We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Exfoliating washes are also helpful in the winter months.
Grind up epsom salt (in the blender or using a mortar and pestle) and add to rosehip oil. Add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. The epsom salts help exfoliate the skin. Tea Tree essential oil is a good natural cleanser and is good due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Rosehip is well-known in the beauty world for its moisturizing and restorative properties.
Using smooth circular motions, gently massage onto your face (don’t wet skin first) for up to 2 minutes. This will also remove make-up very effectively. Leave the oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes to really deep clean pores. Soak a clean washcloth under hot tap water, wring it and place over your face until it cools. The steam from the washcloth will remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Repeat if needed. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
Though it sounds somewhat crazy at first, the idea of using natural oils to cleanse and moisturize the skin gently actually makes a lot of sense.
Even Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing:
Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.