Cleaning Your Face With Oil – Thanks Crunchy Betty!

Ok, so I know we’ve been talking about cooking oils and this is kind of a tangent, but I’ve only just discovered it and it’s the best thing ever.  A great friend of mine from Santa Fe (the same one responsible for the tooth soap) sent me a link from Crunchy Betty’s blog about Oil Cleansing and I’m always a sucker for new things.

Basically the theory is that applying a cleansing oil to your face dissolves the bad/dirty oils that are already there and when you take off the extra good oil, you also take off the bad oil.  Still – it took some bravery to slather oil all over my face, let me tell you.  I picked a day to try it when I would have a few days without any major social events scheduled just in case my face turned into one giant zit.

Not only did my face not turn into a zit-scape, my skin and lips LOVE this treatment.  It felt great to do, like a little luxury facial, and my skin is the softest it’s ever been.  Not only that but the little weird inflamed spots that I normally have to fight to keep under control – the ones that aren’t quite zits, but are suspiciously red and look like they *might* become zits – those are mysteriously gone.  No muss, no fuss, just gone.  So far I’ve done it every night this week and my skin just keeps getting better.  Not only that, I look forward to washing my face – and that isn’t something I could ever say before.  I LOVE THIS!

Skin that youthfull - she must be oil cleansing! GIRL CLEANING FACE © Vladimir Mucibabic |

How To Oil Cleanse Your Skin

  1. Pull your hair back from your face with a hairband – your skin loves the oil, but if you get it in your hair there is nothing that will fix that but a shower.
  2. Turn on the tap with hot water – as hot as your skin will tolerate (we’re turning it on here so it has time to warm up).
  3. Choose your oil blend (we’ll talk oil blends in a minute – it’s really fun) and pour about a dime sized amount in your palm.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently smooth the oil over your face and massage lightly for 2 minutes- enjoy this part, it feels great!
  5. Run a wash cloth under the tap with water as hot as you can stand it – the heat helps to lift the oil from your skin more easily.
  6. Gently wipe your face with the hot washcloth, and just see how gorgeous, soft and radiant your skin is!
  7. Chances are that if you’re like me you can probably skip the night creams etc… when you do this before bed – your skin doesn’t need anything else.

Mixing The Best Oil For Your Skin

So – I’ve only been doing this for a week so some of this is just my faith in Crunchy Betty’s advise – if you haven’t read her blog, then click her link at the end because she’s fabulous. Here are some oils you can try:

  • Castor Oil – a necessary ingredient! This penetrates the deep layers of your skin, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and generally protects your skin like no other. If you aren’t familiar with my deep and abiding love of castor oil then read about castor oil here. According to Crunchy Betty it’s more on the drying side so better if you have normal to oily skin.
  • Jojoba Oil – this skin staple is great for all types but especially acne-prone skin.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – Great for all skin types, especially oily skin.
  • Olive Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil – Great for everyone!
  • Avocado Oil – Especially great for dry and aging skin.
  • Sesame Oil – Great for dry, sensitive skin.
  • Shea Oil – Perfect for sensitive, reactive skin.

Now the key is finding your best mix:

I’ve been using a 50/50 mix of castor oil and shea oil, because they’re both favorites of mine and my skin tends to be both oily and sensitive at the same time.

Crunchy Betty suggests working in thirds and she suggests

Oily skin – 2/3 castor oil and 1/3 carrier oil

Normal skin – equal parts castor oil and carrier oil

Dry skin – 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oil

Always the best idea is to experiment with your skin and see what your face loves.  Mix it up in small batches at first until you find the perfect thing for you.  Once you decide to mix a larger batch then we can start adding essential oils.  With essential oils a tiny bit (a few drops to a cup of oil) is enough so it’s too intense for the small trial batches.  Here are some essential oils to try (but I always go by smell as much as function):

  • Rose – Smells great and it’s been used for centuries to help smooth wrinkles and protect skin from the changes brought by age.
  • Frankincense – Brings deep healing to troubled skin – especially if there are deep skin issues like cystic acne or repeat infections.
  • Lavender – One of the most popular scents and it’s also antibacterial and anti-fungal so it’s great if there is surface acne.  If your acne follows your hormone cycle lavender isn’t the best choice because it can increase your estrogens. This is also rumored to even out your skin tone.
  • Peppermint – This lively and refreshing oil actually deep cleanses your pores and helps them to close and minimize a little bit so it’s great if you’re prone to blackheads. Tea Tree and Eucalyptus have similar effects.
  • Sandalwood – Nourishing and healing, especially for dry, chapped or raw skin.
  • Lemon – This oil is very drying to acne and blemishes and strongly anti-bacterial but it may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight if you leave it on (probably not a problem in your oil cleansing routine)
  • Myrrh – Strongly healing for rashes, eczema and seborrhea.

Now you have the tools – go forth and oil cleanse!  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about all of this and how happy I am to share it.  I’d love to hear what you think about it!

Also – I’ve got to share Crunchy Betty because she’s a new favorite for me!

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