natural skin care…


oil cleaning method

When it comes to hair and skin care products, I try to buy as natural as possible. Last October I decided to try out the Oil Cleansing Method instead of my usual face wash and I haven’t looked back since.

In a nutshell, the Oil Cleansing Method uses a combination of castor oil (cleansing agent) with a secondary nurturing oil, such as olive or sunflower. After massaging the oil onto your face, you apply a warm wash cloth to steam your skin and wash away impurities. In the winter when my skin is extra dry, I would also rub on a little coconut oil after cleansing. If you decide to try it out, you should read up on the whole process here.

After playing around with the ratios, I found that about 25% castor oil with 75% organic olive oil is a good combo for my skin. I mix up the oils in a travel size bottle and I still haven’t used the entire bottle of castor oil- almost a year later. I use this method every night before bed and then dab on some organic argan oil. Sometimes I also follow with a natural night cream, but I’m not sure that’s even necessary.

I used to also wash my face in the morning but now I skip that and just apply a natural moisturizer with sunscreen.

It took about a week for my skin to adjust and for me to find the best oil ratios, but I’m so glad I tried this out! If you find you break out in the beginning- stick with it! This is your skin “detoxing” from all the products you’ve been using. I learned that I was over-washing my face and using unnecessary products. Plus this method is super cheap compared to buying face wash!

Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? Do you have any natural skin care tips to share?

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14 Responses to natural skin care…

  1. Hannah says:

    I have never tried this before, due to the fact I have really oily skin and not sure how it would work. Plus the nearest natural food store is far away from home. I’ve heard all but good things about this method, so I’d love to try it out.

    I love the new layout! Cute!

  2. I first heard about this through a friend, then did some internet-digging of my own. I’ve been using this method every since, and really love it! I still get breakouts, but I’ve come to realize that this is just how my skin works.

    • lalafauxbois says:

      That’s awesome you use it too! Yeah, I don’t think we can fight how our skin works but we can treat it the best we can to try to help :)

  3. Erin says:

    What a great article. I love hearing from people who have tried and love this method, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about but felt too afraid to bite the bullet and try. After spending far too much money on expensive products, I think it’s time for that leap. My skin was lovely through my teens, but the stress and who knows what else of my last year of university sure changed that. I just want my old skin back! So thanks so much for sharing this.

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Yes you should try it! I think all those products end of stressing our skin out more than helping. This method helps your skin learn to regulate it’s own oil production again. Let me know if you like it!

  4. Cb says:

    I havent really tried oil on my face, i know i have some oil cleanser but i do use coconut oil for the rest of my body and i really like. I will try out what i have and let you know!

  5. Amanda A says:

    Yes! Have tried! :) I actually read an article with Zooey D. about how she loves this one brand so (being so easily influenced by advertising) I ordered it. It works well!! I hadn’t thought about making it myself! :) You’re so crafty! :)

  6. Wow! This is so neat! Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Do you use this as face wash or do you use it after you wash your face? What do you use to remove your makeup?

    • lalafauxbois says:

      I use this as my face wash now! For almost a year. The castor oil acts as a cleansing agent and the key is really warm water to steam your pores and wash away dirt/makeup. If I feel I need more cleaning/toning I rub on some witch hazel after washing. It totally works! I only do this at night and I used to be a morning/night face washer! Let me know if you try it!

  7. Cara-Mia says:

    This sounds so interesting! I just bought some face wash stuff from Lush that I know is going to last a while, but I, interested in trying this when that runs out.

  8. Marisa says:

    I’m all about natural skincare and well just using natural/organic products in general. I am hooked on coconut oil and use it for everything. I’ve heard of the oil cleansing method, but have never tried it. I actually use lavender castile soap on my face – which is not soap at all, really just a combo of oils and such. It has made a huge difference in my skin to say the least. I am definitely interested in experimenting with the oil cleansing method though. I like the idea of using olive oil on my skin:)

  9. So cool, I’d never have thought of using oil to actually wash your face. I’m confused though how it washes things off since it’s oil and seems like it would stay on… oh nevermind scrolled up and saw your reply. Very intersting! I usually use just all natural bar soap at night and then throw on either olive oil or a natural moisturizer because my skin seems constantly dry here.

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