There are thousands of oils to choose from when creating cleansing blends. The ones I describe here are some of my favorites.
Oils best suited for cleansing are astringent in nature. Astringent oils are rich in the essential Omega 6 fatty acid (EFA) called Alpha-Linoleic acid. Oils rich in these EFAs are both deeply cleansing as well as deeply nourishing - Linoleic fatty acids play a crucial role in the maintenance of healthy skin tissue and resiliency. Helping mitigate environment stress and the effects of aging on skin structure.
If you are struggling with acne or other irritable skin condition, please remember that oils can aggravate already inflamed skin and to proceed with caution. Start with ONE oil. If your skin reacts negatively stop use and try a different oil. Negative reactions such as an increase in irritation, itch, or more bumps and/or outbreaks.
There is no such thing as a “purge” period, often described on the internet as a period during which outbreaks and acne erupt. The idea behind this is flawed. If you skin is inflamed, congested or breakout, this is probably not the best time to try oil cleansing. I suggest that you wait until your skin calms down to try oil cleansing.
If you are one of the lucky ones with happy skin then you have a lot to more oils to choose from then those include don this like. I will be updating this soon with more descriptions of oils for you to try.
REMEMBER: always purchase small quantities of oils and keep them in a cool dark location with the lid on tight. DO NOT purchase oils used for cooking - these are all modified or refined in such as was as to be inappropriate for skin care.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me!
GRAPE SEED OIL
Grapeseed Oil is a lovely light, quickly absorbed, slightly astringent oil, which is also considered a nourishing, penetrating oil. It is not known to clog pores. It is high in Vitamin D, C, E and beta carotene, and antioxidants which can help minimize signs of aging, reduce the appearance of fine lines, maintain collagen and elastin in skin, and may help reduce under-eye circles. High levels of antioxidants can help prevent clogged pores and reduce acne by regulating skin oil production. It has also been shown to stimulate skin tissue regeneration and improve wound healing. Grape seed oil is useful for skin toning and tightening and has been shown to minimize the prominence and size of scars, improve damaged or aging skin, and improve skin elasticity. It is a good choice for sensitive skin and is known not to cause allergic reactions. It has anti inflammatory properties, helping prevent itchy breakouts.
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp Seed Oil (non-psychoactive) is one of my personal favorites. It has a luxurious feel, sinks into the skin albe to quickly penetrate deep into pores, allowing it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped and rinsed away. Hemp Seed oil is exceptionally high in Linoleic Acid. Great for oily skin, and mature/damaged skin due to it is high in Vitamins A, D & E, lecithin, and omega 9.
SAFFLOWER & APRICOT KERNEL SEED
Both oils are rich in linoleic acid, offering softening, regenerating, and moisturizing properties, as well as some anti-inflammatory properties and skin barrier support which can help with dry, itchy skin.
SUNFLOWER SEED OIL
Unrefined organic cold pressed Sunflower seed oil is hard to find but is a lovely oil rich in Oleic acids to the skin’s the fatty acid balance, This oil was prized by early native Americans for addressing numerous skin disorders. DO NOT confuse this with High Oleic Sunflower seed oil used for cooking.
Jojoba is not actually and oil, it is a wax. It has a weird and wacky fatty acid profile making it very unique for skincare. It sinks quickly into the skin in an interesting way - it penetrates through hair follicles - but it does not block those follicles where it actually mixes with the skin sebum to create a thin non-occlusive layer of Jojoba oil and sebum. This is one of the reasons it is said Jojoba allows our skin to "breathe". Despite the fact that Jojoba is consider very emollient, in a cleansing blend it has cleansing properties and held in high regard by those who use the oil cleansing method. Like all good cleansing oils, it penetrates hair follicles and pores, and dissolving trapped dirt and oil.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
This lovely oil is rich in BOTH Oleic and Linoleic acid so it is considered a "balancing oil". It has a light texture and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and dislodging the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores helping prevents blackheads and acne and is said to help reduce acne flare-ups due to naturally occurring high Vitamin A content. It is known to be very gentle and not to aggravate problem skin or allergies and to balance skin oil production. It benefits all skin types and has been used for thousands of years for its proven ability to beautify and condition skin. It is also my recommendation for a nourishing treatment oil for those looking for an after shower moisturizing oil. It has a neutral scent and is quick to absorb. It is especially lovely for mature and dry skin types, and also those with combination skin.
ALOE LEAF OIL
Aloe leave oil is the universal ingredients for soothing and healing irritated, inflamed skin and for maintaining healthy skin texture. It is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral. I like to include Aloe Leaf oil in all of my cleansing blends.
This interesting oil is a penetrating, astringent oil known to relieve redness and itching and to help lighten scars and hyperpigmentation. It soothes and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Skin problems due to infection, fungus or parasite benefit from Neem. Neem is often used in spot treatment of acne as it is highly antibacterial. It is preferred to tea tree oil because it is less irritating and known to be cooling, soothing and to not cause dry skin. It has s strong natural odor that many find unappealing. Include in small amounts it brings lovely properties to the skin and will not overwhelm you with the aroma. I wouldn’t recommend using it alone.