Cleansers and soap will strip natural oils, disrupting the stratum corneum causing dry skin. Natural soaps are much better than chemical-laden cleansers, as they do not contain irritant substances, but they will still cause dry skin. Most of us feel we need to moisturise after cleansing because our skin feels tight and dry. We still need to cleanse and remove make-up, so what is the answer?
OIL BASED CLEANSING, (HOT CLOTH CLEANSING)
Oil based cleansing is a revolutionary way to cleanse, nourish, hydrate and even exfoliate your skin, and it allows you to use one product for your facial skincare, saving you money and eliminating wash bag clutter. Our Beauty Balm has been designed specifically with this method in mind. It will completely remove make-up, even waterproof mascara and avoid the tight, dry feeling often experienced after using soap or cleansers, leaving your skin glowing. It's like having a facial every day, in the comfort of your own home without the expense.
The method couldn’t be simpler. You must use the product made from 100% natural oils and/or butter. such as ourBeauty Balm. It should not contain water, juice, hydrosol or other aqueous substance. It should not contain mineral oils or petrochemical, synthetic emollients or paraffin based ingredients. (as some of the new high street hot cloth cleansers do) Different natural oils have very different properties, so buying a good quality cleansing oil or balm can make all the difference.
Warm a dab of product in your hand and gently massage into skin whilst still dry, you should apply it quite liberally. This is very relaxing. It can be nice to linger, take some time to pamper yourself and unwind (if you have time, this is not obligatory).
Remove the oil using a clean flannel soaked in reasonably hot water. Hold the flannel over your skin and let the warmth gently lift the dirty oil and sebum from your pores. It feels amazing and you will be surprised the dirt that is removed. Repeat this step 2 or 3 times rinsing the flannel in clean hot water each time.
Ideally, your skin shouldn't feel tight afterwards, but if you have removed too much oil just use a very small amount of balm as a moisturiser afterwards. If your skin does feel tight you may have had the water too hot, try a little cooler next time.
Stand back and admire your glowing complexion.
Because sebum is oil based, this will remove dirty sebum really effectively (like dissolves like). Unlike soap based cleansers it will replace the dirty sebum with clean natural nourishing oils, rich in fatty acids that your skin will greedily accept.
As you wipe away the oil and moisture with your flannel dead skin cells are also removed in the gentlest way. If you use this method regularly you should not need to exfoliate and as you are gently removing dead skin cells daily, you will maintain that glow of freshly exfoliated skin day in day out, with out the damage caused by excessive exfoliation.
If you have reached a certain age, you will see inevitably see wrinkles appearing. If your skin is the slightest bit dry and your stratum corneum is not in absolute tip top condition, these wrinkles will appear sooner and be much more prominent than they need to be. Whilst it is impossible to halt natural ageing, addressing this dry skin and maintaining your stratum corneum will have a remarkably instant effect on such premature wrinkles.
Liberal application of antioxidants will actually slow the natural ageing process too. Our products, made from 100% natural oils, are bursting with them. See our free radicals page to understand how this works.
CLEANSER FOR OILY SKIN
The Oil Cleansing Method is, surprisingly, highly recommended for oily and acne prone skin. We now know the use of harsh cleansers, usually recommended for oily skin, strip natural oils actually causing the skin to overcompensate producing more sebum and exacerbating the problem. Of course, manufacturers of such products won't be mentioning this.
Our Beauty Balm contains only non-comedogenic ingredients, which mean it will not block pores. This is very important, you must not use comedogenic oils on Acne-prone or oily skin. Non-comedogenic oils, however, are very beneficial. cleansing skin without stripping oils will often stop over production of sebum. Our Beauty Balm also contains balancing essential oils which will further help your skin regulate it’s sebum production.
Many people with Acne or oily skin may be surprised to find the outer layer of their skin is actually dehydrated. Excess sebum production makes skin feel oily, but sebum is made in the lower layers of the skin and it is only a small part of your skin's moisturising system. The natural fatty acids and lipids that bind the outer layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum) must be intact to prevent excessive moisture loss that leads to dry skin which cracks (on a microscopic level) allowing pathogens in, which cause spots. If you suffer from spots or acne, you may be surprised to find it is actually due to dry skin, even if your skin feels oily. The Oil Cleansing Method will dramatically improve this situation.
CLEANSER FOR DRY SKIN
If your skin is dry the benefits are clear. The Oil Cleansing Method is the best option to maintain the skin’s lipid barrier’s delicate balance and avoid excessive trans-epidermal water loss. Harsh cleansers and soap will only strip the essential oils in the outer layer of your skin.
Maintaining the stratum corneum is the only effective way to moisturise your skin. Putting water on your skin (as you do when applying a water based moisturiser) simply plumps the epidermis temporarily. The stratum corneum is not repaired or maintained and the excess water soon evaporates so you reach for the tub again. No long term benefits are achieved.
CLEANSER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis or have any skin sensitivity you will find this method is much kinder to your skin than any soap or cleanser.
For more information about how your skin works see our Glowing Skin page.