Earlier this month, I junked my bathroom, which left me high and dry and in need of an acne relief. I hadn’t really been doing much beforehand; pretty much just covered it up or put tea tree oil on it, which didn’t seem to help much at all.
Then I stumbled upon the oil cleansing method on the Thank Your Body blog and decided to give it a go!
I know it seems really counter intuitive to use oil to clean our face. I mean, most of us feel the need to wash our face before bed because we feel really greasy. But think back to your high school chemistry class. What did we learn? That’s right:
Like dissolves like.
In other words, Oil dissolves oil.
The oil cleansing method is such a simple idea. Use oil to get rid of the excess oil. It’s about balancing your skin, not scrubbing it to death. But you really need to try it to believe it.
Make sense to me!
Now, Robin recommends using different ratios of olive oil to castor oil for various skin types. But I didn’t have any castor oil, so I started with olive. After a week of using olive oil, I didn’t see any improvement. So I switched to an oil I DO have: COCONUT OIL.
Oil Cleansing Method
- Massage oil into the face until your pores are saturated.
- Soak a washcloth in hot water, and cover your face with it for around 20 seconds to open your pores.
- Gently wipe off the oil with the hot washcloth. Do not scrub.
- Rub any leftover oil into your face.
One of the best things about this method is that it replaces two products (face cleanser and face moisturizer) with ONE completely natural and simple ingredient!
I’ve also been spreading a thin layer of coconut oil under my eyes before I go to sleep to reduce “tired eyes” (which I get easily). It’s working great!! Coconut oil promotes cell regeneration, so it’s also great for wrinkles. :)