I wash my face with oil.
And I'm writing about it because I had a few people ask me about while I was at creative estates so I thought I'd share my two cents about it.
Let me start off by saying Neutrogena taught me wrong. In their commercials they talk about that deep "tingly" cleaning feeling in your face. From what I understand-- that's not entirely healthy. You don't want your face to tingle because that means it's too dry, which will then cause it to produce more oil. Which, in turn, can create bacteria, which clogs pores. (Also Neutrogena-- no one splashes their face with water like that. Completely unrealistic.)
It's not as if my face was horrible, but I've never been completley happy with it. I have little bumpies, a greasy forehead, dry patches and of course, the occasional undergrounder-big momma-throbbing zit. I've tried St. Ives, Cetaphil, Proactiv, you name it.
And then I read this site about washing with oil. And I tried it.
First time-- pretty weird. It felt like I was going against everything I knew. Oil on my face? Uhhhh.... but I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results. No, my face isn't perfect, but yes it is better when I wash with oil. Not too dry, not too oily and less little bumps. (Although I did have a big momma-type zit last week.)
The process: You can read more about it here, but basically a combination of castor oil deep cleans and the almond oil (you can also use olive oil or cocounut oil) moisturizes. If you have combination skin, use equal parts castor oil and moisturizing oil -- if you have oily/acne-prone skin, use less moisturizing oil. Dry skin, use more.
After massaging into your skin, you wet a washcloth with hot, hot water and place it over your face to steam your pores. You may have to do this twice. You aren't supposed to rub-- just let it steam. Yes, it takes longer to do-- but it's a relaxing process and I've come to kind of enjoy it.
Plus the results -- not too bad.
My final tip: get high quality oils! You hardly need any oil each time-- like a pea-sized amount-- so splurge a bit. The oil will last you awhile. Also, it may take awhile for your skin to adjust. It may not be perfect overnight.
And finally-- I'm not an esthestician, a dermatologist or even a certified professonal in anything other than sleeping more than 9 hours a night. And no one paid me to write this. I'm just happy with washing with oil. :)
Any questions? Let me know!