If the idea of smearing oil all over your face makes you cringe—please read on!

Researchers are re-discovering huge benefits from oils for our skin. More and more of us are shifting away from soapy, foamy, harsh, oil-free cleansers.

Oil cleansing is the process of deep cleaning your face with oil instead of soap and water.

Oil does a much better job of dissolving and removing dirt, blackheads, makeup, and even oil clogged pores than anything else. It’s like the old adage fight fire with fire, here we fight oil with oil, basically melting away dirt.

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, even acne is best fought with proper oil cleansing.

People with oily or acne-prone skin tend to over clean and dry out their skin, which sends the signal to overcompensate and make more sebum. Proper oil cleansing can reduce chronic blackheads and diminish breakouts.

Since oil has mild properties, it won’t cause irritation or an extreme reaction the same way harsher products can and most importantly it keeps your skin’s eco-system intact. Just like our gut contains bacteria, so should our skin and scalp. Oil cleansing helps protect the natural lipid layer which is where the “Good bacteria” lives. Help restore your skin’s natural balance with oil cleansing—your skin knows what to do to make you glow.

Important is how you oil cleanse.

Take a generous portion of cleansing oil, about the size of a quarter and rub to warm the oil in your hands. Take a moment to apply and work it all over your dry face and neck. Work with your palms and fingertips for a minimum of 1-2 minutes.

Now for the magic part!

Take a steamy, hot, wrung out, washcloth and apply it to your face by pressing and holding the heat. This will steam open your pores and dissolve dirt and blackheads. Then, in a circular motion start washing your face with the cloth and slowly remove dirt with the oil. An added benefit is you will find dead skin cells slough off as well, giving you that beautiful healthy spa glow. May sound simple and it is but the results are incredible.

You may find your skin feels hydrated enough and you may not need a moisturizer after this.

Find an oil that works for your skin type:

If you do have acne and break-out prone skin, then you will want to choose a lighter oil such as argan, hemp or sunflower oil, that contains additional essential oils such as peppermint or tea tree oil.

If you have dry mature skin you can choose a richer oil such as avocado oil, almond and apricot oil.

List of oils and the comedogenic values.

Not Likely to Clog Pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High Oils
Almond Oil – 2
Apricot Kernel Oil – 2Argan oil — 0
Avocado Oil – 2
Camphor – 2
Castor Oil – 1
Cocoa Butter – 4
Coconut Butter – 4
Coconut Oil – 4
Corn Oil – 3
Cotton Seed Oil – 3
Evening Primrose Oil – 2
Grape Seed Oil – 2 Hemp Seed Oil – 0
Mineral Oil – 0
Mink Oil – 3
Olive Oil – 2
Peanut Oil – 2
Petrolatum – 0
Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius) – 0
Sandalwood Seed Oil – 2
Sesame Oil – 2
Shea Butter – 0
Soybean Oil – 3
Sunflower Oil – 0
Wheat Germ Oil – 5
0 – Not Likely to Clog Pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High Waxes:
Beeswax – 2
Candelilla Wax – 1
Carnuba Wax – 1
Ceresin Wax – 0
Emulsifying Wax NF – 2
Jojoba Oil – 2
Lanolin Wax – 1
Sulfated Jojoba Oil – 3

Algae Extract – 5
Aloe Vera Gel – 0
Calendula – 1
Carrageenans – 5
Chamomile – 2
Chamomile Extract – 0
Cold Pressed Aloe – 0
Red Algae – 5

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