I recently had an awful breakout right before an on camera job. The timing couldn’t have been worse. I pulled out the bentonite clay which is a very powerful skin detoxifier, and did not one but three masks over the course of one week prior to the shoot. It was such an overkill and my skin did not clear up the way I would have liked before the job. Not only was it too much for my skin to handle, it also brought other clogged pores to the surface in the midst of it all.
I made a very common mistake of over cleansing/detoxing my face hoping that it would clear up before the shoot date even though I should have known better.
So I got through the job thanks to good makeup and decided to return to some old school skin care ingredients/methods that I haven’t used in years to see how they would work now. In the past when my skin commonly flared up with weekly breakouts, I had a very simple skin care regimen which consisted of using African black soap as a face wash and jojoba oil as a moisturizer. There was also a time when I only used witch hazel and lavender essential oil on my acne prone skin to cleanse and tone, and I’m not even sure if I used a moisturizer during those days since it was so long ago. Now that I understand the importance of pH balance in beauty products and more about skin care ingredients, it is clear to me now why using soap based cleansers or toners with alcohol would not give consistent results to clear skin. I decided to try something very simple and pull from both of those old skin care regimens.
I chose to return to only oil cleansing with jojoba oil mixed with lavender essential oil.
Although I’ve used natural oils for makeup remover, I had a very bad experience with oil cleansing 3 1/2 years ago. At the time I think my unfavorable results were due to using the oils recommended with the Oil Cleansing Method: castor and olive oil. Although both natural oils may be good for skin, neither oil mimic the skin’s natural sebum like jojoba oil. I believe castor oil is too heavy to be considered a facial cleansing oil and olive oil may soften the skin yet wasn’t the most ideal natural oil for acne. My bad experience with the oil cleansing method had resulted in three to four months of blemished skin and clogged pores. On the other hand jojoba oil is extracted from jojoba seeds and is actually a wax ester that is non-comedogenic and will not clog pores.
Jojoba oil is so similar to our skin’s natural sebum that it deceives the skin from producing any extra unnecessary oil while balancing all skin types.
Jojoba oil also breaks down extra sebum in the skin and cleanses the pores. Once I added pure lavender essential oil to the jojoba oil, the consistency of the jojoba oil became even silkier with added antibacterial properties. My skin has been clearer than it has been in a long time since adding oil cleansing to my skin care regimen.
My experience with jojoba oil continues to be amazing! My skin looked so radiant after one day of only oil cleansing that I decided I wouldn’t wear any makeup for the rest of the week other than mascara.
Pure lavender essential oil improves the skin’s circulation and stimulates the skin to heal itself. It is an antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory essential oil that will calm and reduce blemishes while adding jojoba oil to cleanse the skin. Lavender oil is a wonderful oil for blemished acne prone skin as well as a great spot treatment.
How To Cleanse With Jojoba Oil
Apply 7-10 drops of jojoba oil to clean hands and massage into the skin for a minute or so. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and you’re good! I prefer the feeling of having my skin steamed in the shower for the most refreshing results. If you are removing makeup or would like gentle exfoliation, use a clean face cloth wrung out with warm-hot water and lay the cloth over your face to steam the skin. Next gently massage the skin with the cloth to exfoliate and remove makeup. Jojoba oil easily cleanses even mascara.
Now that it is summer I haven’t felt the need for intense moisturizing using this cleansing method. If I do need a bit of moisturizing I add a few drops of jojoba oil and pat into the skin or use my favorite sunscreen for sun protection if I’m going to be outdoors.
Mixing jojoba oil and lavender essential oil is extremely simple. Add 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil to one ounce of jojoba oil.
I’ve been using jojoba oil as a makeup remover for some time, I’m glad that I tried oil cleansing with jojoba oil and lavender essential oil. I have a special affinity to simple beauty routines and not using a lot of different products. Although I enjoy making many of my own products, it can be very time consuming when creating skin and hair care products. Oil cleansing is a very simple way to get rid of dirt and moisture all at the same time. I don’t exactly understand how it works but it does while balancing skin’s oil production. Like attracts like and oil attracts oil, while somehow breaking it down at the same time, resulting in clearer softer skin.
I will continue to monitor and share my experiences with oil cleansing over the next few months and probably add a weekly treatment with either a rhassoul clay mask with raw honey or the DIY Gentle Exfoliating Mask. You can find both jojoba oil and lavender essential oil at my favorite beauty source.
(Very important update: Since writing this article I’ve learned about oils high in linoleic acid versus oleic acid which is a MAJOR reason why using jojoba oil may not work for all acne prone skin. Please check out this article explaining why and learn about oils best for acne prone skin. This information has really changed everything for me and my readers in terms of skin care!)
Have you tried jojoba oil for oil cleansing? What were your experiences?
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