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Oil Cleansing Method

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
Carl Bard


Happy New Year folks!!! I trust it was a happy holiday for all, I haven’t written in a while I know, so I hope this makes up for it. I'll try my best to keep it interesting.

It is a given that every lady fancies a flawless skin, some are born with amazing skin while others have to work super-extra hard to get and keep said perfection (and even with all the extra back-breaking effort it might not be so perfect *I should know, been there*). There was a time back in the days when I broke out in pimples incessantly and some other times not so much. Back then I would try recommended products and I could literally hear my face screaming 'Mayday! Mayday!' as I was applying the product...It was frustrating, exhausting and expensive. So I sat myself down, did my research and fashioned out a regimen that worked for me so it is important- 'the first thing you do where skincare is concerned is to find what works for you'.

My current routine is pretty basic. I learnt that it's all in the little things, in this case 'oil'.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


The major part of my routine involves 'oil cleansing' which in its simplest sense is basically just applying oil to your face the way you would a cleanser since 'oil dissolves oil' (hehe I'm pretty sure someone just cringed from the sound of that but it is no joke-that baby works!) . You could use any oil of your choice or create a blend suitable for your specific skin type (dry, oily or combination/balanced skin) but these are my all-time favourites: castor, olive, coconut, almond, tea-tree and jojoba oils though I've stuck with olive oil for the past week because it was available and I haven’t really had time on my hands to go to the store.

So the basic idea behind oil cleansing is that said oil being applied dissolves the oil that has hardened with impurities and is currently stuck in your pores. I know we might have some reservations about applying oil to your already oily or dry skin but truth is oil alone does not cause pimples but rather they are a result of hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and sometimes a combination of these factors. Our skin produces oil naturally to lubricate and moisturise it so it can function properly so having an oily skin isn't a bad thing. Most times using harsh chemicals contained in our facial cleansers strips our skin of its natural oil and our skin overcompensates for this lack of moisture by producing even more oil sometimes.

My oil cleansing method involves me applying some oil to my face in a circular motion and then placing a hot towel over my face. The idea of the hot towel is similar to steaming because the heat opens up your pores and draws out the now loosened impurities and afterwards you could always wipe off the remaining oil but I prefer to leave it on. Sometimes I like to repeat the action if the towel cools down to allow for more effectiveness. For a deeper cleansing I would suggest castor oil or a blend of both castor and olive oil (or any other carrier oil like avocado, jojoba, almond, sunflower, tea-tree etc) depending on your skin type (30% castor: 70% olive/carrier oil for oily skin, 20:80 for balanced skin and 10:90 for dry skin) since castor oil is known for its major cleansing, moisturizing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

On lazy days, I usually just wash my face with hot water (to open up my pores) and then apply the oil at night time before I go to bed and that has been just as effective. I have experienced little to no breakout since I started the oil cleansing method and my skin never really feels dry or overworked because moisture is retained. Truth is I can never fully explain to you some of the benefits of the oil cleansing method until you give it a try for yourself. I try to do this every night as much as possible and I would suggest you do what works for you based on your skin type.

I feel confident that when you give this a try, your skin will love you for it.

So that’s it guys, till the next one.

Kisses from Lagos,
Ify.

6 comments

  1. Good info. in the past week, I've been using olive oil to take off my makeup. It works soo well.

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    1. Oh true dear...takes your makeup off without stripping it dry, saw me through some tired nights back in the days at school😍

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  2. olive oil?...that's new info to me. Gonna give it a try. Fingers crossed! :)

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    1. Goodluck hun, looking forward to a great feedback.

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  3. Hmm, fifi, hv heard abt ds oil cleansing procedure but now its closer home I'll come inspect it skin first b4 I get a face fry����. Great post too. Xoxo!

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