Oil Cleansers… What’s All The Hype About?

When a new beauty fad comes along, it’s natural to question whether there’s any weight to the claims being made.  So you can be forgiven for thinking that cleansing your face with oil is just another crazy idea that will be over before you know it .. right? 

It couldn’t be further from the truth! Cleansing your skin using oils isn’t a new idea … in fact, it’s been around for centuries. The Ancient Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil, scraping off the dirt and oil with a curved blade called a strigil, before bathing.  So it’s taken us more than 2 and a ½ thousand years to realize that this society had it right!

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Be cautious if you have oily, acne prone skin – While this product has been great for most people, if you have oily and acne prone skin you would be careful using this product. Even when using the double cleanse method (this first followed by a normal wash off cleanser), a couple of days later got very bad CC’s all over face. However if you are not acne prone you would definitely recommend this product as it is very light but does cleanse well and also leaves your skin feeling a bit softer than it would normally without it, even after washing it off with another cleanser.

Why are you only just hearing about it now? … Well, today’s wave of Eco-conscious beauty has sparked a surge of interest in cleansing oils because they’re all-natural and quite often made from organic ingredients. The botanical oil contents are generally chosen for their small molecular structure which makes them able to easily penetrate the skin. They’re rich in healthy skin essentials and moisturizing fatty acids, such as omega-3, 6, and 9 which strengthen the skin’s lipid layer and help stabilize natural oil production.

The philosophy of oil cleansers comes from one of the most basic principles of chemistry – “like dissolves like”.  It follows that the best way to dissolve sebaceous oil is by using something similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, which are naturally antibacterial,  the skin pores are cleansed of dirt, bacteria, and impurities naturally.  Gently and effectively, old and dirty oils are replaced with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals that heal, protect and nourish the skin.  When done properly and consistently, the oil cleansing method can clear the skin from common issues: oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads, and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne.

If you’re still struggling with the idea of washing your face with oil, you’re not alone.  For generations, we’ve been taught to wash our skin with soap and other harsh chemicals to achieve that “squeaky clean” feeling.  However, over washing the skin is a huge problem, particularly if you have oily skin. You may think that by scrubbing the oil off your face you’re cleaning properly but the opposite is actually true.  When scrubbed with chemical packed, emulsifying, foaming cleansers the skin is forced to produce even more oils to compensate, which actually causes the breakouts, acne, and dry patches we’ve all experienced at some point.

This is where our hero, the Oil Cleanser, steps in …

The most important function of an oil cleanser is to remove impurities without stripping the skin or leaving it feeling dry. After all, dehydrated skin can lead to premature signs of aging and we’re all fighting that!  When cleansing oils are massaged into the skin, the ‘good’ oils work to dissolve any ‘bad’ oils that build upon the skin’s surface and cause problems. These oily impurities consist of dirt, grime, makeup, and oxidized sebum (which cause blackheads). The oil cleanser binds to these impurities which are then drawn out and washed away with warm water and steam from a hot washcloth. The result … clean skin that is soft and hydrated with the Natural pH balance restored.

The great news is that the oil cleansing method works for all skin types (even oily skin) and, contrary to popular misconceptions, won’t block pores.  When starting out it’s normal to experience an adjustment period of a week or so while the skin detoxes and adjusts.  During this time the skin may seem more oily than usual with a few light breakouts.  For this reason, we recommend cleansing with a correctly formulated oil cleanser every second day, gradually building up to every day to allow you and your skin a chance to adapt.

Whether your skin is dry, sensitive or you’re currently battling an annoying bout of acne, the oil cleanser is for you! Embrace this time-old tradition to heal, protect, firm, soothe and hydrate your skin …

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