In today’s post, I want to write about a face cleansing method that helped my skin drastically. The reason why I chose to write about this topic is because it is one of the factors that initiated my wellness journey. So here goes…
My skin was really never a problem until junior/senior year of high school. It was a crucial time applying to colleges. I became stressed and burnt out as I feared not being accepted to a decent college. My fretfulness increased as I feared what my family would think of me if I wasn’t accepted to a “smart school.” I harassed myself constantly for not meeting expectations and questioned why I wasn’t “just smarter.” Long story short- the more I stressed in addition to unhealthy eating habits, the more apparent it emerged on my skin. Blackheads. Pimples. Hyperpigmentation.
Modern society’s definition of beauty means clear, porcelain, free of blackheads, pimples and other imperfections seem to be an intangible aspiration. I felt I was constantly reminded of my skin imperfections- which is why I experimented on every product you can think of to achieve “beauty.” The search and experimentation of effective products became a constant cycle of obsession. I was brainwashed into thinking that oil was the culprit of my skin problems so I focused on products that gets rid of oil. But it never works! All the scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying- why doesn’t it work?
Reasons why I had so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are several, but two reasons, in particular, are most crucial. The way these products work is that they strip oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of tight and dry skin followed by excessive oil production. Each time we strip oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called “unscented” products usually contain fragrance.
If you want to treat your acne, it is imperative to understand our skin. Everyone’s’ skin are sensitive. Our skin naturally lubricates itself with oil because it is essential to the skin. Oil is there for the benefit of your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring. Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly.
So the breakthrough method that I wanted to share is OIL FACIAL CLEANSING! The idea of cleansing my face with oil was introduced to me by my lovely roommate during senior year of college. One random night, I told her that I always have a hard time removing my eye makeup and she taught me how to use coconut oil as a makeup remover. I tried it and was so fascinated! Eventually, I branched out to applying it on my face as well. How? The idea is simple. Oil attracts/dissolve oil. This cleansing method is based on the chemistry rule of “like dissolves like” which means that one substance can dissolve or break down substances similar to it. We have to understand that the results of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads are buildup of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells, and pollution. When these factors are accumulated with natural skin oil, it clogs your pores, and form blemishes. Therefore, using the oil facial cleansing method will allow you to attract/dissolve the impurities from your skin while providing moisture without any irritation.
In order to start the oil regimen, you will need a primary oil and a secondary oil. For me personally, I use coconut oil as primary and jojoba oil as secondary. I know many people use the combination of castor oil and olive oil but it’s your choice. Coconut oil has beneficial antimicrobial properties of preventing wrinkles, sagging skin, skin dryness, and flaking. It is very effective in healing damaged tissues and infections. Make sure that you buy organic, cold-pressed, gmo-free coconut oil. Jojoba oil acts as a secondary oil because the consistency is much lighter and another reason why I love jojoba oil because it contains iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that causes breakout. I do the facial oil cleanse once per day before I shower at night. If you are just starting, I wouldn’t recommend doing the oil method in the morning because your skin will need time to adjust.
- Drench your towel in hot/warm water and place it close to your face for about a minute. This will allow the steam to open your pores.
- Dry your hands and make sure they are clean!
- Mix a dime sized of coconut oil and jojoba oil on your fingertips and massage gently on your face in circular motions.
- After 2-3 minutes, wash your face with warm water. If needed, drench your towel in hot/warm water to remove excess oil.
- Splash your face with cold water. This will close your pores.
- Pat your face dry. You can proceed to moisturize your skin if you’d like but for beginners, I wouldn’t put anything on your face. Allow your skin to adjust! The leftover oil will moisturize your skin.
There you go! I love the process because it has a therapeutic effective and feels really relaxing after a rough day. I hope you guys will try it!
Please message me with any questions!