INGREDIENTS: Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Extract, Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, Lemongrass, Tea Tree.
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WHY SHOULD WE OIL CLEANSE?
The skin’s acid mantle is a film that sits on top of the outermost protective barrier of tightly knit cells of the epidermis. This film is made up of sebum, sweat and beneficial bacteria that protects, moisturizes and nourishes the face. Sebum is the skin's natural, oily secretion that pushes dirt, toxins and dead skin cells out of the pores. When not properly cleansed, pores will clog up with impurities. If the pH of the acid mantle (ideal pH of skin and scalp ranges from 4.5 – 5.5) is altered by inappropriate cleansing habits and pH-altering skin and hair products, the cell barrier will then be compromised, allowing invading bacteria (which flourish in an alkaline environment) and environmental pollutants access to the epidermis. Chronic dry skin will also compromise the cell barrier, making the skin susceptible to skin problems, infections, rashes, flaking, redness, roughness and dehydration…..to name a few.
Oils have no pH so will not disrupt the delicate pH balance of the acid mantle. In fact, oil dissolves oil, so cleansing with the correct oil formula for your skin type will gently unclog pores without affecting the acid mantle.
HOW TO OIL CLEANSE
A daily routine of OIL CLEANSE – STEAM – TONE – MOISTURIZE will allow the skin’s sebum to do its job, the acid mantle to maintain a balanced pH, and the protective cell barrier to keep out harmful bacteria and impurities…… the result is a happy, healthy, radiant complexion! Our Balancing Face Oil is best used together with our Balancing Toner to obtain the full benefits of the oil cleanse routine. See FACE TONER for more information.
1) Pour approximately ½ tsp. of oil into the palm of one hand and use the fingers of other hand to gently rub oil into skin - a bit at a time. Use a circular motion to cover face, avoiding hairline. Use enough oil to saturate skin - you want the oil to work into your pores so that blackheads and deep impurities will be dissolved.
2) Before oil fully soaks into skin, gently but thoroughly wipe off with a soft tissue.
3) Run a clean washcloth under very hot tap water, squeeze out excess and apply damp cloth to face in sections, gently wiping away excess dirt in each section. Steam will open your pores, allowing the impurities to be more easily removed. Repeat until entire face is steamed.
4) Apply toner all over the face with a cotton ball or pad (be careful not to pull at delicate skin), paying special attention to T-zone, hairline, behind ears, under jaw, and to acne-prone areas. Avoid open sores. If more astringency is desired in the toner, please see instructions under Face Toner page.
5) Moisturize entire face with just a drop or two of oil ( if needed, more oil may be added to extra dry areas and smile lines around mouth, cheekbones etc…). Gently massage until soaked in (don’t get oil too close to eyes and avoid hairline). You do not have to moisturize if using our Balancing Toner as-is, but you should always moisturize after using an astringent toner - even if you have oily skin - because failure to do so can result in surface dryness which would cause your skin to produce too much sebum to compensate, which can then cause your pores to clog up again.
WHEN SHOULD WE OIL CLEANSE?
Always oil cleanse your skin in the evening, before bedtime, to clean away make-up, dirt, grime and sweat that have accumulated during the day – these impurities will clog pores if not cleansed away. In the morning, depending on how your face feels, you may only need to use the toner followed with a little oil to protect and moisturize. If your face feels oily in the morning and you wish to oil cleanse again, massage oil onto face before immediately stepping into the shower - then bathe in the following order to make sure that alkaline hair products are completely rinsed from the body:
1) Shampoo hair using a ph-balanced shampoo and condition only the hair ends if needed.
2) Rinse hair thoroughly – avoid hair products running onto the face as much as possible.
3) Cleanse face by applying damp washcloth and gently wiping away oil.
4) Wash rest of the body with a mild soap or cleanser.
5) Pat face and body dry - do not rub.
6) Use toner on face and targeted areas of the body.
7) Moisturize face with a drop or two of oil. Don’t forget to also moisturize the body with a natural body butter, serum or lotion. If spending time in the sun, be sure to apply a non-comedogenic mineral sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
NOTE: Don't be surprised if your face feels extra oily for the first few days of beginning the oil cleanse routine. Once you remove the plugs from your pores, they will begin functioning properly again. Give your skin a few days to adjust. The skin’s extra sebum flow is actually a good sign and will balance out very shortly. If you experience redness and irritation, it should soon subside – if it doesn’t, you may be allergic to one or more of the ingredients, not the oil cleanse method itself.
Angela R., Lynchburg, VA - My favorite face cleanser. I look forward to facing my face and breathing in the wonder smell of lemongrass each day. And my skin looks and feels amazing.