Okay, so this isn’t new to me. But it might be new to you, which is why I wanted to share!
Quite a while back, I ran out of my Mary Kay Timewise facial cleanser and moisturizer. I thought it worked well, but was quite pricey. If you’ve hung out here long, you know I’d rather get a good deal than spend a small fortune on anything. So I quit buying it.
And I switched to something really inexpensive AND very natural.
It’s called the Oil Cleansing Method.
My cleanser is now comprised of two elements: olive oil (about 70-80%) and castor oil (20-30%).
Yep, regular ol’ olive oil, that you might have in your pantry.
And castor oil, which is found in the laxative section. Kind of weird to think that I’m putting a laxative agent on my face, but it is actually derived from the castor seed (major producers are India, China, and Brazil).
As I was reading through the very informative Wiki page about castor oil (Wikipedia is always right, right?), I discovered something interesting…A castor oil derivative is actually FDA-approved for over-the-counter use on skin problems, and castor oil also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Funny I learned all of that as I was typing this post, 18 months since I started using this method!
Anywho, back on track…
I keep my face wash in this little plastic container.
When I fill it, I pretty much just eyeball it. Pour the castor oil in, add the olive oil, put the cap on, and gently shake to mix.
Then, every evening, I smear it all over my face in a nice little face massage. I even use it to get my eye makeup off (which works really well). Then I get my water as warm as I can stand it, soak a washcloth, and wash it all off again. (Okay, I think I’m supposed to let the heat from the washcloth penetrate my face for a minute before I take off the oil, but I just don’t have all the time in the world.) It’s pretty much rinse the washcloth, rub the oil off my face, rinse the washcloth, rub the oil off my face…until my face feels reasonably un-oiled.
You might think it’s crazy to wash your face with oil, but let me tell you something! When you use commercial cleansers that are too harsh on your skin, your face dries out and then produces MORE oil to overcompensate for the drying you’re causing. This gives you a bad cycle, often resulting in not only dry/oily skin, but also acne. (Oh, goodness, I’m starting to sound like an infomercial, aren’t I?)
Since I began cleansing with oil, my skin has become so much more balanced…Not really dry OR oily…And I NEVER use a facial moisturizer anymore. I don’t need one. As far as acne goes, I hardly ever have it, except occasionally due to period hormones OR if I pick/squeeze/prod the skin on my face. If I leave it alone, I’m good.
So, tell me – are you happy with your facial regimen? Do you put anything wacky on your face? Are you brave enough to try the Oil Cleansing Method? There’s more detailed information here if you are.
(This post was NOT sponsored by the olive oil or castor oil industries.)