What is oil cleansing and why should you be doing it
Though it sounds somewhat crazy at first, the idea of using natural oils to cleanse the skin gently actually makes a lot of sense. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use natural oils in specific combination to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils. This produces much more nourished and moisturized skin than traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners.
As a website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains: “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.”
Further reading on the website Acne.org will explain the benefits of oil cleansing: Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition, that means using other oils. Using specific oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively. The process replaces the unclean oils with beneficial oils extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruits, these heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done correctly and consistently, the oil cleansing method can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads. These and other conditions caused by mild to moderate acne are addressed, whilst leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.
How to use Oil Cleanser
- Splash warm water onto your face to open pores, do not dry your face as the warm water will help spread the oil. Dispense 1 or 2 pumps of the oil blend into your hand and massage into the skin. Use smooth circular strokes and let this be a gentle facial massage. Massage for a minute or two 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.
- Place a clean muslin cloth under hot tap 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. Repeat the process and gently rub the skin using the muslin cloth to remove the cleanser oil, the cloth will cause a gentle exfoliation of the skin. There will be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
Notes on the Oil Cleansing Method
It is normal for it to take a week or so for skin to adjust, and you may even see more oily skin or more breakouts during this time as impurities leave the skin. If you can, resist the urge to use harsh soaps or facial cleansers during this time, as it will make the adjustment period longer.