If you use commercial brand, over-the-counter cleansers, toners and masks on your skin, chances are you suffer from a complexion that’s either overly dry or overly oily. The truth is, the chemicals found in mainstream skincare products tend to strip your skin of the natural oil it needs to remain clear and healthy, and as a result your skin either dries out or your oil glands go haywire, leading to overproduction of sebum. While the idea of washing your face with oil may seem a bit terrifying and you’re likely imagining slick, greasy, skin filled with clogged pores and blemishes at the mere thought of applying oil to your face, it’s actually an excellent way to restore balance to your glands and regulate the oil production in your skin. There are three oils in particular that are excellent for using on a regular basis to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Over time, cleansing your face with oil can help clear up acne and give your skin a natural, dewy glow.
Olive oil is very similar to the oil naturally produced by your skin, making it excellent for hydrating dull, dry skin without clogging up your pores. Olive oil is perfect for using on all skin types, whether you’re dry, oily or acne-prone. You can use extra virgin olive oil to remove makeup at the end of a long day or as a wakeup call to your complexion when you first get up in the morning. Just dab a bit on a cotton ball and smooth it over your skin before rinsing with warm water. In addition to hydrating your skin and clearing up a variety of skin ailments, olive oil can also improve the quality and appearance of your eyelashes with regular use.
Jojoba oil by far the closest in texture and consistency to the sebum produced by your skin. Using jojoba oil can actually fool your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil, thus leading to your glands producing less oil. Because of this, jojoba oil is excellent for using on overly oily skin. Jojoba oil won’t evaporate like most moisturizing, so it will hydrate your skin throughout the day. Just apply a few drops to a cleansing cloth and smooth it across your face. Jojoba oil can also be used as a makeup remover, as it contains no allergens or irritants.
If you have acne-prone skin, coconut oil may be a solution to many of your skin woes. Coconut oil naturally contains several fatty acids that are natural antibacterials, helping to prevent the bacteria that causes acne from building up within your pores. Coconut oil is also an excellent source of vitamin e, which will soften and hydrate your skin. In addition to using coconut oil on your face, you can use it to soften and strengthen your hair, hydrate chapped lips and remove your makeup.