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Cleansing Your Face with the Oil Cleansing Method

Cleansing your face with oil?  Seriously?

Yes!

Before you think I'm completely mad, hear me out.  Using oil is a wonderfully gentle, non-stripping, moisturizing way to cleanse your face.

The oil actually cuts through dirt, sweat, and makeup on your skin (yep, no need to use a separate eye makeup remover!)  It does so gently, without stripping your skin of it's own natural oil.

Your skin will feel positively plump, soft, and dewy.  I especially love this method during the cold and drying winter months.

To get really great results with this method you must use the right oil.  Otherwise, you'll end up feeling yucky, not-too-clean, and may even end up with blocked pores.  I've got my fav combination listed in the recipe below for you.

Although the oil cleansing method is a great cleansing method, it isn't the best choice for everyone.  I'd stay away from this type of cleansing if you have acne or are prone to breakouts (despite what a lot of sites say, this isn't a "cure all" for acne breakouts.)

You're free to use the oil cleansing method as your sole cleansing routine, but I find that most people do best using this cleansing method one to three times per week.  Personally, I use this method once a week or so, but I use it more often in the winter time.   It's a great way to pamper your skin.

Ready to try it?

Grapeseed & Castor Oil Facial Cleansing Serum
2 tablespoons grape seed oil
1 tablespoon castor oil

Measure out the grape seed oil and castor oil into a small container for keeping your oils, preferably one with a pumpYou're done!  (Too easy, right?) 

The castor oil is an important addition, because it's a very cleansing oil.  Although it's thick, it can be a bit drying for some skin types.  If your face seems t0o dry after using this for a week or so, just cut the castor oil down to 1 teaspoon.
 
You can substitute other oils for the grape seed oil, but it's best to stick with lighter oils like apricot or sweet almond.  Olive oil is not a good substitute, just FYI.  For some reason it just doesn't cleanse well.  Go figure.

To use:  (Although I typically encourage you to play around with the skin care recipes I post here, I'm going to encourage you to follow these directions as closely as possible.  I've found that there's a very particular manner in using the oil to get the best possible result.)

Step 1:  Squeeze a small amount (about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoonful) of the oil cleansing serum into your palm.  Gently massage it over the entire face.  Really take your time here, allowing the oil to soak into the skin.  (If you're wearing eye makeup, use a bit of this oil on a cotton ball to remove it first.)

Step 2:  Dampen a soft wash cloth with very warm water.  The trick here is to get the water very warm, almost as warm as you can stand (but don't burn your face!)  Use this cloth to gently wipe away the oil from the face.  Rinse the cloth well and often, and continue wiping the face until all oil is removed.  This will take a full minute or two.

Step 3:  Give your face a final rinse with comfortably warm water.  (Now, I like to run my wash cloth over a bar of soap, lather it up a bit, and rinse well to remove the oily residue from the cloth before tossing it in the laundry.  Use a fresh cloth each time you cleanse your face with the oil cleansing method.) 

Enjoy your silky soft skin!  

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