Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt, grime, sunscreen, makeup - even bacteria and virus - naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM works to heal the skin from the inside out.
I wild harvest a variety of plant material with different properties to which I infuse into Avocado + Grapeseed Oil. Once this infusion is ready I carefully strain it then blend 1/3 of this infusion with 2/3 of the following BASE BLEND.
My DEEP CLEANSING OILS are a blend of clarifying “astringent (linoleic acid)” oils and “conditioning (oleic acid)” oils. An astringent is a substance which stimulates biological tissues to contract and draw together.
DEEP CLEANSING OIL BASE BLEND:
Astringent oils are rich in Linoleic acid and are light, easily absorbed, and are a required ingredient in a cleansing oil. Oils rich in Linoleic acid have proven anti-wrinkle properties and benefits skin prone to itchy breakouts. If skin is deficient in Linoleic acid the sebaceous glands of the skin produce a type of sebum which is drier and more firm than healthy sebum. This dry, hard sebum easily becomes stuck, causing blackheads & whiteheads to form.
Fruit and seed oils high in Oleic acids are considered to be Emollient oils and are deeply skin “conditioning”. Oils rich in Oleic acid are healing and moisturizing. They have a heavier bodied and take longer to be absorbed making them vital to combating dryness in harsh, arid climates. Dry climates can dehydrate skin. Dehydrated skin can be easily damaged, making it vulnerable to bacterial penetration which may lead to itchy outbreaks and acne. Oleic acids nourish the skin and strengthen skin resiliency, this can help reduce breakouts in people with “dry skin” outbreaks by maintaining the skin's structure and function.
Grape Seed oil
Grapeseed Oil is a lovely light, quickly absorbed, slightly astringent oil, which is also considered a nourishing, penetrating oil. It is not known to clog pores. It is high in Vitamin D, C, E and beta carotene, and antioxidants which can help minimize signs of aging, reduce the appearance of fine lines, maintain collagen and elastin in skin, and may help reduce under-eye circles. High levels of antioxidants can help prevent clogged pores and reduce acne by regulating skin oil production. It has also been shown to stimulate skin tissue regeneration and improve wound healing. Grape seed oil is useful for skin toning and tightening and has been shown to minimize the prominence and size of scars, improve damaged or aging skin, and improve skin elasticity. It is a good choice for sensitive skin and is known not to cause allergic reactions. It has anti inflammatory properties, helping prevent itchy breakouts.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil (non-psychoactive) is the secondary cleansing oil. It is my personal favorite. It has a luxurious feel, sinks into the skin and aides the grape seed oil in transportation deep into the pores and allowing it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. Hemp Seed oil is exceptionally high in Linoleic Acid which plays a crucial role in the maintenance of healthy skin tissue and resiliency due to to environment stress and the effects of aging on skin structure. Great for mature or damaged skin it is high in Vitamins A, D & E, lecithin, and omega 9.
Safflower & Apricot Kernel Seed
Both oils are rich in linoleic acid, offering softening, regenerating, and moisturizing properties, as well as some anti-inflammatory properties and skin barrier support which can help with dry, itchy skin.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil brings in Oleic acids to add balance to the fatty acid ratio, prized by early native Americans for skin issues.
Jojoba is not actually and oil, it is a wax. It has a weird and wacky fatty acid profile making it very unique for skincare. It sinks quickly into the skin in an interesting way - it penetrates through hair follicles - but it does not block those follicles where it actually mixes with the skin sebum to create a thin non-occlusive layer of Jojoba oil and sebum. This is one of the reasons it is said Jojoba allows our skin to "breathe". It is consider very emollient. In a cleansing oil it works by penetrating the hair follicles and dissolving dirt and oil trapped there, where it can then be rinsed away.
Sweet Almond Oil
This lovely oil is rich in Oleic and Linoleic acid. It has a light texture and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and dislodging the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores helping prevents blackheads and acne and is said to help reduce acne flare-ups due to naturally occurring Vitamin A. It is known to be very gentle and not to aggravate problem skin or allergies.
Aloe Leaf Oil
Aloe leave oil is the universal ingredients for soothing and healing irritated, inflamed skin and for maintaining healthy skin texture. It is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
This interesting oil is a penetrating, astringent oil known to relieve redness and itching and to help lighten scars and hyperpigmentation. It soothes and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Skin problems due to infection, fungus or parasite benefit from Neem. Neem is often used in spot treatment of acne as it is highly antibacterial. It is preferred to tea tree oil because it is less irritating and known to be cooling, soothing and to not cause dry skin.