There is a popular saying that goes only a diamond can cut a diamond. The same way, the way to combat the oil and grime in your skin is using oils only. That way, your skin does not get excessively dry. If the skin becomes too dry, it can aggravate the oiliness since the sebaceous glands can go on an overdrive to produce more oil to counter the dry skin.
Oil cleansing is now a technique that has gained popularity all over the world. It involves using purely natural ingredients to cleanse the skin. Use single oil that suits your skin or a mixture of several oils. Nicely massage your face with the oil in the evening. Now dip a towel in hot water and cover your face with it for a few minutes. This will open up all the pores. Wipe your face clean with the same towel. Make sure you remove all the traces of oil. Do not use soap. The sulphates in the soap strip your skin of its natural oils. Simply splash cold water on your face to close the pores.
It is very easy to do on a daily basis once you get used to it. Also, the benefits from cleansing this way will make you add it to your routine. It helps get rid of acne, blackheads and pigmentation. So what oils can you use for facial cleansing?
1. Castor oil:
This is one of the most popular oils used for the oil cleansing technique. It can easily remove all the dirt and grime from the skin. Since the oil by itself is very thick, depending on whether your skin is dry or oily, you can mix castor oil with any other oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Dry skin needs one part of castor oil to three parts of any other oil. Oily skin can take up to 2 parts of castor oil and one part of other oil.
2. Olive oil:
Olive oil is known for its anti-oxidant and nourishing properties. Use olive oil as is, or in combination with castor oil to form a heady oil cleansing mixture.
3. Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba oil is very good at balancing the amount of sebum that is produced by the skin. So you can mix one part of jojoba oil with 4 parts of olive or coconut oil to cleanse the skin. It is effective against acne and pimples and reducing the oiliness of the skin.
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4. Apricot kernel oil:
This oil not just provides nourishment to the skin but also helps in preventing the occurrence of acne and in soothing inflamed skin. Since it is light, it does not clog pores. Use it as is for cleansing.
5. Almond oil:
Just like apricot kernel oil, almond oil is light, rich in vitamin E and helps rejuvenate the skin. It also is effective in clearing the pores without leaving the skin too oily. Use it not just for cleansing but also for nightly skin renewal.
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6. Hazelnut oil:
It is excellent for oily skin, being light. It can control the production of sebum in the skin and also has astringent properties.
7. Coconut oil:
Contrary to popular belief in India, coconut oil is actually very good for the skin. We use it only for the hair and are wary about using it on the face, lest it erupts the face out. On the other hand, the western countries have embraced coconut oil with open arms as a cleanser, moisturizer and a deodorant! Try to ditch your regular coconut oil in favour of 100% pure virgin first press coconut oil and see how soft and supple your skin becomes.
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8. Argan oil:
This is another oil that has gained popularity recently due to its beauty benefits. It is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree. It helps prevent wrinkles, acne and flaky skin. The oil can be purchased in pure form or in the form of a combination of “beauty oils” sold under many popular brands.
9. Rice bran oil:
As cooking oil, its benefits on the health are known. But it also makes for a good cleanser for sensitive skin. If you find its smell overpowering, add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or orange to a bottle of rice bran oil and use it for facial cleansing.
10. Sunflower oil:
Again, another oil that is used for cooking but not so frequently used for cosmetic purposes. However, you will be happy to note that, this oil which is a staple in most households is great for balanced skin! It is absorbed easily into the skin, and in combination with castor oil works miracles in restoring the natural oils of your skin while gently cleansing it away.