If your skin is acne prone or you’ve already got oily skin, you may cringe at the idea of applying more oil to your skin in an effort to cleanse it. This process seems counterintuitive, right? Yes it does, because the mainstream beauty industry has been convincing beauty lovers for years that oil is the “end all” to achieving perfect skin. If you’ve have acne, redness, or any blemish whatsoever, they blame excess oil. Because of this, most mainstream skincare products are marketed as “oil controllers” or “grease-cutting” so that you mindlessly learn to blame oil for your latest blemish.
Well, natural beauty lovers are starting to discover the amazing benefits of the oil cleansing method (OCM for short) for maintaining clear, nourished, and radiant skin. Instead of using “grease-cutting”, chemical-filled, expensive products, more women are turning to different natural oils to cleanse their face.
What Is The Oil Cleansing Method?
The process is simple. When you use oil as a cleanser, it dissolves lingering dirt, makeup, and unclogs pores. Basically, the new oil meets the old oil (the oil that is already on the skin) and wipes away the unnecessary dirt and dead skin cells. What’s left after oil cleansing is untouched, clean, and balanced skin. Commercial cleansers tend to strip away the bad stuff, along with the good. When you strip your face of everything, your skin freaks out and overproduces oil. Oily skin tones thus look oilier as the skin tries to balance itself naturally. After extended use, products with extra chemicals can promote even more irritation and inflammation – the exact opposite of what you bought the product for in the first place. Oil cleansing, however, is gentle, natural, and moisturizing to boot!
Oils For Cleansing
There are several different natural oils that can be used as cleansers. When searching for a cleansing oil, be sure to check that the oil is pure, organic, and cold-pressed. Some great natural oil options include argan oil, coconut oil, neem oil, olive oil, evening primrose oil, and jojoba oil.
Sometimes, combining a few oils can work better than using only one. A combination of lighter oils—argan, rosehip, and almond oil—are said to work well on combination and oily skin types where rich oils—castor, coconut, and jojoba—are said to work well on dry skin types.
How To Use Oils For Cleansing
First, start by patch testing a small amount of desired oil along the jawline of the face. Ideally, you want to patch test anything before applying all over your skin as allergies and inflammation can sometimes appear without reason.
After determining what natural oil or oils you want to try, massage a palm’s full amount of oil all over a dry face. Using circular motions, massage the oil on the face for two minutes. If you have makeup on your face, the oil should begin to dissolve that as well. You can rinse after two minutes or, if you desire a more “saturated” face, you can leave the oil on for ten minutes. The longer you allow the oil to saturate the face, the more oil will dissolve the unnecessary “stuff.”
Next, wet a washcloth with warm water. Be sure to wring the washcloth out so that it’s damp and not soaked. Place the damp washcloth over the entire face for one–two minutes. This step creates a sauna-like experience for the face. The steam from the damp washcloth will further assist in removing impurities from the skin. You can repeat this on the other side of the washcloth if desired for another one–two minutes.
After steaming your face you may notice lingering oil. If you want deep moisturizing, you can leave it on. However, if you don’t like feeling “oily” you can gently wipe away excess oil with the damp washcloth. There is no need to follow up oil cleansing with another foaming or hydrating cleanser. However, using a sugar exfoliator with oils can help remove excess dead skin cells. After you figure out your oil cleansing routine, you won’t need to follow up with a moisturizer. This is another amazing benefit to oil cleansing as most oils add real hydration to skin.
You may notice little to no change immediately after oil cleansing. This is normal. Or, you may notice more breakouts and blemishes that you didn’t have before starting to cleanse with oil. Even though it’s super frustrating, this is also totally normal! If you experience this, it only means that the oil is doing its job and removing impurities from the skin. Your skin is detoxing from all the chemicals when you stop using lotions and cleansers with chemicals. The good news, the initial breakouts will stop after a short period of time.
If embracing the oil cleansing method seems too intense, Verità Skin offers several different oils for skincare. You will find that our Argan Oil Skin Therapies are excellent to help heal, repair, and balance the skin – regardless of skin type.
With skincare in mind, we created Argan Oil Skin Therapies for the following categories: eczema and psoriasis, acne and rosacea, toning and tightening, and anti-aging with SPF. However, the Argan Oil Skin Therapies go beyond facial skincare. We have oils for muscles, hair, and even for relaxation.
So, as you ponder what oil you’d like to try first, remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body and to treat it with kindness. A new routine such as oil cleansing can really shake up any routine you’ve already created. Be sure to stay mindful and patient and accept the positive results are on the way. But most importantly, enjoy and embrace your skin!