I have oily skin, so for the longest time, I avoided oil cleansing because of the false belief that oil is not good for those with oily skin and it will only make my skin look greasy. Definitely not true. Oil cleansing is actually the most gentle way to remove makeup, clean your face, and control the sebum. And it’s so simple to do! You don’t need other fancy beauty tools, just a water, and an oil cleanser.
How to Oil Cleanse?
1. Pour an adequate amount of oil cleanser onto your palms and gently massage it all over your face for a minute or two. While massaging it, you’re actually removing makeup and sunblock on your face. And sometimes, you’ll feel like something is coming out of your skin like a very tiny stone that resembles a facial micro scrub. But it’s not a micro-scrub because you’re oil cleansing! It’s actually either a sebum or a whitehead that come out of your skin.
2. Depends on the oil cleanser you used, you can wipe it off on your skin using a cotton pad or soft facial cloth. Or rinse it with water if it is the type of oil cleanser that can be washed off with water. I prefer oil cleansers like the Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil where you could rinse with water because they’re easier to remove and does not feel sticky afterward.
Benefits of Oil Cleansing
1. Improves Oily Skin
I have an oily and acne-prone skin, that’s why in my recent post about how I got rid of my acne, I mentioned there that I’m using an oil cleanser. Because contrary to what most people think, especially those with oily skin like mine, most oils (non-comedogenic ones) can actually be used for all skin types – even oily, breakout-prone skin. This is because they actually mimic the oil your skin produces, which tricks it into producing less! And when you’re producing less sebum, you’ll have fewer breakouts and clearer skin.
2. It Removes Makeup & Dirt Better
I just mentioned this above and I’m mentioning it again. Oil cleansing is the most effective and gentler way of removing makeup and also that sebum under your skin that eventually turns into an acne. It requires less rubbing on your sensitive and especially on the wrinkle-prone eye area. Oil naturally binds with dirt to remove impurities from your pores, so it’s great for removing built-up dirt and bacteria from your skin.
3. It Has Anti-Aging Benefit Too
Oils are rich in antioxidants, which combat damaging free radicals (found in our air, food, etc.) that can cause premature aging. Using oils to cleanse is an easy way to let your skin soak up some extra vitamins and antioxidants. Also, with their rich fatty acid content, plant-based oils help naturally hydrate and plump up your skin. And the more hydrated your skin is, the fewer wrinkles you’re likely to see pop up.
Which Oil Cleansers You Should Try?
There are actually two types of oil cleansers, the first one is the regular oil that resembles those cooking oils, while the other a balms which resemble a lip balm but bigger. Both works practically the same but the balms are easier to bring when traveling because they’re mostly PSA-friendly and does not spill.