Applying burning chemicals in order to avoid imperfections is what modern society has been so strongly influenced by the marketing claims of the need to rid your skin of oil completely. Some find themselves washing the delicate and easily inflamed tissue of their facial skin with "grease cutting" or "antibacterial" face and hand soap only to find that their skin condition worsens. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving the largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, the skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and even the so-called "unscented" products usually contain fragrance. Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly. Properly functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing. Learning to work with your skin, not against it, will save you tremendously.
Clear skin is attainable. By using pure, natural and nourishing oils to effectively clean, melt away makeup and moisture the skin. It’s one of the most effective and delicate ways to treat your skin.
The objective of using the oil cleansing method is to deep clean the pores while balancing the skin's oil production at the same time.
The following method is widely known by practitioners of natural cosmetics.
You’ll need a soft washcloth, your cleansing oil, and hot, running water.
- Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth it over your face.
Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove sunscreen, makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to the massage.
Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time to work into your pores so that blackheads and impurities can be dissolved and steamed away.
- As you're massaging, take this time to relax. Let your mind drift off to something calming and breathe deeply. Give the oil enough time to work on dissolving the impurities in your pores and give yourself enough time to unwind.
- After a few minutes, pick up your washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to further soften your pores and release the oil carrying the impurities as an esthetician would, but without the luxury of a steam machine.
Cool water will not soften your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently.
Hold the washcloth to cover your face. Allow it to stay until it cools. You will feel your pores softening and releasing the impurities. Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three more times. Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you'll find it's completely unnecessary and your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes without the additional manual exfoliation and irritation that will result. Impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away. Have no fear of the oil, as the steamy washcloth will remove it.
- At the end, rinse with cold water to close pores and spray the face with floral water as a facial tonic.
The skin remains clean, slightly oily at first, but this feeling will disappear immediately.
If your skin feels tight, apply face oil, a face cream or a facial serum, if necessary.
Your skin should now glow and look extremely happy with this daily routine.