Almost everything we’ve been taught about skincare is wrong.
I remember walking through the fluorescent isles of the drugstore as a pre-teen that had just been hit with my first wave of pre-pubescent pimples. Having no idea what I was looking for, I turned to those “trusted” skincare brands I’d seen ads for in magazines and assumed what they had to say was right.
“Oil-Free Face Wash”
“Oil-Free Makeup Remover”
“Oil-Free Face Wipes”
Needless to say, even as a twelve year old, I got the message pretty clearly: When it came to your face, oil was the devil.
We were beat over the head with this for years from nearly every company from the beauty industry.
However, something about this obviously wasn’t working because the more anti-oil products I used, the oilier my skin became.
THE SKINNY ON OIL
When we work to properly cleanse our skin, stripping the oil away should not be the goal. The oil on your skin acts as a protective barrier for your skin – keeping it moisturized, nourished, and blemish-free. When we continue to rip away this protective barrier with harsh soaps and detergents, our skin overcompensates by producing too much oil, causing more skin issues, acne, and more shine as opposed to a dewy glow.
Rather, we should be trying to balance our skin’s natural production of oil to work for us. When we use certain combinations of oil to cleanse our skin, it helps to balance our oil production, draw out impurities and open our pores to help break down excess keratin cell buildup (which cause acnes when oil + bacteria are trapped underneath this fibrous protein)
One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE”. We can see this principle even in everyday cooking – oil and vinegar (which is water-based) cannot mix. However, combine an oil with another oil? They immediately dissolve into one another. This is the same process which occurs on your skin.
If we keep trying to dissolve the oil on our skin using water/soap based cleansers, our skin will continue to retaliate with more oil. If you cleanse your skin with oil however, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones. When done consistently, this process can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and acne.
The best part? It will leave your skin feeling glowy, healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.
HOW TO OIL CLEANSE
- Massage a small amount of oil into your dry skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This will dissolve the oil which has hardened with impurities and has stuck itself to your pores. This will also help to remove makeup so there is no need to do so before. You can leave this oil on your skin for as long as 10 minutes to allow the beneficial oils to seep into your pores and dissolve the oil stagnant oil.
- Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap or shower water until it is completely soaked. Ring it out and lay it over your face allowing steam to open your pores. When the steam opens your pores, it makes it easy to remove the dirty oils/makeup and any other impurities. Leave the washcloth on over your face until it cools down. Then, use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove the remaining oil. Whatever oil is left on your skin will be clean and beneficial.
- While in most cases moisturizer won’t be necessary, if you have dry skin and wish to use some afterwards you may.
Whenever you change your skincare routine, you need to allow for an adjustment period. During the first week or so, you may see an increase in oil or breakouts as impurities are drawn out of your skin. The more consistently you do this routine and don’t use harsh soaps or facial cleansers, the more quickly your skin will adjust and you will start to see benefits.
Remember! Everyone’s skin is different so you may need to experiment with different oils to find YOUR perfect ratio. When I first started, I alternated between using Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (although some find coconut oil slightly too rich for acne-prone skin)
Ideally you want some combination of an astringent oil to draw out impurities (such as hazelnut oil or castor oil) and a nourishing oil (such as olive oil)
Oily Skin: 1/3 Hazelnut Oil (or Castor Oil) + 2/3 Olive oil
Combination Skin: 1/4 Hazelnut Oil (or Castor Oil) + 3/4 Olive Oil
Dry Skin: Olive Oil (or other nourishing oil like Coconut Oil) with a very small amount of Hazelnut Oil or Castor Oil
PREMADE FORMULAS: I like Living Libations “Best Skin Ever” formula’s.
They have a Seabuckthorn Oil formula: for acne-prone skin
Sandalwood formula: For sensitive skin
Frankincense formula: for combination skin
Rose Oil formula: for drier skin.
There are many others out there but in my experience, these have been my favorites.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments!