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Wash Your Face With Oil

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Wash Your Face With Oil

If you told my high school self that I could wash my face with oil and have my best skin ever, I would have said you were crazy. Everyone knows oil on your face makes you break out! And young Kayla avoided it like the plague. Now, older and wiser me knows better.

I recently started practicing the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), which entails combining certain oils according to your skin’s needs. The type of oil you use and the ratios in the mixture can vary, but I use 6 parts castor oil to 2 parts grapeseed oil and 2 parts jojoba oil, plus a drop or two of lavender essential oil.

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First, I wet my face with warm/hot water. Not all OCM descriptions include this step, but I like to smudge the mascara off my eyes before I apply the oil, plus it’s easier to spread the oil on if your face is already wet.

Next, using my fingers, I apply the oil mixture to my face, taking time to massage the oil into my skin in outward circular motions.

Then, I take a washcloth (you might even want to use a softer baby’s washcloth) soaked in hot — but not scalding — water and hold this over my face. Or I lean over the washcloth with it very close to my face. This step helps open the pores so that the oil can draw out the dirt. It also feels amazing and is very relaxing. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and let the heat envelope your face.

Finally, I gently use the washcloth to wipe the oil (and my makeup) away and pat my skin dry.

This leaves my skin incredibly soft, and there’s no need to use moisturizer after the process. I also love it because it takes my makeup off, especially my mascara and eyeliner, so easily! It is above-and-beyond better than any store-bought makeup remover I have used.

And of course, I love it because my skin is so much clearer! I admit I did not have wild acne before trying OCM, but I did have the occasional blemish, those pesky blackheads around my nose and a bit of dry skin around my jawline. No more!

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Kayla Coleman

Kayla Coleman is a Campaigns Associate at Care2, as well as an artist, writer, and animal activist. When she's not running or baking vegan cookies, she's usually reading about health and nutrition, animals, or the environment. Her motto is, "if not now, when?"


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6:43PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Oh J.J....I hate to hear that. You will miss something rather awesome! The softest smoothest skin ever.....naturally.

5:26PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

This is one experiment that I'll have to skip...

10:00AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thank you

4:53AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Thanks a lot!

2:55AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thank you :)

3:50PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Interesting stuff. ... . .not sure if I'll be doing this but thanks anyways.

7:53PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

As I mentioned before, I just cut to the chase and use nothing but the extra virgin olive oil to "wash" my face with at night. Warm wet washcloth over my face for a few seconds before I wipe it off....breathing in....goodness it feels so good. I am one of those tho, that have to use a light exfoliator and that I do each morning in the shower. My absolute favorite is pure baking soda.....I press my wet fingertips into a small jar and smooth over my face. Just enough to get rid of the dead skin cells and start the day with fresh skin! After toweling off and patting my face dry, I spritz on a hydrating mist of aloe vera, rosewater, and food grade glycerin. Re-hydrates a breath of fresh clean air. Should I require any additional moisturizing I use palm oil, jojoba, or olive. No nasty fragrances and I skirt the possible interactions with the essential oils by not using any. Fresh, clean, and totally natural. It doesn't get any better. I laugh sometimes when I think of how simple it really is, and how much money I DON'T have to spend! If only I had known this years ago!!! I could have had beautiful skin all my life.

5:02PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

My mom got me started on this and I was wondering how long this took to work. More like how long untill your face is clear and blemish free?

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