OIL CLEANSING

February 17, 2017

I know, I know. You’re freaked out by the word oil, right?! Trust me, oil is your friend! Most people are hesitant to make the transition to oil cleansing because it’s a common myth that oil actually promotes acne. Guess what?! Like dissolves like. Using oil to cleanse your skin actually prevents your skin from producing more oil while deep cleansing your pores. Using traditional cleansers tend to dry out your skin, which alerts your body to produce excess oil in an attempt to stay moisturized. I promise, there is an oil combination that will benefit your individual skin type, as long as you’re willing to experiment along the way!

Oil cleansing is a great method for removing dirt/makeup build up, killing bacteria, moisturizing + feeding your skin essential vitamins. This is a super easy DIY project that won’t break your budget + goes a long way. Keep in mind that the quality + type of oil you choose is extremely important. You’ll want to choose organic, cold-pressed + hexane-free oils to ensure that your skin is receiving all of the proper nutrients! fullsizerender-5

Two popular base oils to use are castor and jojoba. The ratio of these depends on your skin type (I do 30% castor, 50% jojoba + 20% of my favorite special oil; my skin is a little drier)! If you tend to have oily skin, up the castor oil (50% castor, 30% jojoba + 20% special oil). These measurements are a great place to start. However, it’s different for everyone! It’ll take a little bit of experimenting to get to the perfect mixture for your unique skin! While jojoba is an awesome choice, you can also experiment with:

  • hemp seed oil
  • avocado oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • sweet almond oil

For extra healing benefits, you can add special oils like:

  • rosehip seed oil
  • tamanu oil
  • sea buckthorn oil

To use this method, simply dampen your face with warm water. Put a generous amount of your oil mixture in the palm of your hand + begin massaging the oil onto your face. Work this in for about 2-3 minutes. If you’re wearing makeup, don’t worry about removing it beforehand! Once time runs out, grab a washcloth + run it under warm water. Wring it out + lay it over your face for about 15-20 seconds. This allows your pores to really open up + the oils to plunge even deeper. Once the rag starts to feel cool, gently wipe off the excess oil.fullsizerender-2

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To finish the treatment, especially if you’re planning on applying makeup, spritz some toner onto your face. I use the Infinite Love Mist to start my day to remind myself that love is all around. Rose Water also makes for a great toner + smells amazing! Then, I choose from my collections of serums depending on the mood I want to set for the day! Gently massage the serum onto your face. These mood enhancing serums are ESSENTIAL for your skin care routine. Serums plunge deeper than moisturizers in your skin, letting your body know that it doesn’t need to produce excess oil!

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Finally, apply some of your favorite moisturizer, ensuring that the surface of your skin is just as happy and nourished as the deeper layers!

AUTHOR: LOTUSWEI CATEGORIES: exquisite rituals
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Michelle

Hi there, just entralled with your Insta and web content ??? i have 12 y/o twin daughters, one brunette/medium tone with breakout prone skin (hairline, chin, shoulders, back) she’s so worried and was over cleansing so we have effectively slowed down there; her twin is redheaded/fair with very sensitive trouble spot breakouts. Wondering if you can recommend oil combo for these young complexions?

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Katie

Hi Michelle! All of the oils I listed are highly safe for sensitive skin! Sea buckthorn oil would be a great option for your twins, it’s known to help relieve a ton of tough skin conditions. It’s loaded with omega fatty acids + vitamin E which makes for great skin hydration + regeneration. It also reduces pain + inflammation to help prevent the spread of acne. Tamanu oil is best for healing scars + discolored skin. I prefer jojoba, as it’s probably the most versatile of the carrier oils, however, grapeseed oil is known to pair well with extra sensitive skin. I would recommend 30% castor, 50% jojoba or grapeseed + 20% sea buckthorn to begin with. If you know their skin is more oily or dry, make those adjustments as needed! <3

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Mary H Anderson

Thank you for this. I’ve been recommending the oil cleansing method to my clients for the past couple of years, and found it both deeply cleansing and nurturing to the skin. I would like to know if someone could mix some of your serums (a small percentage of the total oils) into a blend, or would the essential oils or flower essences be too strong for the eyes? I have already recommended that my followers use your Aura Mists as hydrating mists immediately after the cleansing part of their regimen for an added boost with the flower essences. Please see my blog (listed above as my website) for articles I have recently written about Lotus Wei and Katie 🙂 <3 Namaste~ Mary

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Katie

Hi Mary! Thanks for sharing the flower love! 🙂 I’ve used the serum in with other oils and haven’t had a problem, though the essential oils may be too much for some {the flower essences won’t cause a problem}. What I usually do is use other oils for cleansing and then the serum as a moisturizer afterwards, but it’s one of those things that’ll be different for everybody. <3

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