Just a little heads up, this is going to be a long post. So, grab a snack or coffee!
To get started let me tell you, I haven't washed my face with face wash in a month. It's been a month!!!
This is unbelievable because I've a hundred products lying in my bathroom right now but I have not used anything store bought on my face.
No face wash, moisturizer, toner, serum, masks or scrub on my face IN A MONTH.
Lets go all the way back. I started this 'oil cleansing method' on the 12th of June and since then I didn't use any face wash or moisturizer. I did use makeup obviously but I haven't used any kind of chemical skincare on my skin. I wanted to really test this method out before sharing it with you all because I wanted to be 100% sure.
So now its been more than a month and I can finally share my experience with you all.
Before I talk about the actual method, I want to tell you what differences I noticed in my skin in this one month. Wallahi, I've noticed these differences and I'm so so happy with this skincare. I cannot rave about it enough. Below are some of the huge differences I noticed in my skin.
- NO MORE CLOGGED PORES. I had severely blocked pores on my nose and chin. And nothing was clearing them. I didn't have many blackheads, but I had whiteheads. And, if you've whiteheads you know that they are worse than blackheads. Blackheads can easily be taken care of but whiteheads are terrible. My nose was filled with blocked white and blackheads. Sorry, if this is too much information but I have to give you girls the real deal. Nothing was helping my blackheads & whiteheads until I started this oil method and now my skin is SQUEAKY CLEAN. My pores have shrunk and are hardly visible. Can you tell how elated I'm?
- FAIRER & BRIGHTER SKIN TONE. This oil cleansing method made my skin glowy and bright. Due to all the pore-clogging skincare I was using my skin became very dull and generally unhealthy looking. As soon as I started this regimen my skin is like new.
- ACNE SCARS & PIMPLES DIMINISHED. I was getting cystic breakouts (the big painful ones) and since I started this new regimen I didn't get even one pimple. My old pimple scars are hardly visible. Any minor breakout I got went away in a day.
- YOUTHFUL & HYDRATED SKIN. My skin looks more youthful. I'm just 22 but all those products really wear at your skin. Since, I started this oil cleansing method my skin looks young, plump and fresh.
- MY EYELASHES ARE NEVER ENDING. Because, of the oils my eyelashes are CRAZY. They are longer and more beautiful than ever!
God has kept so many benefits in nature but we ignore them and resort to man-made crap. Have you ever wondered how our mothers have such gorgeous skin even in their 50's? I mean yes they do have some wrinkles but no blackheads or whiteheads, or acne or anything. Maybe, its just because they don't use any products on their faces. We load literal shit on our faces hoping it will help our skin look better. But, instead we end up with the same or worse skin. No real long time benefits. The products are made so that our skin gets addicted to them and we end up shelling out hundreds and thousands to keep buying those products.
I was just fed-up of using so many products on my face. I mean you're supposed to use a makeup remover, wash your face, scrub your face, apply a toner, serum, moisturizer, so many different masks and treatments. And, nothing really works for your skin. I knew that if I kept doing this to my skin, my skin would age very quickly. I was desperate to make a change and that's when I came across this oil cleansing method and I knew I had to try it.
In the first week, I noticed weird globs coming out of my skin (eeksss), disgusting I know! I was so happy that I kept running around showing people what came out lol. I could definitely see a difference in just a few days. Warning gross picture coming up!!!
That gunk came up without doing anything except massaging oil. I used a sponge just so I can see what was coming out.
In the second week, more stuff was coming out of my face. And, I had little tiny breakouts which I know is my skin expelling more disgusting stuff stuck inside. So, don't get worried if you notice little breakouts. They will go away in a day or two. Any kind of skincare takes time to see results. So, don't panic and stop unless they are really huge breakouts.
In the third week & fourth week, my skin settled. It was clearer and I was seeing all the differences I mentioned in the above paragraphs. And, now I'm hooked. I will most probably never be buying any kind skincare ever again.
So, I think I've told you enough about my experience. Now, lets understand what this oil cleansing method is. I've done extensive research on this method. I've read so many experiences of other people. What works and what doesn't. How this oil method works and everything.
Basically, you use oils to wash your face. I know it sounds crazy and counter-effective, but stick with me till the end of this post. Oils are extremely beneficial for your skin. I really believe that oils can transform your hair and skin. They provide skin with powerful antioxidants and nourishing vitamins. Which means regular use of oils will keep your skin youthful, beautiful and free from artificial chemicals.
The theory with this method is, 'like attracts like', that means 'oils attract oils'. The oil that we will be massaging our face with will draw out all the impurities stuck inside our skin. After massaging we will use a hot cloth to wipe everything away. So, the oils that we applied will be wiped away along with dirt and impurities stuck in our pores. We will talk about the procedure after I tell you how to make and store your own personalized oil blend.
