Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oil Cleansing Method

'Tis the season for dry skin! A perfect remedy? The oil cleansing method. Yes, this will work for people who already have oily skin. *As a side note, there are many versions of this method but to make it easier, I've simplified the ingredients and made it my own.

What is it? My version includes extra version olive oil and liquid vitamin E soft gel tablets (you can find these in your vitamin section at any health or department store). Most versions use a combination of castor oils, sunflower oils and extra virgin olive oil. The reason olive oil works well for this is because of all of the omega fatty acids which help repair the health of the cell membranes in your skin while moisturizing it at the same time. The reason we are using vitamin E tablets is because of all of the powerful antioxidants that help rejuvenate the skin and reverse free radical damage. Overall this method improves the overall health and clarity of the skin. Don't forget that even if your skin is oily, you should be moisturizing. A lot of the time your skin is oily because of the lack of water you drink so your skin is trying to make up for that by producing excess oils. This method can help balance that out.

How do you do it? You will need a small bowl, your 2 ingredients and a scissors. You'll want to use about a teaspoon of olive oil per vitamin. I only use 1 teaspoon for my whole face but you can use this on ANY part of your body. I also use this as a makeup remover when I wear waterproof makeup. So, in your bowl you have about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. To this, add your vitamin E oil by cutting off the tip of the tablet with your scissors and squeezing the contents out. Mix them together and apply. You'll want to make sure that you're not just putting it on and letting it sit. You want to be rubbing and PRESSING it into your skin as well. Facial yoga :) After you've massaged it in for about 3 to 5 minutes, what you'll want to do is place a warm washcloth over the skin and wait until it is cool. This will help to open the pores and enhance absorbing the oils. When the washcloth is cool, pull the washcloth downwards towards your neck firmly 2 or 3 times. You should not have to wash any oils off after this.

So there you go. Your skin cells with thank you for this! :) Hope you enjoyed it!

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