While there are endless skincare routines and techniques to washing your face, its safe to say that we all crave the same clean skin result. However, over washing can be a problem, when you over wash your face, you are stripping your skin of its natural oils and your skin may look squeaky clean, but it will feel tight, itchy, and dry. Not a good feeling! So, the question is, how do you achieve a clean face without causing more damage?

Oil Cleansing has been around for years, in fact it is an ancient technique for removing dirt and grime from the face and body. Today it is perfect for removing makeup, sunscreen and pollution all sitting at the skins surface too. Poor Circulation in our face is often the reason behind skin care issues like dryness and acne. That is why I love using this Japanese oil cleansing method. This method entails a few minutes of massaging your face with a cleansing oil, which really helps to get the blood flow and circulation to the surface helping with acne and old scars.

Emulsifying cleansing oils are an amazing way to break up and lift off stubborn makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and pollution in the air around us. This technique is amazing for getting circulation back to your skin and helps to drain stagnant fluid that causes puffiness, improves skin texture, relaxes tension build up in the face, helps to improve acne scar tissue and my favorite, lymphatic drainage.

You always want to start with a dry face, and dry hands. Pour your oil into the palm of your hands and apply it generously to your face. Think about this time that you have and really connect with yourself during this process, so take your time.

  • Using your fingertips, you want to start off with small soft circular motions all around you face spreading the oil into the skin. Really visualize the oil pulling out all that nasty dirt.

Believe it or not, we tend to hold a lot of stress in our face. Our face is full of muscles, 42 to be exact, so this technique is super relaxing!  

  • Next you want to focus on your nose to forehead. Move in upward and horizontal motions. I run my two pointer fingers upwards from the tip of my nose all the way to the middle of my eyebrows and then horizontally until I get to my temples and do small anti clockwise circles. So relaxing!  Gravity with time pulls your face down, so you want to really think about lifting your skin.
  • With the next step I like to make my hands into a fist, I use the Knuckles of my fingers and gently place them under my cheekbones, I then pull them towards my ears. Again, picture yourself lifting your skin and defining those stunning cheeks. I then like to take the palm of my hands and make circular motions around my cheeks to bring back some circulation.
  • Don’t forget about your neck! I massage lightly by using downward movements from under my jaw line and chin towards my collar bones. This will help to get your lymphatic system moving and get rid of any unwanted stress and toxins.
  • Next, what happens when you mix water and oil together? The oil will rise!
  • So… with some warm water, wet your hands and pat your face. Then use small circular motions. By doing this, you are allowing the oil to pull out of your skin along with any dirt residue. The oil pulls to the surface and the water then seeps into your skin leaving you with a hydrated face. With a warm towel you can gently wipe away all the grime on the surface of your skin.
  • The last step is to finally wash your face with a gentle face wash.

We recommend using our gentle face wash that is enriched with Jojoba. Its plant powered formulation cleanses the skin without breaking its protective barrier. Working hand in hand with this ancient skin cleansing method it is the perfect way to end a massage, feel clean and stay hydrated!

Ps: this is what the Jojoba seed looks like.

Paige Callenja-Allen says about our Gentle Face Wash:

“I love the formula of the wash, it makes my face feel really clean (sometimes I felt with other face washes that my face wasn’t 100% clean) and my skin feels so soft and smooth after washing with the Gentle Face Wash.”

You glow girl!

Please feel free to let us know what your thoughts are on this ancient Japanese face cleansing technique, we love your feedback.

yours truly,

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