and while we are on the topic of
I've been using oil pulling for my face wash as well. I know, I know what you are thinking...OIL?! On my FACE?! Are you crazy? I'm gonna break out! In truth when you first start, yes, you may have a few blemish areas, but only because it is pulling toxins out of your skin. This may happen in the first two weeks of use...but wait for it, because the results are amazing. What are the results you ask? Why softer and clearer skin, of course!
Like attracts like in this case, and therefore oil dissolves oil.
" According to North Carolina State University, castor oil is detoxifying
and helps to break up oils on the face that clog glands and pores. Organic
Facts reports that castor oil contains a compound called undercylenic acid, which
can help to disinfect the skin and even kill bacteria that cause skin
conditions such as acne. Detoxification can be easily done by rubbing the oil into the
skin each night and then washing off the excess."
So if I know you (and maybe I don't lol), you are now curious...
What You Need:
o Natural oils
o Clean Wash Cloth
The most common oils used are Castor Oil and Olive Oil, though any natural oil can be used. Castor oil helps pull impurities from the skin, making it ideal for oily or combination skin and even dry skin in a smaller amount.
**Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin, and I always add at least twice the amount of other oil as Castor Oil when making an oil blend.
My favorite other oil to use is Olive Oil, although sunflower, safflower, or even coconut oils will work as well. You want oils that are cold pressed and organic.
The Ratios :
1/3 Castor Oil and 2/3 Olive , or other natural oil
1/4 Castor and 3/4 Olive, or other natural oil
All other nourishing oils like olive oil, and a very small amount of Castor added to the oils.
Start with a small amount and experiment to find what is right for your skin. Coconut oil can work great once skin has adjusted, though it can be drying on some skin types. (mine included)
To Wash Face With Oil:
Put a small dollop of the mixture into the hands and put on a DRY face. Massage into the face for about two minutes until the oil is saturated into the skin. Once you have done
this you will take the wash cloth and put it under hot tap water, wring it out and lay it across the face until cool. I repeat this a few times and then wipe away excess oil with the wash cloth. No need for moisturizer really, if your skin is still dry, reduce the amount of Castor oil in the mix
**Notes on Oil Cleansing:
It is normal for it to take a week or so for skin to adjust, and
you may even see more oily skin or more breakouts during this time
as impurities leave the skin. If you can, resist the urge to use
harsh soaps or facial cleansers during this time, as it will make
the adjustment period take longer.
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
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