Routines

Oil Cleansing Method 101

Oil cleansing is simply a cleansing method where you use oil as a cleanser, imagine that. This may sound like a disaster to some of you due to the horrible lies we’ve been told about the relationship between oil and our skin. But these false accusations are just that, false. There are plenty of good oils you can use in your skin care routine that will provide many positive benefits.

Why should you be using an oil cleanser? Well, the concept is based on the theory that like attracts like, or more specifically like dissolves like. Using an oil cleanser as the first step in your skincare routine helps to attract and dissolve oils that have hardened with impurities and taken up residence in your pores. Oil cleansers work to remove makeup and oil-based debris from your skin that usually causes breakouts and congestion.

You want to make sure you are using a quality oil. There are many great oil cleansers on the market or you can use DIY oil cleansers. There are tons of recipes to choose from, just make sure to do your research to ensure the oils you are using are organic, cold-pressed and compatible with your skin type.

How It’s Done

Step 1: Pour a small amount of oil cleanser in the palm of your hands and rub them together to warm up the product.

Step 2: Gently massage the oil into your skin making sure to not pull or tug at the skin (especially around the eye area) as this can cause premature age lines and wrinkles.

In this step, I like to give myself a facial massage to increase the blood flow in the skin resulting in detoxifying and anti-aging benefits. Plus, it feels amazing after a long day on planet earth! (I will be making a post soon on how I perform my facial massage.)

Step 3: Use warm water to wet a clean towel or rag. Gently hold the towel to your face (don’t rub) keep the towel pressed to your face until it loses its heat – this helps to open the pores and allows the oil cleanser to extract and dissolve the oil clogging your pores.

That’s it! You can now move to the next step of your routine.

I oil cleanse both morning and night to ensure I am always starting and ending my day with squeaky clean skin. If you are new to oil cleansing you can start by just doing it at night and working it into your morning routine gradually. Since oil cleansing, my normally very dry skin has been more hydrated and shown a significant reduction in breakouts. It may take some time to find the right oil cleanser for your skin but I promise once you do your pores will be thanking you!

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