Oil Pulling Is A Hot New Beauty Trend—Would You Try It?

Oil Pulling Is A Hot New Beauty Trend—Would You Try It?(Source: Thinkstock)
Given our all-out obsession with oil-based beauty remedies—we slather various potions on our face, body, and split ends—it was only a matter of time before oil snuck into our oral hygiene routine. The latest craze to catch our attention is oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing unrefined oil in your mouth in order to remove bacteria and toxins.

Sounds wacky, but bare with us: Oils such as coconut and sesame are purported to attract the undesirable bacteria and toxins that can cause tooth decay, halitosis, and teeth discoloring, so by swishing the substance—and spitting it out—you’re essentially ‘pulling’ the bad stuff out of your mouth. In addition to preventing cavities, keeping chompers looking pearly-white, and ensuring fresh breath, converts also claim the practice leads to clearer skin.

Here’s how to do it: Each morning, measure a tablespoon of raw, unrefined coconut or sesame oil and swish it around in your mouth (just like mouthwash) for five to 20 minutes. When you’re done, spit it out in the trash so as not to clog your drains. Follow with a couple of fresh-water rinses, and you’re all set.

Easy peasy, right? So would you give this beauty trend a try? Vote in our poll, below.

Poll: Would You Try Oil Pulling?
Click to vote:
  • Sure! I Love An All-Natural Remedy
  • No, It's A Little Too Weird For Me