Recently, I visited my friend Lia and noticed her skin was particularly glowy and beautiful. Naturally, I asked her what did to get her skin to look so gorgeous. She told me she’d been washing her face with coconut oil for several months. Just coconut oil. I couldn’t believe it. Wash? With oil? Whatttt? She explained that coconut oil — and other oils — are actually really good makeup/dirt removers.
I did my own research and learned that oil cleansing is actually a great way to naturally clean your skin. Instead of stripping your skin of its natural oils, you’re replacing the dirty oil on your face with clean oil. I couldn’t believe that it wouldn’t totally clog my pores, but to get skin as nice as Lia’s, I was willing to try it.
Instead of just using coconut oil, I decided to do some research online to see what oil mix would be best for me. I found many different recipes, but most included some mixture of castor oil and olive oil or sunflower oil. I wanted to stick with coconut oil because it smells so nice, and because Lia swears by it. I also wanted to add some tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties. I got a glass jar at Michael’s for about $2 to use as a container.
Total cost? About $23, for enough supplies to last me at LEAST a year. Not bad!
I started making my facewash by melting the solid coconut oil in a pot. Then, I added castor oil in a ratio of about 3:1 (castor oil to coconut oil). When they were well blended, I topped the mixture off with about 10-15 drops of tea tree oil. While the mixture was still liquid, I poured it into the jar.
After letting it set in the fridge for a few hours, the mixture took on a thick, creamy texture — the texture of cold cream or Cetaphil lotion, just more oily.
The oil-cleansing method of facewashing goes something like this:
- Rub the facewash in your hands to soften it.
- Smooth it all over your face and rub it in for a minute or two.
- Run a washcloth under very hot water and lay it on your face.
- "Steam" your face for a minute to remove impurities.
- Wipe off any leftover oil and splash your face with water.
So you’re probably wondering how my skin felt after using the oil-cleaning method. I was pretty skeptical that my skin would feel clean and not greasy. It was actually kind of amazing! My skin felt clean, moisturized, and decidedly NOT oily. In fact, I thought it was more on the dry side. I learned that castor oil is a bit drying, but when I wash with only coconut oil, my skin doesn’t feel as dry. I’ve started washing with coconut oil in the AM and this castor oil/tea tree oil mixture in the evening. I barely need lotion.
After using my homemade oil-based facewash for a week, my skin is definitely LESS oily than it’s ever been (and my skin is naturally on the oily side). My pores don’t feel clogged, and my skin feels clean, soft, and moisturized.
I’m completely convinced this is the best, most natural, and cheapest way to clean your skin!