Tuesday, September 25, 2012

using the oil cleansing method . . .


for about four months now i've been using olive oil to cleanse my face.

it started when i ran out of my old cleanser and needed a fill in until i could buy some more.

within a few days i knew that i wouldn't be returning to commercial cleansers ever again.

my skin is dry and it drinks up the oil. i've heard it works just as well on other skin types.

initially i had a few spots while my skin adjusted. it took a couple of weeks to sort itself out.

i simply massage the oil into my face before i step into the shower,
then use a washcloth held under the hot water to wipe it off.

i barely need to moisturise anymore. when i do, i use a bit of rosehip oil.

there is no better make-up remover. waterproof mascara is gone in one swipe.

lately i've been turning my attention to what i put on my body ~ 
i love that this is all natural with no harsh chemicals.

my skin feels so much better than it ever did when i used fancy big name products.

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i'm lucky to have a steady supply of lush organic oil fresh from my mother-in-law's grove ~
where this photo was taken last summer. 

35 comments:

  1. I'll have to try this! I've been using almond oil and orange blossom water to cleanse my hair for years now, but have never thought to try olive oil for my skin. I have combination skin so it will be interesting to see the results.
    X

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    1. Almond oil and orange blossom water.... delicious! ox

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    2. castor oil is acutally really good to use in the oil clense method. a small amount of castor oil with a carrier oil works wonders :)

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    3. How can you cleanse your hair with oil??

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  2. I'm going to give this a try too! I like using coconut oil in my hair as a treatment. Rub it into my scalp and hair in the morning and wash out in the evening. Lush!

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  3. I'm prone to 'adult breakouts'...I wonder how my skin will react to the olive oil. I should try it....and find out. Olive oil on hair works a treat too. Apply and leave for 20mins or so, and then wash out with warm water. A great all-natural treatment.
    xx

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  4. i have been using olive oil to moisturise my face after i get out the shower, maybe i should try it before i get in.

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  5. I've been using a (bought) organic oil cleanser for a while now, and I think it's amazing! It really feels like it's cleaning deep down. But perhaps I should save my money and simplify it with this tip. Kellie xx

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  6. What a lovely post. I started moisturising with organic food-grade coconut oil because of how good it is for the skin but my face developed quite a few spots around the temple areas, so I stopped, but I'm wondering having read your post if I should have persisted... Then again olive oil is much cheaper, so I might try this. Lovely that you have access to good olive oil. I would imagine there'd be a difference between using good-quality olive oil and the cheaper highly refined stuff?

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  7. thanks for sharing this...i am at a bit of a crossroads with what to use on my face at the moment having come to the end of my liz earle cleanser. with a very low budget i just bought a cheap facial wash but it made my skin feel so dry. i am going to give olive oil a go as my parents just bought us some back from their hoiday in greece. x

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  8. Hi Rachel, thanks so much for posting this :). I will give it a whirl for sure. Have you tried adding baking soda to olive oil for a exfoliating scrub? I added it to my fancy cleanser the other day and it worked a treat.

    xx

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    1. I haven't tried this, but i've heard sugar and olive oil also makes a good exfoliant. xo

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  9. I love anything organic and natural so I think I'll give this a try. Great post.

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  10. So interesting...I honestly never knew that you could use olive oil to cleanse your face. I never use cleansers, just some eye make-up remover, then soap and water to wash my face, but my skin does get dry at this time of year when it gets cold and we switch the heating on. I am tempted to give it a try.

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  11. wow - never knew you could use olive oil - I may have to do he same - thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh I love Rosehip Oil but haven't tried just plain Olive oil yet... I've recently bought a book called "The Healthy Skin Diet" by Karen Fischer and she has amazing all natural remedies in there! I highly recommend it if the all natural approach is what you're interested in :)

    Sophie.

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    1. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks! There's also a good free natural beauty guide you van download here:-

      http://econest.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Natural%20Beauty%20Guide

      rachel xo

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  13. This is interesting Rach. I have been using honey to cleanse with for a while now and love the results of that...my nana used it for years and years and looked absolutely amazing, everyone used to think she was my dad's younger sister and I think he looks great for his age with not a wrinkle in sight.
    I am going to try this and see if there is a remarkable difference from the honey, having access to honey, you should try that :)
    x

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    1. Tammi thanks so much for sharing this! The idea of cleansing with honey really appeals to me and I'm wondering - how exactly did your nana use honey as a cleanser, and do you happen to know what she moisturised with? Thanks so much for any tips you can share :)

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  14. Great idea Rachel, so simple. My skin tends to be dry too...I might have to try this :) Lovely photo too.

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  15. Hi Lucy,
    so funny you should mention this as my Mum uses Avocado Oil as a night moisturiser which is amazing and good old fashioned vinegar as hair condtioner. Mum lives in Tassie though and their water is rain water so softer than what we get in Perth. Her hair is really soft and she would never use anything else again.
    Mum is always looking for new things to rid her cupboards of chemicals.
    I will let her know about the olive oil.
    Nicola x

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  16. Yep, think I'm going to try that. In fact I think Paul will get right into it. I prefer to use natural products but cleansers are always something I struggle with, because of my combo skin. Have you tried coconut oil as a moisturiser? Its gorgeous and smells amazing. x

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  17. I love this, how simple and good it is. My favourite thing to wash my face with plain rolled oats, or some almond meal with sea salt and fresh lavender for a less-often scrub. Must try this though... olive oil does wonders for hair too.

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  18. It's fantastic isn't it?! I've been using jojoba oil (when I bother washing it at all) and you're right, there is nothing like it for removing waterproof mascara!
    How wonderful to have an organic supplier in your MIL.

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  19. What luck, i've heard about this so many times & wonder, will i, will i?? My children, well 3 of them, have Italian olive skin with natural oils, so lucky, colour & complexion. Congratulations it was such a success, love Posie

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  20. There's an Ayurvedic treatment where you massage oil into your whole body including face and hair, and then have a warm shower using as little soap as you can (preferrably none). Whenever I do this all my skin feels amazing, and I wonder why I don't do it every day? I'm inspired by your post :-)

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    1. Yes! I have done this and it is bliss. xoxo

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  21. I do this once a week and the rest of the time I just wash my face with honey. I agree that after using these natural cleansers I would never go back to store bought stuff. I have also been making my own coconut oil deodorant for the last few months, so cheap and works so well.

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  22. I've been using coconut oil for a while now and my skin is a lot less dry. I'll have to give olive oil a go. Lucky you with access to fresh olive oil!

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  23. I read about this a while back and bought some sweet almond oil. Didn't get into it but olive may be more my cup of...oil! What I would do to have organic oil on tap! X ashley

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  24. How absolutely wonderful to have your own supply of olive oil... (I think I would happily be a olive oil farmer, yeah..maybe that's what I should.)
    I haven't used it on my face before. Big fan of honey for cleansing though.

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  25. This is so interesting. I am always looking for more natural ways to look after my skin (I have struggled with bad skin since my teens). I have quite oily skin sometimes though, so do you think this would benefit me too?

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    1. I have read that it works for oily skin, based on the theory that 'like dissolves like'. I couldn't say from experience though!

      rachel ox

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  26. Sounds lovely! How do you use honey for a daily cleanse? I only know how to do it for a face mask...

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  27. Hi Rachel...this is just what I needed to hear. Today I looked at my shower face cleanser and said to myself..I don't want to buy you again. It's not that it doesn't work, I just don't want to spend $13 every six weeks on a bunch of chemicals and be reliant on them. Thank you.

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