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Oil Cleansing

Oil Cleansing Method

A regular oil cleansing is a simple way to cleanse your skin with a natural oil. When used appropriately, natural skin care oils act as emollients that help maintain the soft, smooth appearance of your skin.

What is an oil cleansing method?

Breakouts and acne are often the result of dead skin cell build up, hormonal imbalance, or oil sitting on the face and attracting bacteria. An oil cleansing method, particularly suited for cleansing your face, gently and unabrasively breaks up or dissolves the dirt and build-up that sits on the surface of your skin. Gentle massage and steam also are part of cleansing in this way — it is not just about the oil.

Many oils can be used and combined for an oil cleansing method, but knowing your skin will help you choose an oil that's right for you.

Choosing a skin care oil

First, learn which natural skin care oil (or combination of oils) is best for your skin. Each oil has its own unique combination of essential fatty acids, absorbency and other characteristics that make it special. If you combine more than one skin care oil, following an equal ratio is a good place to start. Many DIY recipes call for combining castor oil with another oil, but the combinations are endless and the best way to learn what works for you is by experimenting.

Adding essential oils

You can maximize the effects of this method by pairing your skin care oil with complementary essential oils. Different essential oils provide distinct skin care benefits, so there are several to choose from based on what your skin needs. Before adding the essential oils, make sure your base mixture of skin care oils is well blended. Then add the essential oils slowly, making sure they are evenly dispersed.

For most facial cleansing blends, the percentage of essential oil in the blend should fall between .5 to 4 percent (no more). Start with the least amount possible and work up from there. Since this is a facial application, less is definitely more. If you find your skin is dry, you may want to decrease the essential oil amount before adjusting the carrier oil(s) you selected.

Note: When using citrus essential oils on the face or other areas of your skin, the oils will likely cause your skin to be more sensitive to UV exposure. Wait 30 minutes after cleansing before going out into the sun.

Again, everyone's skin is different and it may take some experimentation to find the right skin care oil and essential oil combination for your skin. Once you hit on the ideal combination, store the blend in a squeeze bottle or glass jar with easy application in a cool, dark place.

How to do an oil cleansing

All you need for an oil cleansing is your oil blend, a washcloth and warm water. For best results, oil cleanse daily before bedtime.

  • Step 1: Soak a washcloth in warm water. Gently pat your face to lightly moisten the skin.
  • Step 2: Place a quarter-size amount of oil in the palm of your hand. Using your fingertips, massage the oil into your skin in a small, circular motion.
  • Step 3: Rinse the washcloth in warm water, cover your face with the washcloth to steam your skin, keeping it there until it cools. Gently pat your skin with the washcloth a few times, making sure there is no longer an oily feel to the surface of the skin. Your face should feel soft, smooth and clean.

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