The Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method

For a long time, we’ve known about the dangerous effects of many artificial facial cleansers, but information about healthy alternatives has been obscured by major products promising fast results. One of the problems with many inexpensive brands is the irritating dry skin that occurs as a side effect. Even those containing moisturizing ingredients have been known to include dangerous toxins, like petroleum and harmful minerals. And if the belief that some of these products are a nuisance to the environment is valid, one can only imagine what havoc they might wreak on the human body.


Thankfully, the oil cleansing method offers a way to safely and effectively apply natural oils as a cleanser and moisturizer and has been gaining well-deserved attention. The oil cleansing method is designed to do a couple of things. First, it burrows deep into pores and isolates dirt, making it easier to remove. Afterward, a recommended second coat is intended to serve as a moisturizer. Oil is important for keeping the skin from drying out, but, like motor oil, once it becomes contaminated with dirt and bacteria, it should be removed and replaced. Cleansing oils provide a deeper clean than traditional products and longer-lasting protection. Some cleansers that have existed at the forefront of the industry have been known to strip oil from pores, leaving the skin barren, but fall short at putting nourishing, essential oils back in its place.


Natural oils contain ingredients that improve skin, but they can also serve the body in a number of other ways. Hemp seed oil contains DHA, which puts omega-3 fatty acid into the body. This important substance is vital for maintaining healthy eyes and brain functions as well as healthy skin. Hemp seed oil also helps boost the immune system and metabolism, and because of its low comedogenic rating, it won’t clog pores.


To apply, start by squeezing a quarter-sized lump of oil into your palm.


You’ll want to spend at least 30 seconds gently massaging it onto your entire face. That way, the oil can find all the contamination hidden within your pores.


The final step is simply removing the oil, which can be easily accomplished with a warm, damp cloth. Allowing the cloth to rest on your face for a few seconds is recommended (the steam will make the oil and makeup easier to remove).


Afterwards, gently rub away the loose dirt, and for additional protection, it’s usually a good idea to smooth on a layer of oil once your skin has dried.


In order to optimize the benefits each type of oil offers, subscribers to the oil cleansing method generally combine two or more oils and often follow recipes created by beauty experts. For example, hemp seed, castor (which removes bacteria and promoting hair growth), or a wide selection of oils, which would fill approximately 2/3 of your bottle, can be used as your base. A few drops of a second oil, one such as grape seed oil, is added in drops, and your mixture is complete. Grape seed oil is ideal for oil-prone skin, helping to prevent acne.


Using natural cleansers is a logical alternative to treatments laden with chemicals. These products strip the oil out of the skin, forcing it to repair itself by replacing the lost oil. Each time the oil is stripped  away, the skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. This results in a cycle of dry skin, followed by an overabundance of pore clogging oils. The oil cleansing method helps to break the acne cycle with a well balanced oil regimen.


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