Skin Vanity Fair

Facial cleanser: castor and sunflower oils

  • Oily skin: Try a blend of 30% castor oil to 70% sunflower seed oil.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% castor oil to 80% sunflower seed oil.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% castor oil to 90% sunflower seed oil.

I was skeptical of this method, as I’m wary of having too much oil on my face. As the website explains, one of the lesser known properties of castor oil is that it opens pores, lifts dirt, and, if used alone, will actually dry your skin out. Hence the addition of sunflower oil or olive oil.

The ratios above are from the source site, but I found another site that recommends 50-50 castor/sunflower. That is the mix I used. I’ve only started using this method and will see how the 50-50 goes. I found my skin feeling on the verge of too dry after trying it, but there is supposed to be an adjustment period for this method. If I find 50-50 too drying, then I’ll add more sunflower and see how it goes.

I recommend making a small amount to start with…several tablespoons, so that you can make easy additions of castor or sunflower until you get the balance that’s right for you.

Please read the whole article from the source, below, as it goes into excellent detail on why this method works and is appropriate really for any skin type. The source also includes the steps for using the mixture when you are ready to clean your skin.

Source: The Oil Cleansing Method

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