Oil Cleansing {Beyond Food Fridays}

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Oil Cleansing {Beyond Food Fridays} | Vibrant Life Army Wife


Last week on Beyond Food Friday we talked about how I wash my hair. Today we are talking about how I wash my face!

From the title of this post you have probably already figured out that I wash my face with oil. If you’ve never come across the research on oil cleansing before you may be like “WHAT?!?!” and I wouldn’t blame you. When I first heard of this method I remember thinking that it seemed crazy to wash my face with the very thing that was causing my skin issues. But that’s exactly why it works (well part of why it works). The oil cleansing method is based on the principle that “like dissolves like” so basically the oil you use to cleanse your skin will dissolve the oil clogged in your pores. But beyond that, oil cleansing provides your skin with incredible nourishment that goes far beyond clearing out your pores.

First of all, you have to figure out your blend of oils. Castor oil is a great oil to use for oil cleansing because it is naturally astringent. It should always be used with other oils, however, not on its own. (If you’re concerned about the harvesting practices of castor oil, hazelnut oil works great in its place.) My favorite oils to use in conjunction with castor oil are olive oil and jojoba oil, but you can also use coconut oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, etc.

The basic formula is…

For oily skin: 1 part castor oil (or hazelnut oil) to 2 parts other oil of choice

For combination skin: 1 part castor oil (or hazelnut oil) to 3 parts other oil of choice

For dry skin: zero to small amount of castor oil in other oil of choice

It’s not necessary but I also love to add a few drops of these skin care super oils (as I like to call them) to give my skin an extra boost of nourishment: tamanu oil (good for acne prone skin, scars and anti-aging), rosehip seed oil (helps regenerate skin cells and is good for scars, anti-aging, psoriasis and pigment correction), and tea tree essential oil (anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial). There are plenty of other oils and essential oils that are great for the skin. These are just the ones that I personally like to use but do some research and find what works for you!

So, how to actually do it: Squeeze about a quarter sized amount of oil in the palm of your hand and rub it between your hands to warm it up. Gently rub the mixture into your skin in circular motions until the skin is fully saturated with oil. Next, get a washcloth damp with warm (not hot- if it’s too hot for your fingers, it’s too hot for your face) water and place it over your face, taking deep breaths (this isn’t necessary to cleanse your skin, I just find it to be a good time to relax and do some deep breathing) for about 20-30 seconds. Then use the washcloth to gently wipe the oil off your face. And that’s it!

Oil cleansing is also great for removing makeup, even eye makeup. Follow up with a toner and a moisturizer (like my homemade tallow balm) and your skin will be on its way to being beautiful, bright and super nourished. There may be a transition period of 1-2 weeks where your skin gets a little worse as it adjusts, but this is normal. Just hang in there!

Facial Cleansing Oil Blend for Combination Skin
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Total time
  • 2 tsp castor oil
  • 2 Tbs olive oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 1 tsp tamanu oil
  • ¼ tsp rosehip seed oil (optional)
  • 3-5 drops tea tree oil or frankincense (or other essential oil of choice)
  1. Add all ingredients to a small glass jar or bottle (preferable dark tinted) and mix to combine
  2. To use: place a quarter sized amount in the palm of your hand, rub into skin until skin is saturated, place a warm washcloth over face for 20-30 seconds, wipe face with washcloth

Side note: no, I don’t have perfect skin. Unfortunately that is not something I’ve been blessed with. There are so many factors that go into skin health from topical skin care, to hormonal balance, to gut health and all of these factors need to be addressed in order to achieve the beautiful glowing skin I’m sure we all would love to have. The oil cleansing method discussed here is just one way that I am working on improving my skin health, but just as, if not more, important is addressing my gut health and hormonal balance. So keep that in mind if you also struggle with skin issues. If you’d like more information on how to improve your skin from the inside out, check out the Skintervention Guide (affiliate) by Liz Wolfe. It has become my skin (and hair and everything else) care bible and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who struggles in this department or is simply looking to clean up their beauty care routine.

In vibrant health,