Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Clean Your Face With Oil?!?

Yes, if all goes as planned by a posting at Simple Mom. 

The older I get, I'm all about naturally doing things whether it's cooking, cleaning or in this case cleaning my face.  As a teen I had zits, big rock hard embarrassing zits. So bad that mother took me to the dermatologist tons of times where he'd shoot a needle directly into my chin at the target spot.  Which all these years later have left me with teenie scars on my chin.  I notice them everyday and I hate it.

And now, about to be hurled into my 40's, my skin appears to have identity issues. I've never had oily skin before and the wrinkles make me want to sleep in a vat of wrinkle cream nightly....not to mention the breakouts I have constantly.

Growing up I had trips to the dermatologist and used expensive cleansers and astringents and moisturizers.  I'm over all that and want a simple, effective and natural way to do...well...most things in my life.

Here's the part that boggled my mind - oil to clean your face? Yes.  It might sound a little odd to clean your face with an oil, especially if you have oily skin. But contrary to popular belief, oil does not cause oily skin or acne. That culprit is usually a combination of hormones, trapped bacteria, and dirt.

Like your hair, the sebum that the skin secretes is actually good for your skin — it’s there to protect it from the outside environment, and to keep harmful things from seeping in. Since water doesn’t break up oil, most commercial cleansers are marketed with the “oil free” stamp of approval, making them easy to splash off.

When skin’s natural oils are removed, the body’s reaction is to compensate by producing more oil, much like shampoo does with our hair. Or if your skin is dry, it’s because all the oil has been stripped away, and your body doesn’t compensate by replenishing it.

Here’s a direct quote from
Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”

How to Get Started

1. Make your cleaner

Simply mix the oils together in a small bottle, give it a little shake, and you’ve got yourself a homemade, frugal facial cleanser. The most popular blend of oils for this cleansing method is castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). The castor oil draws out dirt and other gunk from your pores. The EVOO is a brilliant moisturizer, helping heal and nourish the skin.
• For those with normal skin, you could start off with a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and EVOO.
• For those with acne-prone or oily skin, reduce the proportion of EVOO, and try three parts castor oil to one part EVOO. (**This is me...I add tea tree oil to mine as well.**)
• For those with drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO. This is what I use.
Experiment, and find what ratio works for you. Just start off with a little bit, and then try it for a few days. I began with one teaspoon of castor oil and three teaspoons of EVOO in a little squeeze bottle.

2. Gently rub it in

Pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and slowly massage your skin with your fingertips. Don’t splash your face with water first — apply it dry. Work the oil into your skin for about a minute, and enjoy the peaceful massage at work. Don’t scrub — just rub.

3. Steam your face

Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and put it over your face until it’s about room temperature. This is steaming out your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. It’ll take about a minute — enjoy the nearly-free facial.

4. Wipe off the oil

Take the washcloth, rinse and wring it, then gently wipe off the oil. Your skin will probably feel softer immediately.

I am starting this regimine this week and will update and report back with results.  I have a friend who uses this method. She's had blackheads and big pores since highschool and swears by it today. Her blackheads are gone and pores less noticeable!  I'm very excited!

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