How I started cleaning my face with the help of olive oil
So I’ve recently become a pinterest addict, and if you haven’t experienced this social networking phenomenon you need to give it a try. I’ve discovered so many interesting websites about gardening, homesteading, and natural lifestyles.
An amazing idea that I came across is called the oil cleansing method as described on this blog. I won’t go into a huge amout of detail about the method (you should check out the original blog post for that), but I wanted to describe my experience. The general idea is that the facial cleansers that so many of us use strips natural and healthy oils from your face… oils that are there for a reason. In our modern world, with pollutants in the air, busy lifestyles, and cosmetics like make up, I feel that it’s necessary to wash my face daily, but I’ve come to realize that doing it with soap is possibly not the best thing I can be doing for my (extremely sensitive) skin. The oil cleansing method is essentially using oil to wash your face, and then steaming your face with hot water and a face cloth.
I should probably tell you right about now that my skin is very very sensitive, though not prone to acne.. just a few zits extremely rarely. However, my skin is often fairly dry, and it’s very hard to find a facial cleanser that won’t make it super dry and flakey and gross. This method appealed to me because it seemed like a gentle way to clean my face, and there’s always the possibility that it might help my dryness problem (and thus the necessity of using moisturizer every day).
I made my cleanser with mostly extra virgin olive oil, a little bit of castor oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil. I use it once a day, and have found that it’s much more gentle than my old facial cleanser. That being said, my face does still feel a bit dry sometimes, but I don’t use my moisturizer as much. I’m sure most of the dryness is because it’s the middle of winter, and everything feels dry right now.
All in all I think I made a good choice switching to this method, and I’m going to keep at it in hopes that it continues to help with my skin issues. The blog also recommends a method of cleaning your hair without shampoo, but I think I’m going to wait to try that one until school’s out for the summer.