Poppy Seed Oil

Recently, I have written about makeup removal using olive oil. It has been working great and I truly believe that I won’t be buying makeup remover again.

On our trip to Kiev, my husband had a business meeting with a partner in the company he works for. This partner, Alex, makes his own cold-pressed oils. He gifted me with a flax seed oil and a poppy seed oil.

I have made my own poppy seed oil with our oil extractor. But now that I know the benefits of straight olive oil on my skin, Alex from Ukraine inspired me to try the poppy seed oil again. Thanks again, Alex!

Since we have been back from our trip, I have been cleaning my face every evening with pure, cold-pressed poppy seed oil. It removes every bit of makeup and leaves my face feeling amazing. I am in love with our oil extractor which allows me to make the poppy seed and hemp seed oils fresh for us every couple of weeks.

Poppy seeds are well-revered in Ayurvedic medicine for a whole host of ailments as well as to promote healthy and glowing skin. Poppy seed oil is high in Vitamins C and E and Linolenic acid. It aids in cell regeneration, absorbs slowly into the skin, thus providing skin protection and is not greasy.

Here is some information on the Oil Cleansing Method:

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”

Currently, I am using just poppy seed oil. Both of my girls have switched to the oils. Rebekah is using a blend of poppy seed oil and olive oil. Roxie and I did some testing on her skin and her sensitive skin can only handle the Hemp Oil and Salve which she applies every night.

Recipe ideas:

  • Oily Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil or  Hazelnut Oil and 2/3 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Combination Skin: 1/4 Castor or Hazelnut Oil and 3/4 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like poppy seed oil, olive oil, or a very small amount of Castor/Hazelnut Oil added to the nourishing oils.

Directions for cleansing with oils according to Wellness Mama:

  1. In the shower or at the bathroom sink, pour about a quarter size amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage into the skin on your face (don’t wet skin first). Use smooth circular strokes and let this also be a gentle facial massage. Massage for at least a minute (two minutes is better) or until you are sure that the oil has saturated your skin. This will also remove make-up very effectively, so there is no need to remove make-up first. You can even leave the oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes to really deep clean pores.
  2. Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap water (or shower water) until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Open it and place over your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the wash cloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat if needed with the other side of the washcloth and then use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
  3. Typically, no moisturizer is needed after the adjustment period, but if you still have dry skin, try reducing the amount of astringent oil and using a tiny bit of organic face cream to moisturize skin.

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