About a year and half ago I made a big switch in my daily beauty routine… I stopped washing my face with soap. I had been reading about this crazy idea of cleaning your face with oils and the praises that people had for it. I wanted to try it out, especially since I had been slowly changing out my personal products to more natural ones. But I couldn’t get over the face that you actually washed your face with oil. I mean how well could oil really clean your skin?
I was also apprehensive because I have a very oil T-zone and the thought of purposefully adding oil to my face to clean it sounded ridiculous to me. I liked to avoid oil like the plague, always seeking out oil free facial cleansers and moisturizers. Sadly I was actually stripping my face of the good oils it needed, but at the time I thought I was doing something healthy for my skin.
Not only do I have an oily T-zone, but I also have some dry patches around my checks and the corners of my nose. I have what you call an extreme case of combination skin! It’s crazy. I used to have to slather my entire face with lotions to keep it from being tight and dry (caused from traditional facial soaps stripping the natural oils from my face), only to have to use oil absorbing sheets throughout the day to absorb all of the excessive oil (another disadvantage of cleaning my face with soap). It was a crazy cycle.
I’ve been pretty blessed to not have a lot of acne, minus the occasional flair-ups, but I do have a few acne scars and dark spots on my face from the years of not properly cleaning my skin. Not to mention the small fine lines that are start to appear as I gracefully age 😉
So after reading all about the Oil Cleansing Method, it’s benefits and how it effectively cleanses and moisturizes your skin naturally, I decided to give it a go.
A year and a half later my skin looks and feels amazing, plus I wear less make up (which is also good for my skin too) because I enjoy how natural my skin looks.
Not only is cleaning your face with oil natural and healthy, it’s also pretty frugal too! Just two ingredients that last for a long time since you don’t need to use that much oil. Plus it makes for a super simple beauty routine, which is another bonus for me!
Ingredients to Make Your Own Face Wash
A small plastic bottle with a squirt lid– I got mine in the travel size bins at Target, most are less than a dollar.
Castor Oil– draws out the dirt and gunk from your pores. You can usually find it in the laxative aisle of your drug store or online. My health food store also carries it in their beauty aisle. A little bit of castor oil goes a long way and if you find your face is still dry after cleaning your face with oil chances are you used too much castor oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO as I call it thanks to Rachel Ray!) or Sunflower Oil- I personally use EVOO since it is much easier to find than sunflower oil, but both oils are wonderful to use, they act as a healing and nourishing moisturizer to the skin.
A soft, clean washcloth
To Make Your Oil Cleaner
Combine the Castor Oil and EVOO/Sunflower Oil together in the small plastic bottle. For the following directions, think of your bottle in fourths (let’s go back to elementary fractions!)
- For Normal Skin: Combine and mix 1 part castor oil to 1 part EVOO/Sunflower Oil
- For Oily Skin: Combine and mix 3 parts castor oil to 1 part EVOO/Sunflower Oil
- For Dry Skin: Combine and mix 1 part castor oil to 3 parts EVOO/Sunflower Oil
You’ll probably need to play around with these suggested mixes to find the best combination that will best meet your skin’s needs.
How to Clean Your Face with Oil
First pour a small amount, about a quarter sizes, of oil onto your fingers (remember a little goes a long way). Gently rub this all over your dry face and neck in a circular motion, you do not want to wet your face with water before. Enjoy this nice little massage as you rub the oils it, be sure not to scrub but be gentle. Also be careful around the eye area. While the oils do a fantastic job of removing mascara, it is very easy to get excessive oil in your eyes clogging up your tear ducts (ask me how I know!)
Next place your washcloth under very warm running water. Rest the warm washcloth over your face and allow it to sit for about a minute as the steam pulls out all the gunk from your pores. The steam helps to removes all the impurities and dead skin cells, plus it’s a nice treat at the end of a long day.
Finally rinse the washcloth under warm water and use it to gently the run the remaining oil and makeup off your face. Enjoy how soft your skin immediately feels.
I only wash my face at night when removing my make up. In the morning I just let the shower water rinse my face.
I do wear a bit of a SPF moisturizer in the morning, but after cleansing your face with oil for a while you should notice a significance difference in your skin and whether or not you wish to wear an extra moisturizer in the morning is up to you.
The oil cleansing method is super effective at removing all make up, including mascara, but you can also pour a tiny amount of EVOO on a cotton ball to use as a natural eye make up remover.
The Reasons Why I Will Continue to Wash My Face with Oil
It’s pretty inexpensive, just two ingredients and a plastic bottle. As I’ve said above, I’ve been using this method to wash my face for over a year and a half now. I have only had to by 2 bottles of castor oil, and I buy one huge jug of EVOO from Costco about twice a year for all my cooking and beauty needs. That adds up to only about $40 a year on oils. I used to spend about $10 a month on soap, toners, or moisturizers. That’s a pretty dramatic savings!
I get to give myself a facial every night. Who doesn’t love that? The gentle message and steam not only remove the dirt, but also increases circulation in your skin which improves skin tone over time. No need for fancy scrubbers or creams!
My skin has never looked or felt healthier before. I wear less make up, in fact most days I can go without make up if I feel brave enough! My skin feels soft, my acne scars and dark marks are slowly vanishing. I have a healthy glow. My skin is not excessively oily anymore since I’m not stripping it of the oils it needs. While I still have those fine lines (hello, I’m aging with grace), I don’t feel like my skin is dull or old looking.
I hardly have any breakouts, dry patches or an excessive oily T-zone anymore.
It’s natural without all the harmful chemicals in traditional facial cleansing products.
Did I mention it’s super frugal?
Still Need Some More Reasons to Make the Switch?
I love these resources from around the web of others who have used and love the oil cleansing method
The Oil Cleansing Method official site full of all resources and tips for cleaning your face naturally
The Oil Cleansing Method from Tsh at The Art of Simple
Video Blog: How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method from Keeper of the Home
Do you clean your face with natural oils? What other frugal tips do you have for natural facial care?
*Affiliate links may be used in this post. You can ready my disclosure policy here.