Using natural cleansers is a logical alternative to moisturizers laden with chemicals. These products strip the oil out of the skin, forcing it to repair itself by replacing the lost oil. Each time the oil is stripped away, the skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. This results in a cycle of dry skin, followed by an overabundance of pore clogging oils.
Thankfully, the oil cleansing method offers a way to safely and effectively apply natural oils as a cleanser and moisturizer and has been gaining well-deserved attention. The oil cleansing method is designed to do a couple of things. First, it burrows deep into pores and isolates dirt, making it easier to remove. Afterward, a recommended second coat is intended to serve as a moisturizer. Oil is important for keeping the skin from drying out, but, like motor oil, once it becomes contaminated with dirt and bacteria, it should be removed and replaced. Cleansing oils provide a deeper clean than traditional products and longer-lasting protection. Some cleansers that have existed at the forefront of the industry have been known to strip oil from pores, leaving the skin barren, but fall short at putting nourishing, essential oils back in its place.
To apply, start by squeezing a quarter-sized lump of oil into your palm. You'll want to spend at least 30 seconds gently massaging it onto your entire face. That way, the oil can find all the contamination hidden within your pores. The final step is simply removing the oil, which can be easily accomplished with a warm, damp cloth. Allowing the cloth to rest on your face for a few seconds is recommended (the steam will make the oil and makeup easier to remove). Afterwards, gently rub away the loose dirt, and for additional protection, it's usually a good idea to smooth on a layer of oil once your skin has dried.