If you read our first blog for the week, you know that our focus is on the new year, new you and new skin. Glowing skin, that is free of imperfections. I believe this to be a reachable goal for us all! Some of you might be thinking, yeah right, no way, this is not a goal that I can see happening with my skin. I feel your pain and understand your frustration. As I have mentioned before, I struggled with believing clear skin would ever be possible for myself. What I have realized through the years, is that the best thing to have in your regimen is the appropriate cleanser. As an Esthetician, I have noticed that most people start off dry because they have used a cleanser that is just too stripping for their skin, leaving it void of healthy moisture balance and protection, right off the bat. Skin that is too dry, or alkaline can also be more susceptible to acne because a certain level of acidity is needed to inhibit bacterial growth on the skin.
As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyle and our environment. Everything that our skin encounters such as, products, smoking, air, water, the sun, pollution all contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle and the skin’s ability to protect itself. Which can lead to irritation, dryness, and acne. pH levels of products can either resolve or cause further distress to our skin. This is a big reason why mainstream products just don’t work for most. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a constant cycle of being tight and dry followed by congested pores. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil.
This brings me to why the oil cleansing method has helped so many people discover their true skin. The skin that they were always meant to have! Oil cleansing, I get it, it sounds a little strange, odd, dirty even? Believe me, if someone would have recommended this to me, say 15 years ago, I would have thought it was the craziest thing that I had ever heard. But, I am going to share with you a mind blowing little fact, that changed my mind on skin care products and ingredients forever. It is important that you keep in mind-- oil dissolves oil. Water doesn’t dissolve oil. Think about it! Our skin naturally lubricates itself with oil. Oil, alone, will not bring you blemishes! Our skin reflects what is going on inside our bodies. Hormones play a huge role in our skin. Along with, stress, sleeping habits, and our diets. Our skin is typically trying to tell us something. It’s time that we listen! Learning to work with your skin, not against it, will save you time and money.
The concept of the Oil Cleansing Method is that the oil used to massage your skin, will not only remove your makeup, but it will also dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and lodged itself inside your pores. Then the steam (hot washcloth) will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. I can only speak for myself when I say, it is amazing and my skin continues to thank me! There are several oil cleansing recipes out there. At White & Elm, our Founder and Formulator created a handful herself, until she came up with the perfect formulation. Our Deep Pore Cleansing Oil contains 8 organic oils.
How to use:
Oil Cleansing is typically done in the evening, prior to bed. There shouldn’t be a need for deep cleansing in the morning if you are oil cleansing the night before. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth should suffice. Or a splash or two of warm water works well too. We don't want to over cleanse our skin as this will only irritate and cause more oil production. The objective of using this cleansing method is to deep clean while balancing our skins oil production at the same time.
What to expect:
Whew… now, that was a lot of information! I thank you for reading until the end and encourage you to give oil cleansing a try! We are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Remember, clear, glowing skin is a reachable goal. We want 2017 to be your skin's best year yet! Please stay tuned for our next blog… we will be recommending other beneficial products that you can incorporate into your White & Elm skin care regimen.
Thank you for your continued support!
White & Elm