The biggest lifestyle change for me last year was the way in which I care for my skin. I have always looked after my skin as much as I could but on entering my 40’s (I’m 46 now), it was becoming more of a struggle, as changes were happening to my skin which were leaving me perplexed. No matter what I did or tried, the problems (tightness, irritation, redness, acne) just seemed to get worse. Then at the beginning of 2016, I stumbled across a facial cleansing method that had been under my nose the whole time. As a massage therapist, I have lots of amazing natural oils at my disposal and I am aware of the many benefits that these oils have on the skin but I had never tried them on my face before, at least not in this way. Yes it’s true that I have used them on my clients faces plenty of times as part of a massage treatment but until around a year ago, I had never actually heard of the Oil Cleansing Method. At first I was sceptical; after all, I had developed spots, so I assumed that my skin was already oily enough. However, I was wrong and after just one day of using my chosen blend of oils, my skin was already feeling more nourished than it had felt in a long time, so I presevered. After 2 weeks of this method I didn’t need any further convincing. The spots and the redness had reduced noticeably and my skin just felt so much better, less tight, less sensitive and generally better nourished. The oils I chose for my cleansing oil blend are Avocado, Sunflower & Castor oil and here’s why:
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E and is highly moisturising and soothing, so it’s great for dry, chapped, sensitive skin. It penetrates deep into the skin to keep it soft and hydrated. It has anti-aging properties and protects the skin from free radical damage.
Sunflower oil is high in essential fatty acids, in particular Linoleic acid which has been found to decrease inflammation in the skin and enhance skin cell renewal. It is also rich in Vitamin E, so has that same anti-aging activity, as avocado, helping to nourish the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Castor oil is also skin soothing and moisturising but it is one of the most cleansing oils and has been said to help smooth the skin. It is particularly useful for acne and skin blemishes.
So as you can see, it’s a simple, natural formula, with absolutely no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients.
So how do you use it? Well it’s so gentle and effective that it can be used to remove make up, including eye make-up and general skin impurities but that’s not all, because it has such good slip qualities, you can give yourself a reviving, toning facial massage whilst you cleanse. So start by securing back the hair, then pour a small amount in to the palm of your hands, then evenly spread the oil over the face. Using small circular movements work upwards from the neck, along the jawline and cheeks, gently round the eyes and across the forehead. Then when your massage is complete, get a warm wet (and most importantly clean) facecloth and wipe in an upwards motion, to remove the oil, this can be repeated if you wish but I like to leave a bit of oily residue to moisturise.
If you would to try my Cleansing oil for yourself you can find it here.
I’m aware that everyone is different and that while this method worked for me, it may not be suitable for everyone, especially if your skin is very oily already. However, if you have aging dry, irritated, or sensitive skin I think you’ll find it will work well for you too.
Let me know how you get on in the comments or if you have any experiences with oil cleansing yourself I’d love to hear them.