If you followed my blog in the past, then you’re well aware that I’m super into skincare and trying out new things. So I’m back at it again, trying probably the only beauty routine that has been the most out of my comfort zone which is cleansing my face with ONLY oil. Nothing else. No soap or anything that foams. Before starting to only use oil, I was using only Cetaphil to wash my face (double cleansing of course) and moisturizing with grapeseed oil. It was getting the job done, but it still felt like my pores were clogged and my face never felt fully clean (which was really annoying!).
So, my friend at work suggested I start oil pulling. She was raving about how well it works, how cheap it is and how her other friends used it and how their skin cleared right up. So I decided to give it a shot. The steps are actually really easy, and the process is really relaxing at the end of the day (and in the morning).
The base oil for oil pulling cleansing is castor oil, and then you can mix it with pretty much whatever oil you like. But you MUST use castor oil. That helps with the ‘pulling’ part of the process by pulling the oil out of your pores. I mix about 1/4 castor oil with jojoba oil (which is a good oil to help heal your skin). You can either mix it in your hand, or pre-mix it in a dropper (like the one in the first photo). It might take a few days to really get the combination right. If your skin is too dry, you might need more jojoba oil (or oil of your choice). You really just need to listen to what your skin wants.
Next, pour about a quarter size of the oil in your hands and really massage it into your face, like your cleansing with soap. Then you’re going to let it just sit on your face for 1 minute (or even up to 10 minutes). Make sure to really work the oil into your skin though, I find I get the best results if I massage it in for about a minute.
The last step is to take a warm wash cloth and set it on your face for about a minute as well. This will help again with the pulling process and help get any of the pore clogging oil off of your face. And, it just feels really nice at the end of the day. Once you’ve gotten all your makeup off, you can do this whole process over again, kind of like double cleansing which is what I like to do just so I know all my makeup is off.
Last thing I do is then moisturize with more jojoba oil and tiny bit of grapeseed oil, and spray my face with a lot of rose water (I’m addicted). And that is it! The results have definitely been noticeable. My skin is definitely less dry and more supple, and has been breaking out less and less. When I first started, I did break out a little bit but the breakouts felt different than they usually do. It felt more like everything that was clogging my pores was just coming to the surface. Also, the breakouts seemed to go away a lot faster!
Let me know in the comments below if you think you’d switch to an all oil cleansing routine! Or if you do it too and what you think of it!