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The Oil Cleansing Method

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Since my introduction to oil cleansing 12 years ago, I have been hooked and contribute that method to my gorgeous glow. Cleaning my skin with a nourishing single oil or a glorious blend has saved my complexion, truly created homeostasis and assisted in maintaining my naturally beautiful skin. For someone with oily and acne prone skin, the concept of applying extra oil with the intent of cleaning my face seemed like such an oxymoron. I was afraid of putting oils on my skin and thought that they all were comedogenic and breakout causing. Little did I know, that there were luxurious plant oils that would not only correct my hyperpigmentation, but also calm down my inflammation and regulate my natural oil production. There are numerous wet and dry plant oils that are superb for dry, acne-prone, mature, sensitized and oily skin types. There is an oil out there for EVERY type of skin. After experimenting and researching over the past 10 years I have discovered some great combinations that will heal, rejuvenate and protect your complexion aiding in graceful aging as well as protecting you from environmental issues.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Treating your skin with care allows your health to truly shine through. Using plant oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there. There are many oils that can help to repair and tone the skin. Some essential oils can be used “neat,” meaning they do not need to be mixed with a carrier oil, but I like to use argan oil, grapeseed oil, mongongo oil or sweet almond oil with a few drops of various essential oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. The anti-microbial properties of essential oils, combined with the a gentle carrier oil, can help lift away the daily accumulation of dirt, toxins and makeup while healing, not harming, the skin’s surface.

This natural oil cleansing method is an incredibly easy and effective way to remove makeup and heal imbalances. It may seem counter intuitive to cleanse the skin with oil, but “like dissolves like.” We build up oil on our skin over the course of our day just from everyday simple tasks, such as eating, drinking, and exposing ourselves to air, wind, dirt, sun and the environment. We want to wash away these impurities that have built up, but in doing so, we do NOT want to strip away the acid mantle layer and destroy our face of the good, natural oils which are protective. Putting clean, nourishing oils on your skin is intended to lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin, clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads and remove dead skin, pollutants, and makeup.

Makeup removers often include oil because it’s well-suited for lifting oil-free, oil-based, and waterproof formulas off the skin and lashes and does not leave your skin greasy and oily. In fact, after you finish washing, your skin will feel soft, super supple and very clean. Oil cleansing is one of the best ways to open the pores, gently exfoliate the skin and getting the cleansing oils right into the skin to release any buildup. It is important to note that in the beginning of using the natural oil cleansing method, you may find your skin to be slightly oilier then usual. This is only temporary. I encourage you to continue with this method for at least 1 month to truly reap the benefits of trying this new technique.

I would recommend using the oil cleansing method in the evening, prior to bed. There is no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you’re waking up with skin that was thoroughly cleansed the night before. The oil cleansing method is not going to work to keep your skin clear and balanced if you are sleeping with dirty or makeup caked skin. Washing the day away before bed is a great way to ensure proper maintenance of your skin. That way, in the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth or a rinse in the shower should be more than enough. Over-cleansing your skin will only cause further irritation and exacerbate excessive oil production.

How To Oil Cleanse

1. Pour 1 to 2 teaspoons of your preferred oil into the palm of your hand and apply the oil to your DRY face. The face must be dry, for this method to effectively work. Gently massage the oils into your skin with your fingertips. Take your time and really focus on your problem areas and create a daily ritual of self care.

2. Soak a washcloth in warm tap water. Wring it out and gently wipe your face to remove oils and any impurities. All traces of oil should be removed, although your skin will feel very moisturized and clean.

3. Spray your toner or tonic to further aid in skin repair

4. Finish by applying moisturizer, if desired.

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