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The Oil Cleansing Method - Why we’re obsessed!

by Kendra Ruebsam |

We know that bright, clear, glowing skin, free of blackheads, pimples and other imperfections is the ultimate goal. So how do we get it? I’m sure you’ve heard it before... Cleansing is the foundation of any skincare routine. And I know you’re thinking... I’m cleansing daily, so what’s the problem? Let’s start by looking at your cleanser.

Problem with traditional cleansers

Ever get that dry, tight feeling after cleansing? When your skin can’t seem to get enough of the moisturizer you apply?  And then following the tight, dry cycle comes the inevitable oil slick. So not good!

The problem with traditional cleansers is that they strip the oil out of our skin forcing it to repair itself by replacing the oil. Hence the cycle of feeling tight and dry followed by our skin creating excess oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. In addition to the oil stripping and drying effects, most products are scented with unnatural alcohol-based fragrances that can cause additional irritation and inflammation. Ultimately trapping debris and clogging your pores. 

Understanding Your Skin

Now that we know how our skin is going to react and we understand the process it goes through, we can work with our body’s natural process to achieve the results we want. 

Clear skin is possible!

Keeping in mind what we’ve learned, skin naturally lubricates itself with oil. It makes sense to use our body’s natural process to our benefit, hence facial oils being all the rage. But what about for cleansing? The sebum (the oil naturally produced by our skin) works to protect our skin by trapping impurities (like pollution) often leaving us with clogged pores. The Oil Cleansing Method operates under the basic principle that oil dissolves oil. By massaging the right combination of oils into your skin and following with steam, you can dissolve the unwanted impurities and hardened oils without stripping away your skin’s natural protection.

How To: Oil Cleansing

Beginning with a dry face and hands, take about 5-10 drops of the cleansing oil in your hand. You can use more if you prefer! Apply it evenly over your whole face, neck and eye area, right on top of makeup or sunscreen. For the next 2 to 3 minutes, massage the oil deeply into your skin, using small circular motions and starting from the chin working your way up to the forehead. Now for the steam! 

Wet a washcloth with hot water. You want it to be steamy and warm. Pressing the washcloth against your face, hold it there for a minute. This step is so important as it activates the oils and works to unclog pores. Using the warm cloth, wipe away the excess oil from your face. Follow with your favourite toner and hydrating products.

Finding the right combination of both cleansing and nourishing oils for your skin type can be challenging. If you’re ready to try the Oil Cleansing Method, our Signature Cleansing Oil is formulated for 5 skin types: Acne Prone, Normal, Dry, Oily and Mature. Each is made from an awesome blend of natural botanical, vegetable and fruit oils that heal, protect and nourish your skin.