I Wash My Face with Oil & ROW80

Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I share something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life. I’m on a sort of blogging vacation right now. But I am posting Sunday ROW80 updates, with a brief something first.

Today’s life lesson is about cleaning my face with oil. Yep, you heard me right. When a friend of mine suggested this, I was incredulous. “Oil? You want me to use oil to clean my face?!!” Then I did the research, gave it a try, and discovered that it works. My skin looks and feels better than it did before.

How does this work? Well, it’s a blend of oils–one that moisturizes and one that works as an astringent. I use olive oil and castor oil.

Oil in my hand

You have to experiment with the ratio (mine is 1:1, my friend’s is 3:2). And you have to give it about a week to see the difference. I also don’t do this every night, but about 3-4 times a week. My skin is smoother and healthier, and–believe it or not–I break out less often.

For specifics on how to start, you can check out this article from MindBodyGreen.

ROW80 Update

  • Edit/rewrite SHARING HUNTER, a YA contemporary novel. No more progress.
  • Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit. Done last week.
  • Read 10 fiction books: The count’s at five: White CatRed Gloveand Black Heart by Holly Black; Firelands by Piper Bayard; and Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex. Now reading Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb and re-reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams with my son.
  • Finish craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. (I read the first half last round.) Read two more chapters and typed up a lot of notes from the book.
  • Visit and comment on five ROW80 blog posts per week. Done.
  • Attend at least one RWA meeting. Attended Northwest Houston RWA meeting yesterday, where I listened to a presentation on the secrets of ebook success from Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.

Have you ever heard of cleaning your face with oil? Have you tried it? And how did your week go?

33 thoughts on “I Wash My Face with Oil & ROW80

  1. I would have never thought to clean my face with oil, considering we’re washing it to get rid of the oils we naturally have. That’s neat though.

  2. My dermatologist told me to buy all new facial products which do not contain oil, because I get adult acne. It’s just started to work, too. So I’d take some convincing to return to oily products, especially plain oil. But I’m always keen to learn about new ways of doing things. I wonder though, how would it remove makeup?

    Well done on all your goals Julie.

    Shah X

    1. It removes make-up better than anything else I’ve tried–especially eye make-up without irritation. I too avoided oily facial products before, so this idea sounded super-crazy to me. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but it’s working for me. Thanks, Shah.

  3. Yes, I have. I have an olive oil mix that I bought. I too love how my skin feels when I use it. Didn’t know you could make your own. I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks. 🙂

    Sounds like a great presentation at the RWA meeting. Did you have a good time? I’m going to nudge you this week on editing. That will start tomorrow morning. You’ve been warned, lol.

    1. You can find a lot of posts from people who’ve tried different mixes of oils. Almond oil, grape seed oil, tea tree oil, and others are used as well. I’ve stuck with the easy castor + olive oil formula myself. Let me know how it works for you.

      And yes, prod me, prod me, S.J.! 🙂

  4. Oil for the face?! I’ve never heard of that, but will definitely be looking into it. I break out or get splotchy when I’m stressed (which is often) and nothing seems to work. So I’m all for a bit of experimenting to see if this idea can help. Thanks for the tip! Also, great job on your ROW80 progress and hope things continue in a positive direction next week!

  5. Isn’t this what the ancient Greeks did? They didn’t bathe, they were oiled and scraped. Not sure if it was the Greeks…anyhoo. Interesting idea. I might give that a try.

    Have a great week, writing and otherwise. 🙂

    1. Scraped? That doesn’t sound good. But I have read in the Bible several times about how they used oil so much, and I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t all dripping like fried chicken coming out of the grease. Now I know it’s because oils are different in how they work on the skin.

      Thanks, J.R.!

  6. I’m going to try this! I’ve used baby oil to clean off my eye makeup for years. It works as well as those products made specifically for removing eye makeup. And it’s cheaper, too.

  7. I’ve never thought about cleaning with oil but I have used olive oil as a moisturizer a few times a month for years, especially great after moving to the desert let me tell you. I’ll definitely check out that link. I know I read somewhere that facial cleansers that strip the skin’s natural oils does more harm than good…a lot like using anti-bacterial soap strips the skin of the healthy bacteria making the bad bacteria more resistant.

    Great work on those goals Julie! Hope you have a fabulous upcoming week.

    1. I wonder if your climate would change the formula a bit. I’m in humidity country here in Southeast Texas, and I know that makes a difference for my skin.

      Thanks for the encouragement, Raelyn!

      1. For cleaning, I’m sure it would. I use a lot of baby oil too but the olive is great for that deep, overnight moisturizing 🙂 Plus it helps with the poor abused dry hair.

  8. While I have heard of using oils to clean skin, I’d never thought of doing so personally. However, as I age, this sounds more appealing. Sea salt cleansers are great as well if you ever run into them–deep cleans the pours while leaving the skin baby soft.

    Great job on your goals, Julie. Have a super fantastic week. 🙂

    1. Yep, as you age, all kinds of wonder formulas make you think, “Huh, maybe I’ll try that.” LOL. I have used sea salt cleansers as the best exfoliators. Thanks for the reminder! Have a great week too, Gene!

  9. The premise is that our skin has oil naturally and that by using soap/cleansers, we’ve stripped our skin of its natural oils. The skin works harder to replenish the oils stripped away by cleansing. Oil as a cleanser strips away the dirt and makeup and leaves your skin silky soft. Like Julie says, it takes about a week for your skin to realize it doesn’t have to work to replenish the oil. I, too, have a history of horrible acne beginning in the second grade so I have always been resistant to anything that might induce a breakout. I’ve been practicing this cleansing method for about a year and I cannot remember my last breakout. Do take time to read various comments from other sites. Just google oil cleansing method and you will find a plethora of sites. Careful experimentation may produce a combination just right for you.

  10. A friend of mine that lives in China uses Honey as her body wash. On her face she uses tomatoes or banana, just rubs it on and rinses off. I have never tried it but she swears by it, and she looks about 20 years younger than she is. It is strange what nature can do for us if we just listen to her. Thanks for the tip.

  11. You’ve caught my attention with the oil moisturizer/astringent combo. I’ll definitely check out the link you provided. Unhappy with my current regimen.

    Have a wonderful week. Keep going with your writing goals!!! 🙂

  12. ripe or unripe banana? although 20 years younger at my age would look freakish:) I have used oil before when traveling in deserts where water was to valuable to wash a face with and skin dried to a bit of crispy bacon in seconds – works well – didnt know about using two will def. try that – I find stuff I can put on skin, since I began excema a few years ago, is very limited – thanks for the reminder:)

    your goals seem to be going well – all the best for this coming week:)

  13. Just read this post and it amazed me. Never thought to wash with oils. I’ll let my fiancee’ know about this.

  14. I never knew that Castor oil had astringent qualities… I’ll have to look into that. I’ve use ripe tomatoes before (something my grandfather taught me for removing grass strains from weeding and picking veggies on the farm). Cucumber slices are astringent too, Julie.

    On the ROW80 front… Looks as if you’ve been hitting most of your goals just fine. a few light spots here and there, but it’s summer. Enjoy it.

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