In today’s edition of “Save My Sanity Saturday” (where I give myself a break once a week from posting something new) I am revisiting an idea that I strongly believe in but that I have gotten out of the habit of doing! Washing your face with oil.
Yes, you read that right…washing your face with OIL. Sounds like it makes about as much sense as brushing your teeth with sugar….or washing your hands with mud! But something I have come to realize over the years is that sometimes the most counter-intuitive ideas turn out to be the BEST ideas!
For example: when my chef friend Heather told me to run my store-bought sourdough baguette under the kitchen faucet before putting it in the oven to warm up..I thought maybe she’d been sampling the cooking sherry. ;-) But sure enough…it came out perfectly. Crispy and crunchy on the outside…warm and soft on the inside.
So when I first heard about this “Oil Cleansing Method” I tried to keep an open mind. It wasn’t too hard though…because it definitely appealed to my disdain of all things over-priced, over-packaged and over-filled with stuff we can’t pronounce and to my desire to put ProActiv out of business! haha. Just kidding. I have spent a small fortune on their product over the years for my kids…and while I will admit it has been helpful…it is definitely not all those celebrity endorsers make it out to be. And it’s definitely not worth the price you pay for it. Even the facial stuff you buy at Walmart is ridiculously priced nowadays.
But despite my disgust over the high price of all the so-called skin “care” stuff we spend billions on annually as a country…the more I read about this…the less hostile I felt and the more amazed I was. This stuff just makes sense!
I’ll try to save you all the research I did on the topic and attempt to put it in Reader’s Digest version:
Your skin NATURALLY produces oil for a reason. Oil helps lubricate, heal, protect, and moisturize your skin. Contrary to popular belief (and contrary to what the makers of acne products want you to believe), OIL does not cause acne. Hormones, bacteria, and dirt are to blame for that. So all these products we buy to get rid of the oil…cause our body to compensate by producing MORE oil. Oil that then pools up on skin that is already irritated and inflamed from the chemicals and fragrances in the soaps we are using…no WONDER breakouts occur! It’s a vicious cycle I tell ya!
So when you think about it…replacing the dirty oil on our faces with good quality oil is the perfect solution to so many of our skin problems…including acne.
That is the whole idea “in a nutshell”…but there is a lot more information available if you click here.
My daughter and I got into a spirited discussion about this the other day. Despite the fact that she still battles breakouts…she swears by the pricey ProActiv she’s been using for a couple of years now. For a recent college graduate, she sure can be dumb sometimes. J/K Britta! ;-) To her credit…she agreed that if I bought her the requisite oils to try this out…she would give it the “ol’ college try”. har har.
So we are both taking the challenge and I promise to report back in a few weeks.
If you are interested in taking the challenge too….here is the “recipe” for making your own blend of deep cleansing oil from TheOilCleansingMethod.com.
- Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
- Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
- Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
Once again, I would direct you to TheOilCleansingMethod.com for DETAILED instructions on this “method”. (I feel I must warn you however, she gets a bit metaphysical about the whole experience. I found myself rolling my eyes a little…but you might like that sorta thing. Just so ya know….)
Basically it boils down to 4 simple steps: (love simple steps!)
- 1. Mix cleansing oils
- 2. Rub/massage it in for about a minute (BONUS: it’s a great eye makeup remover too!)
- 3. STEAM face with VERY warm washcloth until cloth cools.
- 4. Wash/wipe off oil
So there you have it….all the information and How-To you need to get started. Now go wash your face with some oil….I dare ya! :-)
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update: one week later
I said I would update after 14 days…but I couldn’t wait! I will update again in another week…but today…just a little over a week after she started using it…my daughter was raving over this new oil cleansing method! I could hardly believe it! She said her face is already MUCH clearer and her face isn’t dry or oily…but just right.
I tried….I really, really TRIED not to say “I told you so!”…but I may have let one slip out. :-) She was a good sport about it though. She didn’t really care because she is so pleased with the results!
So there you have it. Quick update half way through our 14 Day Challenge. More in another week!
update: two weeks later
In my continuing research of this method…(which I am becoming more and more sold on!) I found a WEALTH of information HERE at acne.org on the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Oil Cleansing Method. I suggest you check it out if you want even MORE information.
Both Britta and I are sold on this method of cleansing. We have both been amazed at how much healthier our skin feels. Now if we can just be consistent, that is always the challenge for me…..
Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? What do you think of it?