Why everybody is using cleansing oils
Our skin is made up of and produces a variety of lipids (up to 60%). Oil protect the cell walls, fight bacteria, heals wounds, alleviates irritation and prevents moisture from evaporating from skin layers. By washing all the natural oils off the skin, it must spring into action to replace what was lost, resulting in excessive oil on our skin.
Oil cleansing is a way of both cleaning the skin and keeping it moisturized and supple. With oil cleansing, older, hardened oils in the skin are dissolved and the skin refreshed with new oils.
Lots of people are afraid to use oil on their face, mostly those who have oily skin. It seems that oily skin type people (like me) have some kind of obsession in getting a ‘squeaky’ clean skin and this can only be achieved with detergents found in water-based cleansers. The reality is that detergents are formulated to clean your skin, but they also strip the natural oils from your skin. After using them, the skin has to over-work to make up what was lost by soap and water washing resulting in extra oil for your face or the unhealthy T-zone shiny look that we all hate.
I started washing my skin using the double cleansing method about two years ago. I used to have to carry around anti-shine wipes, anti-shine powder... you name it, I had it. Since I’ve been using oil cleansing method, my skin is not angry or shining all the time anymore. My redness is less noticeable, I only get the odd spot in my period (before it was constant) and my skin is not greasy anymore.
HOW TO OIL CLEANSE
You can cleanse your skin before going to bed and/or in the morning, and you can even use it to remove your (even waterproof) make-up.
There are two possible methods.
1. Take a good dollop od oil in the palm of the hand and rub the hands together. Apply oil to skin on the face and neck, and thoroughly massage into the skin. The oil will lift makeup, along with dirt and dead skin cells. When the face is fully covered with oil, place a hot (but not so hot it burns) washcloth, wrung out, over the skin. This step will allow the pores of the skin to open and release oils and debris. After a minute or two wipe or rinse the excess oil from the face. Pat the skin dry, and it will feel quite dry in a few minutes, even after having used all that oil. Then apply a nourishing facial oil to maintain moisture in the tissues.
2. This method involves using a little hydrosol or pure water with the oil palm of the hand. Rub them together vigorously to create a kind of impromptu emulsion, apply to the face, and proceed as above.
WHAT OILS TO CHOOSE
· Normal to oily skin: Use high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in your blend like sunflower oil or grapeseed oil. Another alternative is buying cleansing oils containing a surfactant like our soon-to-be-launched Blue Tansy Skincare oil to milk cleansing oil. This natural ingredient makes the oil to be easily washed off without the need of adding a harsh, drying detergent to your skincare routine.
To double cleanse, use a water-based wash after your cleansing oil. Avoid detergents, as these tend to irritate and over dry your skin (with the excess of oil secretion in your skin that will naturally happens to balance this).
· Dry skin: use cleansing oil rich in oleic acid, like marula oil, and double cleanse with a milk or lotion. They stay longer on the skin surface, nourishing it and leaving it soft and supple.
Susan M. Parker. Power of the seed. Process Media. Port Townsend. 2014. P.196-197