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Oil Cleansing and Moisturising

Updated on March 22, 2013

The benefits of oils for skincare

Despite misconceptions about oil clogging pores and leading to oily skin, oil is one of the best cleansers and moisturisers for all skin types, especially oily skin!

Our skin produces oil naturally, and harsh soaps and cleansers can strip too much of this oil leaving our skin dry, it can also lead skin to over produce oil to compensate.

Like attracts like and cleansing with oil is one of the best ways to removed blackheads and clear clogged pores, it is gentle and will not irritate your skin.

Various oils have different properties, all are moisturising and many have extra benefits. For example Castor Oil has anti inflammatory properties, Argan oil contains antioxidants, Sunflower seed oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E, Jojoba oil is very close to skin's natural oils and is easily absorbed.

Oils can help soothe itchy skin, on the face and body as well as being good for the scalp and hair!

The Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method is a way of cleansing your skin, to remove blackheads and other impurities, that is gentle and very effective.

Castor Oil is recommended as it has excellent cleansing qualities, however it is very thick so it is advisable to mix it with another, thinner oil such as olive, sunflower or jojoba. Depending on your skin type a mixture of around 10-30% castor oil mixed with another oil of your choice is recommended. The dryer your skin the less castor oil is required, you may find you need to vary the amounts throughout the year, if your skin gets fryer during the winter for instance.

Once you have your oils sorted you want to massage them into your skin, take your time and enjoy the relaxing experience. Focus on any problem areas, such as the t zone, and let the oil sink in. After a few minutes - you can do this as long as you like, take a hot cloth and place it over your face, allowing the heat to open the pores. You can also do a mini 'facial sauna' by leaning over a bow or sink full of hot water. Leave the cloth on your face until it cools, gently wipe away the oil, using more hot water if needed. Do this every few days, or whenever you fele your skin needs it. If you skin starts to feel dry you may be cleansing too often.

You can apply a thin layer of oil after you have cleansed if your skin feels dry.

Oils for moisturising and skincare

As well as deep cleansing oils can be used to moisturise and help with skin care. Oils are suitable for the face, body and hair.

Oils used for cosmetics include:

Jojoba - excellent for facial use with oily skin, as well as a general moisturising body oil. It can also be used for dry hair, either as a hot oil treatment on wet hair or in small amounts on dry hair to add shine, control frizz and moisturise. Many people like to use jojoba oil as night time moisturiser treatment, simply rud a few drops of oil on your hands and over your face.

Coconut Oil - Excellent for use on hair, it easily penetrates the hair shaft and it may help make hair stronger over time. A solid oil, warm it between your hands and it will soon liquify and you can easily apply if to hair and skin. For an extra deep conditioning treat leave on hair overnight.

Olive Oil - This is probably one of the cheapest oils to try, easily available it is excellent for skincare as well as culinary use! It can be used as a facial oil, on it's own or combined with another oil, as a body oil and on the hair. It is also excellent to use with coarse sea salt for a cheap but effective body scrub. Olive Oil is rich in vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E.

Almond Oil - Often used a carrier oil for aromatherapy oil almond oil is good for skin in its own right. Rich in vitamins, including vitamin E, and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin and may benefit dry, itchy skin. It is also excellent for massaging into the cuticles for strong, healthy nails.

Argan Oil - Rich in antioxidants and vitamins argan oil is excellent for dryer, mature skin. It has a softening effect on the skin and can also be used on the hair.

Rosehip Oil - Touted as the latest must have skincare ingredient rosehip oil encourages collagen production leading to plumper, softer skin. It is also excellent for stretch marks, wrinkles, scars, and can liven up dull skin.

Hemp Oil - Rich in essential fatty acids hemp oil is excellent for dry and more mature skin.

Grapeseed oil - A light oil easily absorbed grapeseed oil is excellent for massage and is suitable for nut allergy sufferers unable to use nut derived oils such as Almond or Argan. It is suitable for many skin types.

Avocado Oil - Excellent for sun burnt skin and dehydrated skin. It is a rich oil containing vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.

There are many different oils available and pre mixed skincare oil treatments are available from many sources, including many high end luxury brands. Many skincare brands offer blends of oils tailored towards specific skin types,or problems, such as dryness or acne. Clarin's Blue Orchid oil is well renowned in the beauty industry alongside other cult favourites such as Shu Ueruma and haircare sensation Moroccan Oil.

However it is worth reading the ingredients labels as many products contain high levels of mineral oil (which can be damaging to skin) and very little of the natural oils, such as Argan, they are marketed around.


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