Why Oils Are Good for Your Skin
Whenever I tell people I oil cleanse, I get funny looks. “How do you use oil to clean your face?” they ask. When they finally realize I am serious, I get a lot of questions.
Oil cleansing is simply using oil to cleanse your skin. Your skin/face already produces essential oils to keep the skin hydrated and soft. When you use harsh scrubs and washes on your face and strip the oils, your skin panics and goes into overdrive and produces more oil than is needed. Oil cleansing works on the principle of oil diffusion. Simply, oil dissolves oil. Depending on the oils used, the oils will hydrate your skin, treat and prevent acne breakouts. I have been oil cleansing for the past two years and my skin has never been better.
What oils should you use?
It all depends on your skin and what you want to treat. I did some research and came up with a shortlist of oils to consider when creating your oil cleansing mix:
It is a great source of oleic acid (which is good for dry skin) and it is a humectant which means it draws moisture from the environment to you skin.
Coconut oil is rich in Vitamins E and K, as well as iron. It is known to delay wrinkles and sagging and act as sun protection.
Argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids, or EFAs, which support the health and beauty of skin and hair.
It is known for its regeneration and rejuvenation properties, reduction of age spots, healing of scars and sun damage, and increasing collagen in the skin.
It is non-comedogenic (won’t clog you skin), antioxidant and anti-bacterial. It is a great acne treatment, helps to heal scars; treats sunburn, regulates oil production and promotes new cell growth.
Tea tree Oil
It is known for treating acne (in fact, I recommend this to everyone with acne issues) and is an effective treatment for insect bites, abscesses, blisters, athletes foot, candidacies, burns, nail infections and cold sores.
It increases cellular metabolism, helps to treat acne and eczema, tones the skin and smooths out wrinkles and eliminates fine lines.
It is known to tone skin, relieve cellulite, clears out oily skin, treats acne, unclogs pores, prevents and cures skin infections.
How do you oil cleanse?
- Pour your blend of oils in your palm and rub on your face for at least two mins with firm motions. From what I’ve read, some people can feel dirt grits coming out of their pores as you do this.
- Use a towel and dip into hot water. Squeeze out the water and place the hot towel on your face. The steam from the hot water will allow the oil to enter your pores and clean them out. Do this for 10-20 seconds.
- Using the same towel, rub the oil off your face. rinse and repeat as many times as necessary.
- That’s it! Simple and great for your skin!
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