Since I can remember, I've been bombarded with images of perfect skin both on TV and magazine. When your a young girl entering the teens, chances are your hormones begin introducing themselves quite rudely into your life, and make themselves little homes that we like to call pimples, whiteheads, and acne. And seeing these images of perfection thrown in your face, your bound to buy into whatever products promise clear skin, especially when modelled by flawless celebrities staring back at you. Thus began years of purchasing different cleansers, creams, gels, both high end and drugstore. But I never ever found something that actually made my skin completely clear and happy day after day.
Only until last year did I come across something called the "oil cleansing method". It sounded horrifying and ludicrous. Cleanse oily acne prone skin with more oil? I don't think so. But I was 28, and came to a point where I was sick and tired of buying one crappy product after another. Never mind the fact that most, if not all of these products are full of dangerous ingredients that I could never pronounce. I figured, how could ingredients I don't know how to read be okay for my skin to ingest? So began my introduction to oil cleansing.
I started with coconut oil. This did nothing. If anything it made my skin dry, and just "bleh" looking. So with further investigation via the ultimate source of wisdom, Pinterest, I decided to try a concoction of oils. I purchased castor oil, rosehip, and almond oil. I took a small dollop of each oil into the palm of my hand and massaged this onto my face. Then I would take warm water and massage it as well, and towel dry. Fast forward a week, and my face vividly looked different. It was unbelievable. Contrary to what I was afraid of happening, pimples getting larger and my oily skin getting oilier, the opposite happened. Less pimples, and less oil. What the heck.
It has been over a year that I have been solely cleansing my face with oils and I am NEVER returning to over the counter facial cleansers ever again. I feel like I've perfected my "oil cleansing method" now, and my concoction of choice is a mixture of avocado oil, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil. I wake up each and every morning with clear supple skin that looks so happy and dare I say, glow-y.
For over 6 months I've been dealt a crappy hand of dealing with a terrible face and body flare up of dermatitis that I have never in my life experienced. Yet during this flare up, even when I have unfortunately had it all over my face, it has managed to continue to clear up with this special oil cleansing method. And though I continue to deal with dermatitis on parts of my body, my face remains pristine and clear. I do not even wear a stitch of foundation. That has been the ultimate true test of the power that these natural oils have on even the most extreme cases of skin conditions.
I cannot encourage enough to all of you young girls, and women, to try this incredible skincare routine. There are so many different methods you can incorporate with oil cleansing such as steaming, creating your own perfect serum, and more. Not only does it clear and balance your skin, but it is safe and natural to use, which is so important when skin is your biggest organ. Instead of wasting your time and energy, and your hard earned dollars on high end cleansers, invest in a few of your favourite oils and you will begin to see the incredible transformation that your skin will take.