Saturday, May 19, 2012

Oil Cleanse Challenge: Amazing Results Thus Far

I was inspired by a blog to dry out the oil cleanse challenge. I want to switch everything I use from household cleaners, and shampoo, to natural products that I can make at home thus controlling what goes in them. I have used proactive for many years and it works great but can get expensive and I wanted something more natural.

I'm on day 2 and guess what... my skin feels AMAZING! I have really oily and uneven toned skin. My skin feels moisturized, gradient, and silky smooth. They say that cleaning with these oils will not leave your skin feeling oily and its true.

Basically you need 2-3 ingredients:

Castor Oil ($2.98 at Walmart)
Grapeseed or Sunflower Oil (Grapeseed oil was $3.97 at Walmart)

Optional 3rd ingredient: essential oils of your choice. I love tea tree oil and it is a natural antiseptic thus why it is used in lots of acne products.

Mix the ingredients in this ratio:

Normal Skin: 20% Castor Oil to 80% Grapeseed/Sunflower oil
Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil to 70% Grapeseed/Sunflower oil
Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil to 90% Grapeseed/Sunflower oil

I made a very small batch to test this out first. I did the oily skin ratio. So I mixed 1/3 of a tablespoon of Castor Oil with 2/3 of a tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil.  I just roughly estimated this.

 Then I added 1 drop of tea tree oil which is some powerful stuff. I paid $10 for 1 oz at my local health food store. This stuff is very concentrated and can be used in virtually anything used on your body and hair. This will last me a very long time.

I stored my mixture in a tiny plastic container.

Before I went to bed I washed my face with regular soap to remove any makeup. Then I dabbed the oil mixture around my face and massaged it into my skin. Next, I took a washcloth, ran it through hot water, squeezed out the excess water, and placed it over my face until it got cold. The heat will open up the pores on your face which will allow the oils to carry away any dirt or bacteria. Castor oil is known to clean out pores. Then I ran the washcloth through hot water again and used it to wipe off the excess oils from my face. Very simple.

I didn't know my local health food store also sold Grapeseed Oil. I'm not sure how the Pompeian brand would compare, especially since it is marketed as a cooking oil. I dont necessarily want food grade items, I want pure, potent, and naturally processed products. Oh well. It seems to be working awesome anyways.

I paid $16.95 to gather these ingredients and this will last me months if not years (compared to $19.95 a month if your getting proactive).

View the original blog post which has more information on the subject by clicking HERE.

If you decide to try this out please report your results. I would love to know.

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