The Oil Cleansing Method

I know, it's counterintuitive, but trust me. It works. 

For those of you not in the know, oil cleansing is a way to cleanse the face without using any soap or harsh detergents. Instead, a combination of natural oils are used directly onto dry skin, massaged with your fingers, and wiped off with a hot wash cloth.

I was very skeptical when I first learned of this, especially because I have naturally oily skin, and still break out with acne, oh, about once a month, like clockwork if you know what I mean. It took my skin a few days to adjust, but after that, my skin has never looked so clean and smooth. You might even say I'm radiant!

Fyve owner, Mindy Cheng, with acne

Left image: My face while using "natural" facial cleansers, toners, and lotions which made me breakout and produce tons of oils.                           

 Fyve owner, Mindy Cheng, with clear skin

Right image: My face, after using the oil cleansing method for a few weeks. Clear, radiant, and healthy skin!

The skin care industry has many of us fooled in that we must clean our faces so well that it's squeaky clean with no trace of oils, and then we must replenish it with toners and lotions and all kinds of synthetic ingredients that make our skin appear to be smooth.  "Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil" according to the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method.

So here's how it works. Oil dissolves oil, as in, like attracts like. Castor seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial oil, that is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-6's, and other beneficial fatty acids. It is the main ingredient in our Facial Melting Cleanser that removes oil and dirt from your pores. In fact, it cleanses so well, that some of you with sensitive skin may feel that your face feels too dry after using it too often. That's why we've also added Jojoba Oil into our formula, which is very similar to human sebum, and therefore will replenish your pores rather than strip them dry. The steam from the hot wash cloth will open your pores and allow the dirt to be removed.

We've added Tea Tree Essential Oil to combat blemishes and further clean the skin. Patchouli and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils are added for skin conditioning agents, leaving you feeling calm, happy, and stress-free.

Our specific blend of oils in our Facial Melting Cleanser is like a 5-in-1.  Talk about simplifying your nighttime facial regimen to the max! It removes all your makeup, even that stubborn mascara, it cleanses the face, it does not require you to tone your face, it replenishes moisture back into the skin, and controls your sebum production. And here's a handy tip, if your skin is feeling a bit dry, after doing the oil cleansing method, put 3 to 5 drops of our Facial Melting Cleanser into your clean palm, rub your hands together, and gently pat and press the oil onto your face. You'll definitely have that glowing dewy look that we all dream of having.

We hope you'll give it a try and start simplifying your life. Live simply, and as always, stay beautiful.


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