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Oil Cleansing Face Wash
April 8, 2010
7:34 pm
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MrsFuzz
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I just found this website today, and thought y'all might like it!  The Oil Cleansing Method

 

Oil Cleansing Face Wash

These are starting ratios, try them and adjust to your liking.

 

  1. For those with normal skin: equal parts castor oil and EVOO
  2. For those with acne-prone or oily skin: 3 parts castor oil to 1 part EVOO
  3. For those with drier skin: 1 part castor oil to 3 parts EVOO

 

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.

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.

Take the washcloth, rinse and wring it, then gently wipe off the oil.

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February 28, 2011
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I was surprised how quickly this soaked into my oily skin once the hot washcloth was applied. Not having any castor oil on hand, I went with the sites other suggested oils- jojoba and grapeseed and a little vitamin e oil. I mixed equal parts of the first two and just a dash of the vit e. I will admit to using another method (honey/lemon) after rinsing this. My face feels so soft. I might try this method again alone, but am too afraid it will leave me oily.

February 28, 2011
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I understand your worry langela, but as I learned once you aren't stripping the natural oil out of your skin, your body will stop trying to overcompensate for that loss.  The goal is to keep the dirt from blocking the pores which this does, then letting your skin find it's own balance.  Honestly, it does work! 

It sounds like you're figuring out what works best for your skin though, which is best.

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February 28, 2011
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My main concern with this method was not the cleansing itself because the oil and the massaging felt just wonderful, as did the result after finishing.  My concern is just the action of wiping the facial skin with the wash cloth – stretching the skin itself.

For many decades I have been overly cautious about stretching the facial skin.  It was taught to me to NEVER stretch the skin!  Now that this old skin has aged beyond it's ability to regenerate, I REALLY don't want to pull it this way and that with the wiping action! 

Any ideas about how to remove the gunk without having to use a washcloth?  For longer than I can remember I've used foaming cleasners so that they can be rinsed off.  Then moisterizers get patted on.  No rubbing!  It's just counterintuitive to me to start rubbing my facial skin after all these decades of not doing it.  And yes, it may be coincidence that in the past less than a year of doing this my skin is noticably sagging a great deal more than it was before.  Probably would have happened anyway, but we will never know…

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February 28, 2011
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Pete~ After I used this I used the lemon/ honey mixture and massaged it in. It took almost no wiping with a cloth to get it off. My skin is nice and firm, too, afterwards. I mixed the honey and lemon until the honey was completely dissolved so I didn't have any problem getting sticky stuff off. I just kinda gently patted it with a nice warm, moist cloth.

February 28, 2011
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Thanks, langela!  Will continue looking for the right combination of things to get what is needed!! 

It's all better than adding all those weird chemicals that strip everything out of the skin, then need to be added back, etc.  Cleansers and toners and moisterizers, oh my!  Not my idea of fun, especially since most of them are things I neither want to breath nor eat – it just seems like feeding my skin with things which I wouldn't want in my digestive tract makes no sense at all.    no

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February 28, 2011
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Yep, I just splash with very warm water and/or pat with a very wet wash cloth, or just rinse in the shower then pat dry as well.  I don't actually rub either Pete!  I was lucky get my skin genes from my mama's mama, but I don't abuse it either!

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February 28, 2011
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I guess I am going to have to give this a try. I have seen this recipe before but just could not see or bring myself to put oil on my face when I have already oily skin. But whats it going to hurt right? It seems to make sense tho once your face is balanced again. Thanks for the web link!wavewave

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