Got acne or eczema? Change up your daily routine and try this natural oil cleansing method for radiant, glowing skin.
Your skin is like the gatekeeper of beauty. It’s really the first thing that comes in contact with things like environmental pollution, toxins and well, just about anything in the outside world. In fact, the outermost layers of your skin are vital to your immune system.
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Your skin has a hydro lipid barrier, which acts as a waterproof seal and also contains an acid mantle, which is a very thin film of acidic fluid that sits on top of the skin. This acidity is important and helps to neutralize bacteria and other contaminants you come in contact with.
Unfortunately, all chemical and synthetic skin care products disrupt this delicate hydro lipid barrier and acid mantle — leaving our skin vulnerable to disease, infection, and toxins. It also increases the risks of imbalanced skin (too oily or dry), wrinkles, acne, and other skin conditions.
Store shelves are filled with skin care products that promise flawless and radiant skin, reduced wrinkles and barely-there pores. Oh how marketing can lure us in! With Photoshopped women flaunting non-existent blemishes, its no wonder we spend hundreds of dollars to achieve the impossible.
But pore-less skin doesn’t exist, and many of these store bought brands contain the very ingredients that ruin and destroy our skin in the first place.
It really becomes a catch-22. We reach for chemical-filled products to give us radiant skin, which in turn cause more damage.
12 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid
It’s important to be able to decipher which chemicals in cosmetic ingredients are harmful. Here are 12 undesirable ingredients to watch out for in conventional products:
- Sodium Benzoate
- Fragrance or Parfum
- Polyethylene Glycol
- FD&C Colors and Pigments
- Benzoyl Peroxide
Instead, turn to pure plant oils to gently exfoliate the skin, while leaving the precious outer layer intact. This leads to more glow, radiance and youthfulness.
Essential Oils for Your Skin
The anti-microbial properties of essential oils, combined with the a gentle carrier oil, can help lift away the daily accumulation of dirt, toxins and makeup while healing, not harming, the skin’s surface.
There are many oils that can help to repair and tone the skin. Some essential oils can be used “neat,” meaning they do not need to be mixed with a carrier oil, but I generally like to infuse jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil with a few drops of essential oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. Here is a list of my favorite essential oils to use and have on hand:
- Tea Tree – Antibacterial and great for acne.
- Frankincense – Incredible for regenerating skin, healing scars and fighting acne.
- Lavender – Great for scars or red, itchy and inflamed skin.
- Geranium – Balances sebum and brightens skin.
- Cypress – Reduces swelling and tightens skin.
- Immortelle – Anti-aging, great for regenerating skin and adding suppleness.
Try mixing the above essential oils with these rich and nourishing carrier oils, which act as super heroes for your skin! The highly concentrated fatty acids in these oils help to heal the root causes of skin imbalances by regenerating the skin from the inside out. You can combine them with your choice of essential oils to create a unique blend for you and your skin:
- Jojoba oil
- Rosehip oil
- Seabuckthorn oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
Try This Natural Oil Cleansing Method
This natural oil cleansing method is an incredibly easy and effective way to remove makeup and heal imbalances. It may seem counter intuitive to cleanse the skin with oil, but “like dissolves like.”
We build up oil on our skin over the course of our day just from everyday simple tasks, such as eating, drinking, and exposing ourselves to air, wind, dirt, sun and the environment.
We want to wash away these impurities that have built up, but in doing so, we do NOT want to strip away the acid mantle layer and destroy our face of the good, natural oils which are protective.
The natural Oil Cleansing Method does not leave your skin greasy and oily. In fact, after you finish washing, your skin will feel soft, supple and clean. It is one of the best ways to open the pores, gently exfoliate the skin and get the cleansing oils right into the skin to release any buildup.
It is important to note that in the beginning of using the natural oil cleansing method, you may find your skin to be slightly oilier then usual. This will last only temporarily. I encourage you to continue with this method for at least 1 month to truly reap the benefits. Within the first week of using the natural oil cleansing method you will notice a significance difference in your skin, however, it is important to spot test as some people may react to certain oils.
Oil Cleanse for Perfect Skin
Oil Cleanse for Perfect Skin
- 2 t organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 t olive oil
- 1 t jojoba oil
- Blend oils and gently massage onto your skin. Do this for at least one minute or until your skin in saturated with oils.
- Next, wet your washcloth in warm-to-hot water (make sure it's not too hot) and wring out. Place the cloth over your face. Let it sit for another minute or until cloth cools.
- Remove the cloth. Gently wipe face with a clean, wet towel. You will still have a thin layer of oil on your skin, leave it on to continue moisturizing.
- If your face is still dry, lightly moisturize using any of your favorite essential oils diluted in a carrier oil.
Note: if you’re wearing waterproof eye makeup, gently apply some of the oil over your eyes to remove your makeup
The natural oil cleansing method is a cost effective way to clean your skin, prevent breakouts and restore suppleness. Happy cleansing!
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