No surprise that every woman wants that smooth, glistening, soft skin! Especially now that winter is over, although it doesn't feel like it in a lot of places yet. In about a month it will be the beginning of beach season and no one wants the dry, scaly winter skin making an appearance. There are some people who have great skin all year and have to do minimal work to keep it that way.. but for the rest of us... THIS JUST IN. Yes we know many beauty secrets to help dry skin such as drinking lots of water, using a great moisturizer, and eating good foods... but how many of us have heard of "Oil Cleansing". It's one of those new but ancient alternative methods with claims that it's the most effective way to cleanse your skin naturally.
Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing:
“Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
But... does it work?
I've been trying it out for about 2 weeks now and I must say, I have noticed a surpirsing improvement. I was skeptical at first because I couldn't make sense of how oil can remove the dirt and buildup on our skin. But, remember how we use oil to remove makeup and buildup and all that good stuff?... Trust me, you'll notice the difference.
It may take about a week for your skin to adjust to the change but here's a great beginner mixture and instruction:
If you are new to oil cleansing, it may take a couple of tries to figure out what blend of oils works best for you. To find out the best blend for you, I recommend starting with the suggested amounts below for your skin type and adjusting if needed and then adjust as you go along:
- Oily Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil and 2/3 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
- Combination Skin: 1/4 Castor or Hazelnut Oil and 3/4 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
- Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like olive oil, or a very small amount of Castor/Hazelnut Oil added to the nourishing oils.
- Experiment with coconut oil, almond oil, and tea tree oil if you'd like!
To cleanse your face:
Massage oil into your skin until skin is saturated. Let oil sit for 10 minutes and then apply a washcloth dampened with hot tap water over your face for about 1 minute or until it cools in order to allow it to steam. Rinse
To cleanse your body:
Massage oil into your skin until saturated. Let oil sit for 10 minutes and then rinse off in the shower.