Hello Beauties! I’m coming to you today with a challenge I’ve been on for the past 3 months. I decided at the start of Ramadan, to switch my facial soap (natural black soap) for natural oils, a method also known as “the oil cleansing method”. Now hear me out a second… If we go according to chemistry, it states that “like dissolves like” so therefore, it seems okay to assume that natural oils can effectively remove dirt and dissolve the oils and gunk on our face. The oil cleansing method is actually a process of mixing two oils, castor oil and any other natural oil of your choice and using this oil mix only to cleanse your face. You rub a dime size of the oil in your palms to warm it and then spread it on to your face massaging it in. The process of massaging the oil into your skin loosens the dirt and impurities that are stuck in your pores. Once you’ve finished with the massage, you let the oil sit for a couple of minutes. You then take a face towel and soak it in hot water (comfortable to touch, not scalding hot!) and wring out the excess water. Place the hot towel on your face, the steam will open up your pores allowing the oil (castor oil) to draw out the impurities from your skin. I kid you not, this oil cleans my face and removes my makeup better than any soap or makeup remover! The best part is it’s all natural and gentle on the skin.
Oil cleansing is suitable for all skin types. I have oily skin and my skin broke out initially which, as I later figured was because I was using way too much shea butter to moisturise my face after cleansing. Once i stuck to moisturising my face only at night with the same castor/olive oil mix, my face responded much better.
The star of this cleanser is the Castor Oil. Many of us may know it as a laxative but castor oil has been known from time immemorial for its healing and cleansing properties. Castor oil is very thick in consistency and will actually leave your skin feeling dry if you use too much of it in your oil mix. I used a combination of castor and olive oil as my cleanser mixing 1 part of castor oil to 3 parts of olive oil in a bottle. I chose olive oil because it is the most readily available oil i could find in Abuja but you can use almond, sunflower or any of your favorite oils as long as it is natural with it’s natural properties intact (think cold pressed oils). I used this every night in my first month (the challenge was supposed to last for 1 month but I decided to extend it indefinitely). Right now I do it about 2 to 3 times a week which is fine for me as I wear barely there makeup. How frequent you choose to oil cleanse is however up to you and how your skin feels. Listen to your skin and adjust the ratio of your oils and your frequency of use till you get it right for your skin. Initially, your skin might break out but that’s just the oils getting the gunk out of your skin. Your skin will begin to clear up once it’s natural balance is attained. This cleansing method so effective you don’t need to wash your face with soap the next day. If you have sensitive dry skin, you can risk over cleansing if you follow up with soap and water. People suffering from acne, white or black heads, sensitive skin, dry skin and psoriasis have tried it with success.
We all have different skin types and problems so it’s best to experiment with the oil ratios and different oils to determine what works best for you. As with natural skin care, results are not instant, expect 2 to 3 weeks of use before results start to show (took me a month of constant use before the dark circles around my eyes began to fade).
Here’s what you’ll need if you’re going for oil cleansing:
- Castor Oil
- Second oil of choice (olive oil in my case)
- Face towel
- Hot water
Here’s the mixing ratio for different skin types:
- Oily skin: 30% castor oil to 70% second oil of choice
- Normal skin: 20% castor oil to 80% second oil of choice
- Dry skin: 10% castor oil to 90% second oil of choice
If your skin feels dry after cleansing, try reducing the castor oil in your mix. You can also use 2 to 3 drops of the mixture as a moisturizer.
Are you willing to try this? Let me know how it works for you.
You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older – Anouk Aimee