Cleaning your skin with oil may sound like a really bad idea, but guess what? It’s not. Oil cleansing has been around for years.
In fact, it is probably THE best thing you could be doing to get your skin cleansed properly without stripping it.
Why does this idea actually work? Well, you can call it the law of attraction at work!
Oil attracts oil and helps to break it down and create surface tension on the skin allowing dirt, makeup, cellular debris, and excess oil to be vacuumed right off.
An extra benefit to this method is that as you perform the cleansing, you are massaging the tissue bringing up circulation and allowing the skin to more easily “take out the trash” as well as bringing nutrients to the skin.
Massage is something we don’t do often enough, and this little bit of self-care will not only be a great step in beginning your relax and restore time, but it will provide an important role in keeping your skin YOUNG and RADIANT. Yes, please!
I am sure you have heard that oil can be Comedogenic (meaning it can clog pores), but it isn’t that cut and dried.
Yes, it’s true that some oils are more likely to clog pores. However, choosing oil blends and/or minding your specific skin type when choosing oils makes all the difference in the world.
Here are some oils to try based on skin conditions.
For a more customized treatment, ask your licensed esthetician to choose for you.
Oily or acneic skin
An oily skin type has larger pores throughout the face and tends to over produce oil. The overproduction actually comes from the inside, so looking into diet and lifestyle may be helpful here as well.
An oil with a high fatty acid profile will actually trap dead skin cells on to the skin making the pores become clogged and irritated.
You may not have oily skin, but are still experiencing breakouts. The oils recommended below also serve to reduce inflammation and aid in wound healing so I would start here.
Try Kukui nut oil, Borage Seed Oil, Hemp Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, or Sweet Almond Oil.
Oils can be used alone or in blends.
Tip: Castor Seed oil can be really harsh for sensitive skin so it may be best to use in a blend if this is one you’d like to incorporate.
My favorite oil for acne is Kukui Nut!
Dry / Menopausal Skin
Dry skin tends to be poreless and it can have a lackluster appearance to it.
Typically there is never a sheen on this skin.
Also note that there is a difference between lack of oil = Dry and a lack of water= Dehydration. This is why some people feel that they are both dry and oily at the same time. If this is you, you’re not crazy 🙂
In this case, it may be beneficial to have a skin analysis before proceeding with putting together a regimen. Going hit and miss style with this type of skin can take more time and money than you need to spend on it.
Some oils to try: Evening Primrose, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, or Rosehip Seed Oil
Tip: Rosehip oil should be in a blend and start slow as some people may react to it.
Some oils to try: Sea Buckthorn, Sweet Almond Oil, or Sunflower Oil
Here’s how to do an oil cleanse
Take a small amount (dime size) of your oil or blend and start massaging the skin in upward circles. Doing upward circles ensures that the oil makes it into the pores for deep cleaning.
Massage longer in areas of congestion, and you may cleanse any eye makeup or mascara with the oil as well. Just be gentle in the eye area.
Once you’ve thoroughly massaged, take a microfiber cloth and run it under hot water. Use the cloth to remove the oil from your face.
Follow with a quick cleanse using a sulfate free cleanser.
Your skin will feel smooth and squeaky clean, but balanced!