How to cleanse your face...
The booming skin care industry would love for you to believe that in order to have clear, glowing, perfect skin, you need to rid the skin of oil completely and apply burning chemicals instead. Does this scrubbing, disinfecting and drying ever work? After all the variety of products you've tried over the years, are you truly happy with "just one"?
The reason why we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are numerous. First, regular products strip the natural oils out of the skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. The skin will compensate this dryness by producing more oil, and this constant dryness followed by oiliness, pulling, scrubbing and patting, leaves our skin feeling irritated, sensitive and tired-looking.
It's important to understand that when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, "oil dissolves oil".
And if you're cringing at the thought of adding oil to your skin by imagining a slick, greasy smear, remember no two oils are alike! The trick is to find the one that works for you specifically.
First step: Castor Oil.
Castor oil has a potent anti-inflammatory property, and it is naturally healing and cleansing. It can be found in the laxative section of your local pharmacy, and a little will go a long way, as for facial cleansing purposes you will only be using a very small amount.
Since Castor oil's cleansing properties are so strong, and its consistency thick, it needs to be diluted with another, more thinner oil. Sunflower oil is the second ingredient, as it has a luxurious feel and sinks into the skin well, aiding the castor oil in transportation deep into the pores and helping it bring dirt to the surface where it can be wiped away. Its essential fatty acids are a necessity for the health of our cell membranes.
Second step: Choose the right combination for you:
If you have OILY skin: Try a blend of 30% castor oil and 70% sunflower seed oil.
If you have BALANCED skin: try a blend of 20% castor oil and 80% sunflower seed oil.
If you have DRY skin: Try a blend of 10% castor oil and 90% sunflower seed oil.
Mix and store in a clean, four-ounce flip-top bottle. When you need to remix, cleanse your bottle well in the dishwasher, or replace the bottle altogether.
cleanse prior to bed – there should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning (a quick wipe with warm water should be enough in the morning).
pour a generous amount (like a quarter-size) of the mix onto your hands, rubbing between them to warm and then smooth onto face (mix will remove the most stubborn makeup traces as well!)
massage gently in circular motions over the entire face and neck area.
allow about a minute for the oils to work and bring dirt to the surface
soak a clean washcloth with warm water (cold water will not open pores) and squeeze to drain excess water from cloth. Apply the washcloth to face and leave it there until it cools (about a minute). You will feel the pores "breathe", releasing impurities, dead cells and bacteria.
gently wipe (do not scrub!), rinse off with water, and use a cotton ball of facial pad to very gently wipe off residue.
this method is safe to use daily!
Don't be surprised if your skin seems oily the first few times you try this method. Once you remove the plugs from your pores, they will begin functioning properly again. You should notice a huge difference in your skin after the first deep cleansing massage – enjoy!