I’ve heard about oil cleansing for a little while now but I was always baffled and weary on “cleansing” my face with oil. It seemed like a backwards idea that would ultimately ruin my face. Then I continuously heard about how miraculous it could be for problematic skin and my interested started to peek. I was looking into info on how I would get started properly because I didn’t want to just slather oil on my face and hope for the best. I started using Journey’s Mother‘s latest product release: “Lemon Cream Oil Facial Cleanser” which consists of lemon extract, castor oil, olive oil, and organic yogurt. The directions stated to just rub the oil onto my dry face in a circular motion and rinse off with warm water. I was skeptical about how this could possibly cleanse my face, unclog my pores, remove makeup…etc.
Well… it did just that. I’ve used this oil cleanser a few times in a few ways. If you leave the cleanser on for a while it acts as a treatment (which I actually prefer more than the cleansing option). As a cleanser it left my face feeling very moisturized and bright. I didn’t even need to add moisturizer after I used my toner. Is it the cleanest my face has ever felt… NO but it was refreshing and I like how my skin looks and feels afterwards. This is why I’ve decided to add it to my arsenal to be used a few times a week in between my regular Lush or Burt’s Bees cleansers. Either way all three cleansing forms help me stick to my chemical free transition.
So why exactly do people oil cleanse instead of using more conventional cleansers? The theory behind the concept is the oil you are rubbing into your face loosens the harden oils that contains the impurities and helps remove them. Depending on the oil of your choice (a carrier oil with a few drops of essential oil if desired. But don’t oil cleanse with essential oils) you will reap various benefits.
The main heavy hitters in the oil cleansing method are usually Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, almond oil, Argan Oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. You will want to get these oils in their purest form so cutting corners to save a few bucks may back fire on you. Depending on your skin type you will want to choose different oils to tackle your particular needs. You are also going to want to vary the ratio depending on the condition of your skin. For example: Oily Skin will want to have a 3:1 ratio while Dry Skin will benefit from a 1:3 ratio. Balanced or “normal skin” should be fine with a 1:1 ratio of their blend.
You will benefit the most if you oil cleanse at night and on a consistent yet not frequent basis. You shouldn’t oil cleanse more than 2-3 times a week. You will want to switch to other forms of cleansing on your off days.
Have you tried oil cleansing before? Have you seen great improvement? What oils have you used? Share your thoughts/asnwers below.
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