The Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method

Clear, glowing,
dewy-looking skin, free of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and other imperfections
seems to be an elusive goal. The booming skin care industry would have you
believe the same with their claims of the need to rid your skin of oil
completely and apply burning chemicals in order to avoid these imperfections.
Modern society has been so strongly influenced by these marketing claims that
some find themselves washing the delicate and easily-inflamed tissue of their
facial skin with “grease cutting” or “antibacterial” dish and hand soap only to
find that their skin condition worsens. The anxiety that rises when yet another
pimple flares up or another painful lump begins forming beneath the skin sends
many into overdrive in attempt to counter the impending damage, but does it ever
work? Does the panicked scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying ever work? Why is it
that if something works for a few days, or if you get lucky, a few weeks, the
long term brings the blemishes back? The cycle seems endless. It’s exhausting.
It’s painful. It’s embarrassing. It’s expensive!

The reasons we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are
numerous, but two reasons, in particular, lead the pack. These products strip
the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by
replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and
dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our
skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of
the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the
top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called “unscented” products
usually contain fragrance. See for yourself and check the labels. Dry, irritated
skin replaced by oily skin, inflamed and trapping debris?

If we know what our body is going to do and understand the process, we can
then understand what it takes to control it and achieve the results we want.
Clear skin is attainable.

Getting right down to basics, when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it
is imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. Your skin naturally
lubricates itself with oil, and as we are creatures of adaptation, one can
believe that if this weren’t the appropriate built-in care for ourselves, our
bodies would have adapted to suit the need. If you’ve been battling your skin
for long, you’re probably recoiling at the mere thought of applying oil to your
face. You can imagine the slick, greasy, clogging feeling of smearing sludge all
over your face. If you stay with me and read the rest of this article, that
mental image will be replaced by a more comforting, Zen-like image of a relaxing
spa massage. I promise. Let your curiosity get the better of you, read the
article, then decide if you should give this method of skin care a go.

Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not bring you
blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads, whiteheads…these are a result of
several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the
buildup of these factors. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it.
It is not a malicious force to be reckoned with; it is there for the benefit of
your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally
occurring. Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals,
protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly. Properly
functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing. Learning to work with your
skin, not against it, will save you tremendously.

While we’re talking about clarifying your skin externally, we must also touch
on the internal aspect. WATER! Drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day. If
your skin has issues with blemishes, drink up! Water will help release and
remove the toxins from within, lessening the load on your skin to push the
toxins out. Carry a bottle of water around with you throughout the day so water
is always available. <!–Visit for more information on water and the body benefits.

Now, to the main point of this article.

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.

Choose vegetable oils for facial massageWe will need two oils. The first,
and most importantly, is Castor Oil. If you don’t have this medicine cabinet
staple already, it can be found online or in the laxative section of your grocer
or drugstore – usually bottom shelf. Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory
properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we’re focusing on
this oil as our primary oil. Castor Oil has been the focus of many books and
medical discussion because of its seemingly “magical” healing properties. As
quoted in The Oil That Heals by Dr. McGarey, he states, “Castor oil
will leave the body in better condition than it found it.” Though it may be our
most important oil, we won’t be using it in the amounts that we will the other
oil (or combination of oils for those who want to take this a step further). A
little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you,
surprisingly, with dry skin.

Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, we need
to dilute it with another oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to
the skin. Sunflower Seed Oil has become my personal favorite, though in the
past, I’ve suggested Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both are wonderfully caring oils
for skin application, but I’ve found that Sunflower Seed Oil has a more
luxurious feel for massage. It sinks into the skin better, aiding the castor oil
in transportation deep into the pores and allowing it to draw the dirt and grime
to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. The essential fatty
acids, though they are not naturally occurring in the body, are a necessity for
the health of our cell membranes. These acids help restore the skins natural
moisture balance and help prevent unnecessary dryness. The secondary oil that
you choose is entirely up to you and should be determined by your skins needs
and the properties of that oil. Choose from natural, cold-pressed vegetable
oils, as these have nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids that mineral oil and
other refined oils don’t. You may even have these oils in your kitchen, as
they’re used for cooking, as well! For the sake of explaination, from this point
on, we’ll say “Sunflower Seed Oil” in place of “Secondary Oil.” Remember that
Sunflower Seed Oil may be replaced by your vegetable oil of choice.

