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Oil Cleansing Method



You've probably been hearing a lot about this method lately, because it seems to be booming!  After adopting it successfully myself, I'm not surprised.  My skin is happy and healthy, and I don't have to spend a fortune on so called 'top-of-the-line' skin care products.  I'm also avoiding all of the nasty chemicals that plague the main-stream beauty products today.  This is a great way to remove makeup, dirt and grime the day layers on our skin, while maintaining healthy moisture. 

 Our skin naturally produces oil in order to hydrate itself, but many products on the market interrupt that natural process, causing our skin to react in extremes, and yo-yo trying to figure out what to do (too dry, too oily, too dry, too oily,...you see where I'm going with this).  Like most things in our lives, your skin needs balance, too.  When your skin overproduces oil to combat dryness, it can also cause more acne: more oil, more bacteria under the skin to eat the oil (aka sebum), which leads to more inflamed/infected pores, which leads to those annoying and unsightly red bumps: acne.  When the oil cleansing method is used, the skin doesn't feel the need to produce so much of it's own sebum, and the inflammation will lessen. 

Also, like attracts like: when oil is applied to your skin, it helps to pull-out and absorb the oil under your skin that your body is producing, helping to open your pores, and cleanse out your skin naturally.  Using harsh medications, or drying washes will only exacerbate your skin problems.  For those of you having babies, this method is wonderful; many of you have to change your products due to chemicals not safe during pregnancy.  This method is one you can use while expecting, and continue throughout your life.  Our skin is the largest organ our body has, and it needs to be nourished just like our hearts, livers, kidneys, etc, do.  Don't try to damage or kill your skin, help it to be healthier, and find it's balance.


Items Needed:
  • Oil of your choosing (I use Sweet Almond Oil, but other great alternatives are Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Warm water
  • Cloth/Towel


Instructions:

  1. Remove clothing from upper-body, if you're doing it over a sink, or you can do it while you are in the bath/shower
  2. Put approximately 1TB of oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then rub all over your face, eyes (if you have eye makeup on), neck, tops of shoulders, and decolletage
  3. Wet your towel/cloth with warm water, ring out slightly, then use to wipe oil away
  4. Follow-up with the Raw Honey Facial Cleanser


Tips:

  • You will need to find which oil your skin type and wallet prefer (eg Jojoba Oil is more expensive that Sweet Almond Oil) 
  • If your skin is very sensitive, and needs less washing, just splash your face with water in the morning, and apply moisturizer if needed (see Facial Moisturizing), and use the Oil Cleansing Method and Raw Honey Facial Cleanser in the evening
  • Keep your oils in containers/locations that protect them from abundant sunlight (light is the enemy of oils, including essential oils, as it causes them to breakdown and lose potency and effectiveness)
  • Make sure you use a cloth/towel you don't mind getting oils on, as they may stain over time
  • Baby washcloths are great if you have sensitive skin - they are very gentle
  • Don't keep your used towel/cloth to be used again without washing it first (use a fresh cloth each time to avoid wiping bacteria from a dirty one back onto your face - have a stack of at least 7 of them in your bathroom, just for the oil cleansing, so that you have at least a weeks worth: one for each day
  • When removing eye makeup, unless you are using a baby washcloth, remove the makeup/oil on the eye area with a cotton round: a standard washcloth may not be gentle enough on the skin around the eye.  Wet the cotton round with warm water, ring out slightly, and wipe away!  See Eye Makeup Remover
  • If your oil jar/bottle squirts/pores too much out at a time, get a dark amber glass serum pump bottle (they distribute a smaller, more controlled amount)
  • I don't use coconut oil on my face because it is comedogenic, which means it can cause acne by clogging pores (some people can use it without problems, but I only recommend it for the body)
  • If you have a blemish, you can speed it's healing by dabbing a little lavender essential oil on, or tea tree oil after your Raw Honey Facial Cleanser (I prefer lavender, it helps me sleep at night)*

*Always check with your doctor before using essential oils, because some are unsafe in the early stages of pregnancy, or throughout the entirety of it.  They are natural, but still potent.  Use and store properly away from curious small children (lemon essential oil is NOT drinkable lemon juice).

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