Basic Oil Cleansing Method
Oil cleansing is a way to work WITH the natural oils of your skin, using oils from plant-based sources to dissolve oily cosmetics and excess sebum without stripping your skin and causing it to go into overdrive trying to produce more sebum that it thinks it needs to protect itself.
It may be a little scary and it may not be for everyone, but it is something you should at least try once. Either you won't like it, or you might see an immediate improvement in the feel of your skin.
Despite the hype of the oil-free movement, oil is a natural, soothing skin cleanser. When your skin is washed with a soap or cleanser that is oil-free or harsh, the skin is stripped and a cycle begins of stripping and overproduction that can leave you with moisture loss, whiteheads, blackheads and an oilier face than if you coddled your face with the oils to begin with. Healthy skin is best achieved by keeping the natural moisture barrier in balance.
Done correctly, cleansing with oil will moisturize and clear skin, leaving you with the soft, glowing skin that you want.
Oils that can be used for oil cleansing are really up to you, and can be used separately or blended.
Base oils that can be used:
Castor Oil - all skin types, oily skin
Coconut Oil - inflamed, irritated or sensitive skin
Safflower Oil - dry skin
Olive Oil - all skin types
Jojoba Oil - all skin types
How to Cleanse
There's really no big mystery here, simply rub a small amount of your chosen oil on to your skin in a light circular motion. Rub gently all over your face, allowing enough time for the oils to mingle with your facial oils, at least a couple of minutes.
Place a wrung out washcloth, as warm as you can stand it, over your face, gently pressing it against your skin. This will relax the skin, opening the pores and allowing them to release the built up sebum and toxins.
Allow the washcloth to cool while on the face, rinse and repeat.
Rinse the washcloth a second time, still with very warm water, and gently wipe over your face to remove any remaining traces of the oil.
Your skin should feel clean, moist and healthy, not oily and clogged.
You can use a toner like witch hazel to finish up, if you are uncomfortable with any traces of oil you feel with your fingertips.
Do an oil cleansing with natural oils at least once a week, and you'll moisturize your way to clear, naturally healthy skin!
Natural Oils for Oil Cleansing
Olive Oil Skin Care
Olive Oil Skin Recipes