Question 2 – Oil Cleansing


Q.2 Oil Cleansing.

Brenda asks “I’m very interested in the oil cleansing ..is it suitable for 44 year old skin??”

Absolutely, our skin produces natural oils whose job is to keep our skin flexible and healthy. These oils or sebum help to seal in moisture against external conditions such as drying winds etc, they keep our skin lubricated, promote healing of minor irritations and even help to produce vitamin D (in conjunction with sunlight). While these naturally occurring oils are produced by our own skin for its benefit, it is a buildup that can cause problems such as acne, whiteheads, blackheads or pimples and dull looking, rough and lethargic skin. Put simply, when the sebum or oils age and become hard waxy plugs (yuck) they can trap bacteria, dirt and dead skin cells.

Using any kind of soap based or foaming cleanser, even where it claims to be moisturizing is in my opinion not a suitable cleansing method for any of these conditions due to the stripping of oils and that feeling of ‘squeaky clean’, tight skin. Foam and soap based cleansers can leave the skin dry, upset the skin’s acid mantle and leave skin unprotected and vulnerable to environmental aggressors such as cold, wind, pollution, excessive central heating or air conditioning.

The oil cleansing method is beneficial to all skin types even the most sensitive and will remove excess oils, wax, exfoliate and refine your skin all without stripping the body’s protective oils completely.

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