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The Oil Cleansing Method

May 18, 2009

I recently bought an oil based cleanser from Spiezia Organics. I did a bit of reading and found out this is called the ‘oil cleansing method’. I was intrigued by this because about 99% of all the cleansers you see in the shops are creamy lotions for normal to dry skins or cleansing gel for oily skin.

What is the oil cleansing method?

Using oils instead of creamy lotions to remove dirt and oil from your skin

Castor Bean

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Castor oil (from the castor bean) removes grease and other dirt from your skin and the olive oil (or another carrier oil like almond, avacado or jojoba) moisturises your skin. Castor oil can dry your skin out if you use too much or use it too frequently – if this happens, try reducing the amount of castor oil and increasing the amount of olive oil.

How it works

All you need to do is mix the right quantities of castor oil and olive oil, massage gently onto your face, leave on for a couple of minutes and then remove with a warm wash cloth.

The ratio of castor oil to olive oil can be altered depending on your skin type:

  • Dry skin: 10-15% castor oil: 90% olive oil
  • Normal/combination skin: 20% castor oil: 80% olive oil
  • Oily skin: 30% castor oil: 70% part olive oil
  • You can add more than one carrier oil to the blend. For example avocado and jojoba oils with castor oil
  • If you add essential oils to your blend remember to dilute them correctly and always do a patch test before applying them to your skin.
The benefits
  • You are using the minimum amount of ingredients to cleanse your skin
  • Very natural – using pure cold pressed oils
  • Reduces waste because you use a wash cloth rather than cotton wool
  • The same ingredients can be adapted for several skin types
  • Reduces the amount of products you need to use because a small amount of oil remains on your skin afterwards – in most cases removing the need to use a moisturiser

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