By Elsie, Contributing Writer
Simplicity is attractive, but it can be ironically expensive and difficult to attain. When we spend a ridiculous amount of time, money, and stress on our physical appearance, our “unstudied elegance” loses its authenticity.
Advertisements would have us believe that we can have a streamlined beauty routine that delivers impressive results with minimal effort. I’m inclined to agree with them; although for me the answer isn’t a brand-name facial scrub or multi-tasking night cream.
I love it! This method is natural, simple, and time-tested (by all the centuries since the ancient Romans). It’s a make up remover, cleanser, moisturizer, and skin healer all-in-one.
Basically, I wash my face with oil. And it really works! I’ve learned a little more about my skin in the past few years. I’ve learned that your skin NEEDS oil to stay clear and healthy. Most commercial face washes dry out your skin, so your body over-produces oil to compensate.
In the oil cleansing method, you massage whole, natural oils into your skin. These clean oils dissolve the dirty, day-old oil on your face, along with your make up. Then you use steam to open your pores, loosening the dirt and allowing the clean oil to penetrate. Lastly, you wipe all the oil off your face. Ready for the details?
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Your goal is a synergy of cleansing and moisturizing oils. For cleansing, you’ll need to use an astringent oil like castor, grape seed or hazelnut. For moisturizing, you can use olive oil, sweet almond, apricot, sunflower, jojoba, etc. or any combination of those.
If you have naturally oily skin, you’ll want to have a higher cleanser-to-moisturizer ratio, and vice versa if you have dry skin. Start by mixing small amounts of your oils and you can adjust as you get to know your skin better. I tend to have drier skin, so I use 1 part castor oil and 2 parts olive oil. I keep my oil blend in a pretty 3-oz glass bottle on my bathroom counter and just refill it as necessary.
1. Tap a penny-sized amount of oil into your palm and massage it into your face. Run the faucet while you’re massaging to allow the water to heat up. You’ll want the water hot, but not burning to the touch.
2. Saturate a washcloth with hot water, wring out, and lay the washcloth over your face. Keep it there until the washcloth cools; the steam will open your pores and allow the oil to do its work. Repeat one or two times.
3. Wet the washcloth again, wring out, and gently wipe the oil off of your face.
I have been using the oil cleansing method for about two years now and I’m hooked. In combination with a real food diet, it’s done a lot for my skin: cleared up acne, erased lines, and added moisture.
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Further reading on the oil cleansing method:
Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method @ Crunchy Betty
Video: How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method @ Keeper of the Home
The Oil Cleansing Method Website with basic overview and links to discussion forums
How do you simplify your skincare routine?
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