When I first heard oil cleansing for face I thought “No way, not me!” See, for the most part of my adolescence and early adult life, I was suffering from a pretty severe case of acne, and forever and ever I was told to keep any type of oil away from my face. The going prescription was oil-free face wash, oil-free moisturizer, and some harshly exfoliating treatment for the night.
Well, it didn’t help the acne, and possibly even made it worse. But I bought the whole rationale of it, if acne is due to excess oil (sebum) in your pores, then keep the oil as far as possible away from your face.
The Oil Cleansing Method
It turns out, I was wrong. Still, when I decided to give the oil cleansing method a try, it was with great apprehension. But it didn’t take me long to become a total believer. It turns out that only oil can dissolve oil, hence if you want to clean the oils and excess sebum out of your pores, call oil to the rescue!
Additionally, using oil on your face ensures that your face doesn’t come in contact with harsh soaps or other toxic chemicals. The hyped “anti-bacterial” soaps cause only harm, stripping the face of the essential oils needed for the skin’s health and vibrancy. When the skin on the face is stripped of these oils, it tries to overcompensate by over-producing the sebum and so the cycle goes.
If your goal is to remove makeup and leave behind some natural oils on your face, oil cleansing can be a reasonable option. The oil applied to the face will dissolve makeup and some oil-based dirt and sweat.Dr. Carmen Traywick
Best Oils for Oil Cleansing
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It is okay to use a single oil for oil cleansing. However, a mix of two or three oils, chosen for a specific skin type will work best. I get my carrier oils from Plant Therapy and my essential oils either from Plant Therapy as well or from Rocky Mountain Oils.
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Since different oils have different properties, each is suited for different skin types:
- Avocado oil– nourishing and rich in essential and trace minerals and Vitamin A
- Jojoba oil– the closest oil to the human skin’s sebum, won’t clog pores
- Grapeseed oil– high content of essential fatty acid, linoleic acid, it also has astringent qualities and is good for oily and acne-prone skin
- Sweet Almond oil– monounsaturated oil with medium viscosity, it won’t leave the skin greasy
- Hemp Seed oil – high in omega fatty acids and proteins, readily absorbed into the skin
- Rosehip oil– rich in essential fatty acids and a natural source of the antioxidant Vitamin C and Vitamin E, excellent in treating many skin conditions
- Sunflower Oil – high amounts of vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, lecithin, unsaturated fatty acids, and is easily absorbed into the skin (see link above)
- Castor Oil (Virgin)– high in ricinoleic acid, which gives it its high viscosity; it acts as a humectant by attracting and retaining moisture to the skin
Simple Cleansing Oils for Different Skin Types
Below are only suggestions. Feel free to play around.
- Dry skin: 6 parts avocado, 3 parts of sunflower, 1 part castor (use less if the skin is extremely dry)
- Normal skin: 6 parts sunflower, 2 part jojoba, 2 parts castor
- Oily/ Acne-prone skin: 4 parts hemp seed, 4 parts grapeseed; 2 parts castor
- Aging skin: 2 parts sunflower, 4 parts almond, 3 parts rosehip, 1 part castor
For any mixture of oils, you can add a few drops of essential oils to enhance results and for the sheer pleasure of an enticing aroma. But really only a few (1-2 per 1 ounce of oil to avoid any burning in the eye area). Here are some essential oils with great benefits for the skin (I’m linking to my favorite therapeutic grade essential oil purveyors):