Let's start with the basics of skin structure, to help us understand just a little bit about what might be going on with our skin and how Oil Cleansing may be helpful. There are three main layers, the outermost being the one we are most familiar with. Here's a little breakdown:
This outermost layer is called the epidermis, and serves to protect us from the external environment. It not only keeps harmful substances out of our bodies, but also assists in the removal of them from inside our bodies as they are carried out through our pores. It is in this top layer that you will also find melanocytes, which are the cells that contain melanin (the pigments that determine our skin color).
Dermis of the Skin
The next layer is known as the dermis, which is where sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles are found. This layer is made up of a variety of proteins, collagen, and elastin. This is an important layer in terms of nourishing and supporting for a beautiful glow, and also to consider when decongesting skin from harmful substances (which can play a part in breakouts and other imbalances). In the dermis you will also find an intricate network of capillaries carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
The subcutis is the innermost layer of the skin. It serves to insulate, shield and protect.
Function of Skin
We have talked about skin's abilities to protect us from the outside world and allow a safe passage for the removal of toxins from our system. It is also responsible for overall moisture retention, regulating our temperature, and producing Vitamin D. In short, the skin is super important to our health on a lot of levels. Now that we have got the basics on skin structure and function down, let's get back to the Oil Cleansing Method and why it works so well....
The Oil Cleansing Method
Applying oil to the skin, particularly when it already seems over-oily, is counter-intuitive for a lot of people. What many people are not yet aware of is this simple truth: oil dissolves oil. When you use the oil cleansing method, all of the impurities that are clogging your pores will be softened and dissolved, and with the application of steam or a warm compress, will be removed altogether. Oil is healthy and necessary for the skin, which is why your body produces it. It lubricates pores so they can carry out toxins with ease, and also works to provide moisture and protection. The production and movement of oil within the skin is a beautiful process, and when it is in balance, the skin is radiant. Trouble arises when the process breaks down somewhere along the way, and suddenly things aren't flowing as easily as they should be. Oil cleansing is the method that can assist in bringing this back into balance, no matter if you skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between.
The Oil Cleansing Method: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin and Acne
At this point, we have learned that oily skin needs oil just as much as dry skin does. It is healthy and healing, and will encourage and bring about oil balance in the skin. The Oil Cleansing Method will greatly assist in the removal of pore-clogging substances, and encourage balance and vitality in the skin, clearing acne and oily skin. If you have been stuck in the trap of using products that overly dry the skin (such as oil-absorbing products or medicated acne treatments), it is time to break free! When you use products that intentionally aim to dry the tissues, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil...leading to the continuation of the cycle of oily skin, clogged pores and acne. It's time for a change. . . invite oil into your life!
The Oil Cleansing Method: Bringing Moisture to Dry Skin
Dry skin benefits greatly from the Oil Cleansing Method as well. It will not only clear congested pores, but it will also invite healthy oils into the skin to work their magic. The oils that we will be using are miracle workers in the tissues, clearing inflammations, signs of aging, and restoring deep balance and beauty. Your skin will be thrilled with the results, and the simplicity of the practice makes it refreshingly easy to do.
Oil Cleansing with Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm
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How To - The Oil Cleansing Method
*1* Begin with a pearl sized amount of Orange Sky - Facial Cleansing Balm in your hand.
*2* You may begin on the neck and gently stroke in upwards motions toward the forehead until you have covered your entire face. Begin to gently massage the cleansing balm in delicate circular motions, taking care to ensure that it has completely penetrated the skin. Allow the cleansing balm to work its magic on your tissues for at least 3 minutes, or up to ten minutes if desired. Take this time to soak in the experience, breathing deeply and opening to transformation. Invite in your own self healing power of your body, mind, and spirit in, and both feel in your heart and form a clear picture in your mind of radiant health and beauty.
*3* Use a warm damp cloth to remove, sweeping in upward motions.
*4* If you have a lot of congestion in the skin, and/or you are in the initial clearing phase of the oil cleansing method, there is an extra step you might consider employing. (This will become unnecessary after your skin balances with continued use of the method). Position your face over a pot of gently steaming water, with towel draped over the back of your head to hold the steam in and allow it to work through your pores. Continue to steam for about 5 minutes. Follow with a cool splash of water.
*5* Finish the ritual with a toner, like Moonlight Mist, Citrus Sunrise, or Gingko Pomegranate, Hibiscus Skin Lifting Mist. The toner will help remove any excess wax or oil from the cleansing balm. Finally, apply a serum & moisturizer, customized to your skin's desires and needs.
Detox Reactions from the Oil Cleansing Method
Sometimes there is a short period of skin detoxification that occurs with the Oil Cleansing Method. As pores that have not been functioning well suddenly begin working efficiently, they desire to push out all of the debris that has been holding the skin back from its innate brilliance. It might even seem that your skin is becoming a little more oily at first. This is your skin cleansing, purging, and rebalancing. Allow the process to happen if it comes. It will not last long, and as you move through it, your skin will be transformed beyond anything it has ever known before!