My first encounter with Oil Cleansing
I discovered oil cleansing a few years ago when I went on an Ayurvedic Retreat to conduct a Panchakarma. During the Panchakarma, Oil is a key ingredient from oil pulling, dripping massages, body oil massages and of course face oil massages. At first, I was hesitant, having blemish prone skin, as I was concerned I would break out. However, talking through it and understanding the physiology of the skin, as the skin produces sebum, our natural skin oil, to moisturise and protect itself, it started to make sense. Some oils even mimic sebum such as the Meadowfoam and Jojoba Oil which have a similar molecular structure to sebum or in other words has the perfect balance between oleic and linoleic acid.
Like attracts like
A little later when back in London, I experienced a bad break-out having gone through a particularly stressful time in my live. So I decided to go see an esthetician. She walked me through what she would be using such as natural oils, nut butters and also some of her own creations. I was nervous at first but the result days after, reinforced what I experienced all these years before. And brought back those memories from what I learned. She explained to me that likes attracts like. The oil applied to the skin has the ability to attach to unwanted, imbalanced sebum and draw dirt and impurities with it. But also, oily skin and skin more prone to blemish means that it lacks Linoleic Acid.
But, what about blemish-prone skin?
Even I suffered from blemish prone skin. Before everyone said to me to dry blemishes. No! The problem when you have blemish prone skin is that your skin suffers from increased sebum production and an impaired skin barrier. The increase in sebum is explained that your skin lacks linoleic acid and also moisture. Thus your skin tries to compensate for the lack of it and produces more of our natural oil than healthy balanced skin. Ultimately, clogging the pores leading to blemishes or worse acne. By using oils, to clean your face, you give lipids back to your skin and by adding water you are ensuring a balance between the hydro-lipid surface on your skin remains in balance. Additionally, you seal in hydration and gently explaining to your skin: ‘thank you but you don’t need to produce more sebum‘.
Over the last year, double-cleansing our skin has become very popular using high-quality oils to give yourself the self-love you deserve by gently massaging your face. Typically, these are a combination of oils only. Thus you will need to remove them with a cotton pad or muslin cloth as you won’t be able to remove it with water only. You put the cotton pad or muslin cloth in water to help remove the residue of the oil and with it the dirt and impurities to effectively clean the skin. I found that damp cotton pad or muslin cloth is helping gather and remove more dirt and imbalanced oil from your face and pores. I prefer to add water to the cotton pad to make it feel gentler than the dry cotton pad as it can feel quite harsh on my skin. However, test what works best for you.
The initial oil cleansing routine is followed by a water-based cleanser.
Our Everyday Cleansing Oil
How is our Everyday Cleansing Oil different? We wanted to produce something that provided you two products in one. We wanted to give you the joy of gently massaging your face with oil to allow yourself to give yourself a massage or simply to properly clean your face from any impurities, dead skin cell, sweat etc. A product that you could also use on your eyes without stinging and removing make-up. Finally, something that would be easily washed off again with water emulsifying gently to wash away the grime. The product has been in the making for more than a year going through consumer testing and we hope you will enjoy it!
NAYA’s Everyday Oil Cleansing Method
- Shake the Everyday Cleansing Oil well as it contains plant-derived ingredients and it needs to be shaked up.
- Massage the Everyday Cleansing Oil onto skin well. This loosens skin surface tension and the friction helps dissolve imbalance oil.
- Then use a bit of water on your finger tips, and continue massaging your skin. The Cleansing Oil will start to emulsify and the make-up and dirt will continue to losen up.
- Wash your face to remove all the cleanser using a washcloth to gather dirt, impurities and make up on the surface of the skin.
- Next you can use the re-usable cotton pad, remove the oil, soak it in warm water and wash off all the final residue.
- If you like it, mist your face with some miscellar water and top with the Everyday Day Cream or Everyday Face Oil.
- And fresh like a daisy !
Our mission was to create the perfect cleansing oil that not only keeps the skin subtle and clean. In addition, I wanted something that removed my mascara, dissolve by make-up, didn’t sting in my eyes and gently foamed when in contact with water to easily remove it from my skin. Oil Cleansing isn’t something that someone has invented a few years ago – it has been around for centuries. In particular in Ayurvedic practice where you do daily oiling of your body as a ritual prior taking a shower. It is part of their day-to-day. Even though, I share this with you, keep in mind there is no single and there is no right way to cleanse the skin. Cleansing differs for each person’s skin and varies by season. Oil Cleansing might be appropriate for one person but not the next. So find what works for your skin.