We all know it is important to cleanse your skin daily, especially at night before bed. Not just to remove all traces of makeup but to cleanse your face of the build up of dirt, dust and environmental pollution. After cleansing, your skin should never feel stripped, tight or dry. If it does, then ditch it. It means it is upsetting the balance of your skin by stripping away the skin's natural oils.
Is your skin dry or dehydrated? Perhaps you have oily or acne prone skin? What if I told you that each of these problems could be solved by simply cleansing your face with oils. Oil cleansing may sound strange, especially if you have oily skin, but it's actually the perfect and gentlest method to cleanse and restore balance back to your skin.
What is oil cleansing and how does it work?
Over washing of the skin is a huge problem, particularly if you have oily skin. You may think that by scrubbing all of the oils from your face, you are thoroughly cleansing. However, what you are actually doing is forcing the skin to produce even more oils to compensate, which can cause breakouts and dry patches. This is where oil cleansing comes in.
Oil cleansing works on the principle that oil dissolves oil. In other words, cleansing your skin with nourishing oils is intended to:
lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin.
clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads.
remove makeup (even eye makeup), pollutants, grim and dirt.
Using oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers can also help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there.
While we still have a lot to learn about the microbiome in our bodies and on our skin, recent research shows that the bacteria that thrive on our skin can help protect against infection like acne.
The oil cleanser binds to these impurities, which are then drawn out and removed. There are 2 types of cleansing oils:
one which is massaged onto the face and removed with a damp cloth or cotton wool.
the other is oil-to-milk cleansers, which contains an emulsifier. When the oil comes into contact with water, it turns milky, and can be fully rinsed off without the need for bacteria-harbouring cloths or land-filling cotton wool.
The most important benefit of oil cleansing is being able to remove impurities without stripping the skin or leaving it feeling dry. Choosing a cleansing oil that will also nourish your skin with vitamins, mineral, essential fatty acids and antioxidants will leave your skin soft and supple with a healthy glow. Natural oil cleansers such as J Botanics Strip Back Cleanse Oil contains 7 natural oils - Jojoba, Macadamia nut, Moringa, Grapeseed, Meadowfoam and Castor, all of which are not only effective at cleansing the skin of impurities and makeup (even eye makeup), but is also highly nourishing. It contains a 100% natural emulsifier which allows the oils to be fully rinsed off with water.