More on Cleansing - why it's important to use an oil based cleanser

Updated: Feb 22

On my bathroom windowsill - handmade cotton facecloth, soap and cinnamon sugar scrub
My cleansing routine - handmade cotton face cloth, cleansing bar soap and cinnamon sugar scrub

Some cleansers contain quite harsh ingredients. It may seem nice to wipe your skin with a disposable cleansing wipe, but think of the impact on our Globe. As well as being environmentally wasteful the surfactants in the wipe can take away all the good bacteria on your skin.

So, in summary cleansing wipes may be convenient but can:

  • Damage your skin microbiome

  • and cause environmental damage

Oil cleansing is an age-old method used by French and Japanese women. Try oil cleansing with my Handknitted cotton face cloth. My face cloths are gentle and long lasting and are an environmentally sustainable alternate to disposable wipes. It’s simple – just rinse in hot water, let it drain and re-use it. It is machine washable and will last for ages. I have been using mine every day now for years. It hangs by my bathroom window to air dry for next time. I find it soft and gentle on my face and body and teams extremely well with my Cleansing Bars and Blossom Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, Blossom Bath Oil or Camellia Ultra Hydrating Face Oil.

The oil cleansing method uses botanical oils to gently cleanse the skin. Oil attract oils. This method draws away grime and dead skin cells without damaging the skin’s barrier.

To complete the oil cleansing method, place a few drops of any of my botanical oils onto your wet hands and apply to dry facial skin. Massage it in and use a warm damp facial cloth to gently wipe it away. Complete this one more time. It’s also good to place a few drops of any of my botanical oils all over your body after a shower or bath while your skin is still damp. It’s quick, effective, highly moisturising and a good routine to practice daily.

Argan Oil is particularly good as it has a comedogenic rating of 0, meaning it is unlikely to clog pores. I use pure Argan Oil that it is cold-pressed and hasn’t been treated with chemicals in its extraction process. Sweet Almond and Apricot Kernel oil have comedogenic ratings of 2 which means it will not clog pores for most people but it may cause a purge outbreak. A rating of 5 is where pores are likely to clog and cause an outbreak. However, remember that everyone’s skin is different and the vitamins and minerals in the oil are super beneficial.

As well as a cleansing method another amazing thing to do for your skin is to apply an oatmeal mask. Here’s a recipe to try in a few minutes you have free this weekend.

Take a handknitted cotton face cloth in a bowl and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of oatmeal onto it.

Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of boiling water onto it and let the water cool to tepid.

Then place the face cloth onto your face and let the warmth of the cloth and oatmeal seep onto your face.

This will provide you with an oat milk face mask that is both soothing and moisturising and will also help to minimise pore size on your facial skin. Oatmeal is soothing to all types of skin irritations and sensitivities.

This is a treatment I have been completing since I was a teenager. I really like a steam mask and this works really nicely while taking a warm bath. The oats can also go back into the bath to soften your body skin.

Of course, oatmeal porridge is my morning breakfast of choice too, but that’s a different story! The similarities between what’s good for you on the inside and what’s good for you on the outside are extraordinary.

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