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How to use the oil cleansing method

Today’s post is from Kellie of Willow Rose Body Care. 

The oil cleansing method is based on using a certain ratio of oils, traditionally olive oil and castor oil, to cleanse dirt and grime from the face, while not stripping the skin of protective oils.

Olive oil nourishes, while castor oil does the deep-pore cleansing.

You’ll need a varying ratio of each depending on your skin type.

For example, if you have acne and/or oily prone skin, you’ll need more castor oil in the mix. Many times essential oils are added depending on your skin’s needs to facilitate the cleansing and nourishing process.

The average ratio for normal skin is 1 part castor oil to 5 parts olive oil.

So, you can try:

  • 1 Tbsp castor oil
  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 15 drops essential oils (try melaleuca, lavender, frankincense, geranium or a mix of any of these oils)

Many people wrongly think that if they have oily, acne prone skin, they must dry out the oil on their face because that is what causes their breakouts.

But doing so can cause your skin to react by producing even more oil and further irritation.

For adults whose main skin issue is premature aging, the gentle, nourishing oils, particularly olive oil, are believed to prevent premature aging, compared to harsh, drying soaps.

The oil cleansing method is also a simple, all-natural way to cleanse without using unsafe ingredients that are absorbed by your pores and into your body.

Research tells us that about 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed by our body. Unfortunately, government regulation and safety of store-bought products is not sufficient, to say the least.

There are a few important things to remember about the oil cleansing method, especially if you are having major skin issues or switching from a harsh facial soap.

Holistic Skincare

You must heal yourself on the inside first. Diet plays a major role in the health of your skin. Of course, this could be a whole book in itself, but to start with, here are some tips to facilitate with overall health:

Eat Real, nutrient dense food as much as possible, such as 100% grass fed, organic meats and vegetables. Often wheat and processed dairy can be irritants, so you may need to cut those out to feel and look better.

As an added health bonus, you can add fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend to your diet, homemade bone broth, and fermented foods, such raw sauerkraut.

And remember to get some sunshine each day for Vitamin D. If you need more information or recipes, there are tons of excellent blogs you can follow out there that discuss real food lifestyles.

There may be an adjustment period. Give the oil cleansing method several weeks to adjust to your skin.  Many times, skin needs to adjust to this different method and balance out.

Sometimes it doesn’t need any extra time, however. It all depends on your skin. If your skin is still too oily or too dry at the end of this time, you may need an adjustment in your ratios of oils or continue to try new foods or leave certain ones out.

The oil cleansing method should be used only at night. While you’re sleeping, your skin regenerates and re-balances from the previous day, so you actually wake up with clean skin. You can gently wipe around the eye area with a wet cloth in the morning to clean out your eyes, or use a very gentle cleanser, such as Willow Rose’s Honey & Citrus Gentle Cleanser.

How to Use the Oil Cleansing Method

How to use the oil cleansing method

Willow Rose makes two excellent facial cleansers using the oil cleansing method with added oils and essential oils. Their website is Willow Rose Body Care and they can also be found on Facebook.

Here are the directions for their cleanser:

  1. Pour about 1 tsp of oil into cupped palm.
Rub oil between hands to warm it.
Apply oil to face, massaging into skin gently, using small circles. Be patient and breath deeply for stress relief. This should be done from about 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on available time.
  4. Soak washcloth in warm water and wring out so it is damp, not soaking.
  5. Apply over face and allow it to warm your skin for a few moments, inhaling, enjoying the lovely essential oils.
  6. Gently wipe the oil from your face using the washcloth, being careful not to pull skin or rub too hard.
  7. Repeat a 2nd time or simply follow with cleansing grains, toner, serum, and tallow balm for a full facial.

Remember, after cleansing, whether you use Willow Rose products or not, you’ll need an all-natural, gentle toner, and moisturizer and/or serum to finish the balancing and nourishing process.

Willow Rose also makes an excellent grass-fed beef tallow balm, which can be used on the face or other parts of the body for skin health and nourishment.

Whatever you choose, just remember that this method is best when used as part of a holistic lifestyle approach.

Have you tried the oil cleansing method?

kellieelliottKellie is the creator of Willow Rose Body Care products and also a school teacher of 4 & 5 year olds. In the past she has suffered from chronic eczema, which she has currently healed though a holistic approach of a nutrient-dense diet and simple, organic skin care. She is a newlywed who loves to cook, travel, and question the status quo.

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