I first learned about oil cleansing while attending a makeup demonstration at Holt Renfrew by the internationally renowned chief makeup artist and protege of Shu Uemura, Kakuyasu Uchiide. Shu Uemura legendary Japanese makeup artist and creator of Shu Uemura cosmetics …helped pioneer the concept of the first professional makeup artists in television and film. Shu developed an oil cleansing system in the 50’s while working with Hollywood stars to help break down the greasy thick theater makeup that was commonly used.
The Oil Cleansing Method ( http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ )
Clear, glowing, dewy-looking skin, free of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and other imperfections seems to be an elusive goal. The booming skin care industry would have you believe the same with their claims of the need to rid your skin of oil completely and apply burning chemicals in order to avoid these imperfections. Modern society has been so strongly influenced by these marketing claims that some find themselves washing the delicate and easily-inflamed tissue of their facial skin with “grease cutting” or “antibacterial” dish and hand soap only to find that their skin condition worsens. The anxiety that rises when yet another pimple flares up or another painful lump begins forming beneath the skin sends many into overdrive in attempt to counter the impending damage, but does it ever work? Does the panicked scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying ever work? Why is it that if something works for a few days, or if you get lucky, a few weeks, the long term brings the blemishes back? The cycle seems endless. It’s exhausting. It’s painful. It’s embarrassing. It’s expensive!
The reasons we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are numerous, but two reasons, in particular, lead the pack. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called “unscented” products usually contain fragrance. See for yourself and check the labels. Dry, irritated skin replaced by oily skin, inflamed and trapping debris?
If we know what our body is going to do and understand the process, we can then understand what it takes to control it and achieve the results we want. Clear skin is attainable.
Getting right down to basics, when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it is imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production throughout the day. This method of cleansing first purges impurities that have been trapped in your pores, so for the first week its normal to notice a slight increase in blemishes. This is a natural disinfection process of the skin. However I have experienced no such side effects.
All you need is one bottle of PURE Jajoba oil. A face cloth. Hot water.
Apply 5 -10 small drops of Jajoba oil onto your fingertips. gently massage all over your face including lips and eyes. Steam your face cloth till hot to the touch and place over your face. Relax and steam for a few minutes until the cloth is cool, repeat after rinsing and reheating. Buff your skin gently with the face cloth to help exfoliate any dry particles of skin away. Rinse.
Get rid of expensive cleansers toners and moisturizers, the end result will be a luminous glowing complexion free from blemishes and dry irritated patches. A perfect base for makeup application or a beautiful confident bare face.