So I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t exactly have the best skin. Looking at me you’d think I was a hormonal teenager and not the (apparently) hormonal 24 year old that I am. I’m hoping this will pay off later in the form of nice youthful skin as a 40 year old, but knowing my luck that won’t be the case.
In the past six months or so it’s been a little extra bi polar. One month it’s almost totally clear and the next, not so much. Knowing what I know about skin health (you know, from the 9 months I spent getting my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) I’m fairly certain the poor health of my skin is related to the state of my digestive health. I’ve talked about my issues with digestion before, but basically it comes down to imbalanced gut flora and a damaged intestinal lining, both of which I am currently addressing.
So while the health of the skin is ultimately determined by the health of the gut, I still think it is worth it to address things topically as well. And that’s where oil cleansing comes into play. I’m not going to go into great detail because I’ve already talked about it here, but basically you rub oil (or a combination of oils) into your skin to saturate it, then wet a washcloth with warm water and let it sit over your skin for about 30 seconds before wiping off the oil. This removes any makeup, dirt, and impurities while leaving your skin moisturized and nourished.
There are tons of different oils you can use, each with slightly different benefits for your skin. I’ve used coconut oil, a blend of olive oil and castor oil, and argan oil, just to name a few. But my favorite thing to use is a combination of a bunch of different oils to reap the benefits of all of them. I also like to add a touch of essential oils for an extra boost. The castille soap isn’t necessary but I like to think it adds a little extra cleaning power.
Castor oil (or hazelnut oil): naturally astringent, removes impurities
Sesame oil: reduces fine lines, has antibacterial properties and improves circulation
Olive oil: helps with dry skin
Avocado oil: good for eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin
Argan oil: reduces fine lines and under eye circles and helps to heal sun damage and acne
Tamanu oil: helps with scarring, acne, cuts and sores
Lavender essential oil*: helps to heal dry skin and acne, improves skin complexion, improves eczema and psoriasis
Rosemary essential oil*: reduces inflammation, regulates oil production, and stimulates skin cell production
Thyme essential oil*: has powerful antibacterial properties to heal acne, prevents breakouts
So if you, like me, struggle with skin issues and want a little extra topical help while you work through the internal issues, I highly recommend this Upgraded Oil Cleansing Method oil combo.
- 2 Tbs castor oil (or hazelnut oil)
- 1 Tbs unrefined sesame oil
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs avocado oil
- 2 tsp argan oil
- 1 tsp tamunu oil
- 1 tsp castille soap
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops thyme essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce jar or bottle and stir to combine.
If you’d like to learn more about oil cleansing and other topical skin care remedies, as well as a whole host of in depth information on how to heal digestive health in order to set the stage for clear skin I HIGHLY recommend The Purely Primal Skincare Guide by Liz Wolfe of Real Food Liz. It’s basically my skincare bible and gives me hope that one day I’ll have beautiful skin like Liz!
In vibrant health,
*Email me (kiersten [at] vibrantlifearmywife [dot] com) to find out how to get these essential oils at wholesale cost!