While there are plenty of oil cleansers on the market, the good news is that you can try oil cleansing without making a big financial investment. Instead, purchase a bottle of jojoba oil (sold at natural food stores) or try a mixture of equal parts castor oil and EVOO. Since cleansing with oil isn’t the same as using traditional cleansers, it’s important to follow this regimen:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water but do not wet the skin on your face.
- Pour a nickel to quarter-sized amount of oil onto your hand and begin massaging it into your face, concentrating areas with clogged pores or dry patches. For daily cleansing, massage for one minute. Massage for up to 10 minutes if you’re feeling extra luxurious. You may feel little gritty pieces under your fingers – believe it or not, those are bits of dry skin or hardened sebum.
- Dampen a washcloth with very warm water and lay it on your face. This will further open your pores and allow the oils to cleanse and balance your skin. After one to two minutes, use the towel to wipe off the oil gently. Rinse the towel and wipe one more time. (You may also hold your head over a bowl of steaming hot water if you have time. Follow up with a damp washcloth.)
- Moisturize as usual.
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Joy Uyeno writes daily at her blog, Frock Files, about simple ways to live a happy and beautiful life. Before succumbing to her true nature as a freelance writer and designer in her late twenties, Joy held fourteen jobs in eighteen years, which she wrote about in a Love for Thirty Project piece. She now lives and works in the woods on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and occasionally from her childhood home in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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