Why I love to Cleanse with Oil
Like many, I grew up using harsh and chemical-filled soaps and cleansers to clean my face, leaving my skin dry and raw. When I went to college, I met many of my friends from Europe that washed or cleaned their face differently; with oil. Since Facial Oil Cleansing is a new concept here and some have tried the method with not so favorable results, many are perplexed as to why. First, you must understand the role or purpose and the benefits of the oils that you are using for your skin type. All oils have a ratio of Linoleic acid and Oleic acid, however, the ratio of one to another varies greatly by each individual oil. Oils that have a higher composition of Linoleic Acid are considered, "Astringent Oils" and oils that have a higher composition of Oleic Acid are "Emollient Oils". Let's examine each oil and its effect on the skin.
Linoleic Oils vs. Oleic Oils.
Linoleic oils are rich in the essential Omega 6 fatty acid. These oils bring tightening, healing, drying and they have proven anti-wrinkle properties to the skin. These oils also deep cleanse, nourishes and are absorbed easily into the skin. On the other hand, Oleic Oils are rich in Omega 9 fatty acid, these oils have emollient, healing, and moisturizing qualities. I have broken down a list of Linoleic Oils and Oleic Oils:
- Black Cumin Seed Oil Oleic–22.6% Linoleic–55.6%
- Evening Primrose Oil Oleic–8.4% Linoleic–72.6%
- Hemp Seed Oil Oleic–10.71% Linoleic–56.48%
- Grape Seed Oil (Organic) Oleic–16.2% Linoleic–70.6%
- Maracuja/Passionfruit Seed Oil Oleic–12% Linoleic–77%
- Mongongo/Manketti Seed Oil Oleic–18% Linoleic–45-55%
- Papaya Seed Oil Oleic–13% Linoleic–72-77%
- Prickly Pear Seed Oil Oleic–20.6% Linoleic–60.5%
- Pumpkin Seed Oil Oleic–23.3% Linoleic–57.2%
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil Oleic–12% Linoleic–54.5%
- Rosehip Seed Oil Oleic–13.9% Linoleic–44.1%
- Safflower Oil (Organic) Oleic–8-30% Linoleic–68-85%
- Sunflower Oil Oleic–30% Linoleic–59%
- Soybean Oil Oleic–22.72% Linoleic–52.97%
- Walnut Oil Oleic–25-35% Linoleic–45-60%
- Watermelon (aka kalahari and ootanga) – Oleic 21-32% Linoleic 55-65%
- Wheat Germ Oil (Gluten) Oleic–12.1% Linoleic–58.4%
Balanced Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid
- Borage Oil - Oleic–6-20% Linoleic–35-38%
- Castor Oil - Oleic–3.93 Linoleic–4.32%
- Chia Seed Oil- Oleic–8% Linoelic–21%
- Kiwi Seed Oil - Oleic–12% Linoelic–15%
- Kukui Nut Oil- Oleic–25% Linoleic–40%
- Pomegranate Seed Oil- Oleic–6.2% Linoleic–7.1%
- Sesame Oil - Oleic–39.21% Linoleic–45.69%
- Almond Oil (Organic) -Oleic–66.6% Linoleic–24.8%
- Avocado Oil - Oleic–63% Linoleic–9.8%
- Apricot Kernel Oil - Oleic–64.2% Linoleic–28.3%
- Carrot Seed Oil - Oleic–68.4% Linoleic–10.8%
- Hazelnut Oil - Oleic–79.2% Linoleic–12%
- Macadamia Oil - Oleic–53.8% Linoleic–1.8%
- Marula Oil - Oleic – 70-78% Linoleic–4-7%
- Moringa Seed Oil - Oleic–65-73% Linoleic–0.5%
- Neem Oil - Oleic–25-54% Linoleic–6-16%
- Olive Oil - Oleic–55.28% Linoleic–17.84%
- Palm Fruit Oil - Oleic–41% Linoleic–9.5%
- Peach Kernel Oil - Oleic–55-75% Linoleic–15-35%
- Rapeseed Oil - Oleic–63% Linoleic–20%
- Sea Buckthorn Oil - Oleic–28.4% Linoleic–6.8%
Balanced Oils Higher in Oleic Acid
- Argan Oil - Oleic–42-48% Linoleic–30-38%
- Abyssinian- Oil Oleic–8-28% Linoleic–3-15%
- Baobab Oil - Oleic–30-40% Linoleic–24-34%
- Brazil Nut Oil - Oleic–35-50% Linoleic–25-40%
- Coconut Oil - Oleic–5-10% Linoleic–1-2.5%
- Flaxseed Oil - Oleic–21% Linoleic–16%
- Jojoba Oil - Oleic–5-15% Linoleic–5%
- Rice Bran Oil - Oleic–38.4% Linoleic–34.4%
- Tamanu Oil - Oleic–41.4% Linoleic–29.7%
Using a Combination of Oils to balance your skin
When our skin lacks linoleic oil, our skin's natural sebum will become thick and sticky like those oils high in oleic acid, which clogs pores and creates acne. You can achieve balance to your skin by applying oils high in linoleic acid. When our skin’s natural sebum is predominantly made out of linoleic acid it rarely gets breakouts and is not prone to acne.
Creating a cleansing oil that has a balance ratio according to your skin type is very important.
Oily Skin - Acne Prone Skin (Overproduction of Oleic Acid)
75% - 90% Linoleic Oil /10% - 25% Oleic Oil
60% - 70% Linoleic Oil /30% - 40% Oleic Oil
Dry Skin (Overproduction of Linoleic Acid)
10%-25% Linoleic Oil/ 75% - 90% Oleic Oil
FYI, when creating your facial oil, please avoid oils on the shelf in most groceries stores due to GMO. Most oils are genetically modified, and this process has altered their chemical compositions. It is best to use only organic oils that are NON-GMO oils.
How to Facial Cleanse your Skin
Now we understand what types of oils our skin needs let's learn how to facial cleanse with oil.
THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD
- Have a clean washcloth ready (soft/microfiber is best), and gently shake the bottle.
- Facial Brush - optional (my preference)
- Warm water.
- Dispense a quarter-sized amount of CLEAN into your hand, and rub your hands together to warm the oil. Apply gently all over your face. Massage firmly, but gently, always moving upwards. If using the facial brush, use the facial brush to massage the oil into your skin. Massage for 2 minutes, and then let the oil sit on your face for 30 more seconds or more.
- Apply the warm water to the washcloth until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Place the washcloth over your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove any makeup, dirt and any impurities in the skin. Leave the washcloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat if needed. Turn the washcloth over and remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin which is beneficial.
- With warm water massage water onto your face then rinse, or dampen your washcloth and use to gently wipe oil off your face.
I have created our Clean Facial Cleansing Oil that has a ratio of 70% Linoleic Oils to 30% Oleic Oils. It will benefit many skin types, especially those with the occasional acne outbreaks.
Benefits of Oil Cleansing
How often you oil cleanse is totally up to you. I like to oil cleanse once a week and after heavy makeup days for those who suffer with acne, I reccomend oil cleasing as your cleanser of choice and use twice daily. Now that you know how to cleanse, let's talk about its' benefits:
- Cleansing with oil is amazing and natural for your skin because it helps to clear up acne, combat dryness, and maintain a radiant glow.
- Using organic based oils is multifunction; they can be used a makeup remover and a moisturizer.
- Cleansing oils use the good oils to get rid of the bad ones that clog up your pores.
Let me know how your oil cleansing journey is going.