Thursday, July 15, 2010

Oil Cleansing Method Update!!

Okay girls!! I have GOOD news!! So far the oil cleansing method has been AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I only did it 4 nights out of the 7 because Saturday, Sunday and Monday night just didn't work out for me. LOL I'll list my exact procedures for the last week and the outcomes. It's going to be long but I promise I will make next week more regular so I can just tell you how my face looks rather than giving you all of this procedure stuff.

I went to the health food store and picked up my oils and a little plastic bottle to store my mixture. I chose castor oil, grapeseed oil, geranium oil and lavender oil. These are NOT cheap but they are natural oils and I feel good about using them on my face. Geranium oil is known to balance sebum and stimulate the lymph to clear out toxins. Lavender oil also helps to balance sebum, is antibacterial and helps reduce scarring. Here are the measurements I used for this first batch that should last me a good while unless I feel I need to change it.

1 1/2 ounces of Castor Oil
4 1/2 ounces of Grapeseed Oil
15 drops of Geranium Oil
20 drops of Lavender Oil

Thursday July 8th -

Morning: Washed my face with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Night: (Wash Procedure: Shook up the bottle of oils to make sure they were completely mixed, squeezed out a quarter size in palm and rubbed hands together to warm up the oil then applied to dry face.) I had applied some concealer that morning. I rubbed gently in circles for 7 minutes. 

After about 5 seconds I could already feel little balls coming out of my skin. I kept looking at my hands and could see little white specks as I can only assume are coming from pores. Some of it may have been makeup but I looked in the mirror while rubbing and could even notice some holes in my face that had been clogged pores that morning. I was SO EXCITED!!!!!

(Rinse Procedure: After I finished I took a clean washcloth and wet it with hot water, squeezed it out and draped it over my face until it felt cool. I then gently wiped my face off with the washcloth.) I did this 3 times and then splashed my face with cold water. 

My face did not feel oily. It looked a bit pink but I know I was rubbing it for 7 minutes!

Friday July 9th -

Morning: When I woke up my face felt a little bit oily. I rinsed it with hot water then splashed it with cold water.

My face looked better than it had ever looked! It brought a few whiteheads out but I think of that as a good thing. My skin looked and felt smoother than before. It was a little bit oily during the day but it wasn't the same kind of oily that I had before. This didn't feel felt kinda nice! I think the more I do this, the better it will get.

Night: (Wash procedure) I had no makeup on today. I rubbed in circles for 7 minutes and had the exact same experience as Thursday night.

Little white specks were coming out of my skin and I was loving it! I noticed more empty holes which I'm hoping will go away after a while. At least they are unclogged!! I am also noticing some blackheads getting darker meaning they are coming closer to the surface which is great! I had a lot of really deep blackheads that I couldn't get out so this is bringing them closer! I have so many clogged pores and blackheads so I know it's going to take many oil washes to bring them all out. I am just so excited that it's working!!!!!

(Rinse procedure) I did this 4 times to help really get the oil off and then splashed with cold water.

My face did not feel oily. It looked a bit pink again.

Saturday July 10th -

Morning: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and applied Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.

My face looked and felt WONDERFUL! It was a little pink all day but it looked much clearer and smoother.

Night: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Sunday July 11th -

Morning: Rinsed with hot water and splashed with cool water.

Afternoon: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and applied full makeup.

Wow!! My skin has never looked this good!! My makeup applied so smoothly and perfectly, I almost didn't need concealer and my makeup looked great for 6 hours in the heat and humidity on the beach for the concert. This NEVER happens!!!

Monday July 12th -

Morning: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and applied full makeup.

Again my face looked great, my makeup went on smooth and lasted all day.

Night: I had every intention on doing the oil cleanse but I got home at 1am and was DEAD TIRED so I just washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash.

Tuesday July 13th -

Morning: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Night: (Wash procedure) I had makeup on today. I rubbed in circles for 7 minutes and had the exact same experience as the other times.

My makeup including my eye makeup came off better than it EVER has before! Still white specks coming out but noticing a few red bumps.

(Rinse procedure) I did this 4 times and then splashed with cold water.

My face did not feel oily. It looked a bit pink and I could still see a few of the red bumps. I'm not worried though because I know this procedure is drawing stuff out in the beginning. I'm going to stick with it!

Wednesday July 14th -

Morning: Rinsed with hot water and splashed with cold water.

My face did not feel nearly as oily during the day as it had the other days after not washing my face in the morning. I still notice a few red bumps but the texture of my skin still looks a million times better than it did. Still have some clogged pores and blackheads but I know it will take a while to get it all out.

