The booming skin care industry would love for you to believe that in order to have clear, glowing, perfect skin, you need to first wash to get rid of dirt (while also stripping the skin’s natural oils completely) and afterward apply a concoction of toxic chemicals that will essentially ‘lubricate’ your skin. 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 sebum (natural protective oils) that has just been 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, red, and tired-looking.
It's important to understand that when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, "oil dissolves oil”. This is because organic compounds tend to dissolve well in solvents that have similar properties to themselves. So 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 specifically for you, and the right combination of oils.
The two oils we suggest using are castor oil and jojoba 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 (called ‘Castor USP’), and a little will go a long way, as for facial cleansing purposes you will only be using a very small amount. Jojoba oil is high in anti-inflammatory properties as well as vitamins E and B-complex, which reduce redness and soothe the skin. Jojoba is one of the closest oils to our skin’s natural oils; it can be found in the ‘natural’ or ‘health area’ of your grocery store (or ordered online for much cheaper prices and higher quality).
Since Castor oil's cleansing properties are so strong, and its consistency thick, it needs to be diluted with another, more thinner oil. Jojoba 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 your type of skin:
If you have OILY skin: Try a blend of 30% castor oil and 70% jojoba oil.
If you have BALANCED skin: try a blend of 20% castor oil and 80% jojoba oil.
If you have DRY skin: Try a blend of 10% castor oil and 90% jojoba oil.
Mix and store in a clean, four-ounce flip-top bottle. Don’t make such a high quantity because oils can go rancid after 6 months (unless you add a tiny touch of Vitamin E oil, which helps keep oils longer). When you need to remix, cleanse your bottle well in the dishwasher, or replace the bottle altogether. Opaque containers are best to keep oils fresh longer.
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).
Tie your hair back. Pour a generous amount (the size of a quarter) of the mixture 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 a couple of minutes for the oils to work and bring dirt to the surface (this is the perfect time for you to do some deep breathing exercises!)
Soak a clean washcloth or cotton pad in warm water (not hot) 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 and repeat as necessary (do not fear the oils, as the steamy washcloth will remove them).
Don't be surprised if your skin seems to get a touch oily after the first few times you try this method. This is your skin detoxing! 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 performed.
At this point you can spritz some simple toner on your skin, to further cleanse and close up pores prior to using makeup.
Enjoy your inexpensive, gentle, effective oil cleanse!
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