I don’t consider myself an ‘all-natural’ type of girl at all- I believe the term is “crunchy.” It’s just not me. I shop at a regular supermarket, I use disposable diapers, and I’ve never made my own butter!
However, several months ago, I came across this thing called the “Oil Cleansing Method.” We’re talking about cleaning your face with oil! When I first read about it, I thought, “Well, how nice for you, weirdo, but there ain’t no way.”
I have a love/hate relationship with my skin- I hate it because I’ve been plagued with some sort of malady since I was a teen. I had some serious acne back then, and I still get breakouts today. However, my ‘grown-up’ skin is incredibly dry, tight, and flaky, until about 3 in the afternoon when the oil kicks in.
On the other hand, I love my skin because it keeps my insides in where they belong :)
I’ve tried many different products, some better than others, nothing overly expensive because, well, I have a family of eight, and they like to eat. In the end, none of these solved the problem, but some helped a bit to mask it.
Well, I kept coming across this oil cleansing stuff, and I began to consider it. I finally bought the stuff a couple weeks ago, but it sat on my counter for those couple weeks because I was too nervous to actually put oil on my face!
Here’s the basic idea: despite what we’ve been told, oil is not the enemy. Oil dissolves oil. There are really only two products to use.
Castor Oil: This is your ‘cleansing oil.’ It draws away the dirt and oil from your pores.
EVOO: This is your ‘moisturizing oil.’ In fact, there are many oils you could use for this purpose- Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil seem to be the most common. Since I don’t have any health food stores near me (where you would be able to find these other oils), I stuck with EVOO.
BTW (Mom, that means By The Way), this method supposedly works great for all types of skin and is a miracle worker for acne-prone skin. But, don’t hold me to that claim!
Here are some sites with more info (because I don’t feel like typing it all out!):
I finally did it last night! The results?
My skin still felt a little dry- but not nearly as much as usual, and it wasn’t flaky. I did not use any moisturizer afterward, although you could use a bit of your oil mixture as a moisturizer (I’m still too paranoid to actually leave oil on my face). I also think I overdid my efforts to wipe my face clean- again, the paranoia!
Despite the slight dryness (which I think I caused), my skin felt soo smooth. But the real test for me came this morning. When I took my shower, I just wiped my face with a washcloth. Normally when I get out of the shower, my face would be a dry, flaky mess, and I would slather on moisturizer in an effort to hide it- but today…nothing. I don’t feel dry, I don’t feel oily. Just smooth.
I like it.
Maybe I’m becoming slightly crunchy. If these results continue (I’ll keep you all updated), I may even try skipping my shampoo!