One of the things I love the most about making my own organic DIY beauty treatments is how much moolah I end up saving...and what it does for my skin. Okay, so two things.
Today I have a snazzy little recipe that will not only help your skin to glow, but will also give you a solid cleansing and save you some of your hard-earned dolla dolla bills. It's a money-saving-skin-loving kinda day today.
So how will we be cleansing our skin today, you ask?
Is it honey? Nope.
Is it thyme? Nah.
While both of those ingredients are effective in cleaning your face, today I am teaching you how to clean your skin using, wait for it, oil. Yes, green queens, oil! It sounds wacky, I know, but trust me, it works. And not only does it work but it works ah-maze-ingly!
Stay with me now.
How to Clean Your Skin Using Oil
While most people think excess oil is what causes our breakouts, that's actually not the case. What causes our breakouts is really a combination of hormones, poor lifestyle choices, and dirt and bacteria that gets caught in our pores.
And what's even more mind-blowing is that using an oil-free cleanser can actually be worse for your skin, as it can end up stripping our skin of its natural oils, therefore causing it to produce even more oil. Not exactly a good thing for those who are trying to control an oily complexion.
Still think I'm crazy talkin'? Here is a direct quote from acne.org:
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that 'like dissolves like.' The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
It turns out that using the right oils, like EVOO, almond oil, or even jojoba oil will cleanse your skin more effectively than some of those chemical-laden store-bought products.
And all you need is:
- pure castor oil
- extra-virgin olive oil (or almond or jojoba oil)
That's. It. Amazing, right?
Now, depending on your skin type and condition, you might have to play around with your ratios a bit to get the combination that works best for your skin.
Personally, I have pretty normal skin so I use equal parts of EVOO and pure castor oil, but for those who have oily or acneic skin you might want to use three parts castor oil to one part EVOO (or other oil of your choice). If you have dry skin, consider using three parts EVOO to one part castor oil.
Once you have the right combination for your skin, start by pouring about a quarter sized amount of oil onto your (clean) fingertips and rub it onto your dry face.
Massage the oil into your skin for a few minutes and then take a steaming hot (not burn-your-face hot though) facecloth and place it over your face. Keep the facecloth on your face until it cools down to room temperature.
This step is essential as the steam from your facecloth helps to draw the impurities, junk, gunk, and dead skin cells out of your pores.
Then simply flip the cloth over and wipe the oil off your face. And boom! You will have clean, soft, glowing skin that only costs a few cents each time you cleanse your face. Now that's my kinda price point.