We will be using a mixture of two oils to massage our face. Castor oil and sunflower oil. Now, castor oil is a very thick oil. Castor oil is the main cleansing oil. You need to have this oil to make this method more effective. I cannot guarantee the same results with other oils. Castor oil has cleansing properties that is why it is used in alot of skincare products. Castor oil will sink deep into the pores drawing out all dirt and grime bringing it to the surface to be wiped away.
Castor oil can be drying so we cannot use it on its own. We need to mix it with another oil. Now you can mix castor oil with any oil you like, coconut or olive oil. But, alot of people who used coconut or olive oil have noticed breakouts. There skin didn't like it. Because, these oils are a little pore clogging. So, Sunflower oil is an excellent choice because it is 0% pore-clogging, its has numerous benefits. Its excellent for massaging the face with. It has so many anti-oxidant properties. So, if you really want this method to work for you, buy sunflower oil. You can try coconut or olive oil it might work for you or it might not. But, with sunflower oil there is a 90% chance you'll not encounter failure.
Okay, now how to make your oil blend. Depending on your skin type you'll make your oil mixture. Because, castor oil is drying you have to make this mixture so that it helps your skin the most. If you've dry skin you'll only use 10% castor oil and 90% will be sunflower oil. And, if you've oily skin you can use alot more of the castor oil. This will help balance your skin and reduce the oilyness on your face. I used 25% castor oil to 75% sunflower oil. If your skin is getting dry then that means you should add more of the sunflower oil and reduce the castor oil amount. I hope you got what I'm trying to say here.
So if you've ,
Oily Skin: Use 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Oil.
Balanced Skin: Use 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Oil.
Dry Skin: Use 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Oil.
How to store this little mixture?
I store mine in a pump bottle which you can get from any local beauty store. I just keep this in my bathroom so its mess-free and easy to use.
How to apply it?
You'll need three things. Your oil mixture, a wash cloth or face towel and some hot water. So make sure your hot water heater is on because you'll need it every night.
You know the best part? If you're wearing makeup, you don't need to remove it. This beautiful oil will do that for you.
- Shake your bottle so both the oils are properly mixed. Put a coin sized amount (be generous) on your palm and start massaging it on your face and neck. Don't ignore the neck!
- Massage this oil for 3-5 minutes. Concentrate more on your problem areas.
- Now, take face towel/cloth and dip it completely in hot water. Squeeze out the water and put the hot cloth on your face. Let it steam your face. Repeat this process 4-5 times.
- After that slowly wipe away the oil from your face with the face cloth. Be gentle don't scrub. Use very gentle circular motions in your problem areas. (Optional- Splash cold water on your face to soothe your skin and close all pores).
- Gently pat away one last time. You'll be left with squeaky clean face. If your face feels a little tight apply a little sunflower oil.
When to use it and how many times?
I use this ONCE at night before going to bed. This is deep cleansing so you don't need to do this twice a day. Just once at night is more than enough.
Make sure you keep a few wash cloths for washing your face. You don't want to use a dirty wash cloth. This will introduce more bacteria onto your skin. Make sure to wash your clothes and keep extra ones handy. You need to use a clean one everyday. After I use my face cloth I wash it with warm water and Dettol. You might have some dead skin on there so scrub it a little to properly wash it. Leave it to dry in a airy place.
I got my sunflower oil from the food oils section in the supermarket. You can get castor oil from any pharmacy or attar shops. I stored some of the sunflower oil in a little tub to use it as a face moisturizer after I wash my face or before I do makeup.
Lastly, please remember everyone's skin is different. So be extra cautious and careful. What works for others might not work for you. This method is really popular and alot of people swear by it. I've shared everything I know with you in this post but if you want to know more you can always Google. Here is a very informative www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ website on this method.
If you've any questions leave them down below or on Girl from Arabia's Facebook page and I will definitely get back to you.
I highly highly recommend you girls to try this method. I'm sure you'll love it and I hope it works for you all just as it did for me. One more thing like I said before, any kind of skincare takes time to settle in with your skin so don't start this before a major occasion, like if you're getting married or something. Do this at a time when you're not stressed and are comfortable with experimenting with new things.
And, that's all. I just realized this is the longest post I've ever written! I hope I covered everything.
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FAQ: How many times do you wash your face using this method in a day?
You only need to wash your face ONCE in the night. That will get rid of all the dirt and impurities. You do not need to oil cleanse again in the morning. In the morning just wash your face with warm water and you're good to go.
FAQ: Do these oils increase hair growth on the face?
I've noticed my eyebrows look full. I had these sparse areas in my eyebrows where there was no hair but now I've new growth and my eyebrows look really thick and full. And, no don't worry hair won't grow out of your cheek or something. I've only noticed growth in my eyebrows and eyelashes. My facial hair have not been affected by castor oil.
FAQ: Can I use other products with the oil cleansing method?
Yes, you can but if you want this method to be fully effective you should stop using all other products. If you don't want to waste all your products you can finish them first and then start this method.
Update: Please read, Why I Stopped Oil Cleansing