Read on to discover a huge game changer in the world of beauty!
This post comes to us from Meredith Baird!
Cleansing our face with oil seems counter-intuitive. Most of us grow up thinking that the best way to cleanse our skin, prevent acne and have the most glowing complexion is by eliminating any excess oil and stripping our faces clean. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When we strip our skin of its natural oils, we are essentially removing the beneficial barrier that exists on our skin. If you have oily skin, removing oil with harsh soaps will force your skin to produce more oil. If you have dry skin, soap may only further dry out your skin and, if you have sensitive skin, you are increasing your its sensitivity by removing the natural oils that exist to balance your skin chemistry. Thus begins a cycle of skin irritation no matter what skin type you have.
Which leads to wake up and embrace the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). OCM’s basic concept — like dissolves like. Massaging a small amount of oil into your skin will dissolve excess oils, remove makeup and, at the same time, nourish and moisturize your complexion. Oil is able to penetrate your pores more effectively than water or soap, gently drawing out impurities. Oil has the ability to even and tone skin in one step, rather than three or four.
I have very dry skin, and my constant battle is to moisturize. Since I’ve been oil cleansing, my complexion is noticeably smoother and brighter, to the point that I rarely wear makeup or use moisturizer.
Finding the perfect oil for you is the only trick. Though it may take a week or two for your skin to adjust, it’s important to see the process through to give your skin the time to detox and regulate.
Hands down, my favorite oil for any skin type is coconut oil. Coconut oil offers a unique range of benefits that other oils do not have; I use it almost exclusively.
• is a natural moisturizer
• tricks skin into thinking it has enough oil to slow down oil production while locking in moisture, so it’s great for either dry or oily skin
• is antibacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it great for acne and eczema
• is non-irritating because it doesn’t change the pH of your face
• is full of antioxidants to help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots
• works as a natural SPF
Other great cleansing oils — castor oil, olive oil and hazelnut oil .
Some suggested ratios to try:
Oily Skin: 1 part castor, olive and coconut oil
Combination Skin: 1 part castor, olive, hazelnut and coconut oil
Dry Skin: 2 parts olive to 1 part coconut oil
The method is simple.
– Choose your oil; or, if you are combining oils, mix them before hand
– You will only need 1-2 tsp of oil per wash
– Massage oil onto your face for at least 20 seconds. The longer you go the better. Sometimes I massage my face for up to 2 minutes. This increases circulation and boosts collagen production.
– If you are wearing eye makeup, make sure to gently massage the eyes and lashes. The oil has enough power to remove most mascaras and eyeliners.
– Wipe off makeup and cleanse skin with a warm washcloth. You can rinse your face to remove excess oil, but do not wipe off all oil — leave a little on your skin and it will feel glow and clean.
If you have extremely oily or acne-prone skin, try adding a little tea tree, oregano, bergamot or rosemary essential oil. Rose, frankincense, carrot seed and lavender essential oils are also wonderful to add in small quantities for most skin types.
Oil cleansing is truly a huge beauty game changer, while reducing your cosmetic bill drastically!
+Have you tried oil cleansing? Let us know!