Today’s DIY project is an oil-cleansing blend. Curious about what oil cleansing is?
Oil cleansing is a method of washing your face that is completely safe and healthy for your skin. The idea is that oil is the best way to break down the oils and build up in your skin without actually stripping your face. It cleans gently and leaves natural moisture in your skin. Sound pretty good?
I’ve used it on and off since 2011 and love it. I especially love this blend, though. I tried a blend before that was 1 part castor oil to 3 parts sweet almond oil, with a few drops of lemon essential oil. It was okay — but I still felt like my skin was pretty stripped and dry after. This new blend is great (we’ll get to that).
Here is how oil cleansing works:
- Create a blend of castor oil (this is a must; it is what cleans your skin) and nourishing oil (olive, sweet almond, avocado, apricot kernel, etc.).
- Spread the oil over your (dry) face.
- Choose a large washcloth and get it wet with the hottest water you can stand. Place this over your face for a minute until it cools. The steam is opening your pores and drawing out the junk.
- Repeat once or twice with the steaming washcloth.
- Use the washcloth to gently exfoliate your face in all areas.
- Dip the washcloth into really cold water and pat it over your face (to close your pores and seal in moisture).
Done! This process takes me less than 10 minutes each night, and I only do it once daily. Sometimes, I follow up with Pineapple-Infused Face Lotion (if you don’t want to make your own, check out Earthley’s Skin Care Line).
Why did I include pineapple in this? Pineapple is known for helping smooth skin and erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I looked it up and found that the bromelain in pineapple is known for helping “fix” problem skin (scars, collagen production, fine lines, wrinkles, etc.).
I thought, hmm…I bet I could integrate this into oil cleansing. So, I decided to infuse the oil with pineapple and use this to clean my face. Isn’t that neat?
Now, there are a whole bunch of ways to do this. Just about everyone has their own way. Many people choose castor oil and olive oil; their ratios can be anything from 1:1 to 1:18 (use less castor oil for dry skin). So, you may need to play with the ratios here to find what works best for you.
This one works well for me. 🙂
If you want to simplify this, you can skip the pineapple parts and blend the oils. I only use oil if I don’t have a pineapple or just want to save time. It works just as well!
- 3/4 cup apricot oil
- 1/4 cup castor oil
- 1/2 cup pineapple cores and skin
Step 1: Cut up your pineapple. Save the yummy parts to eat, and use the discarded parts (cores and skins) for this.
Step 2: Put your pineapple parts in a small pot.
Step 3: Cover with your apricot oil.
Step 4: Put it on the stove on low for about an hour. Watch it because it can boil easily. You want only a low simmer.
Step 5: Remove from heat and strain into a glass jar, discarding pineapple parts.
Step 6: Add your castor oil. The oil-cleansing blend will separate but don’t worry, it just needs to be shaken. Once it’s mixed, it will stay mixed. Please keep this in your bathroom and use it once a day. Easy!
Have you made your own oil cleansing blend? Does it work for you?