Welcome to April, which is DIY month here at Modern Alternative Mama! Over the next few weeks, you’ll see lots of DIY projects in many areas — recipes, personal care products, sewing projects and more! We have lots of exciting things for you, from me and the contributing writers.
Today’s project is an oil cleansing blend. Curious what oil cleansing is?
What is Oil Cleansing?
Oil cleansing is a method of washing your face that is completely safe and healthy for your skin. Basically, 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 for over a year, and I love it. I especially love this current blend I’m using, 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 a day. Sometimes I follow up with a special face lotion I made (which you’ll see later this month).
My Oil Cleansing Blend
Now, there are a whole bunch of ways to do this. Just about everyone has their own way. Many people choose to use castor oil and olive oil, and 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 really well for me.
- 3/4 c. avocado oil
- 1/4 c. castor oil
- 1/2 c. pineapple cores and skin
Cut up your pineapple. Save the yummy parts to eat, and use the discarded parts (cores and skins) for this.
Put your pineapple parts in a small pot.
Cover with your avocado oil.
Put it on the stove on low for about an hour. Watch it because it can boil easily. You want only a low simmer.
Remove from heat and strain into a glass jar, discarding pineapple parts.
Add your castor oil. Look how neat it is — it’s separated!
Don’t worry though. It just needs to be shaken. Once it’s mixed, it will stay mixed. Keep this in your bathroom and use it once a day. Easy!
Why did I include pineapple in this? My friend Jennifer, who is a consultant for Arbonne, told me that 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?
I included pineapple infused in the lotion that goes with this…you’ll see that coming up next week. Even though I’ve only tried it for a few days so far, it seems to already make my skin softer and smoother. I’m excited to see how it will go this summer!