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I’m not a big fan of beauty trends. They seem to pass and go quicker than the seasons. However, there is one skin care method that is having a current surge in popularity that I wholeheartedly believe everyone can benefit from. That being, cleansing oils. Swapping your evening cleanser for a cleansing oil can effectively remove everyday pollution, make-up and excess sebum, as well as improve your skin care woes. It can also be the perfect opportunity to let go of any stress from the day.
However, not all cleansing oils are created equal, and some can do more harm than good, by disrupting the delicate moisture and pH balance of your skin, resulting in redness, irritation, dehydration and premature ageing of the skin.
HOW TO CHOOSE A CLEANSING OIL
It’s imperative to choose a product that contains 100% plant based ingredients. Read the full ingredient list. If the cleansing oil contains mineral oil please place it back on the shelf. This petroleum by-product interferes with your skin’s natural function, clogging pores, exacerbating acne, and is highly likely to be contaminated with hormone disruptors and carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and more. Instead, choose a cleansing oil that contains organic ingredients such as jojoba oil. My top pick for the base of a cleansing oil! Why? keep reading.
WHO SHOULD USE A CLEANSING OIL?
Anyone, irrespective of your age or skin condition. I know it might sound a little strange at first to use a cleansing oil if you have oily skin. But the fact is, that a good quality organic plant-based cleansing oil can dramatically improve oily skin conditions and even help to clear up acne. Why? If you strip all oil from your skin with a harsh cleanser that gives that “squeaky clean” feeling then your body naturally produces more oil to help bring the skin back to balance. But if you nourish your skin with oils such as jojoba and avocado oil then the body doesn’t over-produce oil. Instead you’re left with clean, clear, hydrated skin that feels soft and nourished.
HOW TO USE A CLEANSING OIL
To remove mascara and eye makeup, dampen an organic cotton wool pad with warm water. Squeeze out excess water, and apply a few drops of the cleansing oil to the pad. Gentle press on eyes.
To cleanse your entire face, massage cleansing oil directly to dry skin with firm massage motions. Dampen an organic muslin cloth in a basin of warm water. Squeeze out excess water and place over your face as a warm compress for a few seconds. Rinse cloth in warm water and repeat the compress steps 3 times.
For effective results, cleanse twice. The first application removes dirt, grime, and make-up, whilst the second application helps to nourish the skin.
WHY IS THE BE GENKI CLEANSING OIL SO GOOD?
When formulating the Radiant Cleansing Oil we had the desire for it to be suitable for all faces. The base of organic, virgin, cold-pressed jojoba oil mimics our skin’s natural oils, penetrating deep into the layers of skin– where our cells rejuvenate – taking along nutrients of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E, and high levels of antioxidants. Jojoba boasts regenerative, hydrating and protective properties, helping with uneven skin tone, pigmentation, and dry, sensitive and oily skin types. Infused within the jojoba oil are ultra-skin-soothing organic extracts of calendula, chamomile, and oh-so-calming organic essential oils of neroli and rose geranium. Both renowned for helping to ease stress, anxiety and depression.
THE STRESS-RELIEVING RITUAL
I love to use my evening cleansing ritual as the ideal opportunity to wash away any worries or tension from my body and mind. We tend to hold a great deal of stress in our facial muscles, so a firm massage with the Radiant Cleansing Oil works wonders to help release any tension. I love to pay particular attention to the jaw line, in-between my brows and the forehead. And then as the muslin cloth compress is applied to the skin and rinsed clean I imagine any worries being washed down the sink along with all that makeup and environmental pollution.
love & hugs
Sam Sargent, founder of Be genki