Do you want clean skin? We’re almost certain that your answer is yes, given that clean skin is the foundation for a healthy, great-looking complexion.
Knowing this, it’s surprising to learn that lots of us seem to spend less than 20 seconds washing our face. This is roughly the same amount of time it takes to plait your pony tail, tweet your favourite celeb, or boost your confidence and mood with an affirmation or inspirational quote. Essentially, we tend to under cleanse and over moisturise!
Our skin secretes a mixture of fat, waxes and sweat. Combine this with environmental pollution in the form of dust, chemicals and dirt, then mix in make-up, waterproof sunscreen and the likes, and you have the makings for some very dirty skin! The whole point to cleansing is to remove dirt, environmental pollution, makeup and surface oils from the skin. One of the problems that we find is that if you are using a heavier, oil-based moisturiser and more water-resistant make-up and sunscreens it’s difficult for these to be fully removed with water-based cleansers. An effective cleanse routine with an oil-based cleanser is perfect for a thorough cleanse and the complete removal of debris. A good cleansing oil completely removes all impurities, even waterproof makeup, by using like-attracts-like technology (the cleansing oils meet the surface oils, do a little dance, and break the sebum (oil) down), all the while keeping your skin perfectly balanced and not-at-all-stripped or dry.
Cleanse with Oil? Are you serious?!
Yes, yes we are! Did you know that too little oil means your skin starts overproducing sebum and you can actually end up with oilier skin, as well as congestion, clogged pores and generally unhappy skin! Cleansing oils are hydrophilic, which means they can be washed off and dissolved easily and there's no build up or heavy film left over.
How to Cleanse with Oil.
Now that we’ve given you some insight into why we love the Oil Cleansing Method, you might be wondering if it’s only good for those with a ‘normal’ oil flow. Cleansing with oil is fantastic for all skin types! We even find it’s great for our customers with Acne. Remember what we’re doing is using a combination of gentle drawing and moisturising oils to wash the delicate skin of the face. If your skin is tight and dry, it will love the added nourishment these carefully picked oils can provide. If your skin is oily, the oil cleanser will help to break down the surface oils and pollutants that can further congest.
To use an oil cleanser, we recommend applying the product to dry hands, and massaging into a dry face.
Once you feel your face has been thoroughly covered, you can then add your water. Start by just wetting the hands, and then further massaging the face – giving an emulsifying effect. You’ll notice the cleanser will start to come off the skin in a nice milky colour. (please tell us you’ll do this for more than twenty seconds!)
Once the oil has been completely washed off, you can choose to follow up with the Milk Wash, which will very gently remove any excess product.
If you're looking for a deep cleanse, apply a warm wash cloth over the face to warm the old oils and waxes in the pores which helps in rinsing them away. Wash off with cold water and apply a moisturiser as normal.
For some of our super sensitive customers, who cannot use the ingredients we’ve chosen for the oil cleansing method, we suggest cleansing the face twice with the Milk Wash. The Milk Wash will provide a very gentle cleanse and is ideal for people with sensitive skin as it has the same irritation score as water!
Finish with your favourite moisturiser (you can use a toner, but we don't believe it's necessary as the oils tend to have this effect anyway).