WHAT IS OIL CLEANSING?
This sounds insane right? Can one really use oil for cleansing? Yea, oil cleanser is amazing for oily skin, acne-prone skin because most oily skin often breakout.
But the fact remains that oil cleanser helps for deep pores cleaning of the skin, get rid of makeup, removes skin dullness, smoothed and soften the skin for a perfect beautiful skin. 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 instead of completely removing the skin natural sebum. This produces much more nourished and moisturized skin than traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners.
OIL CLEANSING BENEFITS
The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing regime is that the oil used to massage your skin will gently dissolve the oil that has solidified with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. This requires steaming your face to open up the pores and melt difficult oil, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.
FACTS ABOUT NATURAL OIL
Oil dissolves oil. The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively. while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heals, protect and nourish your skin. Especially, natural oil infused with rich organic ingredients such as turmeric, lemon, chamomile, castor, shea butter, coconut oil, onion oil e.t.c. When done properly and consistently, this oil cleanser can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. It suitable for all skin type.
Does the Oil Cleansing Method Really Work?
Before now, I had a terrible acne breakout that had negative impact on my self-esteem. At some point, I spent so much on beauty product to get rid of this ugly zits everywhere but all to no avail. I’ve used different over-the-counter facial cleansers those with alcohol, salicylic acids e.t.c. some were helpful while others dry out my skin and even aggravate my acne. So, I decided to try out homemade skin care remedy which has been of a tremendous help till now. So far, have achieved better result with this natural remedies. I have an oily skin, when I heard about oil cleansing for the first time. I was skeptical and scared because I thought my face will break out more. But I was certainly wrong.
I had more glowing, supple and soft skin with zero breakouts, my skin condition improved. Most resources I’ve seen suggest that for first time users, they may experience severe breakout before they see improvement on their skin. This is a detox reaction as impurities stocked in the skin are dissolved and pulled out from the skin. If you are in my shoe, battling with oily skin or acne? You can give this a try and you wouldn’t regret it.
The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it seems that the best solution is one of the most simple, inexpensive, and easiest.
Oil Cleansing Ingredients
Want to try Oil Cleansing and see the results for yourself? All you need are a couple of natural oils and a clean wash cloth!
The most common oils used are Castor Oil, Chamomile oil, Coconut oil and Olive Oil, though any natural oil can be used. Castor Oil is naturally astringent, so it helps pull impurities from the skin, making it ideal for oily or combination skin (and even dry skin in lesser amounts). Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin, and I always add at least twice the amount of other oil as Castor Oil when making an oil blend.
There is some controversy over the growing practices for Castor Oil (the harvesting and manufacturing exposes workers to a compound that can be toxic, but it is removed in processing), so many people choose to avoid this oil. The finished castor oil is not toxic, so there is no concern there, but for those who don’t want to use it due to its unsustainable growing practices, hazelnut oil works wonderfully in its place.
My other favorite oil to use is Olive Oil, though sunflower, safflower, or even coconut oils work great.
If you’d rather not order big quantities of all of these oils to make your own, I highly recommend this handmade blend that smells divine and works really well for oil cleansing.
Vitamin E Oil on face as overnight treatment
Vitamin E oil can be used on your face as an overnight anti-aging treatment. Since vitamin E has a thick consistency, it’s best to apply it before bed so that it can fully absorb.
If applied in the morning, you may have difficulty putting makeup or serums on top of it.
Typically, you can apply a serum or oil mixture containing vitamin E as an all-over treatment on your face. Applying vitamin E as an anti-aging or skin-conditioning agent overnight involves letting the product completely absorb into your skin.
Here’s how to apply vitamin E oil to your face as an overnight treatment:
- Wash your face clean of any makeup or other skin products. Rinse your face afterward with lukewarm water, and pat your skin dry.
- If you’re using pure vitamin E oil, mix one or two drops of it for every 10 drops of a carrier oil, like jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil.
- Apply the mixture or the vitamin E serum of your choice to your skin using your fingers. Rub your face in small circular motions as you apply the treatment so that you stimulate circulation and spread the product out as far as it will go.
- Wait at least 20 minutes after application before resting your face on a pillow or any other surface. This treatment is best repeated once or twice a week as part of a skin care routine about 30 minutes before bedtime.
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Oil Cleansing Instructions
If you are new to oil cleansing, it may take a couple of tries to figure out what blend of oils works best for you. Personally, I use a mix that is 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor or hazelnut oil and it is perfect for my skin. Other articles I’ve seen and friends who also use the method recommend these ratios:
- Oily Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil and 2/3 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
- Combination Skin: 1/4 Castor or Hazelnut Oil and 3/4 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
- Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like olive oil, or a very small amount of Castor/Hazelnut Oil added to the nourishing oils.
To find out the best blend for you, I suggest carrying out a patch test on your skin before use.
Starting with the suggested amounts above for your skin type and adjusting if needed.
How To Wash Face With Oil Cleansing
- In the shower before you take your bath, pour some amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage gently into the skin on your face (don’t wet skin first). Rub with the tips of your finger in circular strokes for facial massage. Massage for at least 3- 5 minutes 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.
- In a clean bowl dip a clean washcloth in a very hot water until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Open it and place on your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove the oils and any impurities clog on the skin. Leave the wash cloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat this for 4-5 times. Then use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
- Except for dry skin, no moisturizer is needed after the adjustment period, but if you still have dry skin, try reducing the amount of astringent oil and using a tiny bit of homemade organic lotion to moisturize skin.
- It is normal for it to take a week or more for skin to adjust. You may even secrete more oil, more breakouts during this time as impurities leave the skin.
- It important you experiment some of oil blends to find your perfect ratio.
- Do patch test before applying it on your face especially for sensitive skin and allergy.
Have you ever tried oil cleansing? What your experience like? Did it work for you? What oils and ratios did you use? Share below!