Step 7: Admire your clean and moisturized face in the mirrorWant to kick it up a notch? You can add essential oils like tea tree oil (oily skin), lavender oil (all skin types) or geranium oil (dry skin). Simply add 1-3 drops per teaspoon of coconut oil and mix well.
First and foremost, if you’ve never used coconut oil on your face, test it on a small section of your skin and see how you react for 3-4 days in a row. Not everyone will react the same to coconut oil – and some people may experience an increase in comedogenic acne. If that’s the case, a different oil will work best using the oil cleansing method, like fractionated coconut oil, which is non-comedogenic. Check out Coconut Oil for Skincare: Everything You Need to Know for a more in-depth discussion regarding coconut oil for skin, and what to do if coconut oil doesn’t work for you.
Also, don’t be surprised if you experience a minor “detox” reaction with the oil cleansing method. While I didn’t experience this personally, because you are performing a “deeper” clean, you may experience a small increase in breakouts for a week or two as the dirty oil is brought to the surface. Believe me – the clearer skin on the other end is worth it!
Before & After
In most cases, you will not need to worry about removing your makeup prior to washing your face with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a fantastic makeup remover, and works especially well with the waterproof kind. In the rare occasion I have a bit of “heavy duty” eye makeup on, I use my Norwex Body Cloth or Makeup Remover Cloth to gently help break up some of the mascara ahead of time. When using the oil cleansing method, it’s ok to rub some of the oil gently into your eyelids, but please refrain from getting it in your eyes… unless you want everything to be blurry for the next half an hour. (Yes, I speak from experience.)
After you’ve washed your face with coconut oil, in some cases, you will not need to put additional moisturizer on your face. Given that I always had dry skin, I made the mistake of continuing to massage more oil into my face post-cleanse which ended up being too much for my skin. First, see how your skin does without moisturizer. If you end up feeling dry, or want to moisturize your face throughout the day, try this How to Make a DIY Facial Moisturizer.
I highly recommend using a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner post-cleanse to help freshen skin and remove any excess residue. This has helped my pours tremendously and always removes that little bit of dirt I seem to miss.
Because the oil cleansing method is a deep cleansing method, it’s best to wash your face with coconut oil no more than once a day – preferably at night before bed. If you feel like you need a bit of freshening up in the morning or after a workout, the DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner works great and will restore your skin to it’s natural pH. I personally only clean my face with coconut oil 3-4 times a week, and simply use water and wipe my face with a Norwex Body Cloth and use my DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner on “off” days.
Type of Coconut Oil to Use for Skin Care (& Storage!)
For skin care, I recommend going with an unrefined, virgin coconut oil. I personally use Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil (I get in the gallon size!) or Nutiva Coconut Oil.
As for storage, coconut oil is solid at room temperature. This means, you’ll need to store your coconut oil in a wide-mouth glass jar so you can scoop it out with a teaspoon or your finger when you’d like to use it. I use these mini Weck jars to store things like coconut oil, baking soda, etc. all throughout the house.
Using Other Oils for The Oil Cleansing Method
Coconut oil is just one of the many oils you can use to wash your face using the oil cleansing method. So – if coconut oil doesn’t work for you, you can use the exact same step-by-step process listed above with other oil combinations.
In fact, the traditional oil cleansing method encourages using a blend of oils because you can reap the nourishing benefits of each. If you’d like to use a blend of oils, I recommend using one “astringent” oil, and one “carrier” oil. Here’s how it’s done:
Blending Your Oils
First, you’ll want to choose your “astringent” oil. This oil will do a very good job at cleansing your skin, aka – doing the dirty work. Your two options for this are: