oil Cleansing Method are 
  1. Castor oil. While this oil is extremely popular because it's super cheap and highly antibacterial there are two things to know about this oil. If your skin type is mostly dry or maybe even combination, test out the caster oil first since it's very drying. A little tip is to use less of the caster oil and more of the second oil, which is there to balance out dryness of the second oil. Caster oil is also known for it's unsustainable growing practices so if this would be a game changer for you, you can opt for the second oil.
  2. Hazelnut oil. High in vitamin E and gentle on the skin, this oil can do wonders!
  3. Sweet almond and sunflower oil. These are both great for all skin types, though if you have oily skin, I suggest going towards the sweet almond oil. Both these oils are great to relieve Eczema, Psoriasis, acne scaring, and any redness of the skin. 
  4. Avocado oil. Moisturizing and also great for acne treatment. It also has some anti-aging properties which can be great if it's something you're looking for!
You're going to need two oils, caster oil is the primary one (also hazelnut) but since it's so thick and the cleansing properties of it are strong, we need a second oil to dilute it. The second oil will be thinner but still as nourishing and helpful, some recommendations are listed above. Once you've got your two oils, all you need to do before you start cleansing is figure out the ratio of both oils. TheOilCleansingMethod.com recommends these proportions. 
  •  Oily Skin: 30% castor oil and 70% secondary oil
  • Mixed Skin: 20% castor oil and 80% secondary oil
  • Dry skin: 10% castor oil to 90% secondary oil
Remember that it can take a little while to figure out the exact proportions! It will also take a few weeks for your skin to get adjusted to the new changes so expect your skin to get worse before it gets better. It might not happen, but if it does, it's totally normal and you just have to power through it.

Cleansing your face is actually very easy and demands very little time. Here's what you need to do:
  1. Pour you oils into your hands and rub them together to warm up the oils. You really don't need a lot, start with the size of a quarter and work from there. 
  2. Massage the oil onto your dry face. The oils will remove all your makeup so don't be afraid to rub over your eyes like any other makeup remover. Take your time and give some lovin' to your skin. Massage it in firm but slow motions and focus on your problem areas. Do this for at least one to two minutes and let it sit for 30 seconds.
  3. While you wait, warm up a washcloth with warm water and cover your face. Let it sit there until the washcloth gets cool and then you can wipe away the oil and repeat twice or three more times. Try not to scrub, as it will only irritate your skin!
  4. If your skin feels tight, feel free to massage a few drops of your oil blend onto your damp skin. This will act as your moisturizer. 

The amount of times you do the cleansing is all up to you but it's suggested to do it regularly. How regulaarly depends on your skin so pay attention. Dry skin is a sign that you're doing it too often! In the beginning, try doing in every few days to let your skin get used to it. Let me know what you think of this and if you would ever try it out!

Here's to healthy skin! 

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2 comments

  1. I love oil cleansers. I find them super effective in taking off my makeup, but it sucks when I get it in my eyes! Any suggestions for eye makeup remover?

    Xo, Sarah | http://www.thebellainsider.com/

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  2. The oil cleansers are great makeup removers! But I've been loving the Simple Micellar Water as well, and it takes off my eye makeup like a magic eraser tbh. But I use it all over my face before I clean my eyes only because having too much of it will sting a bit, but Simple also has eye makeup remover and eye makeup remover wipes which I would love to try!
    xx, Kristine

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