With spring quickly appreciating, it’s time to change your skincare routine. You can put away the thick moisturizers and heavy cleansers. Seasons are changing and your home is not the only thing that is need of spring cleaning. Your skin may also need a little TLC from the harsh winter weather. Why not treat, removes impurities and condition your skin all at once with a routine oil cleansing regimen.
What is oil cleansing?
Oil cleansing is process of cleaning your skin with oils.
The oil cleansing method enforces the idea of oilS removing oils. Popularized by the Romans known for using a oils and plant extracts for cleansing, the oil cleansing method is an ancient form of cleansing. Back to your skin, our body produces sebum. When your skin is in balance with the right amount of sebum it actually protects your skin from bacteria, fungi and even controls body odor. When your skin produces an excess of sebum this causes acne. When your skin does not produce enough sebum, it causes dry and cracked skin. Sebum is a non-polar molecule that is unable to dissolve in polar molecules like water. When you use traditional cleansers that are not oil based your skin is stripped of it’s natural oils leaving it dry and the sebum has not dissolved causing your glands to overproduce. This causes a breathing ground for excess oils and dirt that can lead to buildup that causes acne, blemishes and pre-mature aging.
Here’s why you should try it:
You can use grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba oil,sunflower oil or almond oil in combination with castor oil as your base. Feel free to play around with different oil to find the perfect mixture for your skin. For acne and blemished prone skin you want to avoid the heavier oils like olive oil. Here’s are basic formulas to try:
20% Castor oil (BASE OIL)- Anti-inflammatory, extremely healing, conditioning, thick and it’s a cleansing oil.
50% Castor oil (Base)
20% Castor oil (Base)
Small sterile bottle for oil
Small face towel
Step 1: Apply a small amount, ½ teaspoon, of the mixture all over skin.
Step 2: Massage mixture into skin for 2 minutes in circulation motion focusing on problematic areas. This gentle face massage will help remove makeup, dead skin, impurities, dirt and oils.
Step 3: Gently place a warm/hot towel over your face and for 2 minutes. The hot water from the faucet is suffice. Repeat process 3-4 times allowing the therapeutic oil mixture to open pores, penetrate and sip into skin. Remember to wipe the excess oil off the skin every time.
Step 4: Rinse skin with ice cold water. This cold water rinse will tighten pores, tone and rejuvenate your skin cells. It’s also a natural skin brightener.
Step 5: Optional – If skin feels dry, while skin is damp, gently press in 1-2 drops of the Carrot con Leche Face Serum into your face, neck and décolletage to help lock in moisture and treat your skin. If your skin does not feel dry, there is no need to reapply oil as there may be oils sitting on the surface of your skin.
Typically oil cleansing method is done right before bed. Do the oil cleansing method once a week and then increase as you may see fit. Remember the oil cleansing method is encouraged but not to be done too much. This method is to encourage removal of excess oils and to balance skin naturally.
Once a week
Use an exfoliating mask/scrub
Oil cleansing method
Be sure to eat foods that are rich in omega 3, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins that will feed your skin from the inside out. Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals will improve your skin tone, skin texture and more.
FUN FACT: It typically takes about a week for sebum to form in the body.
I’d love to hear your feedback and experience after trying the oil cleansing method. Leave a comment of email me at Barbara@jacqsorganics.com
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