Anamika & I are great believers in the powers of Oil Cleansing Method. She has oily skin and I have combination - dry skin, yet both of us have benefited greatly from this technique.
But a lot of girls hate oil, as much as they hate the dreaded zit. An oil is the most misunderstood ingredient in skin care products and also the most 'unwanted' - most girls clamour for products that cleanse every bit of oil from their face, skip the moisturiser or use one that is oil-free and somehow are still victims of acne, skin dullness, excessive oil production, dryness in patches.
Basically what has happened is that by stripping the face of oil by using harsh cleansers and oil blotting sheets - you send your pores into a tailspin who overcompensate by producing even more oil, which you instantly blot off.
Part of this dread is fueled by cosmetic companies. Using oil as cleanser has ancient roots. Greeks would smear and massage olive oil all over their bodies, and then scrape it off with a warm wash cloth. This was followed by a rinse with warm water. This was their daily cleansing routine.
Oil Cleansing Method is based on the principle of like dissolves like. We tend to get blackheads and acne when sebum hardens in our pores trapping dirt with it. The warm oil massage over time, dissolves these blocked pores.
This has a number of benefits for the skin, right from reducing pore size, to eliminating blackheads, regularising oil production as pores channels clean up, amongst others. Overall, skin looks better, is moisturised and glows! This is the best and most natural way of attaining that dewy look.
I do it almost everyday, I just warm up a spoonful of sesame oil and first use a few drops to remove all my makeup. I wipe off the dirt with a damp cotton and then massage the rest of the oil gently all over my face. After 15 minutes, I wipe it all off with a warm water. Once a week add a drop of sandalwood essential oil to it to give it a boost.
Does oil have the potential to block your pores? yes, it does - if you don't remove the oil properly it can cause acne. You can also get acne if the oil you use doesn't suit you. I have experimented with jojoba, coconut, castor, olive and almond oil combinations, before realising that sesame oil suits me the best. Not that the others were bad or harmed me in any way, my skin just loved sesame the moment I began using it. It absorbs very fast and never leaves a oily residue.
It is possible that you too would have to experiment a bit, before settling down. But then, that is true for regular skincare too. We have to use different foundations and moisturisers before we find the One.
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Do you use oil as a part of your skin care routine?