My friends, we are entering a new era of face care. The concept is cleansing your skin with oil, and despite the “counter-intuitive” feeling it may evoke in you, it actually makes a lot of sense. So for a moment let’s set aside any preconceptions (not to mention the endless marketing of “oil free” preparations) and look at the oil cleansing method from a practical point of view. First, some things that we’ve learned about our skin:
Our skin doesn’t want to be “oil free”
That’s right – despite the satisfaction that you might get from removing all traces of oil from your face after a thorough scrubbing, your skin might not be thanking you. Our bodies naturally produce oil to protect and moisturize skin (and hair, too!). If our skin didn’t want oil we wouldn’t be equipped with sebaceous glands… so why do we reach for cleansers that promise to strip away natural oils? Why would we feel that a cleanser marketed as “oil free” would be compatible with our own natural system? Here at Badger, we believe in the healing and restorative power of oils, and the power of natural compatibility. So the oil cleansing method actually makes a lot of sense to us – a way to cleanse while honoring the way the body naturally cares for itself.
Oil is not clogging your pores – everything else is
Despite what you may have read, oil alone is not what causes clogged pores. There is no single culprit when it comes to skin blemishes. Breakouts can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, hormones, and pollution. When dirt, pollution, and other icky stuff gets trapped within the oil on your face, pores can become clogged and skin can become irritated, which can then lead to pimples, sebaceous filaments, and other bumps. We suspect that this misconception about oil is where the original notion of removing all oil comes from, however we know this to be false – we’ve had our Oil Face Care line tested and approved non-comedogenic, which means they do not clog pores.
Like dissolves like
Even if you’re still feeling as though you want to remove all of the oil, let’s approach this rationally: like dissolves like, which means oil dissolves oil. So, from a very basic and practical standpoint, the oil cleansing method makes sense. Your face is producing oil as you read this, and it mixes with everything else you apply to your face, including sunscreen and makeup. So using oil to dissolve, lift, and replace the soiled oil on your face is a very effective cleansing method. It is also a gentler way, as opposed to water-based cleansers that must use a detergent (surfactant) to dissolve oil – leaving dry and depleted skin in its wake.
The Badger Oil Cleansing Method
Balance isn’t just for yoga
Oily T-zone and dry chin? Dry cheeks and greasy nose? Like most of us you likely have combination skin – skin that seems to make too much oil in certain parts, and not enough in others. In most cases this can be addressed by balancing your skin’s oil production, and a good place to start is to stop stripping the oil from your skin. When you remove all of the oil through a harsh cleansing process, you skin notices that there is not enough oil, and ups its production. In other words: you remove oil, your skin puts it back twofold because it thinks you need more. The oil cleansing method is a good way to balance oil production, as it is moisturizing with an oil like jojoba, which is nearly identical to our own natural oil (sebum). Jojoba is incredibly balancing to the skin – it provides nourishing fatty acids to the dry parts while balancing oil production in the oily parts.
Hopefully at this point you’re feeling like you have a better understanding of how your skin works. So now, let’s dig into “The Why” of the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).
Any excuse for feeding my skin
The primary reason Badger chooses the oils we do is because they nourish the skin. We use the best stuff we can for every product we make, and this philosophy extends to our cleansing oils, which are meant to be mostly wiped away (though some oil does remain on the skin). Think about it this way: there are a number of emollient ingredients to choose from, so why not choose oils that deliver soothing results immediately and feed the skin over time? All of the ingredients we use are 100% natural and certified organic, and made from fresh whole botanicals, brimming with life force. That’s why you’ll see vitamin E-rich Sunflower Oil rather than mineral oil in our ingredients, and organic essential oils rather than synthetic fragrance oils.
Simplicity, efficacy, and health
Pure, minimally processed oils are simple, effective, and good for you and your skin. Just as eating food that is whole grain, minimally processed, natural and organic is best for your body, using whole botanicals that are certified organic and minimally processed is best for your skin. These plant oils and botanicals are made up of the same natural building blocks as the oil produced by your skin, making them ideal skin soothers.
Ritual versus chore
It’s not just the oils themselves that turn the OCM into such a pleasurable experience, it’s also the ritual. Taking an extra 15 minutes to treat your skin kindly and honor your body might sound a little “crunchy”, but the act of recognizing and appreciating your own skin bolsters your self-love, which is important. The OCM gives you an opportunity to spend an extra few minutes giving yourself a well-deserved face massage, and at the very least, a little quiet “you” time. If you’re feeling like you don’t have the extra 15 minutes to do the full routine, here’s a tip for making it work from Badger Emily: “I like to turn on the shower, then while the water heats up I apply the Cleansing Oil to my face. I hop in the shower and with my face washcloth remove the oil. This way I get the benefits of OCM without spending any extra time.”
Makes me feel like royalty
Ok, this may be unique to me, but there’s something about massaging these pure oils into my skin that makes me feel so…special. I’m especially partial to the Damascus Rose face care line for this reason. Organic rose essential oil is so precious (it takes 2.5 tons of fresh petals to make about a pint of essential oil) that I find myself feeling grateful that it’s the year 2014 and these oils are available to a regular person like me. Seriously, this is stuff that Cleopatra would covet.
…and it works!
The oil cleansing method purifies skin and balances oil production – proof that we don’t need to strip all of the oil from our skin in order to cleanse it.
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