Get the Glow
I’ve recently incorporated a certain type of cleansing into my routine that I’m absolutely LOVING!
I know, I know you are probably thinking…..but doesn’t oil clog your pores? Won’t that leave my face riddled with pimples and loads of black heads?
If you are someone who has oily skin I can see that this may be the point where you ditch reading this blog post….but hear me out!!
If you really think about it, it’s not that weird….because oil and water don’t mix right? But oil and oil do! Sooooo, when you wash your face with oil, the oils that are full of bacteria and dirt that are inhabiting your skin mix with it to then be gently rinsed away. But remember, our skin needs a little bit of oil too….when chemicals are used to completely abolish your body’s natural oils it ends up leaving your face dry, tight and very vulnerable which then encourages your body to over compensate and produce more oil to make up for what you scrubbed away….alas, leaving you with pimples!
The Oil Cleansing Method Website states this:
“Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. It is not a malicious force to be reckoned with; it is there for the benefit of your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring. 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.” (1)
So, what type of oil is best for oil cleansing?
The Oil Cleansing Method suggests using two oils mixed together; one being Castor Oil for it’s anti-inflammatory, healing and cleansing properties and the other can be any organic, natural, cold-pressed vegetable, seed or nut oil. (2) Depending on how oily your skin is, you are going to want to play with the amount of Castor Oil you put in your mixture because it can actually have a drying effect on the skin. So if you have dry skin, use less, oily skin use more.
I have been using fractionated coconut oil and frankincense essential oil mixed together and have been loving it! Fractionated coconut oil is very light and absorbs easily in to the skin without leaving it feeling greasy. Fractionating “raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of an antioxidant and disinfecting effect.” (3)
Frankincense is known for rejuvenating the skin and promoting cellular health and immunity. So not only will your skin thank you for using it but your internal system will thank you as well!
Frankincense is my go to for grounding me when I am feeling anxious or stressed, so using this in my face cleansing routine really enhances the process to being one that is emotionally fulfilling as well.
Let’s Oil Cleanse!
1. Put a quarter size amount of oil (whichever you choose to use) into your palm and two drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
2. Start massaging oil into your skin. Take your time and really rub the oil in with a gentle but intentional force. You want to relax, breathe deeply to get the aromatic effects of the Frankincense.
3. Once you have massaged for at least 2 minutes you are going to want to gently apply steam to your skin to convince your pores to open up and release the dirt and bacteria that is trapped.
4. Take a soft washcloth and soak it with steamy water. NOTE: you don’t want to scold your face, just make it hot enough that it steams your skin. Once you’ve saturated the cloth, place it on your face and let it sit there until the cloth is no longer hot. Focus on your trouble areas. Then gently wipe away the oils from your skin. Rinse the cloth and repeat this step about five times.
That’s it! You skin should feel clean and fresh. The more you do this type of cleansing the softer your skin will become.
If your face is a little bit tight after cleansing, use your favourite, all natural, toxin free moisturizer to re hydrate or, simply use a little bit of the oil mixture that you used to clean your face and pat it on.
P.S. For more information on essential oils and to get your own, click here.
The Oil Cleansing Method (2015). The Oils Cleansing Method: A Natural Skin Care Solution (article). Retrieved from http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
Organic Information Servces Pvt Ltd. (2017). Fractionated Coconut Oil (article). Retrieved from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/fractionated-coconut-oil.html