Hi Cadets! I’ve got a 2-in-1 post for you today so grab a cuppa and settle in for an important evening read. I’m going to teach you a little bit about understanding skin which will may change the way you choose to take care of your skin and I’m also going to teach you how to oil cleanse with my hot cloth treatment.
- Skin is the largest organ of the body. We have thin layers of tissue that act as tiny little warriors fighting off environmental and infectious organisms that try to enter our body.
- Your skin mirrors what is going on inside your body. Your pores allow exchanges of air, water and oils. When your body tries to get rid of harmful substances, your skin is one of the exit routes. Think of white heads as oils and other nasties that your body tries to push out of your body. Skin is not just aesthetic; it is important in keeping your body healthy
- On average, us women are exposed to more than 168 chemicals in commercial cosmetics, skin, hair and body products.168! It takes a matter of seconds for the chemicals to enter our blood stream.
- Today we are suckers for marketing claims. The new Garnier Grapefruit flavour face wash or the Olay make-up removers may work for a few days or weeks if you’re lucky but blemishes come back in the long term. It’s a never ending cycle. It’s frustrating, And I’m sure you’re aware of how expensive it can be.
- Conventional products strip natural oils from our skin which means our largest organ is left to fend for itself by replacing the oil that was basically stolen from it by producing more oil.
Hot Cloth Oil Cleanse
The Hot Cloth Oil Cleanse is a method where you massage in a small amount of oil onto your dry face and place a steamy hot wash cloth over your face for a few minutes and wipe away the impurities from your face. Massaging oil into your skin helps dissolve oil that has hardened with impurities and is found stuck in your pores. Oil is your friend. Your skin naturally produces oils because it needs it, and it is there to benefit your skin allowing it to function well and proper. The steam from the hot flannel or muslin will open up your pores allowing hard oils to be easily removed. At the end of the oil cleanse, small drops of the same oil patted onto your damp skin will prevent your skin from over compensating in oil production.
So let’s dive in! You will need:
A face flannel
- strong anti-inflammatory properties
- great for cleansing and healing
It’s a very thick oil and it is the main ingredient but we don’t need very much of it as too much of it can shockingly dry your skin out. Because it is so thick and strong it needs to be thinned out with another oil…
Carrier oil (of your choice)
It is up to your personal preference which oil you choose to dilute the caster oil with. It’s always nice to pick an oil that is best for the needs of your skin type. It should always been cold pressed to retain all the nutrients and vitamins.
I use grapeseed oil myself which is good for tightening and smoothing out the skin and is also great for marks and scars. I’ve put a rough guide to the kind of caster oil to carrier oil ratio’s below depending on your skin type. You can personalise the ratio to meet the needs of your skin; if your skin feels too dry after trying the oil cleans, add more of the carrier oil and use less of the Caster oil.
For Dry Skin: 10% Caster Oil to 90% Secondary oil
For Combination Skin: 20% Caster oil to 80%Secondary oil
For Oily Skin: 30% Caster oil to 70% Secondary oil
How to: Hot Cloth Cleanse
I only do this in the evenings once or twice a week because it is a strong cleanse.
- Pour a little bit of oil (the size of a one pence coin) into your clean hands and rub your hands together to warm up the oil. Smooth it over your face and massage it in slow and firm motions.
- Focus on your problem areas and massage well into your pores taking deep breaths as you do this. It has actually become quite a therapeutic part of my skincare routine. It’s a real treat and great for relaxing before bed!
- Soak your wash cloth or muslin under hot steamy water and hold the flannel over your face (once it is at a hot but comfortable temperature – don’t want you claiming I advised you to burn your skin off!).
- Once the flannel has cooled on your face wipe your face with it. Try not to rub the flannel onto your skin as this can cause irritation. The wiping motion acts as manual exfoliation, sufficiently getting rid of impurities, dead skin and bacteria.
- Rinse your flannel in hot water again and hold it to your face again, allowing it to cool as you did before. Wipe. Repeat this step 2-3 times for best results and add a little oil if you feel your face getting dry.
If your skin breaks out or produces a lot of oil for the first few days, do not be surprised. This can be expected, you’re skin will adjust and function well again shortly after losing that congested feeling.
I love this hot cloth treatment it is great for congested skin, it’s cheap,effective and natural! There are mainstream brands like No.7 and Liz Earle who are charging silly prices for something that you could do yourself and will not have any chemical nasties in the cleansing oil!