For starters, I want you to forget anything bad you have been told or read about applying oils directly to your skin. Oils are magnificent for your skin in almost all ways, providing, of course, you apply the right oils in the right ratios. They’re wonderful for pre-facial cleansing, or they can be applied to your entire body to nourish and smooth your skin; our new Body Oil is in this category.
There is just so much mythology, superstition, and misinformation about skin oils and their effect on the skin. These are completely the result using the wrong oils in the wrong ratios, or in the modern times the result of using synthetic “mineral” oils taken from petrochemical byproducts on the body.
The Right Ratio Of The Right Oils
Ah, this is indeed what separates oil cleansers that work from those that work magnificently. The expression “like dissolves like” is the functioning beating heart of it all. Assemble the right oils in just the right ratios such that the blend replicates the composition of sebum, the oil that your skin secretes. Now you have something truly wonderful! A perfect oil cleanser that dissolves solidified clogging skin oils and nourishes your skin with exactly what it needs to remain healthy.
Oils can be used to clean your skin no matter where that skin resides, from the tips of your tippy toes to the top of your head.
Just For Fun Lets Take A Look At The History
So let’s take a historical look at body oils and their use as skin therapeutics and cleansing mediums. It’s not all glamorous but keep in mind that we are illustrating that oil cleansing has been around for a very long time.
The first archaeological evidence of cosmetics dates around 6000 years ago from Ancient Egypt. In those days, oil applications protected the Ancient Egyptians from the elements of the sun and from insects. The Ancient Egyptians used castor, sesame, and moringa oils to fight wrinkles and preserve their youth. While their selection of oils was somewhat random, the results were reasonably good, and the practice continues today not radically different than those many thousands of years ago.
The funny thing about oils were shipped in ancient Egypt is that all the shipping of oils was all on the backs of camels.
Ancient Greeks made their skincare products using local, natural ingredients dominated by olive oils of various presses as exfoliants and moisturizers.
During the 12th century, cosmetics were mostly ointments based on animal fats. Seeds, leaves, and flowers were also mixed with honey to create face masks, and used vinegar as an astringent (not a good idea at all, more on astringents in another blog post)
Pretty much an extension of Medieval Times with the addition of silver, mercury, lead and chalk. Barbaric period for skincare. Women of this period were also fond of using broom boiled stalks to cleanse the skin and oatmeal boiled in vinegar to treat pimples. Bread soaked in rose water was used to soothe puffy eyes. As stated, these are not the best practices as born out of today’s skincare.
The Baroque Era through to the 1800’s
I’m fast-forwarding here as nothing changes except for more sophisticated oil extractions and the elimination of supplementing the oils with toxins and heavy metals.
The 1900s was an explosion in terms of accessible skincare for women. Carmex was invented in 1937, and sunscreen in 1944. In 1946, Estee Lauder launched their cosmetics line in NYC, and then in the 1950s, Clearasil, Ponds, Oil of Olay, and Clinique were all launched, too. All of these brands are based on animal fat extracted oils.
Oil cleansing is still oil cleansing. In its root, the concept is still viable as oils dissolve oils regardless of the oil’s oxidized state. Meaning if an oil, say from your skin, has become a solid oxidized mass inside your pores, rendering your pour congested, applying the right ratios of the right oils will dissolve the solidified oil blockage and allow your pour to function normally again.
The fact is that oil is the perfect medium for removing pollution, make-up, grime, and whatever else collects on your skin. Additionally, real soap is an oil cleanser. Yup, when the soap molecule forms, it rests with an oil base on one end of the molecule and a compound on the other that reduces the surface tension of water, allowing bubbles to form. So it’s not the bottles that cleanse. It’s the oils on the other end of the soap molecule.