I was first introduced to the Oil Cleansing Method by the tutor of a course I was attending during summer 2016 with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. In my late teens, early twenties and perhaps even later than this, as a person previously with combination skin, I would have scowled at you for even mentioning to cleanse my skin with oil! However, now that my skin has become drier and is, dare I say the word 'ageing' (!) yet still getting the odd one or two spots, I welcomed the thought of cleansing with oil and decided to research this technique further. There are a few good websites out there that describe the great benefits of cleansing with oil such as www.theoilcleansingmethod.com and www.wellnessmama.com, plus a few more.
Cleansing with an oil claims to actually unblock oil that has hardened within the pores clearing the skin from issues such as blackheads, acne, whiteheads, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, leaving it moisturised and healthy balanced. As an advocate of everything natural and organic I decided to try a cleansing oil for myself and put the technique into practice. I am a real sceptic and so have to use a product and see the results for myself!
I searched the internet and found a cleansing oil claiming to be 100% natural, ethical and sustainable, 'Natural Glow' Cleansing Oil by Antonia Burrell. This product says that it is the 'world's first 100% natural emulsifying cleansing oil'. So, I gave it a go! The oil is not too thick but feels luxurious. You are instructed to use 8 pumps of the bottle but I find this a bit too much and use 6. Initially, upon contact with the skin there is a citrus aroma, which will probably be from the lemon peel, bitter orange and bergamot oils that the product contains, but then after a few seconds you can smell the tea tree and camphor oil with the citrus scent disappearing. I wasn't keen on this at first but have got used to it the more I use the product. You are instructed to massage the oil over dry skin for a couple of minutes. I usually do a minute, depending on time constraints, which seems to be plenty enough to massage the oil into the skin. The oil is then rinsed off with warm water which you massage onto the skin until the oil has turned into a 'white milk'. The instructions do say that you can use the white milk aspect to remove eye mascara but I have not tried this yet as I don't feel comfortable putting this onto my eyes plus I don't see much of a milky residue when I add the warm water to the oil. However, once rinsed my skin feels squeaky clean, yet soft and moisturised. After only a couple of days I noticed a big difference in my skin texture, it seemed to glow, was a lot softer and I have had no outbreaks, not one spot! Hence I now use this every day, enjoy using it as part of my cleansing routine and probably would not feel as though my skin had been cleansed properly if I didn't use it. So, try one for yourself and let me know what you think. Be careful though there are lots of cleansing oils out there that aren't natural!