The Oil Cleansing Method
Have you ever heard of the phrase, "oil fights oil?" Well, if you have oily skin, you actually want to put more oil on it. The reason for your oily skin is that your skin is probably dehydrated and it just keeps producing oil to make up for your actually dry skin. Yes! So, a simple treatment for oily skin, or for just keeping your skin hydrated and clean is to wash your face with oil! It sounds crazy to wash your face with oil, but there are so benefits to the oil cleansing method.
You would think that normal, soapy, facial cleanser would do the job of washing your face, and it does! But sometimes the cleansers don't pick up every trace dirt and oil. Remember, oil and water don't mix together real well, and your cleanser may cleanse all the oil from your skin, which leaves your skin dry and chapped, making the opportunity for your skin to produce more oil. You want some oil to keep your skin conditioned and hydrated. When I cleanse my face with oil, I find that my skin is truly clean because I don't blackheads on my nose. Kind of gross when you notice blackheads on your skin. That means you have trapped oil and dirt in your pores, and your skin is not truly clean. The oil cleansing method can help clear those pores.
I go off and on washing my face with oil, and when I cleanse my face with oil, I like to add a few drops of essential oils that promote skin health. Elemi helps prevent wrinkles, repair tissue, and aid in healing up blemishes. It is also very moisturizing, and calming. Frankincense has a lot of the same benefits as Elemi, so I switch from Elemi to Frankincense from time to time. Lavender is also very moisturizing, aids in healing blemishes, eczema, and helps in soothing irritated skin.
Cleansing your face with oil is not like cleansing your face with soap. I like to go about the oil cleansing method a different way. I let the water get really warm to hot, and I drench a wash cloth under the running water. I pat my face, neck, and chest with the warm, drenched towel to allow my pores to soften and "open up" so to speak. After I pat my face, I take a pump of oil and rub a generous amount on my skin, making sure to cleanse my neck and chest along with my face. I massage the oil into my skin for about two minutes, and then I redrench the towel and pat my skin again to wipe the excess oil off. This leaves your skin hydrated, nourished, moisturized, and clean!
I like to use a variety of oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. Fractionated coconut oil is light, very oily, and a little goes a long way. It helps hydrate, and pick up any oil that may be trapped in your pores. Coconut oil also helps heal up blemishes, and leaves your skin moisturized, clean, and soft. You don't really even need to use a moisturizer with the coconut oil because your skin is already moisturized from the oil. You could roll or pat some Elemi or Frankincense onto your skin after cleansing.
Cleansing oils, such as this one from Julep Beauty is a great oil for the oil cleansing method. It is an actual cleansing oil, so it picks up left behind dirt and oil that may be lingering in your pores. You may have cleansed your skin with a high power cleanser, but how clean is your skin really? The Bare Face oil cleanser perfectly light, not super greasy, and a little goes a long way. With this oil cleanser, you may want to take some Lavender essential oil in your palm and rub it into your skin as a moisturizer.
Facial oil moisturizers can work for oil cleansing too! As they work in a similar fashion to cleansing your skin with coconut oil, it's unlikely that you will need to use a moisturizer after you cleanse your face with the facial oil. Or, you can use the facial oil as a moisturizer, like it is intended for. :) Facial oil moisturizers usually have a base oil, and then other oily elements added in, such as vitamin E, different types of oils, and possibly essential oils. This oil from 100 Percent Pure is absolutely amazing! I use it more as a facial moisturizer after I cleanse my face, but it works amazing as an oil cleanser.
The oil cleansing method works for every skin type. You do not have to have oily skin for the oil cleansing method to work. Still on the fence about putting oil on already oily skin? Take a day that you aren't going anywhere and try the oil cleansing method, then moisturize your face with oil. Let it soak in and absorb, then put your makeup on. Document how many times you have to blot, or reapply your powder. Probably fewer than you used to, or none at all. You begin to start seeing amazing results in just a couple days of doing the oil cleansing method. It is a really great skincare method that I firmly believe in.
I would love to hear about your favorite way to pamper and care for your skin!