About 2 weeks ago we touched down in our home land, Africa. Its always good to be back after you’ve been away a while, familiarity is sweet. We are not sure yet how long we will be here or where to next but we are working on it… in the meantime though I’ve been using all my free time figuring out how to keep my skin hydrated in this cold, dry weather we are having in Johannesburg at the moment. If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen my post a day or two ago about RAW honey masks and the benefits, honey is seriously not just a pretty face! I go through it by the liter in my house, kind of like winnie the pooh only I use it for a lot more than just eating. I use it for just about anything, there’s very few things that honey can’t fix!
Anyhoo, I didn’t come here to talk about honey. If you haven’t been living under a rock, the chances are you have heard of oil pulling… but have you heard of oil cleansing? If you haven’t come across it yet, you heard it here first 😉 in a nutshell… Oil cleansing is the method whereby you cleanse your face using oil. Simple as.
But how, you may be wondering. Let me fill you in.
It might seem counterintuitive, but oil dissolves other oil; by rubbing it into the skin, the cleansing oil loosens the ‘bad’ oil that has hardened and lodged in the pores. Contrary to popular belief, the oil cleansing method doesnt aggravate or cause oily skin or acne – quite the opposite infact!
When you use conventional face cleansers you strip your skin of its natural oils, which may make it feel all nice and clean and shiny which may feel like a good thing, but its not. We dont like nice and clean and shiny, we like moisturized and supple and glowing.. which is just what oil cleansing promises to do. Sign me up!
By now we all know the whole the more you wash the oilier it gets story when it comes to our hair, but I’m willing to bet not many of us apply that same rule to our skin. The more we wash our skin with oil stripping conventional cleansers the more oil our skin tries to produce to compensate. That being said, you can also end up with the opposite effect where you have dry, flaky skin. Neither one is a good option! We like balance.
No matter what skin type you have, the oil cleansing method allows your skin to balance itself, bringing it back to its natural state and unique constitution with just one or two ingredients. There are no harsh chemicals involved. No suds that will strip your oils. And this = GOOD.
Down To The Nitty Gritty
The trick is to find the right oil mix. Once you find the right mix, oils can effectively remove impurities and bacteria from deep within the pores. The oil cleansing method will dissolve blackheads, extract whiteheads, and balance dry, oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin while nourishing and moisturizing it. You’ll never need to buy another cleanser or moisturizer again!
Here is a list of some great oils you can try out:
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Apricot Kernal Oil
- Kukui Nut Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
You are seriously spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing oils you can use for this, dont limit yourself. Do some research and figure out what oils you would like to try out that aren’t on this list. (I have read a few bad reports of using castor oil especially if you have sensitive skin so tread lightly if you would like to use that oil and perhaps look at mixing it with other oils for a gentler approach.)
My go-to oils are always coconut and olive oil, they are available everywhere and can be used for so many other things as well so handy to have around. Jojoba oil is also great for removing makeup (yes, even waterproof mascara) but it stings like hell if you get it in your eyes so keep them tightly shut!
Keep a nice tub (or squirt bottle!) of your favorite oil near the bath/shower and when you are doing your thing scoop some oil out, massage it into your skin for a minute or two and then run your facecloth under some very warm water and lay it flat on your face for about 15 to 20 seconds and let the steam open up your pores and soak in all that lovely oil. Once you are done you can wipe off the oil with your facecloth, rinsing it and giving it another wipe if need be.
Too add a little sumin’ sumin’ you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to your tub and that will make it smell as good as it is. However, do not add essential oils directly to your skin as they can be quite harsh on the skin so just a drop or two should do the trick. Here is a great Beginners Guide to Essential Oils.
Here are some more great articles on Oil Cleansing
And of course, you can top this lovely routine off with a delicious raw honey face mask if you’re in the mood 😉
Would love to hear your experiences with Oil Cleansing, what are your favorite oils and why?