Choose the best oils for your deep cleansing massage Your Personal Oil Blend

The starting point for creating your own, personalized skin cleansing oil
blend is knowing your general skin type. Those with dry skin will want less
Castor Oil. Those with oily skin will want to blend in more. Finding your
perfect combination of oils will probably take a little bit of trial and error,
so start with very small batches. Once you know what your ratio of oils looks
like, you’ll be able to blend much more at a time for convenience.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

  • Oily Skin:Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

You can vary these percentages to match your own skins needs. If your skin
feels too dry, you’ll need to use less Castor Oil and replace it with more
Sunflower Seed Oil. Keep in mind that Castor Oil is the drawing, cleansing, and
purging oil for your pores. The Sunflower Seed Oil is to dilute the Castor Oil
in viscosity (thickness) and additionally provide moisture, nutrients, and other
benefits. My own, personal blend, for my sometimes oily, sometimes dry,
frequently flakey, and easily irritated skin is about 25% Castor Oil to 75%
Sunflower Seed Oil. I mix and store my mixture in a clean four-ounce
flip-top bottle for convenience. When you go to replenish your oil blend, I
suggest cleaning your bottle thoroughly with dish soap or the dishwasher. Better
yet, if you can replace the bottle, this is ideal. We want to be extremely
cautious in introducing bacteria to the bottle.

Deep oil cleansing clarifies skin The Oil Cleansing

First and foremost, this is typically done in the evening, prior to bed.
There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you’re waking up
with skin cleansed the night before. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm
washcloth should suffice. We don’t want to overcleanse our skin as this will
serve only to irritate and cause more oil production. The objective of using
this method is to deep clean while balancing our skins oil production at
the same time.

  • You’ll need a soft washcloth, your oil blend, and hot, running water.
  • Pour a generous puddle of oil into the palm of your hand. Roughly, the size
    of a quarter, but more is acceptable. Rub your hands together to warm the oil
    and smooth over your face.
  • Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and
    other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face
    prior to the massage. I’ve found that this removes even my stubborn waterproof
    mascara and concealor.
  • Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your
    pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas. You want the oil to work
    into your pores so that blackheads and the like can be dissolved and steamed
  • As you’re massaging, let your mind drift off to something calming and
    breathe deeply. Take this time to relax and release some of the stress that your
    body is harboring. Sit down, breathe deeply, and take your time. Give the oil
    enough time to work on dissolving the impurities in your pores and give yourself
    enough time to unwind. Picture what your face would look like if it were
    completely clear and free from blemishes. Focus on that image and know that it
    is attainable. Trust that it is attainable. Accept that it is attainable. You
    can have clear skin, free of blemishes and you will have clear
    skin, free of blemishes. Focus on perfect skin and breathe deeply.
  • Once you’re satisfied that your pores are saturated and you’re feeling calm,
    pick up your washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to
    be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil. Cool water will not open
    your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently. We’re not scalding our skin,
    we’re steaming to coax our pores to release the oil carrying the impurities.
    We’re essentially steaming our skin as an esthetician would, but without the
    luxury of a steam machine.
  • Hold the washcloth to cover your face. Allow it to stay until it cools. You
    will feel your pores releasing the impurities. Wipe the oil gently away and
    rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face
    again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three
    more times. Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you’ll find it’s completely
    unnecessary and your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes without the
    additional manual exfoliation and irritation that will result. Impurities, dead
    skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away.
  • Have no fear of the oil, as the steamy washcloth will remove it. The Castor
    Oil, though it is an oil, will help with the removal of the other oils, as well.
    It is our main cleansing oil and is easily removed with warm water.
  • If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your oil blend, rub it between
    your clean, damp palms and pat it onto your damp skin. Gently massage any oil
    residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface.
    Your skin should now glow!
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