In early December I discovered the Oil Cleansing Method. It is a facial cleansing method using OIL as the cleanser. I know, I know . . . WTH? Why in the world would you use oil to clear up acne-prone skin? That's crazy talk! It's actually not that crazy. If you remember from your high school chemistry class, "like dissolves like." (Funny enough, when I was reminded of this rule while learning about the oil cleansing method I actually had this moment where I remembered my h.s. chem teacher reciting it to us. Oh, memories.) In other words, if the thing you want to clean-up (in this case, facial oil with trapped dirt) has a molecule structure that is similar to the product you want to use to do the cleaning (in this case, oil), the cleaner will dissolve the facial oil. Wa-La!
There are tons of women out there using this method. Give it a google. Each woman has her own oil formula. My formula is a blend of one part castor oil (which is very drying, so my sensitive skin can't handle alot), one part jojoba oil (which is very, very close to our own skin oil, called sebum), and eight parts olive oil. I massage a small amount of the oil mixture into my face and neck, then steam with a clean cloth, repeat the steaming, and then wipe (not scrub) the oil off. It feels very luxurious and takes a full face of makeup off with no problem at all.
I alternate this method with plain baking soda (when I want a gentle facial scrub) and lye soap (when I don't have the time for the oil cleansing method). Lye is a strong alkali and when mixed with lard, it makes a great and gentle skin cleanser. I also sometimes put on a mask of fermented cod liver oil and raw honey. Yep, I'm for real, fermented fish guts mixed with honey . . . I slap it right on my face. Trust me, your skin will glow.
So how does my skin look. Well, the results have been mixed. My skin definitely does look healthier after using these methods, but I still have some trouble. Remember those hormones I mentioned? My liver has trouble clearing toxins from my body. This is because (as I recently discovered with the help of my functional medicine doctor), I have two copies of a gene mutation that results in my liver not being able to process as quickly as other peoples. One thing females need to clear from their bodies through their livers is excess estrogen. Guess what? Too much estrogen lingering around can cause cyclic acne. My skin is glowing using these methods, but due to a pokey liver I have some flares monthly.
|My skin before I started. Scaring is one of my biggest challenges.|
Here's the big take aways of this mostly-successful experiment for me:
1) It doesn't matter one lick if you use the most amazing cleansing routine in the world, if you're not eating a clean diet or if you have additional health issues that need to be healed (with a slow, kind, natural approach for your body), then your skin will still suffer. For me, this means I've got the food down pat, I've got the healing program well under way and now, in addition to this cleansing method, I will need to learn about ways to help support my liver in order to fully clear my skin.
2) Once again, I am empowered to tell the beauty industry to step off. I don't need their poisonous, expensive products to make me look beautiful. What I am internally is shining stronger each day I say no to beauty industry lies.
Give it a shot readers!! Tell me about your self-experiments in facial cleansing. What's working? What do you love?