Ever heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? If not, the simplified version goes something like this. Mix up a batch of oils, smear on face and rub in real good until your mascara and eyeliner run down your cheeks`a la Alice Cooper. Never heard of Alice Cooper? Stop reading. You are too young to worry about the ravages of time that oils can repair. If you are still with me, then the next step is to run a washcloth under the hottest water you can stand. Wring out. Place on face, gingerly. Hold in place while breathing through your mouth and as the washcloth cools, wipe oil and makeup from face. Rinse in hot water and repeat one or two more times. It’s that simple. Sounds crazy, huh? Actually its not so crazy. Millions of people have discovered the benefits of washing their faces with oil. Seriously, millions. I just did a Google search to see how many times Oil Cleansing Method was mentioned. 1,490,000. Really, that’s the actual number!
I first heard about this crazy method for face cleansing about a year and a half ago. I was afraid it would cause me to break out. But, I was more afraid that peri-menopause would cause my face to shrivel up like a dried apple woman. So, what did I have to lose? After a Google search of my own, I found a recipe that called for castor oil as the main ingredient. It was okay, but my face felt dried out after a few weeks. Not what I was hoping for. A friend, who is also in the throes of peri-menopause, mentioned that she also washes her face with oil. She even shared her recipe with me. I’ve tweaked it a bit. Which is something everyone should do in order to find the right oils for their skin type. Here is my recipe. Try it. You might like it.
Oil Face Wash
1 oz vitamin E oil
1 oz extra virgin olive oil
4 oz jojoba oil
20-30 capsules of 10,000 IU vitamin A (prick with needle and squeeze out, of course)
If this recipe isn’t to your liking then by all means do your own search and try other oil combinations. Different skin has different needs. One caveat! If you find a recipe that calls for sesame oil just know that toasted sesame oil CANNOT BE USED IN PLACE OF sesame oil. I know this because my friend tried it and smelled like Chinese food all day. Funny thing,
I she was ravenously hungry only 30 minutes after washing her face!
I’ve found that washing my face with oil actually causes my face to feel squeaky clean. Almost too squeaky at times! When that happens I rub a little bit of the washing oil on my face or I use a little virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is also great for zapping those ridiculous mid-life zits that appear now and then. Sounds counterintuitive, but it works! Want one more coconut oil testimonial? Coconut oil is wonderful for conditioning my hair. A tiny bit rubbed in my palms and smoothed over my hair makes it shine like liquid silver. Try that too, if you are feeling bold.
Recently I discovered the wonders of raw honey as a moisturizer. I know, I’ve gone over the deep end! After I wash my face with oil and rinse with hot water, I take a big blob of honey and rub it really well into my skin. If it is too thick I dab a little water on my face and it goes on smoothly. I let it sit for a few minutes while I brush my teeth, trying all the while not to lick my lips. I then wipe it off with warm water until the stickiness is gone. MY FACE FEELS AMAZING! No lotions or potions required. The really very amazing thing I’ve found is that my face still feels soft and smooth in the morning. I’m not waking up with big pillow creases in my face either. I use a little more honey in the morning, same procedure as the evening, before I put on my makeup. Seriously, raw honey is a kind of miracle. No toxic unpronounceable ingredients. No selling a kidney to afford it. It is easily found at a local farmer’s market or health food store. Someday I am so going to have at least one beehive!
So there you have it. Smearing food on your face can be a good thing. Come on, give it a try. I know you want to!