It seems that everywhere you look there is advertising for oil-free skincare and cosmetic products Whilst In some cases, this is for the best, and you should be careful in choosing which oils to put on the skin, using certain oils in skincare actually promotes clear, healthy skin.
Adding oil to skin that is already burdened with oil, makeup, and grime seems counter-intuitive. However our skin actually needs oil to be healthy. Oil conditions skin, and, when your pores aren’t blocked, oil flows out of them, cleansing the pores and lubricating the skin in the process. Unfortunately many skincare products strip our skin of its protective coating of oil
We all know that oil and water don’t mix (try smoothing oil over your hand and sprinkling a few drops of water over it!) The water will roll off your hand and away, without being absorbed into your skin. Water is however is a key ingredient used to help cleanse the skin, and, although combining water with a lathering cleanser does clean the skin, it may also strips it of moisture further drying up clogged pores
While oil and water may be enemies, oil loves oil. When they meet two oil molecules will grasp each other in a tight embrace—they will bond to each other. The daily grime uses the heat of your body to blend with the natural oils produced by your skin, which then soaks into your pores and is difficult to completely remove with soap-and-water cleansers.
But introduce oil into the picture, and, amazingly, each newly introduced oil molecule will bond to what is already on your skin and help pull it out of your pores and away from your face, with the help of a clean, damp towel.
Using the right oils you have ideal cleansers. They condition the skin, making it feel more supple, and soften the hardened debris found in pores i.e. blackheads which are accumulations of oil and dirt that have darkened over time due to oxidization. Supple skin is less prone to dehydration and, in turn, less likely to develop fine lines. Well-cleaned pores appear smaller and are less likely to become clogged or infected, which may lead to whiteheads and spots.
So, this is how to use the oil cleansing method (OCM):
1. Select your oil or oil blend. Jojoba oil is a great oil to use in cleansing as it is most similar to the oil naturally produced by our skin and will not clog pores. Almond, Apricot or Grapeseed could be combined with Jojoba or with a little Avocado or Olive Oil. The blend will depend on your skin but you could try 65% Jojoba oil for oily skin, 75% jojoba oil for combination and 85% jojoba for very dry skin with and 5% avocado oil, and 10% grapeseed oil, or extra virgin olive oil
Many different oils can be used. Oils that are unlikely to clog pores and cause breakouts (non-comedogenic oils) are best used for oily or acne-prone skin. Oils that are heavier are more nourishing and better-suited for dehydrated or dry skin types. (See our earlier blog “Pouring Oil onTroubled Skin for comodegency levels of some popular oils)
2 Combine oils in a clean glass bottle. Shake well before each usage as the different weights of the oils will cause separation. This bottle can be stored in cool area away from bright light for about 6 weeks.
3. Cleanse. Often, it is enough to use the OCM once a week, but two or three times a week can produce superior results for oily, clogged, skin or for those who wear makeup daily
For skin with makeup:
- Begin with dry skin.
- Massage a few drops of OCM blend all over your face using clean fingertips and moderate pressure. Be sure to massage over eyes as well—oils are excellent for removing eye makeup.
- Massage OCM blend into the skin ( we will blog soon on face massage techniques) and then wash hands and let sit for about 30 seconds on skin. This will allow the oil to more fully break down makeup and grime.
- Rinse 1: Use a clean washcloth dampened with warm water and gently wipe away oil and makeup in a downward motion (to avoid pushing debris into your pores). Onceshould be enough.
- Massage a few more drops of OCM blend all over face using clean fingertips and firm pressure, focusing on heavily-clogged areas of face, such as the nose, chin, and forehead.
- Rinse 2: Be sure that your washcloth has been well-rinsed (or, use a clean washcloth if you prefer), and soak it under warm-to-hot water. Gently sweep away oil and grime using a downward motion, rinsing your washcloth as you go. Usually two sweeps of each area is sufficient to remove all traces of oil, makeup, bacteria, and oil.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
For skin without makeup just one OCM blend application should do, using the technique for Rinse 2 above.
Your skin should then be left feeling soft, supple, and very clean. Well worth the effort!
Hope you enjoy using this technique. Obviously every skin is different so it may not work for you, or it may take a couple of goes before you see the benefits. Do let us know your thoughts.
Cecilia & Claire x