Contrary to what all of those skincare products proudly announcing their oil-free status would have you think, the skin LOVES oil! Not only do oils provide wonderful moisture, they’re also filled with vitamins and antioxidants to protect and feed the skin from the outside, and even help keep pores clear by the principle of like-dissolves-like. For this reason, oil can be used to clean the skin. Yes, I just said oil can be used to CLEAN the skin!
The Oil Cleansing Method is based upon this principal of like-dissolves-like—the oil used to cleanse the skin dissolves the oil on the skin. Now you may be scratching your head and thinking, “But I have acne. Won’t oil just clog my pores even more?” Well a zit is really just a sticky mess of sebum and dead skin cells and/or dirt, and since like dissolves like, the Oil Cleansing Method can actually help to break up this sticky mess and clear it from the pore.
This basic cleansing oil is great for just starting out with the Oil Cleansing Method. Hazelnut oil is naturally astringent, making it the backbone of the recipe. Grapeseed oil is easily absorbed and beneficial for all skin concerns, from acne to aging. Avocado oil is richly moisturizing, balancing the other two oils which are on the drier side. Lavender, rosemary and tea tree essential oil all help to keep skin clean.
Like-Dissolves-Like Cleansing Oil
- 4-ounce dropper bottle
- Add all ingredients to a 4-ounce dropper bottle, put the cap on and give it a good shake to blend everything together.
- To use: Splash some warm water on your face, then gently pat dry.
- Dispense a quarter-size amount of oil into the palm of your hand and gently massage it into your face for 1-2 minutes, especially focusing on those areas with clogged pores.
- Wet a washcloth with hot water (you want it as hot as possible without burning your skin), ring it out and lay it on top of your face.
- Quickly lay a second dry washcloth on top to trap the moisture and heat. Let it sit for for 1-2 minutes, or until the wet washcloth cools.
- Repeat, using the dry washcloth to gently wipe your skin at the end.
- If your skin feels tight afterwards, follow up with a small amount of moisturizer. However, you likely find that you don’t need to moisturize at all since the cleansing oil will settle into the skin, providing moisture.
Recipe courtesy of Nadia Neumann, founder of Body Unburdened and author of Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin, available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.