THE MYSTERY BEHIND OIL CLEANSING

At this time of year, protecting your skin from the advancing winter climate is a primary concern. Frigid temperatures can cause skin to be dry, flaky and chapped. A nourishing Fabriq Spa facial is a good solution (now, or anytime!). At Fabriq Spa we  incorporate a variety of luscious oils into your service to bring your skin back into its natural state–balanced and moist. It is important to remember that, in order to support and maintain your dewy skin, a daily home regimen with similar product ingredients is critical to keeping your moisture levels intact. Just a few adjustments can enrich the texture of your skin and bring it to a whole new level of balance. To combat dryness, the most common response is usually to focus on moisturizing, but the real culprit behind dry skin starts with the types of ingredients in your cleanser. Your skin will respond well when your cleansing routine matches the changing seasons. So, for example, if you’re using the same cleanser during the colder climate that you use during the warmer climate—you may find that you’re stripping your epidermis of the necessary oils your face so desperately needs to feel soft, avoid redness and irritation, and to heal inflamed blemishes. During the warmer months, for instance, when Mother Nature provides plenty of humidity and moisture, and you want a thorough cleansing, a gel cleanser or a foaming scrub make sense. In the dry and cold months, however, your skin won’t respond very well to “clarifying” ingredients that strip precious oils from your epidermis.

“Clarifying”, “purifying”, and “deep pore cleansing” are terms better suited for more oily skin conditions, when you have a lot of blocked pores and blackheads. These foaming and sudsy cleansers can be beneficial if they have the right balance of ingredients. Most over-the-counter foaming cleansers, however, contain a chemical called ‘sodium lauryl sulfate’ which is, essentially, a degreaser. If your skin is not exceptionally oily, then those suds are the offenders if you are left feeling dry, taut, and flaky. Your skin contains natural oils that keep your skin supple, which is how a healthy functioning organ should feel and appear. In this optimal state, your skin is able to act as a shield from harsh, cold elements because the fatty acids in the oil act as a barrier. So, if you have a natural balance, the last ingredient you want near your face is sodium lauryl sulfate.

To avoid dry flakes and chapped cheeks, your cleanser needs to be nourishing, gentle, non-foaming, and moisturizing. A gentle exfoliation with our Suki sugar scrub, or an enzyme scrub twice a week will keep the flakes at bay. Without exfoliating regularly, no amount of moisturizer is going to penetrate that dead layer. However, avoid exfoliating every day, especially in the harsh conditions of Winter as this doesn’t allow that protective layer of oil to develop on your skin and protect from the elements.

Another cleansing method you may have heard a buzz about lately that is rooted in holistic skin practice is oil cleansing. Fabriq Estheticians advocate incorporating balancing doses of plant oils into your daily routine because the fatty acids in the oil help to nourish and protect the lipid (fatty natural oils) barrier of your skin. Fatty acids create a “brick and mortar” matrix that help to seal in moisture to the skin giving you that dewy, rosy complexion we all strive for. I like to compare skin to a pair of gorgeous Italian leather boots. What do you do when the leather gets ashy and dull? You condition it, right? Same with hair… a warm hot oil treatment usually brings back the luster. Applying that same concept to your skin will help you adjust to the counter-intuitive application of oils as a cleanser.

 

So, you might be asking, “What is all the fuss about plant oils and oil cleansing?” WELL, I’ll just say—for myself, it was a game-changer! At 51, my oil production has decreased significantly, so at the end of the day, I massage a carrier oil[1] onto my skin to remove makeup, and remove it with a warm cloth. What are the benefits? The fatty lipids in these plant oils help to nourish my skin, soften my lines, and help to maintain a suppleness I crave. . I can also say that it was a game-changer for Chandler, our lovely front desk Goddess,…but for different reasons. Chandler loves oil cleansing too, but has different skin care concerns. She is in her mid-20’s, experiences a healthy oil production, and can easily be thrown out of balance by fluctuating hormones and diet sensitivity which can then lead to acne breakouts.

We usually turn to drying agents to counteract excess oiliness in the skin. The dehydration these products cause, however, compromises the skin’s ability to protect itself, making your skin vulnerable to bacteria, or alternately by clogging pores with dried sebum, both of which can cause acne breakouts. Heat and inflammation (characteristics of acne) can be soothed by plant oils, as can scarring, the evidence of past acne. Surprising news for many of us, isn’t it?

This is just a piece of the ‘oil cleansing story.’ There are many types of oils, and all oils are not good for all skin types. One place to start investigating oil cleansing for yourself is by consulting with one of our estheticians at Fabriq. We offer an oil cleansing option from an incredible organic Swedish line called MyHavtorn, whose product line is built around the sea buckthorn berry. The sea buckthorn berry is very high in antioxidants and is known to resolve skin issues like eczema and burns. This cleanser incorporates other oils too that nourish, protect and defend your skin -like coconut oil, Shea butter and sesame oil, and essential oils like bergamot and juniper[2]

Prepare your skin for the winter season differently this year. Try oil cleansing with one of our expert estheticians, and learn what all the fuss is about!

SANDRA EMMANOUILIDES – LICENSED AESTHETICIAN

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Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3117002/

[1] There are huge differences between carrier oils and essential oils.

http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/oils-specifically-for-acne-prone-skin/

http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/ingredients/Liquid-Gold-The-Power-of-Plant-Oils-338843592.html

[2] Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Capric, Caprylic and Lauric Acid have antimicrobial properties to protect and moisturize your skin

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Oil)
Contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A and E, as well as Essential Fatty Acids, has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum)
Fatty Acids contained in the oil, such as Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic and Linoleic acid, are very effective moisturizers that counteract free radicals, a primary cause of aging. Sesame is also an antibacterial and promotes healing.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot oil is refreshing and cleansing. Good for tired and dry skin has an antiseptic and wound healing effect. Bergamot function calming yet uplifting for the mind.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Oil from juniper is known to give a cleansing and healing effect. Good for oily and blemished skin with pores, also helps increasing blood circulation. Stimulates the skin cells and reduces puffiness. It is said to stimulate and brighten up both the will and the mind.



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