Posted: Jun 29, 2012 8:00 AM
Do you shop for oil free cleansers and moisturizers? So do most women. The surprising truth is, you can clean and hydrate your face with pure oils and a little effort. Learn how this relaxing cleansing routine can change your skin.

Are you on a quest for the perfect facial cleanser? You're not alone. The beauty aisle is full of an overwhelming array of cleansers. Here's a little secret: All the tools you really need to clean your face may already be in your kitchen. Learn how to deep clean your skin with oil.

wash your face with oil ingredients

Prepare your potion

It doesn't take magic to create the perfect facial cleanser, but it feels a little like brewing a potion. The only ingredient you may need to buy is castor oil. Pick it up online or at your local health food store. In a clean bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of castor oil with 3 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil. If you have acne or blemishes, add one drop of organic tea tree oil. If you don't use the whole mixture when you cleanse, just cover the bowl in plastic wrap or a sealed lid for the next time.

Get ready to cleanse

Because this cleansing method uses very hot water and a washcloth, your face may be flushed or reddened afterwards. It's best to cleanse with oil before bed so you don't walk around looking like you're blushing. Cleanse at your bathroom sink or your kitchen sink. You'll need your oil mixture and two clean, soft washcloths. Baby washcloths work great if you have sensitive skin.

Work the oil in

The key to cleaning your skin with oil is giving yourself at least 10-15 minutes to get the job done. Begin by coating your fingertips with the oil and massaging it onto your face. This should take you a solid 5 minutes. Massage all over your face, working the oil in and moving your fingers in firm circles. Pretend like you're giving yourself a facial. Meditate or think about Chris Hemsworth's abs. Whatever helps you relax.

Wipe the oil off

Now that you look all shiny and you're feeling a little too slimy, it's time to get the oil off your skin. Wet your washcloth in the hottest water you can stand. It should be steaming up. Press the washcloth to your face and breathe for a while as the hot water begins to steam away the oil. You may feel compelled to scrub, but scrubbing is bad for skin despite what you read when you were 17. Wet and gently wipe as many times as you need to, until the oil is gone. The second clean washcloth can be used to spot-wipe for the last bits of oil.

Oil cleansing tips

  • Don't cleanse with oil every single day. It'll dry your face out.
  • Fiddle with the ratio of castor oil to olive oil if the method is too oily or too drying.
  • Try adding one drop of lavender essential oil to your blend for a calming spa cleanse.

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