The best ways to wash your face

Posted by Micki Mutch on

Oooh, I've been looking forward to writing about this topic for a long time. If you're one of those people who loves washing your face when you get home from work or as soon as your evening activities are over, this is for you!

There has been a lot of buzz about using makeup removers, coconut oil, natural soaps, oils, gels, creams... you name it! It's exhausting. As always, the best advice is to listen to your body and in this case, watch your face. Here we go! Let's learn about Oil Cleansing and Double Cleansing methods.

What is oil cleansing :

Oil cleansing is a cleaning method that uses an oil to remove other oil-based impurities such as most makeups, sunscreens, and your natural face oils called sebum. 

Why: 

The theory behind oil cleansing is based on the chemistry that like-attracts-like.

This means that water is attracted to other water molecules and oil is attracted to other oil molecules.

The idea is that by applying oil to your skin's surface, the oil molecules will bind to the other oils on your skin (makeup, SPF, sebum etc.), pulling them to the surface and allowing you to wipe them away.

The objective of oil cleansing is to help your skin keep the sebum moving and prevent clogs in a gentle but effective way. Soaps are too harsh on our skin's natural barriers and can degrade the skin over time. 

How: 

To begin oil cleansing you will want to find oil that is best for the skin. Jojoba oil most closely matches our natural sebum and are perfect for this task. With over 60% jojoba oil, The Olfactory's Face Oil is designed with cleansing in mind. 

1. Add two pipettes of The Olfactory Face Oil to your clean palms and massage gently onto your face for about 1 minute. Enjoy this time - close your eyes, roll your neck side to side, treat yourself!
2. Soak your facecloth with warm water and ring it out. Place the steamy cloth on your face and pat it all around until the cloth is cool again. This draws the oils to the surface enabling you to wipe them away
3. Gently, gently, wipe your face with the cloth and rinse it in running warm water again. Do not fill the sink and rinse the cloth in sitting water. Always use running water to allow the impurities to wash off the cloth. 
4. Repeat step 2 a few more times until your skin feels clean and fresh. 

 

At this point, you could either apply toner and moisturizer (like a few drops of Face Oil) or you could go on to double cleanse!

What is double cleansing:

Double cleansing started in Korea with the idea of using two different types of cleansers for a deeper clean. An oil cleanser and then a water-based cleanser. 

Why:  

Since we already discussed why to use an oil cleanser, now let's chat about water-based cleansers. The theory behind this method is that oil cleansing may leave oil impurities lying on the skin's surafce. This is why rinsing a few times is best. But above to this, cleansing with a water-based cleanser will get the impurities that aren't attracted to oil. 

Remember that like-attracts-like thing from chemistry? Well, the oil cleanser won't be attracting water-soluble impurities like sweat and minerals like a water-based cleanser will. 

How: 

1. Once you've finished oil cleansing, bust out your other natural gel cleanser. Just make sure you're not using soap, which is far too harsh and drying for your face. 
2. Massage your cleanser into your skin for 30 seconds and rinse away with warm water. 
3. Pat dry and then follow with a mask, a toner, a serum or a cream etc. 

 

Double cleansing with the oil cleansing method has been a powerful way to restore balance and texture even for the most sensitive of skins! Give it one month trial as your skin always takes some time to adjust. 

Leave a comment below if you found this helpful, or have other tips!

Happy cleansing, 

Micki

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