Why you should be washing your face with oil

Yup that’s right. Washing your face with oil instead of facial soaps will change your life. Well at least make your skin healthier and more radiant. Your probably wondering why it works wonders, how to do it and what products to use.

First of all washing your face with oil is nothing new. From aboriginal tribes to Egyptian queens oils, such as emu, castor, olive, sesame, moringa, etc. have been used to cleanse the skin for centuries over 40,000 years to be exact. But why was it so popular among ancient beauties, such as Cleopatra and Hatshepsut? Well it leaves your skin feeling both clean and super moisturized with out using harsh chemicals. Now contemporary beauties are forgoing their foaming facial washes for oil. The science behind it is basic, “like dissolves like.” So oil dissolves the hardened stuck on oil, and all that other dirt and gunk that is on our faces by the end of the day.

Now we know the why, here is the how (there are many ways to oil cleanse. This is what I do on a daily basis with great results)…

  1. Spritz entire face with rosewater
  2. Place a dime to quarter size amount of oil (we’ll discuss different types below) in the palm of your hand and rub into your skin, making sure to get every inch
  3. Give yourself a nice face massage. Work the oil into your skin for at least one minute.
  4. Take a hot washcloth and place it over your face and begin rubbing the oil off until all clean (you will probably need to rinse and repeat a few times)
  5. Soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and use on face to remove any left over dirt/makeup (you should notice very little dirt and makeup on the cotton pad. If its really dirty then you didn’t use the washcloth enough)
  6. Moisturize as usual. I like Averr Aglow, Egyptian Magic, Sweet Bee Magic, or my own concoction of honey and other oils.

There are so many choices for oils. The great news is that there is an oil out there for everyone, so this cleansing method is great no matter what your skin type or concerns. So, let’s delve in. My personal favorites are shea nut oil (its liquid as opposed to the more solid sheabutter), rose hip oil, moringa oil, and grapeseed. A little note: Some oils can clog pores, being they are comedogenic and some don’t clog at all. Fortunately, there is a comedogenic scale for oils, rating 0-5, 5 being the most clog inducing. If an oil has a comedogenic rating of 3 – 5 and your skin is prone to acne, don’t use it! If you are unsure you can always to a spot test to see how your skin reacts.

  1. Shea Nut Oil – Best for: Acne prone skin, anti aging, dry skin.  My fave! This oil has a comedogenic rating of 0! So no clogged pores over here. It is also super moisturizing and soothing. All around a winner. Comedogenic rating: 0 
  1. Rose Hip Oil - Best for: Uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, and acne-prone skin.  Rose hip seed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush, contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C. This helps to increase cell turnover, meaning using it for just a few weeks will result in much more even skin tone and a brighter complexion.  Comedogenic rating: 1 
  1. Moringa Oil – Best for: Anti-aging. Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, moringa oil works as an antimicrobial against a number of bacterial and fungal species and helps reduce oxidative damage linked to aging, improving skin volume, texture and smoothness.  Comedogenic rating: 3                                
  1. Grapeseed Oil – Best for: Dry AND oily (crazy, I know!), acne prone.  Using grapeseed oil can stop hyperkeratinisation or the inability for pores to exfoliate naturally. Also high in linoleic acid, grapeseed will unclog pores and help reverse hyper pigmentation.  Comedogenic rating: 1                                                                   
  1. Argan Oil - Best for:Fine lines, dry skin.  Argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.  "The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen," says Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.  Comedogenic rating: 0
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  1. Avocado Oil - Best for:Dry, sensitive, or irritated skin.  Because it's such a rich emollient, avocado oil is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin.  Comedogenic rating: 3                                                                                                                                          
  1. Jojoba Oil - Best for:General dry skin.  Jojoba has a chemical structure that's very similar to our skin's natural oils, so it's easily absorbed. It also contains minerals such as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help to strengthen the skin.  Comedogenic rating: 2                                                                                                                              
  1. Olive Oil - Best for:Very dry skin.  Olive oil is a great moisturizer and easily absorbed into the skin. This is the oil most popular for the oil cleansing method, because it is easy, as most people already have a bottle in their kitchen cupboard. It can be a bit too heavy if you are acne prone. Also there are a lot of olive oil brands that aren’t as pure as they tout to be.  Comedogenic rating: 2 

So what oils will you try?

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