Have you ever thought about natural alternatives for your usual skin care routine? While many products on the market contain ingredients that promise to improve radiance and minimise fine lines or dark circles, dermatologists continue to warn us about the dangers of harmful ingredients that many of these products may also contain. Circulating on the Internet now are women posting their reviews of skincare products from various mainstream brands that contain natural ingredients, some of which are said to be vegan and safer for the skin. However, there are still some misconceptions about what is good and what is bad for the skin. Many would have you believe that in order to get rid of your skin imperfections you must completely rid your skin of oil by applying certain chemicals. In reality, the reason we have so much trouble with our regular skin care products (that contain harmful chemicals like parabens, sulfates, phthalates) is that the products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ with the task of repairing itself.
However, it’s great to see that many brands are opting to rid their products of these dreadful ingredients and include their natural alternatives instead. Various brands are popping up, both on the international and local markets, specifically formulated to meet our skin care concerns containing ingredients we can actually pronounce (which is always a good thing). However, we know that splurging on skin care products that are safer for your skin isn’t always pocket-friendly. On the bright side, if you want to incorporate simple alternatives that you can, this article is for you. Starting with the primary step in your skincare routine, let’s look at a simple yet easy way to cleanse your skin without the use of any harmful chemicals or expensive store-bought, vegan products.
Considering that oil dissolves oil, there’s no need to shy away from applying oil to your skin as a part of your routine. Your skin naturally produces oil yet some people believe that applying oil to the skin will only lead to buildup and acne, totally disregarding factors such as poor diet, hormones and bacteria that play a huge role too.
What is the oil cleansing method?
Using two key products and four easy steps you can cleanse your face with this method. The idea is to massage your skin with oil to dissolve the oils (and all the gunk that is there with it) from your face. This cleanse is followed by an all-natural toner and an oil moisturiser.
You will need:
Sweet Almond oil
Witch hazel or rose water for a toner
Using a dime-sized amount of the sweet almond oil, gently massage the skin to lift the impurities and cleanse.
Wash the face with warm water and pat dry using the clean washcloth.
Apply witch hazel or rose water to a cotton pad and gently rub on the face to tone.
Moisturise the skin using a dime-sized amount of the sweet almond oil.
These are four easy steps that you can try on your ‘no makeup’ days and is best suited to do at the end of the day to draw out impurities. It is true that for some oil cleansing alone isn’t enough to cleanse, balance and hydrate the skin but remember everyone’s skin is different. Therefore when trying the oil cleansing method, use oil that would best suit the demands of your skin. Perhaps you can mix several oils known to have great skin benefits or substitute the sweet almond oil for something else of your preference.