Like any other massage, Tsuboki Japanese Face Massage uses oil, in this case Camellia Oil known for its non-allergenic properties.  Of course, we use it to provide slippage for the massage movements but I think it is worth also looking at how using oil on the skin in general is beneficial.

Recently, I came across a video on you tube by Dr. John Douillard, a chiropractor with an Ayurvedic training who advocates a variety of health practices and use of oils and herbs from the Ayurvedic tradition.

I found the video which is posted below absolutely fascinating.  Western thought is that since oil molecules are too large to penetrate the epidermis, their benefit in skin care is negligible.  However, Dr. Douillard posits that the friendly bacteria, of which there are millions naturally living in our skin, eat oil.  The body naturally produces oils such as sebum which these bacteria feed off.  Any oil applied topically will also nourish these bacteria.  

In the normal course of events, when we wash with products such as soap, we wash off the natural oils and bacteria has nothing off which to feed and cannot maintain the optimum health of the skin.  By putting oil on our skin on daily, the bacteria converts it to free fatty acids which support the health and radiance of the skin.

Apparently, the benefits of oil to the skin have been known for thousands of years and daily massaging with oil is a common Ayurvedic practice.  Some years ago when reading the book “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra, I came across the practice of self-massaging the entire body with warm sesame oil.  I have gone through periods of doing this practice and have found it to be a very pleasant one.  Knowing how friendly bacteria feeds on oil and converts it, I intend to re-instate my personal practice of this.  If you want to do it yourself, the instructions are below.

I have also not used any proprietary brand of moisturiser on my face for many years.  It just didn’t feel right to me to do so once I developed my knowledge of complementary therapies.  For years I have been making my own creams using oils, shea butter and essential oils, or simply using oil on my face.  They are fairly basic but when putting them on, I feel I am doing something really good for my skin.  

In his video, Dr. Douillard goes on to talk about how oil can be used instead of soap for cleaning the body, how herbs infused in oil are even better for the health of the skin and body and how oil can be used to benefit the tissues of the inside of the mouth and digestive tract.