Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Oil Cleansing Method

 I've been on a quest to find ways to cleanse my hair and skin without using commercial products.  So far I've tried baking soda and vinegar for my hair which I didn't like, coconut oil as a moisturizer or lotion which I like, coconut oil as deodorant which I like, and oil to wash my face which I LOVE.

I mixed 1 T castor oil and 3 T olive oil.  You can find castor oil on the bottom shelf with laxatives in the pharmacy section.  But this won't work as a laxative.  I promise.  I saw one website suggested them at the opposite ratio, but I think this would actually dry out your skin.  The ratio I gave you is great for me and my teenage daughters.  I think the person who suggested more castor oil and less olive oil just got mixed up.

I put it in a little plastic container I got over by the sample size stuff in Health and Beauty Aids at Walmart.  $1 I think.  The castor oil was maybe $3?  Olive oil I already had in the kitchen.

Each night I use about 4 drops.  I put it on my wet hands and rub together.  Then I massage it over my whole face.  It removes make up too.  Get a washcloth wet with water as hot as you can stand it.  Lay this over your face and hold it until it cools.  Then wipe off the oil.  Do this again.  It takes me about 3-4 rinses.

In the morning I just rinse with warm water.  That's all it takes.  Sometimes I forget and wash my face in the shower out of habit.  Then I need to moisturize.  I use coconut oil for that.

My daughters and I have been doing this for a couple months now and still love it.  Their acne is improved.  My dry patches and blotchy spots are gone.  I even had a mole disappear and another one shrink!  I'll be trying straight castor oil on my moles and let you know if that works.