The Oil Cleansing Method is a fast growing beauty trend which involves using natural plant oils to cleanse your skin.
You can use a single oil that works for your skin or mix several that suit it better. Many beauty brands also make cleansing oils and balms.
Oil cleansing is based on the dissolution theory of ‘like dissolves like’ where oil is able to dissolve substances with a similar chemical structure. In the case of skin care, that would be dirt and makeup. This is quite a treat, you don’t have to remove your makeup before oil cleansing!
All you need to do is massage some oil on your skin for about 30 seconds, then wipe it off.
There are two basic types of oil cleansers:
- liquid oil cleansers
- solid oil cleansers also known as cleansing balms
Oil cleansers can be rinsed off with water (emulsifying) or not.
Just like any other skin care product, make sure to patch test your oil cleansers, slowly introducing them into your routine.
Steps in the Oil Cleansing Method
- Pour some of your preferred oil cleanser onto clean, dry hands before applying it on your dry face. Massage the skin for about 30 seconds. Any longer and you will risk irritation. If you have waterproof makeup on, apply the oil on the skin and let it sit for a minute or two before massaging. It will dissolve the makeup making it easier to remove.
- Remove the oil cleanser. If your oil cleanser is emulsifying, it can be rinsed off with water. Many beauty brands make emulsifying oil cleansers.
- If you’re using a single oil or an oil blend you created, it’s likely that simply rinsing it won’t do.Wipe it away with a microfiber cloth, dampened with cool or lukewarm water. Don’t steam your face or use a rough cloth. Steaming it can cause broken capillaries and rough cloth could tear and irritate your skin. This could get rid of all the oil. If your face is still oily, use a second gentle cleanser. This is called double cleansing.
- After removing your oil, carry on with the rest of the skincare routine.
Will you consider oil cleansing or is it already a staple in your skin care routine? What are some of your favorite oil cleansers? Let me know in the comments.
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