I have noticed a lack in natural living posts here as of late so I am here today to share my new favourite way to clean my face.
If you are someone who lives a more natural lifestyle or follows organic/natural trends you have probably heard of oil cleansing before. If you haven’t it may seem absolutely bonkers to you. To be honest at first I thought the idea of cleaning my face with oil seemed so backwards but I was so intrigued by it I wanted to give it a shot.
With how cold it has been this winter and we installed a wood stove in our house, which is a very dry heat, my skin was taking a beating. I was using my regular cleanser Cocoon Apothecary Petal Purity, which I love and is a great gentle cleanser, but my skin was getting terrible dry patches along my hair line, eyebrows and nose. I decided to give oil cleansing a try and it has kept my skin extremely moisturized and dry skin at bay.
What is Oil Cleansing?
Oil cleansing is using a natural oil to clean your skin. I could describe in detail but this is how they explain it from The Oil Cleansing Method website:
“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”
There are several oils you can use to oil cleanse: castor, coconut, sweet almond, olive, jojoba, sunflower, safflower. You can use one of these oils on their own or mixed together, depending on what works for your skin.
I use straight Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, I have tried olive oil and also a blend of different oils and found that coconut oil is what works best for my skin right now.
When I first started I did notice a week or so where my skin looked worse than when I started but after doing some reading I found that this is common as the skin is going through a ‘detoxing’ stage of removing all the impurities that have been trapped down in my pores. If this happens to you keep going with it, it does clear up!
How I Oil Cleanse
I take a teaspoon or so of coconut oil, rub it in my hands to warm it up then I gently rub it on my face, like I would a regular cleanser. I massage it around for 30 seconds to a minute, depending how dirty my face is (or how ambitious I’m feeling that night). I then take a face cloth and rub it under really hot water, wring it out, then gently place it on my face allowing the heat to open my pores up, I leave it there for about 30 seconds, rinse under hot water again then start to gently remove the oil from my face with the cloth. Once it looks like it is all removed I apply a little moisturizer, right now I’m using a few drops of Cocoon Apothecary Argan Oil. You may not need the extra moisture as the oil cleansing leaves the skin nicely moisturized, but with the dry winter air I definitely need the extra moisture!
Have you heard of or tried this method before? If you have tried it, what was your experience like?