Thank you all so much for the love on my last post about my clear skin journey! I got lots of emails and texts from friends asking, “what have you been doing??” So today I wanted to share the #1 thing that has helped clear up my skin: The Oil Cleansing Method.
The Oil Cleansing Method is a way of washing your face with oil. This probably sounds counter productive since acne is usually caused by excess oil under the skin. But here’s why it works: Most face washes (even natural ones) strip your skin of your natural oil. Then, to make up for the lack of moisture, your skin overcompensates and produces extra oil….which can lead to acne. Yikes! But with the Oil Cleansing Method you can clean and replenish your skin with pure oils. Since your skin will be so moisturized and happy, it won’t have any need to produce extra oil.
So how do you oil cleanse?
- Start by finding two natural (preferably cold-pressed) oils – check out this great article to find out which oils are best for your skin type. I’m using castor oil and jojoba oil.
- Massage a quarter-sized amount of your oil-combo into your face. I use a ratio of 1:1 for my skin type. The jojoba oil is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and feels so luxurious, while the castor oil is anti-bacterial and antimicrobial.
- Next, run a washcloth under steaming hot water, ring it out, and cover your face with it. Once the washcloth begins to go cold, you can remove it and gently wipe off any excess oil. The steam will help unclog your pores and clean out any impurities.
That’s it! Your natural oils will be replaced with pure, antibacterial, and nourishing oils. I love this process for so many reasons. 1) My skin feels so amazingly soft afterwards and never greasy in the morning. 2) My acne has cleared up so quickly, and even when I do have small breakouts they heal much faster than before. 3) This is an easy all-in-one regimen: it removes makeup (no need to use a chemical-filled makeup remover!), cleans, and moisturizes your skin.
This simple process has worked so well for me and I would definitely recommend that you do a little research and try it out for yourself! Feel free to leave questions in the comments below, and let me know if you’ve ever tried oil cleansing!