Oil cleansing may seem like an oxymoron, but it can actually be your ticket to dewy, clear skin. Especially if you’ve got…wait for it…. acne-prone or oily skin, cleansing your skin using natural oils can actually help keep your complexion balanced and clear. If you’re ready to try it out but need some info and tips, check out this short and sweet FAQ.
What is oil cleansing?
Oil cleansing is method of cleansing the skin using natural oils. While many of you, especially those with oily or acne-prone complexions, may be a little more than hesitant at the idea of oil cleansing, it can actually work wonders on all skin types. You may think that cleansing with or even just applying oil to your face will increase your likelihood of breakouts , think again. It’s a known fact that oil dissolves oil. Oil produced by your skin (sebum) can clog pores and cause impurities, while natural oils used in oil cleansing have the opposite effect. While traditional cleansers can leave your skin overcompensating after being stripped of it’s natural oils, oil cleansing not only opens up pores to help release dirt and toxins, it helps your skin keep it’s own oil production in check. The result? Dewy, clear skin free of blemishes and pimples.
How do you oil cleanse?
Before you wet your face in the shower or at the sink, pour a small puddle of Rejuvenating Face Oil into clean palms. Massage the oil into the skin on your face for at least two minutes. Don’t worry if you have makeup on as the oil will gently dissolve it away. Get your tap water nice and steamy, soak a washcloth and wring it out as quickly as you can. Lay the steaming towel over your face for a minute or so and then repeat with the other side of the washcloth. Once it cools, use the washcloth to wipe away any remaining oil and don’t worry if you still have a bit of oil left on your face – this is actually good!
I started oil cleansing and my skin is breaking out, help!
This is totally normal. When you start an oil cleansing routine, your skin may break out at first as it adjusts and expels built up dirt and impurities. Give it a week to ten days before you decide to change course.
What kind of oil should I use?
We definitely recommend using our Rejuvenating Face Oil for your oil cleansing routine – our blend of organic oils, include rosehip, pomegranate and seaberry, are great for all skin types. If you’d like to dilute our oil into a bit of carrier oil (we’d do a 50/50 mix), here are some recommendations for various skin types:
Oily Skin – Grape Seed Oil. Grapeseed oil is very lightweight and mildly astringent which works perfectly for oily or acne prone skin.
Dry Skin – Sweet Almond Oil or Coconut Oil. Both of these oils are super moisturizing and full of nutrients perfect for dry, itchy skin.
Dull Skin – Sesame Oil. Sesame Oil has been used in Ayurveda for centuries as it is known to stimulate and moisturize skin.