Wednesday, March 30, 2011



Hello Beautiful Ones,

I know it's only been a few days since I've started this "new thing" but I have to admit that I've got some pretty strong feelings for it already. "For what", you might be asking. Oil cleansing.

I swear I've been a sitting skeptic on this for about a year now. Despite all the talk, I expected to see pimples & blemishes galore if I tried it out. But alas, I had to let my reservations go and at least give it a try. Its been about 4 days since I've started and I have yet to see any of the negative things that I expected. Of course, I was thinking that cleaning my face with oil would only clog up my pores. Boy was I wrong. Did you know that you can use this against acne? Damn, I'm late.

I'm so glad I began to try it. I'm very pleased with the results thus far. And what I'm loving most about oil cleansing is that it's an effective, chemical-free way to remove makeup. Including waterproof makeup. Yes.

So let me share with you the oil cleansing method per the Oil Cleansing Method site.

We 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.

Castor Oil

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.

The Oil Cleansing Method

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 away.

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.
hot towel example
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!

Some suggestions for your own personal blend:

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 Oil.

Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

If you've been hip to this longer than I have, please share with us how long, what oils you use and any other info you'd like to add.


  1. Oh wow! I have to try this. My sister just introduced me to Bio-Oil for my face last week, and I have to say, I'm hooked. Since I don't wear foundation or powder, I needed something desperately for my dry skin and it has been helping. I will try your suggestion too.

    By the way, on my to Zara & HM to see if they have a leopard blouse for you :)

  2. @StylePantry - I can relate. Dry skin tends to be my struggle, too. Especially during the cooler seasons. But so far so good. This cold spell that we're having right now seems to be a true test of it.

    Keeping my fingers crossed on the leopard blouse. =) Thanks for looking out.

  3. I am so happy to hear your having great results with the oil cleasning method. I 've been cleasning my face this way for quite sometime with olive oil and castor oil mixed. and like you I just couldn't for the life of me.... figure out how in the world using oil for oily skin (me) would cleanse my skin with out horrible breakouts. So, I jumped in and went for it...and haven't looked back since...CO let me tell you my skin is looking and feeling fabulous!:)

    Good for you CO, and enjoy every moment of pampering you skin:))

    P.S I just did my second BC on the 23rd of march...and girl I am loving it ( I had said I wasn't going to do a second BC) But so very happy I did..I love doing things just for the hell of it (lol) . This time is just as if not more exciting than the first, the only difference is I know much more natural hair care than I did during the first BC. (smiles)


  4. @Zainab1 - Girl, its a trip how it works out. I can already tell that my skin is lovin' it.

    And congrats on your 2nd BC! From time to time, I still think about doing it again. Maybe not as soon, but its definitely still in my future. So glad you're enjoying it!

  5. Those are useful tips, really informative. Thanks for sharing. Great post!

  6. @Carmina - Thanks! Glad you enjoyed.

  7. this sounds like an interesting treatment...i just might need to try it!

  8. I have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing! Kiah

  9. @Zarna & @Kiah - I am so lovin' this. I really wish I had tried this sooner. My skin feels great and is looking good, also.

  10. Girl, this oil cleansing method is the best thing I ever did for my skin. I'm oily t zone and acne prone but the combo of castor oil and grapeseed oil have left my skin smooth with only occasional breakouts on my forehead. I love it!!!!

  11. @Azurey - Wow! That great! I don't know what took me so long but I'm glad I finally did try it.


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