Well, not in the traditional sense anyway... I've actually been cleaning my face using the Oil Cleansing Method I first heard about (saw) on Pinterest. I was actually searching for a more natural, less expensive skin care routine than the traditional store-bought cleansers and moisturizers I've been using for years. Since we are planning a move to Ecuador, I have been looking to replace store-bought items with things I know I can get there. That's when I ran across several "pins" for the Oil Cleansing Method.
The cost is nominal, maybe $3 total for about six weeks worth of cleanser. Since it didn't seem like I had anything to lose, I decided to give it a try. You see, oil can actually clean surfaces. Who knew?!
I started with a half and half blend of castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil. I quickly realized that my skin is not the oily teenage skin I once had. It now tends to be on the dry side, so I adjusted my oils accordingly. I increased the EVOO and decreased the castor oil. For oily skin, it would be just the opposite--increase the castor and decrease the EVOO.
- Apply about a quarter size amount into your palm. Massage gently into your skin. Allow it to stay on your skin at least one minute to penetrate into your pores.
- Heat a soft, clean cloth under hot, steamy running water. Squeeze out excess and lay on your face until it cools. (The "steaming" also helps to deep clean.)
- Once the cloth is cool, gently wipe away the oil. Repeat if necessary.
I am still learning and tweaking it, but I am loving it. Another mistake I made was to use this cleanser twice a day. This is a deep cleaner. There is no need to use it twice a day. Instead, I am now using it at night, before bed, and simply rinsing my face in the shower each morning.
Also, about once a week, I use an all-natural exfoliant... BAKING SODA! Why have we not known these things?! A little baking soda in my palm with enough water to make a paste applied in circular motions to my skin and then rinsed under warm water... Ahhhh.... It leaves my skin silky smooth and glowing! And it's dirt-cheap!
The drawback? According to our contacts, baking soda is not available in Ecuador! What?! So guess what I'm doing. That's right. I'm stocking up! Besides, I use baking soda for so many other things (possibly an upcoming post), I can't imagine living without it!
You can read more about the Oil Cleansing Method, like I did, at these websites:
The Oil Cleansing Method
Simply Organized Living
I'd love to hear about your experience if you decide to try it. Or maybe you already have? Tell me about it!
Labels: frugality, recipes