I decided to try oil cleansing after a few things. First, I ran out of moisturizer, so I tried using olive oil. Then I stumbled upon some blog posts about using oil to cleanse your face. Intriguing. The idea is that like dissolves like. The stuff in my pores is oil. So I should use an oil to clean my face. Sure, makes sense!
Though I was skeptical at first, I am sold and loving oil cleansing. I do oil cleansing every other night or so. (I'm getting better about keeping it out of my hair, thankfully.) In the morning, I only need to splash water on my face.
I've read a few different ways to do it (prewet vs dry skin, ratio of oils, etc) but this is what I do: let the shower water run over my skin, so it feels warm and soft. Shower normally. Sometimes still in the shower, sometimes not, I put about a dime-sized drop of castor oil, and about a teaspoon or so of coconut oil in my palm. When the coconut oil melts, massage it on my face for a minute or two. Then, wipe it off were a warm, soaked rag.
I thought two minutes of oiling up my face would be dull and annoying. But I actually find myself zoning out during the massage. I've read that you may have more breakouts when you first start oil cleansing, though think my skin actually cleared up a bit. I think it has also improved the overall appearance of my skin- as in fewer wrinkles and a better texture. I'll take it!
It's like a moisturizer that cleans your face. And it works so well, you might only need to do it once a day. You've gotta try it!