Why I oil Cleanse

We've all been conditioned to think that oil will cause oil on our skin - read, acne.  This couldn't be farther than the truth.  Many cleansers strip a beneficial film from the surface layer of your skin which actually exacerbates troubled skin because it will cause your skin to go into survival mode and produce more oil.  Not cool.  The concept behind oil cleansing is that oil actually dissolves hardened gunky oil that has clogged pores.  Like attracts like, that's chemistry for ya.

what types of oil to use 

When you use pure, natural oils you can effectively cleanse grime from your face while simultaneously providing protection.  Oil cleansing may also brighten skin, provide antioxidant support and hydration.

It's important to use high-quality oils which have not been adulterated with cheaper (potentially pore-clogging) oils or synthetics.  The key is to get cold-pressed, unrefined oils.  I've formulated my oil cleansing balm with my personal favorites for bringing balance to oily, dull, and flaky skin.

Jojoba Oil: This gentle oil mimics your body’s natural oils while replenishing moisture with most of the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy skin and hair including Vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine and chromium.

Grape-seed Oil: The constituents in this oil strengthen cell membranes and its antioxidant benefits prevent pores from clogging and supports clear skin.

Castor Oil: With anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, castor oil’s therapeutic and medicinal benefits help heal skin maladies; such as, wrinkles, acne, age spots, and rashes.

Beeswax: This antimicrobial product hydrates skin while creating a protective barrier to seal in moisture.

Vitamin E: This antioxidant oil prevents premature aging, boosts collagen production, and speeds up cell regeneration.

Geranium essential oil: Used by the Egyptians for promoting radiant skin.

Tea Tree essential oil: Treatment for infections such as acne, fungal, and rashes.

Rosemary essential oil: Natural antimicrobial.

Neroli essential oil: Nourishment for sagging skin.

how to do an oil cleanse

Doing an oil cleanse is a quick, effective method for cleansing.  Plus it's much more gentle than the tugging and rubbing of traditional cleansers.  This is how it's done:

1)  Pour approximately a nickel sized scoop of cleanser in your palm and gently massage it starting from your neck and working upwards.  Include your eye area just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

2) Massage for a minute or two to be sure the cleanser is fully worked into your skin.  Bonus:  The massage helps boost circulation for a instant glow.

3) To deep clean pores leave it on for 10 minutes.

4) Take a warm, wet washcloth and press it into your face to give yourself a diy steamer.  Leave it on until it cools, then gently wipe off any remaining cleanser.

5) You may feel a layer of oil on your skin.  This is a good thing!  It is hydrating and will continue to work for you for a long time.

6) Follow with a toner.

7) Apply moisturizer, as needed.

how often should you oil cleanse

Your skin repairs and replenishes itself while you sleep so cleansing every evening supports the process by removing the days impurities and providing a nourishing barrier. 

However, depending on your skin type you may notice you need less oil cleanse sessions, especially if you left the cleanser on as a deep cleansing mask.  Perhaps every other day or only several times a week is best for you.

just remember

As you begin using oil cleansing in your facial routine, you may notice breakouts at first.  This is a sign that your skin may be doing some deep detoxing, letting go of gunk from long ago.  Keep it up for a month or so to allow all that old stuff clear out and your skin will reveal it's true vibrance!

November 11, 2019 — Hanna Hendrickson

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