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Oil cleansing has been a new buzz-phrase in magazines and articles with some pretty amazing claims: Cleansing the face with astringent oils rather than soaps is a great way to balance the skin’s natural oil production, reduce acne and breakouts, and get healthy, clear skin. Is this true? Let’s find out!
What is Oil Cleansing?
The Oil Cleansing Method, also known as OCM, is a way of using oils to gently purify the skin. The skin naturally produces oils- this is known as the skin’s sebum production. When we use regular, sulfate-based cleansers, they may strip the skin of those natural oils that keep the skin healthy. Oil cleansing works with (not against) the skin’s sebum to gently get rid of dirt, bacteria, and impurities.
Cleansing oils and butters contain the necessary properties that regulate sebum production. Excess sebum production is one of the leading causes of acne.
Fine lines, wrinkles, expression lines, and more are signs of aging. As we age, the collagen production reduces, leading to saggy skin. When the skin sags, aging signs creep in, and we tend to look every bit of our age. But with the antioxidants and fatty acids loaded in the natural oils and butter, your skin’s youthfulness and firmness are naturally restored.
Similar to aging signs, our skin tends to lose its ability to hold the much-needed moisture as we age. When this happens, the skin becomes dry, dull, and “hard” to touch. However, using rich oils and butter will help a long way to make your skin supple and plump.
Not all oils and butter are suitable for face cleansing. Some are considered comedogenic (they make you break out). The following are the top oils and butter used for face cleansing:
It makes your skin supple and the anti-inflammatory properties that calm redness and swelling on the face. Plus, it speeds up wound healing. What more, the anti-aging properties in shea butter combat oxidative stress that makes you age quickly while shielding your skin from harsh environmental conditions.
Castor oil contains proteins, omega 6 fatty acid, vitamin E, and other nutrients that boost the production of collagen and elastin, preventing quick aging. And it makes your face smoother and suppler while eradicating acne. Best of oil, it deeply moisturizes dry face.
Similar to coconut oil but doesn’t leave the irritating oil film on the skin’s surface, Babassu butter hydrates and moisturizes the skin while balancing the skin’s natural sebum. It repairs cracked skin and quickens cell regeneration. The Lauric acid and Phytosterols, both anti-inflammatory nutrients, put a stop to facial redness and irritation.
Mango butter contains Vitamins that plump and tighten your face for a firmer appearance. By that, your saggy skin becomes firmer, and your aging signs gradually fade off. Also, it makes the face glow, increasing the skin’s youthful appearance. Daily cleansing of your face with mango butter will put a permanent stop to dry face. Plus, using a little on your lips will treat chapped lips.
Check out our Velvet Cleansing Butter Balm, made with oils, butters, and essential oils that gently cleanse the face without stripping the skin’s natural sebum.
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