April 01 2020 - Skin Care 101
The well balanced way to cleanse with oil19 February 2020
Oil cleansing - what is it?
Usually, cleansing with oil is exactly what it sounds like. That is, it's a facial cleansing method that uses only oil.
There have been a lot of stories lately promoting cleansing oils with dermatologists and celebrities getting on the bandwagon.
However we'd like to present a better way. Because we're at odds with the idea that using 'just oil' is an effective or skin-enriching way to clean your face.
What we don't like about oil cleansing1. Cleansing with just oil doesn’t thoroughly cleanse. It's not a complete cleanse of skin because they're always oil left behind on skin. And after all, that is the oil that is supposed to be cleansing away molecular waste and environmental fallout from skin. When there’s oil left behind, this is what contains some of the ‘dirt’ it was supposed to be cleansing in the first place.
2. When you cleanse with just oil you've got to wipe it off. Doing this pulls skin and is rough on skin. This is never a good thing.
3. Cleansing with just oil doesn’t give a rounded spectrum of nutrients to skin. Yes, even a wash off product should do this.
4. Usually the ingredients in oil cleansers are just what you don't want to be using on your skin.
Example: castor oil is often the number one oil used. This is a very cheap ingredient that is widely used industrially as well as in skin care products. There are many problems connected with castor oil - not least environmental problems with the way castor oil beans are harvested plus the workers are treated terribly.
The better way: precleanse with oil
However, we are definitely in favour of precleansing skin with oil at night if you’ve been wearing makeup. (Read our article about precleansing.)
Even so, precleansing with oil must be followed with a more balanced way of cleansing to give the best results for skin.
But just cleanse with oil? Definitely no.
What is a balanced way of oil cleansing?
A balanced oil cleansing method is when you use a creamy, fresh-feeling cleansing milk that employs high quality, unbleached and unfiltered plant oils and balances the use of these with freshly made-in-the-traditional-way herbal decoctions.
This is: Simplicité Sundew Cleansing Milk.
What's the difference between these two types of cleansers?
Plant Gel Cleansers are light as air, luxurious, gentle and effective.
Sundew Cleansing Milk has a richer, creamier feel - but still washes off easily, leaving no residue.
Sundew Cleansing Milk is an absolutely beautiful-to-use cleanser. It's gentle on skin, doesn’t strip it of natural oils and effectively cleanses away molecular waste, makeup, bacteria, pollution and excess oil from skin, leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed.
How does Sundew Cleansing Milk achieve all this?
Because it is a perfectly balanced cleansing system that uses high quality plant oils and a mixture of other plant extracts to nurture and protect skin.
How balanced oil cleansing benefits skin
1. First precleanse makeup.
At nighttime if you've been wearing makeup, use Simplicité Face Oil to precleanse. Doing this loosens heavier makeup so then our gentle-as-possible cleansers (great for skin) can easily remove the heavier makeup.
2. Cleanse skin with Sundew Cleansing Milk.
As you do this, emollients of Wheatgerm and Sesame oil clean molecular waste from the pores and the surface of skin. These ingredients contain natural moisturisers that are rich in the important antioxidant vitamin E and help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve deep skin hydration.
Then, these oils and the waste they’ve cleansed from skin and pores are themselves gently cleansed away by the other six nutritive herbal decoctions used in the formula.
One of these is Sundew flower (an insectivorous plant native to Tasmania) acts as a natural skin cleanser, also soothes irritated skin, especially where due to extreme environmental exposures.
It improves the appearance of sun damaged skin by helping to correct the damage done by free radicals.
Another is Gingko biloba, rich in flavone glycosides, which among other benefits work to reduce breakdown of collagen, thereby reducing appearance of wrinkles. Flavone glycosides also regulate tone and elasticity of blood vessels, making circulation more efficient.
So there it is - use a balanced oil cleansing method and your skin will be the winner.