Why I Stopped Using Soap

Yes, I stopped using soap. I know what you’re thinking, gross, right? No, it’s actually not as crazy as you might think. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ve probably read my post about how terrible my skin was for the longest time. If you haven’t you can check it out here. Your expression right now is probably the same as this guy. ☞ Keep it together, I still shower and bathe, I just do it in a different way.

My extremely intelligent older sister got me started on this whole idea (yes, she’s kind of a genius but she’d never admit it). One year, for Christmas she gave me and my sisters a bottle of oils. She explained the concoctions and went on to tell us about how she hadn’t been using soap for months. Just to be clear, she’s a very clean person and never smells or looks dirty.

I was intrigued and decided to do my own experiment and research. Well, it turns out it works amazingly and the research supports it. Not only does it clean your skin while protecting it, but it also help heal a multitude of skin ailments and protects against premature aging. I know, I have your attention now.

What the Research Says

Did you know that the primary cleansing method before soap was invented was oil. People used to slather the stuff on, rub it all over, scrape it off with a hard object and rinse. It’s said that this was the favorite cleansing method of Cleopatra. She also liked bathing in sour donkey milk, and as much as I get the science behind that I’m not suggesting anything so crazy. I embrace technology change and better ways of doing things if they are indeed better. The problem is that soap is actually a step backwards in terms of cleansing.

Your skin has its own natural bacteria and oils. These bacteria and oils protect your skin from outside invaders. When using soap, that bacteria is destroyed leaving the skin vulnerable and stripped of it’s natural oils. Think about it, oil and water don’t mix, so if your skin is hydrated aqueous borne pathogens can’t enter. You’d have to stick your hands in your mouth, eyes, nose or ear in order to ‘catch’ something. So, the trick is removing the grimy dirt while maintaining the natural protection barrier. The answer is showering less and not using soap, trust me, you won’t feel or smell dirty. Check out this experiment:

How You Can Stop Using Soap Too

You can use one or multiple oils in any combination you like. Each oil has different properties and will produce different results. Castor oil is extremely thick, like motor oil, so I like to cut it with another carrier oil. It can also be drying by itself, so I only use it alone when I use it at as salve or poultice. Hempseed oil is great for acne and sunflower oil or jojoba oil is good for dry skin. Any easy and cheap oil, which I use in my body cleanser is olive oil.

My personal mixture for my face is 1 part hempseed oil, 1 part castor oil, and 1 part olive oil. I add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil to it as well because it has healing properties and it just smells delicious. For my body I use 3 parts olive oil and 1 part castor oil. Again, I add a combination of different essential oils to make a therapeutic shower experience. So, here’s how I wash my face:

  1. Wet your face with warm water. Not hot, and don’t steam it.
  2. Apply oil. You can premix it and store it or just use it directly from a container (make sure it’s sterile though, if you put your fingers in the container it’s just gonna grow bacteria)
  3. Massage oil into face for a minute or two
  4. Wipe oil off with warm washcloth after massage (see video below)
  5. After washing I use a toner followed by my serums and hydration mix (I’ll cover these in a later article)

I recommend watching this video on how to do the oil cleanse method. George Bruno does a great job of explaining the method:

You’d do a similar process in the shower or bathtub. It works great as a shave cream too. Just don’t wipe the oil off and shave as usual. You might need to use hot water to rinse your razor afterwards. That’s it! If you have any more questions, add them as comments and I will address/update as needed.

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