Oil cleansing as the name implies means cleansing your face with oil, yes OIL!. I have known of oil cleansing method for a while and I even tried it once or twice before but went back to my ‘normal’ cleanser. However, my skin’s sensitivity to alcohol had me seeking alternative ways to cleanse my skin without the over drying and itchy, which lead me back to oil cleansing and honey cleansing(honey cleansing will be another blog post).
Basically, What you do is take a natural oil or blends of oil like almond oil, castor oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil etc. massage it in on your face in a gently and circular motion for a few seconds and take a soft cloth or muslin face towel, put it in a warm but not hot water and wipe away the oil. Do this two to three times and use a toner after, for any excess oil. your skin will be left feeling fresh and moisturised.
According to ‘theoilcleansingmethod.com’, the skin naturally lubricates itself with oil so when natural plant oils or oil is used to massage the face, it helps in dissolving the hardened oil and impurities on the skin and the steam from the warm face cloth opens up the pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Also, the same oil in a very small quantity can be patted on the moist skin to moisturise preventing the face from over compensating in oil production.
WHY CASTOR OIL IS IMPORTANT.
CASTOR OIL is a very thick, cleansing oil and according to Dr McGarey in his book ‘The oil that heals’ stated that castor oil will leave your body in better condition than it found it (theoilcleansingmethod.com). However because castor oil is very thick, it needs a lighter oil to dilute. The lighter oil helps transport the castor oil deep into the pores allowing it to draw the all the dirt to the surface where it will be whipped off by the warm muslin towel. The essential fatty acids in the oils or oil will then restore the skin’s natural moisture without drying.
However, it should be used with caution because when it’s too much, it can be very drying so for a dry skin a little of castor oil goes a long way. Personally I suggest trying out a few good oils in different proportions keeping in mind that the dryer your skin the lesser castor oil you want to use to prevent over drying and causing breakouts.
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