Oil cleansing has been around for centuries but it’s a fairly new concept for us. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use a combination of natural oils to cleanse the skin and also to balance the skin’s own natural oils. Oil cleansing produces a more nourished and moisturised skin that traditional soap and commercial facial cleaners cannot. This website explains:
“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”
- Sweet Almond or Apricot Oil for any skin type, but most helpful for oily skin
- Pure Sunflower or Olive Oil for regular skin
- Avocado Oil for dry skin
- Jojoba and Hazelnut Oil for all skin types, but highly recommend for acne prone skin.
- Hemp Seed Oil and Coconut Oil for any skin types
*If you have a food allergy to a product listed in the oil, then do not use that oil on your body or face.
Rinse your face with cool or lukewarm water and gently pat dry.
Massage the oil over your face for a few minutes in a gentle circular motion. You can use pure olive oil if you like or a combination of coconut and olive, whatever suits you and your skin. Other oils include sunflower and safflower, jojoba, castor, hazelnut, rice bran, grape seed too.
I’d recommend starting with a small amount of oil mixture. I began by mixing up a small batch at a time, just 1 teaspoon olive oil to 2 teaspoons jojoba oil, etc until I got it right.
I recommend 4 – 6 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of oil.You do NOT want to exceed 12 drops combined of all essential oils per 2 tablespoons of oil as it is recommended to keep essential oils to 2% or less of your skin care product.
Gently rub the oil over your eyelids to remove any eye makeup and to cleanse and moisturise.
Now it’s time to remove the oil with a soft, damp washcloth. I use a microfiber cloth which works perfectly and it’s very gentle on the skin. Don’t pull the skin, simply wipe over gently.
Now you can moisturise your skin or simply leave it as is if you feel you don’t need more moisture.
Here are some suggestions for essential oils to try:
- Patchouli essential oil is particularly great for aging skin.
- Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin.
- Lavender essential oil helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring.
- Geranium essential oil helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts.
- Ylang ylang essential oil helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts.
- Ylang Ylang
- Tea Tree
- Carrot Seed
Notes on Oil Cleansing:
It will take about a week or so for skin to adjust to oil cleansing, during that time you may notice oilier skin or more breakouts as the impurities detox from your skin. Try not to use your usual facial cleansers during this time, as it will make the adjustment period take longer.
You will need to experiment with different oils to find your perfect oil cleansing mix but don’t give up, it’s well worth it!
And lastly if you use oil in the shower just be aware that the shower floor can get very slippery so be careful.