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Oil cleansing method for glowing skin
Using oils to cleanse the skin may sound somewhat strange, but the oil cleansing method (OCM) is a fantastic natural way to get clear skin that looks radiant and is free of impurities. It is especially beneficial to those that have struggled with problem skin.
Oil cleansing can rebalance the skin and restore its natural health, relieving many skin issues such as dry skin, oily skin, acne and blackheads. It is simple, cheap, great for your skin and eco-friendly.
How does it work?
The secret is in the simple principle of like treats like - oil dissolves oil. OCM works by dissolving impurities and dirt that are on your skin, including all makeup (even waterproof mascara) and any pollutants and bacteria that you come into contact with on a day to day basis, which means you can just wipe them all away.
You may think that putting more oil onto your skin will only make the problem worse, but actually oil cleansing does not remove the natural skin oils, but rebalances them. Soaps can strip your skin of oil causing it to over compensate and produce even more oil, leading to spots and clogged pores.
What Oil Should I Use
Castor oil is an essential base of oil cleansing combinations. It is antibacterial, astringent, and very effective at deeply cleansing the skin and pulling dirt out of pores. However, it shouldn’t be used on its own as it is quite thick and can be overly astringent. There are so many oils that can be mixed with castor oil, depending on your skin type, that we cannot possibly cover them all here. But here are a few of our favourites:
- Jojoba - all skin types, but very beneficial for acne-prone skin as it regulates oil production; hypoallergenic
- Sweet almond - all skin types, especially oily; gentle and nourishing oil
- Grapeseed - all skin types, especially oily and acne-prone skin; extremely soothing
- Avocado - dry and aging skin; helps to lock moisture in and repair any damage; high in antioxidants
- Apricot Kernel - dry, aging, and normal skin
- Argan - all skin types, especially aging skin
- Tamanu - all skin types, a great healing oil
- Pomegranate seed - dry, mature, damaged, aging skin
- Borage seed - dry, irritated, aging skin
- Neem - dry skin conditions, acne-prone skin; a powerful cleanser; avoid this if you’re pregnant or attempting to be
- Olive - all skin types
- Essential oils (add a few drops to the oil blend): ylang-ylang, thyme, peppermint, geranium, rose, frankincense, lavender or chamomile
How to cleanse with oils
Finding the right combinations and ratios of oils can take a couple of times to get right, but persistence will pay off. We suggest trying oil blends in small amounts first to see how your skin reacts. Start with these suggestions and then adjustments can be made to suit individual requirements:
•Normal Skin: equal parts of castor oil and other oil of choice
•Oily Skin: 2/3 of castor oil and 1/3 other oil of choice
•Dry Skin: 1/3 of castor oil and 2/3 other oil of choice
Simply massage a small amount of oil over dry face in circular motions. You can put the oil over the eyes as well, as it is brilliant at removing even waterproof mascara. Massaging for a minute or two helps to lift the dirt, dissolves the oil stuck in your pores and improves circulation. You can leave the oil on for 10 minutes for extra deep cleansing.
Run a washcloth under a hot tap and ring it out so it is still warm. Place it over your face and leave it to cool as steam opens the pores and allows the oil to be easily removed.
Then simply use the cloth to wipe away any remaining oil and enjoy your clearer skin. Repeat a few times until all the make-up and dirt is removed.
The Bamboo Luxury Washcloth is dual sided with a textured side for exfoliating and the smooth side for gentle cleansing.
The antibacterial nature of bamboo fibre deep cleanses pores and removes impurities leaving your skin clear, healthy and radiant. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, odour resistant, hypo-allergenic, and super absorbent. If needed, you can apply a drop of rosehip or other oil of choice to moisturize the skin for the night.
Do not worry if you get a breakout or two when you first start using the OCM, it’s only your skin unclogging and detoxifying. Keep persevering and the results will be worth it.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks