With Diwali here, we’re all trying to look our festive best, but that can be pretty tough when you have dull lifeless skin. Giving your skin a natural glow can seem like a futile effort, as no matter your skin type, dirt, grime, and dead skin cells tend to accumulate, while pimples, cysts, and acne also surface from time to time.
Cosmetic skin care products often make tall claims, promising to give you clear skin, free of all imperfections, but most do not live up to the hype. Because of the harsh chemicals used in many of these products, your skin condition is often worsened and you are left disillusioned. If you find yourself in such a plight, you should consider using an oil cleansing method.
Oil Cleansing: A How-To Guide
Oil cleansing is believed to be extremely effective as it dissolves and gets rid off the grime, dirt, and dead skin cells that buildup on the surface.
Natural oils are also moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. Oil cleansers can also be used to remove makeup. Castor oil is one of the best choices for a skin cleanse, but you can also use olive, almond, coconut, or sesame oil. What’s so great about doing a cleanse with these oils is that they are effective without drying out your skin completely, which is something that almost all cosmetic cleansers seem to do. After doing an oil cleanse your skin doesn’t just feel cleaner, it also feels soft and supple.
You can follow the steps below to do an oil cleanse:
Keep everything you need handy to get started. You require a dry cotton wash cloth that has a soft texture, so it is gentle on your skin; castor oil, olive oil and hot water.
Mix the castor and olive oil in proportions as desired – castor oil is thick and also strong, which is why it must be diluted with another oil.
Apply the oil across the skin of your face and neck, gently massaging it in for at least 5-10 minutes. This is extremely relaxing for the facial muscles. When massaging, your fingers should move in an upward direction and be pulled outwards.
After you are done massaging your skin, cover your face with the cotton cloth after soaking it in the warm water. Allow the cloth to cover your face for as long as you can endure it. Ensure that the water is warm, but not hot enough to cause burns. Once all of the heat has escaped from the cloth, you can remove it and wipe your face to get rid of the oil. You will notice that your skin is already a lot less oily and also cleaner. Wash and soak the cloth in hot water and repeat this step until all of the oil is removed.
By the third or fourth rinse and wipe, your face should already completely clean.
Once you are done, avoid using any face wash. Instead, you can use a moisturizer if required. If your facial skin does not feel dry and tight, you should simply leave it as is, without applying anything.
The following morning you won’t have to agonize over your skin. You can simply splash it with cold water or wipe it down with a wash cloth. Your skin should now have a healthy, natural glow. As tempting as it may be, try not to overdo it. Only use this method of cleansing twice or thrice in a week.
Adjust Proportions Based On Your Skin Type
Castor oil needs to be mixed with a lighter oil before application and you can also use jojoba instead of olive oil. For normal skin you can use 3 parts castor to 1 part olive oil, for dry skin use equal proportions, and if you have oily skin you can try 1 part castor for 3 parts olive oil. Everyone’s skin responds differently, so you may need to make minor adjustments to the proportions to find what works best for you.
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