I love using natural oils to moisturise skin personally and on shoots before make-up. I also love to use them to cleanse skin. On shoots I tend to use a cream based cleanser before make-up application but I’ve always favoured an oily balm to remove make-up and cleanse skin at the end of the day. A rich balm can feel lovely on the skin, especially in winter. It can start to soothe and nourish right from the beginning of your routine.
Natural oils will attract the dirt and excess sebum from your skin without stripping it. I know some oily skin types will wince at the idea of putting more oil on their skin, but using the right oils i.e not synthetic or petroleum derived, can actually help to balance sebum levels. Gently massaging an oil onto the face can help to loosen any hard oils clogged in pores, thus giving a great deep cleanse.
Coconut oil has fast become a favourite for many people’s cleansing rituals. It’s never been my favourite I must say, I’ve always stuck to richer balms with a blend of oils, however recently I’ve been using a simple castor oil mix to cleanse my skin. Castor oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it is also a dirt magnet so is a great cleanser. It has a large molecule size which means it won’t push dirt back into the skin, making it more efficient on the cleansing front. It is quite thick and gloopy as many people have pointed out so it does need a carrier oil mixed in with it. I’ve currently got olive oil mixed in with mine but jojoba would be a fantastic choice as it so close to our natural sebum. Oilier skins could try sweet almond or grapeseed and drier skins could try avocado or argan. Play around and see what works for you. I use cotton pads to remove my eye make-up and then a muslin cloth for the rest of my face. I then use a floral water to remove any excess oil, especially from around my eyes, as excess product here can cause puffiness.
I’ve also been using a cleanser from a brand called Organic House that was recently introduced to me. This is a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, castor seed oil (best of both worlds!!), beeswax and then lovely essential oils of eucalyptus, clove, lavender and rosemary. It smells lovely and clears your head and relaxes you at the same time. The texture is really smooth and melts on application. Use it with a hot cloth to open pores for a really deep cleanse.
As the weather is starting to change, I highly recommend switching in an oil if you don’t already. Our skin needs a little TLC as the cold weather sets in and central heating comes on. We need all the help we can get to keep glowing through winter!
What do you cleanse with?