In your nighttime skincare routine, you’ve probably got some kind of facial cleanser. It’s important to cleanse the skin of impurities and release the dirt and oil from your pores so that they can breathe.
Chances are your cleanser is some kind of scrub or foaming soap that you can feel really getting into your pores. It’s a very satisfying feeling!
When you’re done cleansing, and you wipe your face, you will probably be a bit red from the abrasive wash, and once it’s dry, its dry!
So you bring some moisture back into your face with your moisturizer and think you’ve done good by your skin.
Maybe this routine works really well for you, or maybe you’re in a bit of a downward swirl that the more you cleanse, the worse your skin looks.
I have definitely been there. I stopped using cleansers completely because I noticed each time I did, I would experience worse skin and breakouts shortly after.
I’ve recently discovered oil cleansing. It’s a whole new way to look at cleansing your face, and at first may seem a bit backwards. But let me explain why you need to try it.
Why Oil Cleansing?
When you think “cleansing” you probably automatically think of foaming soaps, and abrasive scrubs. All of these lead to DRY SKIN.
Maybe you’re thinking that that’s the only way to remove excess oil from your skin, but you’d be wrong. Drying out your skin with soapy cleansers will cause your skin to overcompensate and you will be left with even more oily skin!
Oils used in oil cleansing actually break down the oils on our skin that can clog pores. Dissolving these oils will result in healthier skin that glows!
How do I Oil Cleanse?
The oil cleansing process is a bit different than the regular soap or scrub cleansing.
Start with dry skin. Unlike your typical cleansers, when oil cleansing you start with a dry face.
Use a quarter sized amount. This should be enough oil to cover your entire face with a generous layer.
Work into skin with circular motions. This helps the oil get deep into your pores, repeat for 1-2 minutes.
Run a face cloth under hot water. The hotter the better. Once soaked, wring it out.
Place the cloth on your face. Before the cloth cools down, place it on your face, over the oil. Keep it there until it has cooled. This creates steam and helps the oil purify the skin and eliminate build up. Repeat as needed.
You can chose to leave a thin layer on your face, or wipe it off completely. If you have a preferred moisturizer, you can wipe it off and apply that. Or you can leave a bit on as a great moisturizer all in one.
BONUS: The oils from oil cleansing can also remove your makeup – even waterproof. You can chose to use it as an all in one, or wash your makeup off beforehand.
What Kind of Oil is best for my Skin Type?
Like I mentioned, oil cleansing is great for oily skin types, but you probably already guessed it is also really great for dry skin, too. Most oils are naturally moisturizing, so applying oil to dry skin is one of the best ways to deeply moisturize, and if you can cleanse while doing so, win-win!
Astringent Oils vs. Conditioning Oils
There are two types of oils, astringent and conditioning. Both these types of oils are needed for oil cleaning regardless of skin type.
Astringent oils are drying to the skin, and shrink the appearance of pored and loose skin by temporarily constricting the epidermis. Some astringent oils are hazelnut oil, castor oil, borage oil, and grapeseed oil.
Conditioning oils are the opposite. They are nourishing to the skin and provide moisture and beneficial nutrients. These oils are especially good for dry, aging, and dull skin. Some conditioning oils are almond oil, avocado oil, hempseed oil, and olive oil.
To determine what is best for your skin type, you need to know what ratio of astringent to conditioning your skin needs.
You can use these oil ratios as a guideline:
Dry Skin: 1:4 (one part astringent to four parts conditioning)
Normal Skin: 1:3 (one part astringent to three parts conditioning)
Oily Skin: 1:1 (one part astringent to one part conditioning)
If you’re making your own, I would encourage you to play around with these ratios to get a customized cleanser for your skin.
Oil Cleansers to Try
Oil cleansing is very new to me, as I think most of us, I didn’t even know it was a thing! And I really have to take my hat off to Olio Beauty. They sent me my first ever cleansing oil, and really, introduced me to the whole concept.
I’ve been using their Rose Infused Cleansing Oil for almost six weeks, and I’m very pleased with the results. My skin feels so healthy and smooth! I haven’t had a breakout since I started cleansing with oil, which speaks volumes to me!
If you’re interested in trying oil cleansing, I would recommend checking them out. They have a 1 oz travel size bottle that’s perfect if you want to try it out without committing to the full sized product!
What’s your favorite cleansing oil? Are you new to oil cleansing or a seasoned veteran? Let me know!