Oil Cleansing

While commercially available skin care products tend to strip our skin’s natural oils, disrupt our protective microbial communities and leave us with a coating of questionable substances ready to be absorbed into our bloodstream, regular oil cleansing supports and deeply nourishes our skin.

I have suggested my three favourite plant oils for cleansing; feel free to add a drop or two of essential oils or to use herbal oils instead.

Suggested oils:

Jojoba is technically a wax rather than an oil even though it is liquid at room temperature. Traditionally used in central America it has an incredible affinity with the skin due to having a similar molecular structure to sebum – your skin’s most natural moisturiser. It is rich in vitamins, heals skin and is (selectively) antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This is my favourite oil for cleansing and moisturising.

Coconut oil is an effective and protective (selectively) antimicrobial moisturiser that can also be used as a lightweight deodorant, a toothpaste and, due to its anti-fungal properties, cold sore and athletes foot treatment. Originally cultivated in south east Asia coconuts have been used both for food and skin care over the centuries. Good, cold pressed coconut oils are generally inexpensive and are available in many supermarkets.

Early mediterranean cultures used highly nutritious olive oil in skincare preparations for cleansing, moisturising and healing. It is important to source a pure, organic and cold pressed oil to gain full benefits.

Oil cleansing routine:

  • Warm half a teaspoon of oil into your hands before gently massaging it into your face and neck for a minute. Let it lift the day’s grime and make-up out of your pores.
  • Gently clean it all off with a warm, damp flannel or facecloth. Spend a good couple of minutes over this, frequently rinsing the flannel in warm water as you go.
  • If you’ve been wearing a lot of makeup or live in the city, repeat the sequence.
  • Finally, use a few drops of jojoba oil to moisturise your face and neck while they are still damp. Note that you won’t need to use any other cleansers or moisturisers.
  • In the morning all you’ll need to do is to splash your face with cold water and then lightly moisturise your damp skin with a few drops of jojoba.