Over I month ago, I wrote a post entitled Natural Healing for Acne with all my best tips on how I cured my chronic cystic acne without medications or fancy skincare products. Many of you graciously offered skincare tips of your own (thank you!!). One of those tips completely changed the way I cleanse my face. I just had to deviate from our normal cellulite subjects to tell you all about it.
[In truth, it’s not a total deviation. Both cellulite and acne are caused by a sluggish lymphatic system. If you have one, you’re likely to have the other. What’s good for one, is good for the other since the lymphatic system is a whole body system…]
Is An End in Sight for the Endless Parade of Skincare Products?
When I finally figured out my cystic acne was caused by fluoride, I realized I wasn’t going to find a cure in skincare products. Many of the ingredients in common beauty products are questionable at best and do more harm than good.
By the time I wrote the Natural Healing for Acne post, I was down to washing my face once a day with a mild cleanser and that was it. Sometimes I would rub a drop or two of almond oil into my skin, but for the most part I didn’t need any other products.
That’s when a few CI readers mentioned Oil Cleansing. With oil cleansing, you don’t use soap or normal cleansers to wash your face. You use oil. Sounds crazy, right? Some women cringe at the thought of rubbing oil on the face. Isn’t that what causes breakouts in the first place?
Oil Cleansing 101
I’ve been oil cleansing for about 3 weeks now and I’m amazed at how bright and clear my skin is. I’ve been using a combination of about 30% castor oil and 70% almond oil. Castor oil is known for its cleansing and healing properties. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory so it’s best to dilute it with a gentler oil. I chose almond oil because I have it on hand, but you could use olive oil, sunflower seed oil, etc.
The process is simple. Before going to bed, massage the oil mixture into your skin. Once I got past the idea that rubbing oil into my skin was not going to cause breakouts, I was able to really enjoy the process. It feels so luxurious to massage the oil into your skin and then let it “steam” with a hot cloth. After holding the hot cloth over your face a few times, gently wipe off the oil.
I love the simplicity of oil cleansing. My face feels so clean and nourished afterward. And since I always have these oils on hand anyway, it’s one less product I need to keep in my medicine cabinet. For more information about oil cleansing, this is the website I used for instructions when I first started. Thanks to Tara for the recommendation and to everyone else who chimed in with their oil cleansing success stories!
What about you? Would you dare to wash your face with straight oil?
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