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Wash Your Face With Oil

One thing you do have to watch out for is your hair — I’d keep it off your face during the process and even after. I recommend practicing this ritual at night, then keeping your hair back until you go to bed.

Like I said, I use a mixture of castor oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and lavender. The castor oil is cleansing and draws the dirt out of your pores. The grapeseed and jojoba oil are moisturizing. They also dilute the castor oil (which can be drying) and provide nutrients for your skin. Grapeseed oil tones and tightens pores, has vitamin C and E and is known for anti-aging properties. It’s also quickly absorbed into the skin and isn’t as heavy a moisturizer as olive oil, which you can use in its place if you have drier skin. Jojoba oil has similar benefits: it’s moisturizing and has antioxidants. And the lavender, in addition to giving your new cleanser a pleasant smell, is relaxing and reduces redness.

But there are many different oils you can use. The base ratio (for “normal” skin) is 50 percent cleansing oil to 50 percent moisturizing oil. Like I said, if you want a little heavier moisture you can replace the grapeseed oil with extra virgin olive oil. And in place of or in addition to lavender essential oil, you could use tea tree for acne, geranium for sensitive/dry skin, or rosemary to tone/tighten. And there are a million more possibilities! A simple Google search on essential oils should help you out.

In addition to being a very pure, natural and effective way to cleanse and moisturize your face, this method is also cost-efficient! My grapeseed oil was around five dollars for a large bottle, and though essential oils like lavender can be a bit pricey, you only need a very small bottle, and if you want to go for a larger bottle you could split it with a friend, but truly, there are many uses for essential oil around the house, so you could probably find ways to use it up yourself. I recommend putting a few drops of lavender on your pillow at night. You will sleep like a baby!

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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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