Use olive oil cleansing in the evening, prior to bed. There is no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you’re waking up with skin that was thoroughly cleansed the night before. Olive oil cleansing, along with any other cleansing method, is not going to work to keep your skin clear and balanced if you are sleeping with dirty or makeup caked skin.
Please wash the day away before bed and ensure your pillowcases are clean. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth or a rinse in the shower should be more than enough. Over-cleansing our skin will serve only to irritate and cause excess oil production.
Olive Oil Cleansing
- You’ll need a soft washcloth, extra virgin olive oil cleanser, and hot, running water.
- Pour a generous puddle of extra virgin olive oil into the palm of your hand. Roughly, the size of a quarter.
- Rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth it over your dry face.
- Begin massaging your cleansing oil into your face. This will remove sunscreen, makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face before the massage. I’ve found that this removes even my stubborn waterproof mascara and concealer.
- Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas. Work the oil into your pores so that blackheads and impurities can be dissolved and steamed away.
- Stress is one of the major causes of hormone-induced breakouts, so claim this short time for yourself.
- As you’re massaging, let your mind drift off to something calming and breathe deeply. Take this time to relax and release some of the stress from the day. Sit down, breathe deeply, and take your time. Give the oil enough time to work on dissolving the impurities in your pores and give yourself enough time to unwind.
- Once you’re satisfied that you’ve dissolved the grime and you’re feeling calm, pick up your washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to soften your pores and remove the oil. Cool water will not soften your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently. We’re not scalding our skin, we’re steaming to coax our pores into releasing the oil carrying the impurities. We’re essentially steaming our skin as an esthetician would, but without the luxury of a steam machine.