Argan Oil Cleansing Method

Technique is everything.  It can make or break success in virtually every one of life’s endeavors.  This is certainly true when it comes to the proper use and application of your skin care products.  By carefully reading this detailed, step-by-step process for using Indigenous Roots Argan Oil Cleanser and 341 Calamus Root Dry Scrub, you are on your way to integrating the proper techniques that will help to yield the best possible results from each product.

Combining products from other skin care lines is not discouraged,  however, when working with all plant-based products that are free from preservatives and synthetic chemicals, it is best to work with other products that are created in the same way, using cold pressed oils, essential oils and other pure botanical extracts.  Mixing the subtle energies of plant-derived ingredients with the more intense (and sometimes damaging) effects of synthetically produced ingredients, will diminish or cancel out the benefits of Indigenous Roots Skin Care, as well as any other high quality plant based skin care line that focuses on clean and simple botanical ingredients.  Learn to read your labels thoroughly.  If you don’t know what a word is, LOOK IT UP!  Do some research!  Many ingredient names actually have a multitude of names they can go by, which really begs us to be vigilant in continuing to educate ourselves and take responsibility for the things we purchase and slather all over our bodies and the bodies of our children.

And now, on to the cleansing steps!

Always begin with a CLEAN Washcloth

Using a clean washcloth with every cleansing helps to keep your skin free from exposure to bacteria and contamination.   Washcloths quickly becomes contaminated after use when the water, dirt, debris and oil make a perfect place for tiny bacterial lifeforms to begin colonizing.  When we reuse our old washcloth it is literally introducing bacteria, dirt and oil back onto the skin, which pretty much is the opposite of cleansing.  This dirty washcloth can often be the culprit of many skin problems.

Steam Face With Warm Washcloth

Using the warmest temperature water that is comfortable to you, apply a wet, wrung washcloth to your face and neck.  Press gently across all areas to steam the face and neck, bringing moisture and blood flow to the skin’s surface.

Do this for 15-30 seconds.

If you wear eye makeup, we would advise using the oil cleanser to remove eye makeup before beginning the full facial oil cleansing.  This will prevent moving makeup into pores and all over your face.  Simply massage the eye area with cleansing oil and remove with a corner of your dampened, fresh, cleansing washcloth and rinse before continuing on to the facial steam.

Massage With Argan Oil Cleanser

Using enough cleanser to create a smooth glide, begin massaging face and neck using small upward and outward motions, moving along the contours of the face and neck for about 1 minute (or longer if you like.)  Massage gently and relax while breathing in the aroma-therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.

This is also a perfect time to incorporate any light lymphatic massage techniques which can easily be found on many Youtube channels.

2 Ways To Remove Cleansing Oil

1. Removing with a warm washcloth OR 2. Use 341 Calamus Root Dry Scrub as the next step in the cleansing process

METHOD #1:  Oil cleansers can be gently removed by using your rewarmed and wrung out washcloth.  Steam the face once again as was done in the beginning, allowing at least 15-30 seconds this time.  Then use long strokes to remove the oil from your face, rotating the washcloth as you go to keep a clean section for each stroke.  Flip your washcloth over if you need more clean towel to remove with.  Skin should feel soft and moisturized.  If your skin feels overly dry or overly oily after cleansing, you may need to shift formulas.

METHOD #2:  341 CALAMUS ROOT DRY SCRUB:  It is a traditional Ayurvedic method to use dry powders as both part of  cleansing as well as serving to absorb the loosened debris and oil.  To use our 341 Calamus Root Dry Scrub as the next step, DO NOT REMOVE CLEANSING OIL.  Pour what visually looks like about a half teaspoon of powder onto your palm or fingertips.  Using your free hand, press the powder with your fingertips onto all the major areas of the face and neck.  Using a very light touch with upward and outward strokes, repeat another facial massage as was done with the oil cleanser.  Be mindful not to scrub into the skin, rather lightly brush the powder over the skin for a gentle exfoliation that also draws up much of the oil and debris.  Then use your rewarmed washcloth to take long sweeping strokes across the face, rotating to a clean section of your cloth for each stroke.  You may flip your washcloth over for additional clean area to remove with.  Do a quick check across your face with your fingertips for any remaining bits of powder that you may have missed.

