A few years ago, I was introduced to oil cleansing for the first time. I will be honest I was quite scared to try it, as putting oils on my skin seemed like all I would get were pimples. However, after washing off the oils from my face, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I knew I had to keep this part of my beauty routine.
Oil cleansing is great for your skin as it cleans way deeper into your pores than soap and water do. The oil on your skin will stick to the oil you put on your face, to pull it away when washing off the oils.
When it comes to doing an oil cleanse there is not one particular oil you need to use. There are so many different oils out there which work well for different types of skin. The only thing that is important for all oils is that it is a high quality, cold-pressed oil. This will make sure that you won’t get any infections or clogged pores.
Personally I have pretty dry skin, especially now that it is very cold and dry outside. Castor oil is one of the best oils for oil cleansing as it really cleans your pores. It is very drying though, so people with dry skin like me have to just add in a little bit of castor oil to another oil.
Ideas for oils you can use are:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Sunflower oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Almond oil
Experiment with different oils that go well with your skin type. It might take a while for you to find the perfect combination. Personally coconut oil for example does not work well for my skin, while olive oil does. So keep trying till you find something that works for you.
Mix the oils you choose to use in a container. Take a towel and soak it in hot water. Squeeze out the extra water, this way you can heat up your skin without spilling water on your entire clothing. The water must be hot enough for the steam to come off, but not too hot that it hurts your skin. Put the towel on your face for about 30 seconds to open up your pores.
Now take the oil mixture and with your fingertips massage the oils into your skin. Do this for about 2 minutes and leave the oils on your skin for another 30 seconds.
Take the hot towel, wet it again and leave it on your face for about 20 seconds. Clean the towel and carefully take of the oils of your skin. Keep cleaning the towel and your face, till your face feels soft and all the oils have been removed. You can clean your face with a toner (I used a homemade toner made with applecider vinegar and water) and moisturize your skin if it feels dry.