January 24, 2014
DIY Oil Cleansing Method + Skin Toner
As you probably know, I love making my own cleaning products. I also enjoy making beauty products. Like the cleaning products, they have to really work and be worth the time for me to actually make them and more importantly they have to be safe. Today I’m sharing two quick, easy, and awesome beauty products you can make in a couple minutes with all-natural and safe ingredients you’ll want to put on your face.
Have you heard of the oil cleansing method for washing your face? Have you tried it? I tried it a couple years ago with olive oil and it made my face feel greasy so I went back to my regular face wash. Then a few months ago I read this post from my friend Andrea Dekker. Her approach was different from others that I’ve read about and/or tried and her skin looks amazing. So I went straight to Amazon to order the oils she used and the rest is history. (Please note: I’ve been using this method for almost 3 months and my skin has never looked better.)
You can use a variety of different oils, depending on what you have available to you and what your skin type is. I did a little research on the oil cleansing method and decided to use a combination of castor oil and sunflower oil (per Andrea’s recommendation).
I have combination skin so I mix up 2 parts castor oil to one part sunflower oil. If you have normal skin you can mix up equal parts castor and sunflower oils. If you have dry skin, mix up 3 parts sunflower to one part castor oil. The sunflower oil is more of a moisturizing oil and the castor oil is more of a cleansing oil. The castor oil breaks up any oil and makeup on your face and gently exfoliates as well – who knew!
Here’s how I use the oil cleansing method:
- Wet a washcloth with water as hot as I can stand and hold on my face to steam my pores.
- Add a dime-sized amount of the oil to a very hot, wet (but rung out) washcloth.
- Rub into my skin to completely cleanse skin.
- Rinse the washcloth, use the clean/rinsed washcloth to rinse my face, rinse again if necessary, and pat dry.
That’s it and it’s really like a spa treatment – you’ll love it!
I pour the oils into a small travel size container – mine are from the toiletry sample/travel section in Target. I just guess-timate the amount, pour, give it a little shake and that’s it. It’s so easy! I added a little washi tape and a clear label from my label maker to make it a little cuter. I keep one bottle of the cleanser in the shower and the decorated one stays on my bathroom sink. I also added a basket with washcloths to the counter to make washing my face even easier. I let the cloth dry overnight and toss it in the wash. I haven’t found that the oil leaves any residue whatsoever on the washcloths, but I wash all my white towels on HOT with this recipe of detergent and I use oxygenated bleach powder to keep them white.
If you want to take it a step further you can mix up a little (or in this case transfer to a different container) a little all-natural skin toner. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent – it works best on normal, combination, and oily skin. I always have witch hazel on hand because I use it in homemade wipes and hand sanitizer and I love it as a toner. Witch hazel has an interesting scent – not great, not terrible. I add less than a drop of peppermint essential oil (therapeutic grade) to my container to add a little refreshing scent and tingle.