Okay, I know that this may seem like an easy one, but it’s not! So many people have misconceptions about cleansing. Unfortunately, most of us have been using the wrong products for a long time, which makes it difficult to switch.
Not sure what I mean? Are you one of those people who wants and likes “squeaky clean skin”? If you are, you’re in for a major disappointment. Squeaky skin is seriously compromised skin! In fact, that isn’t squeaking you hear – it’s your skin screaming for help!
Take a look at your cleanser. What are the main ingredients? Is Sodium Laurel Sulfate or some derivative thereof close to the top? If so, I strongly suggest you give it to someone you don’t really like! If you’re cleansing twice a day with a product that uses surfactants, it’s no wonder you’re probably running into some challenges. Your skin is being completely stripped of all of its natural oils, which is how it protects itself. You have damaged the microbiome – the happy, highly functional community of bacteria that is your body’s first line of defense against all the terrible things it encounters every second of every day. Dehydration and inflammation are pretty much a guarantee. Excess oil production, sensitivity, rosacea, and acne will all be exacerbated!
So, here is where the real struggle begins…..you should be using a non-foaming, oil based cleanser!
Yeah, I can hear you now, “There is no way I can cleanse my acne with oil – I’ll break out!”
Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? We won’t be going too far down that rabbit hole, today, but it’s basically this:
Like attracts like. Birds of a feather flock together. Water and oil don’t mix!
If you’re applying any kind of oil-based product to your skin (which you are!), and your skin is creating oil (which it is!), then it only makes sense that you would use oil to remove it. Not only will your oil cleanser liquify make-up and bind to the impurities on the surface, but it will help to soften any congestion (black heads) in the follicle. It will nourish your skin’s microbiome, help to regulate oil production, moisturize and soothe your skin. Plus, since an oil cleanse is so effective, you only have to do it at night. Simply rinse in the morning and follow with your toner and moisturizer.
While I use Laurel Whole Plant Organics, exclusively, for the added benefit of medicinal whole plants, there are a variety of options out there. You could even go so far as to make your own – just be on the lookout for high quality organic sourcing. Jojoba oil is a great place to start, as it is the closest to our skin’s natural oil, but you could use castor, coconut, or grapeseed. A simple online search will reveal a ton of information.
Oil Cleansing How-To:
- Make a barber’s wrap by soaking a hand towel with water and ringing it out. I like to microwave mine for a minute or 2 to get it super steamy.
- Rinse your face with warm water, then pat dry.
- Dispense a nickel size amount of oil into the palm of your hands, then spread all over the face, neck, and décolletage.
- Massage for 1+ minute, focusing on areas of congestion.
- Place hot towel over cleansed areas until it cools.
- Gently remove oil.
- Repeat hot towel if necessary.
It make take a week or so for you and your skin to adjust, but you won’t be disappointed!