the hot cloth cleanse you need to try / for men & women
This mini series is going to focus on #1 Why I personally Hot Cloth Oil Cleanse & What With #2 How to Hot Cloth Oil Cleanse #3 & lastly an Ingredients post so YOU, can tailor to your skin needs.
Todays episode is #2 HOW TO HOT CLOTH OIL CLEANSE.
“I promise this post isn’t as long as the last”. You can read about the products I am currently using and why I Hot Cloth Oil Cleanse, in the first of this mini series (HERE).
It’s important to understand what you are doing and trying to achieve whilst oil cleansing so you can get the most out of the process.
hence a recap on:
SOME QUICK ‘FO ABOUT THE HOT CLOTH OIL CLEANSE
Oil cleansing is more commonly known as the Oil Cleanse Method (OCM).
Oil cleansing is for ALL skin types. Thats Oily, Normal, Acne, Sensitive, Dry, Dehydrated.
Oil cleansing is massaging deep into your pores, breaking down the dirt and any sebum build up caught up inside them, and washing it away.
Oil cleansing is natural cleansing, so you don’t need to worry about stripping with harsh chemicals.
Oil cleansing is a Hot Cloth cleanse, using a hot cloth to open those pores, and melt (literally) away all those nasties/impurities.
Oil is a brilliant thing for your skin. It cuts through other oils, breaks them down, and acts a carrier to lift of any dirt.
YOU WILL NEED
A Flannel. You can use muslin cloths too, but they do not hold the heat as well.
Oil. You can try this out with olive oil from your kitchen cupboard. Traditionally Castor Oil is used.
LET’S GET STARTED
Ok, so first of all, you want to put a good walnut (that’s been flattened) size of oil into your hands.
Warm the oil in the palms of hands hands, and begin to spread evenly around your facial area, you can bring this down to your neck too.
Begin to massage your face, not too hard. I like to do lots of little circles beginning at the centre of my forehead, nose and mouth, eventually moving outwards in more sweeping circles. I personally feel as if the oil changes on my face when I have been massaging enough, it almost becomes more of a thicker slick.
*Run your hot tap. Drench your cloth in hot water, and wring it out.
Place your cloth over your face, and leave it until the cloth begins to cool, and repeat this process.
I like to gently press the hot cloth onto all areas of my face, especially where it will not naturally sit, i.e upper lip and sides of nose.
I also have this brilliant face cloth from Bodhi (HERE) which has an exfoliating side, so I like to gently buff my skin if I am feeling a little dry, it works wonders.
*If you are wearing makeup, I like to use a little oil to cut it, then use a face wash such as the Body Shop’s Cool & Creamy wash, (I talked a little about this in previous oil cleanse post (HERE), to rinse most my makeup off before re-oiling up as I don’t like to get my cloth makeup logged.
“I really look forward to placing that steaming cloth onto my face, it really relaxing and is a time just to breath and open those pores. But the best part?! That’s when I cool that cloth right down with cold water and soothe my skin with that calming contrast.”
Repeat the process again to make sure you’ve really got everything out after opening up those pores.
When you are done, it’s a good idea to close those pores, so cool down that cloth with cold water, and place over your face to soothe.
You probably don’t need to dry your face with a towel, so try applying your skincare whilst your skin still has a little water sitting on it. If you have dehydrated skin, this is a god send as your skin wants to drink that water up.
Some people find they can have a break out of spots when they start to oil cleanse, but I promise you need to stick it out because the benefits are worth it.
So that’s it for this episode! Enjoy!
Next time: You can tailor Oil Cleansing to your own skin needs.
“I will give you a little ‘FO on different oils, ingredients & what their benefits are! “
The images in this post show Badger Balm in Cuticle Care, a beautiful one for a relaxing yet stimulating aromatherapy cleanse.