Updated: May 28, 2022
We've all been trained to basically think oil is the devil when it comes to skin care, and specifically when it relates to conditions like acne. But what if I told you, that by using the right oils, you could achieve healthy, balanced and glowing skin??? Hear me out...
Unlike the typical person who deals with acne, I've always been drawn to oils, not strayed away from them, in fact I've been using the "oil cleansing method" since I was in my early teens, not knowing how incredibly beneficial it could be for the skin. Think about it, oil attracts oil, so why wouldn't we be more drawn to using an all natural method of cleansing rather than lathering up a chemical filled soapy cleanser that needs to be splashed off with water. To me, it makes a lot more sense. Let me explain below!
What is the "oil cleansing method" and where does is originate?
There is a long Ayurvedic tradition (one of the worlds oldest healing systems) of using oils to support and maintain health, in fact, this tradition goes back thousands of years. Our skin is naturally coated in sebum, a natural wax-like substance that resembles that of oil. By using a substance similar to sebum, you can effectively draw out impurities, which can help even out skin tone and prevent blemishes from occurring.
As it helps to pull away dirt, makeup, and pollutants, it also attracts any excess oil. The concept consists of taking a high quality oil (Seabuckthorn Oil, Jojoba Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil are just a few examples) and massaging into dry skin, and then removing with a damp muslin/hemp cloth or cotton pads. This way you are getting a gentle exfoliation and a thorough cleanse every single time. This oil cleansing method also maintains the natural pH of your skin (4.5-5.5) and won't strip away those natural oils that our skin needs to function!
What is the Ayurvedic meaning of "Oleation-Sudation"?
"This system of cleansing the body and the skin, rooted in the Ayurvedic methodology known as Oleation-Sudation is a fundamental part of Pancha Karma, the Ayurvedic detox. Oleation is the use of FAT to assist the detoxification process. Sudation is the use of HEAT to assist the detoxification process. This powerful union of heat and fat is fundamental to the Ayurvedic detox system. HEAT + FAT = a powerful ancestral union for healing the body... Ayurvedic texts teach that to anoint the body with oil is to saturate it with love of self, and love for our plant allies. This is our gift from this masterful Indian tradition."
I've used a few different oils and my skin completely reacted poorly, I'm scared to try again, what do you suggest?
Oil sourcing, quality, exposure to heat/light and exposure to bacteria and debris, all play a role in overall effectiveness in an oil. For example, oils like almond oil and sunflower oil have a very short shelf life and often times go rancid before even hitting the store shelf. It is of utmost importance to research where you are buying your products from and the quality of oils they are using. Also, essential oils are concentrated compounds and extremely potent, if you are using these in excess your skin is bound to have a negative reaction.
You can oftentimes tell the quality of an oil simply by the richness of color and smell. There are few oils that are naturally clear, always make sure to read the label and research where the company is sourcing from.
Start oil cleansing, trust me, you won't regret it!
Owner & Creator of Astria Skincare