A few months ago I found a something on Pintrest about washing your face with oil. At first I thought it sounded weird, but the more research it, the more it made sense. Like dissolves like. Ever notice that soap is actually made from oil? Palmolive—made from palm and olive oil.
As a teenager, I had HORRIBLE acne and no product I tried worked. Also, I have very sensitive skin, so most products irritated my skin so much that it would peal (most prescription topical creams) or swell (Proactive and Clearasil). I had no choice but to accept my acne. I started washing my face twice a day with plain soap and used a basic moisturizer. I still had acne, but it stopped getting so inflamed. And to be honest, the thing that really cured my acne was growing up and going vegetarian (which both happened round the same time). When I went vegan, my skin completely change. I have GORGEOUS skin now. Like people stop on the street and ask me about my beauty routine—no joke. However, I still had the occasional pimple. It is mainly just hormonal acne or from not taking my make-up off before I went to bed. It would go away quickly, but I still did not like it.
Then I read that article about washing with oil and it all began to make sense. Oil is gentle enough to not inflame my sensitive skin. Oil will cleanse my face and get all my make-up off. And oil will nourish my skin. And, the article stated that it can lessen the appearance of scars. I have a two large chicken pox scars on my face (I did not listen to my mom when she said not to scratch), and liked the idea of reducing them. Then I realized the best part, it’s cheaper than cleansing products.
So I deiced to give it a try. After researching the net, I decided to try the combination of 3 part castor oil to 1 part olive oil. This combination is best for combination-oily skin and for reducing scars. I just mixed the oils together in a clean, empty bottle. The cleansing process goes like this:
- Pouring about a quarter-sized amount of the oil in your palm
- Rub your hands together to warm the oil
- Massage the oil into your face, really working it in the pores, but be gentle (especially round your eyes)
- Take your time, enjoy the massage, release some tension
- Your skin will feel softer and the oil will feel thicker between your fingers once it all worked it
- Next take a clean washcloth and soak it very warm water—enough to be steaming but not enough to burn—and place it over your face
- Leave it on for 30 seconds, this will open your pores to remove oil and the gunk it grabbed
- Rinse the washcloth in warm water again and gentle wipe all the oil off your face