Not too long ago the thought of slathering oil all over my face made me cringe. It was one of the most difficult steps I took towards a healthier lifestyle. Let me put it this way:
Imagine I was nominated for the (fictitious) “What Not to Wear On Your Face” show. Stacey and Clinton would gasp in horror watching the secret footage of me using a store bought, chemical filled, face wash . I would be put in front of a 360 degree mirror to be shown how my regular face wash was stripping my oils and damaging my skin. After some convincing (and money bribing), I would reluctantly allow them to trash all of my cosmetics and then go out shopping for products for my new beauty routine.
Thankfully (hopefully), no one has been secretly filming you for the past two weeks. So if you really want to change things up you have to do it yourself. Even though it would be awesome for someone to come into our bathrooms and just take care of business for us, and then give us money to get new stuff, in the real world it all depends on you and me.
After I made the decision to become a healthier person, I didn’t run around the house with a gigantic trash bag throwing everything out. After all, there is one thing that makes me cringe more than oil on my face: being wasteful. Like you, I keep a tight budget to be able to afford whatever I have in my home. Throwing out my clorox and windex out the window “cold turkey” just wasn’t going to happen. The same thing happened when it came to hygiene. I waited until it was all done before replacing it with better options. So take your time and do it at your own pace.
Now I’ll be honest, trying oil cleansing for the first time was tough. I thought it would be horrible… and I was so wrong! It grows on you quickly. I found it to be very therapeutical. I love the feeling of the warm washcloth over my face. But what I love the most is the feeling of my skin after I’m done. I could not believe that oil and food can actually clean!
The crazy thing about this is that the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) may be trendy, but it’s not new. People of many cultures used oils to cleanse the body way before using soap. In Greek and Roman cultures people would rub oil into their skin and then scrape it off before bathing.
Why cleanse with oil?
Washing our face and body is part of our daily hygiene. It is something we deal with everyday. Most people buy a regular face wash from the store. Others just wash it off in the shower with soap, while some just rinse it off with water over the sink. The bottom line is this: The right cleanser should remove makeup, dirt and grime but not strip away too much of your skin’s natural oils and healthy cells. Mainstream skin care products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving the skin to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away and ultimately overcompensating. We have been led to believe that what we want are oil free products. But your body, which is made just the way it is supposed to be, naturally produces oil because it is what your skin needs to function properly.
How does oil cleansing work?
The main idea behind the oil cleansing method is that oil dissolves oil. When you massage your personal oil blend onto the skin you will be dissolving the oil that has hardened with impurities and pulling out toxins.
Oil Cleansing Routine
- Choose your oil blend. Start with castor oil and then add another plant based, organic, cold pressed, unrefined oil. I leave mine in a small container next to a bamboo spoon which I use to scoop the blend onto the palms of my hand.
- Massage the oil into your face. Work on it slowly, making sure you take your time to let it into your pores.
- This step is optional. You can give the oil some extra time to work. Leaving it on your skin for a few extra minutes up to 15 minutes.
- Grab a clean washcloth and dunk it in warm water. Remember, warm water is not scalding. Cover your face with the washcloth and wait until it cools on the skin. Wipe your face clean. Repeating this step until all the oil is removed. Avoid pulling too hard on the skin, as it can damage, irritate and breakdown skin’s collagen over time.
- Don’t overdo it. Oil cleansing works best if done once a day, at night.
- It takes time to find which blend works best for your skin. A rule of thumb: use more castor oil if your skin is oily and less if it is dry.
- If you would like to jazz things up add an exfoliating ingredient like salt or sugar.
- You can feed all kinds of nutrients to your skin by adding different fruits and vegetables to the mix. Here’s a few recipes:
Stop by at the Te Amo Too Shop and grab your Exfoliating Facial Cleansers. The only thing you have to do is add the fruit or vegetable. All of the recipes are in the container, perfect for everyday use.