NOTE:  341 Calamus Roots Scrub may be used once daily by those with combination to oily skin types.  Those with normal/combo skin types may want to use this only 3-5 times a week, and the sensitive babies out there will do well with a once per week dry scrub application.  If your skin is very dry and burns when water is applied, refrain from using this scrub until those conditions have been addressed and are no longer present.  Sensitive skin requires the most attention and awareness of all the skin types and can benefit greatly from the direction of holistic health care providers such as homeopaths, Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  These forms of healthcare look at the body as an interconnected whole which can identify some of the systemic causes for the outward expressions our body provides us, such as skin complications.

Complete with Toning and Moisturizing

After cleansing, spritz the face and neck with your selected hydrosol toner.  While the skin is damp apply your selected Facial Oil Tonics, serums and/or moisturizers.  Tap these facial oil blends across the face to disperse evenly before blending in with your fingertips.  And voila!  Your face should feel moisturized and have a soft radiant glow to it.

A NOTE ON TONERS & HYDROSOLS:

All Indigenous Roots toners are made from pure plant hydrosols which we handcraft using a traditional copper alembic still.  What are hydrosols, you ask?  Good question!  A hydrosol is the steam distillation of a plant whereby the full essence of the plant is captured with the water molecules, offering a most gentle yet effective use of the plant’s beneficial properties.  This is the same process that is used to create essential oils, making the hydrosol waters a beautiful and useful bi-product of the essential oil.  We do not, however, craft our own essential oils.  That would require another business and skill set unto itself!  All of the essential oils used in Indigenous Roots products are sourced from The Ananda Apothecary in Boulder, Colorado, an essential oil company whose standards and quality are unparalleled.

 

THE FUNCTION OF HYDROSOL TONERS IN INDIGENOUS ROOTS SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

When using Indigenous Roots Argan Oil Cleansers, you are choosing a cleanser that is ph neutral, which means it has minimal effect on the ph level of your skin.  Our hydrosol toners have a natural slight acidity which help the skin to recover from the small exposure to the alkalinity of the municipal tap water during the cleansing process.  But most importantly, our hydrosol toners are the water component which are combined with all of our pure oil blends in our facial oils and moisturizers.  Because our products do not blend together water and oil ingredients into an emulsification (like cream moisturizers) we remove the need for synthetic stabilizers and preservatives, ingredients which are often responsible for irritations and unwanted side effects.  Wetting the skin with a hydrosol followed with the selected oil blend, is in essence, creating the equivalent of applying a cream moisturizer without the added preservatives.

With many skin care lines, a toner serves the purpose of helping to restore the skin’s slightly acidic, natural ph.  Because most cleansers out there have foaming agents and surfacants, this leaves the skin in a highly alkalized state leaving the acid mantle layer of our skin susceptible to being permeated by environmental exposures.  Thus, the toner is used to usher in a more balanced ph.  Unfortunately, some companies use alcohol in their toners, which should be avoided at all costs.  Skin care items such as these will undoubtedly foil all of your good intentions and are surely doing anything but support healthy skin.

Cleaning Washcloths

As stated before, it is imperative to always use a clean washcloth for each and every facial cleansing.  Likewise, it is crucial to know how to properly and thoroughly clean your washcloths.  Start with choosing a detergent that does not use artificial fragrances or colors.  If your detergent is bright blue and smells like room freshener, that would be a good indicator to start looking for something that is plant based and fragrance free or scented with essential oils.  The synthetic ingredients in your detergent can cause skin irritations on their own and also have a cumulative effect in the body which is good for absolutely nothing.  Also make sure to wash your washcloths in HOT water.  This is especially important with the use of our Argan Oil Cleanser, as the hot water is what really gets the oil and gunk loosened and free from the cotton fibers.  And lastly, do not use fabric softeners or dryer sheets on your facial washcloths.  If you absolutely cannot let go of your fabric softener for your clothing, consider doing a load of washcloths alone without the softener.  Fabric softeners are also filled with ingredients that are not good for your skin and can contribute to mysterious skin symptoms.  If you do have sensitive skin or are experiencing strange skin reactions, also consider washing your sheets and pillowcases with the same soap that you choose for your washcloths.  There are some beautiful scents that you can add to your laundry naturally, using a wet cloth and several drops of an essential oil applied to it and popped into the dryer, like lavender for example.

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