Afternoon: Washed with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and applied full makeup. (I don't know if I'm supposed to but I just can't bring myself to put on makeup without washing first! I might try it one day to see how it works...but not today. LOL)

My makeup still goes on more smooth than ever and looks great! It lasted through 4 hours of line dancing and looked much better when I got home than it usually does!

Night: (Wash procedure) I had makeup on. I rubbed in circles for 7 minutes.

I decided to look in the mirror while I rubbed. I could actually see little white gunk coming out of my pores!! I am still amazed by this and sooo excited. My skin looks so much better and I'm so excited to be cleaning my pores out. I can't wait until they are completely cleared out. :D


  1. Wow. I've never heard of this treatment. I have so many oils home & my skin has always been a problem for me. I'm going to look into this. Thanks for letting me in on this oil secret!

  2. I've been waiting for this post! I'm so excited at your results! I've gotta try this!!!

  3. OK, I'm trying this. You've sold me.

  4. Fantastic, Amy! I have to admit that I totally abuse my skin; I use soap on it. I know, eek! (Well, I use Dove) I don't know if I've told you before, but I always cleanse my face with teatree oil before I go to bed at night - the pad I use is always black with dirt by the time I finished. (I don't wear make-up either) It would take a lot to get me to stop using soap, I just don't feel ''clean'' if I don't use it, but this has got me very interested!

  5. I want to try this so badly! I left you another award on my blog btw!

  6. Okay - somehow I missed your first post where you explained that you were going to do this. It sounds like it is really working. I use prescription products for my skin in the morning night - they are just creams that I put on after I wash my face. Do you think I could still use this oil regimine? And I were makeup EVERY day (I'm so impressed that you don't have to!) - so would that make a difference. You say it's not cheap - do you mind me asking how much all of it was? I seriously might have to try this - where did you get the idea?

  7. Ok you are really making me want to try this! I'm kind of scared though so I might wait until winter when my skin is unbarably dry to start this.

  8. this is great.....i'm glad you're having such good results here. i'm still a little nervous about it, but you're definitely making me feel more and more inclined to try this! keep us posted sweet girl!

  9. That's so exciting!! I have to try this concoction soon. Thanks for the info girl!

  10. I want to try this as well, but like Amber, I use a prescription cream (tretinoin) on my face at night as well. I wonder if it will react with that at all. I'm defintiely willing to give this a shot if it means clearing up my pores more!

  11. Seems so counter intuitive that putting more oil on your face would help to clear it up, but it's great that you've found something that works! I'm a bit surprised but intrigued! Who knew? Good for you and hope it keeps improving your skin! Keep us posted!

  12. Hi

    Glad the Oil cleansing is working out for you...nothing beats natural ingredients:))) I just did a post on Chanel's new line of glosses debuting this fall :)))


  13. Oh my goodness how amazing! So interesting. I think I might have to try this!!!

  14. Holy man, I am TOTALLY going to try this!!!

  15. I am sold! I am going to try this!
    I dont know why people are scared of - it's all natural and if they dont like it they can just stop!

    Thanks for trying it and letting us all know how it went!

  16. This is absolutely brilliant! I'm terrified to get my hopes up, but it seems like a dream face treatment. I'll wait to hear how it goes next week, but I'm thinking I'm going to have to jump on board this train.

  17. I am going to try this soon! Olive oil is also great as a makeup remover and to use it before cleansing. There is also a cult following behind this cleanser called DHC Cleanser. Google it. It's basically the same concept. But would be fun to concoct my own! I'm also really into trying to incorporate more natural products into my skin regimen. I did a post a few days ago about a witch hazel and lemon juice toner I came up with. Go check it out! LOVE your blog, btw! -Meg @

  18. Love this follow up post. I bet your skin feels amazing and soft .

  19. I totally want to try this. I'm so glad it's working so well for you!

  20. Wow, I'm really intrigued by this idea of oil washing. I've never heard of it but I like the sound of it! Do you feel like your skin is softer or more moisturized? (At my age, I could really use some additional moisture!)

    I might like to try this myself! Thanks!

  21. I am so glad to know this is going well. I am going to try it soon!

  22. great blog! I need to try this cleansing method- my skin always feels so gross during the summer time!!!

  23. I've been dying to find out how this went and am amazed that an oil mixture can have such dramatic results!!! I'm so happy it's working for you! I need to try this. Keep us posted as the process continues!


  24. wow this sounds great...:)

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  26. ive never heard of this before but it sounds very interesting! im glad to hear its working for you!