Saturday, November 8

The Oil Cleansing method

The fabulous oil cleansing method!

Acne? Bumps under the skin? Congested skin? Dehydrated or dry skin? It's time to try the oil cleansing method. So easy to try and much cheaper than you think! Read my acne story to find how the oil cleansing method saved my skin, scroll down for what's what on the 'OCM'.
Hazelnut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, oil cleansing method
Hazelnut oil, Sweet Almond oil and Castor oil, all bought from the Naissance website
If you've read Cleansing - What,Why, How? Part 1 and Part 2 you'll know that effective cleansing goes as follows;

1. Open your pores
2. Let the cleanser dissolve the dirt/oil/product build-up in your pores
3. Wipe it all away and rinse with water.
...this is the routine of the Oil Cleansing Method!

It may sound strange to 'wash' with oil (and it feels strange at first!) but remember, our skin makes oil to protect itself and keep clean. Oil is not bad for our skin read this guide to pores to find out how blockages cause acne not the oil itself.

Let's get to the how-to!

Hazelnut oil, face cloth and muslin cloth. Oil Cleansing method

You need a cleansing oil and a moisturising oil, (Sweet Almond oil is both) a facecloth and a muslin cloth.

1. Open your pores - Fill your sink with hot water and soak your face cloth, wring out the water and lay it over your face until it cools. Repeat 2 or 3 more times.

2. Oil up! - Now your face is warm and pores are open, take a generous amount of the oil (about a tablespoon) in your palm and take some time to massage it all over your face. You'll love how easily your eye make-up comes off.

3. Let it work - Soak your facecloth again and lay it over your face another 2 or 3 times to let the oils do their work dissolving all that nastiness deep down in your pores.

4. Reveal clean skin - soak your muslin cloth in the, now slightly cooled water (add some cold if you need to) and gently wipe away all the oil, dirt and make-up. Rinse it and wipe again. For daily cleansing a facecloth is too harsh; the muslin cloth is thinner, gentler and gets into the contours of your face better than a thick cloth.

5. Rinse and finish - rinse your face and follow with toner and your normal skincare regime. You can follow it with a couple of drops of oil as a moisturiser; at night-time I use rosehip oil.

Pink face cloth, face flannel and muslin cloth

You'll find your skin will feel soft and supple. You can pick and choose different oils according to your skin needs. You can do this every day if you like (and if you wear face make-up you absolutely should!) or just 2-3 times a week. Work with your skin and your needs.

Some people use steam to open their pores which can be too hot and cause broken capillaries. Using hot water instead, once you've wrung out the flannel the hot water itself doesn't touch your skin, just the heat from the flannel so it will not damage or hurt your skin.

Castor oil and Sweet almond oil, the oil cleansing method
Classic combination; cleansing castor oil (£2.89 for 250ml) and soothing Sweet Almond oil (£2.99 for 250ml) from Naissance, both are available in bigger and smaller sizes
Choose your oils; (check out this website or Naissance for more info about different oils)

First, don't use olive oil, just don't. It's probably the only oil which people regularly have negative experiences with.

Choose your cleansing oil;
Castor oil for oily skin
Hazelnut oil for acne and combination skin (my favourite)
Sweet almond oil for sensitive or dry skin.

Choose your moisturising oil;
Jojoba is usually recommended, I tried it, it was okay, give it a go if you like
Sweet almond oil for oily or acne prone ski
Apricot kernel oil for dry/dehydrated skin
Avocado oil for aging skin.
Rosehip oil for dehydrated/scarred skin

These are just the ones I've tried; the hazelnut oil is by far my favourite! When I finally gave it a try I noticed a glow about my skin as well as the absence of spots. Yay!

Some sites will give you ratios and percentages to mix your oils but it's fine to mix them in your palm; make sure you have slightly more of your moisturising oil. So pour out blueberry-sized blob of castor oil and around a teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

As far as skincare trends go this is so easy to try - just one bottle of oil and a facecloth is all you need to get started. The skincare industry is of course catching up and launching their own high-priced facial oils - Marketing nonsense.

Let me know how it works for you! Remember even though these are natural ingredients it's still possible to have allergic reactions to them so if one oil has a negative effect on your skin don't be disheartened, try another! I have sensitive skin and I haven't had any allergies to any of the oils.

Good luck!
Ciao for now

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