Oil cleansing is a beauty trend that escalated over the last few years. This method of skincare offers a lot of benefits for the skin and we’re sharing everything you need to know about the benefits of using a facial cleansing oil, including DIY tips!
The facial cleansing oil method is a gentle way of deep cleansing using natural essential oils. It works by dissolving dirt on the skin that has combined with bacteria, makeup, surface debris and dead skin cells, etc., without stripping your skin.
The facial cleansing oil method is rooted in one of the most basic principles of chemistry: ‘like dissolves like’. This means oil dissolves oil-based ingredients and water dissolves water-based ingredients. Because oils are lipophilic, they can definitely penetrate deep into the skin trapping moisture and other moisturizing goodness in, while keeping toxins and other bad stuff out.
In addition, oil-based cleansing is also a way of replenishing your face with healthy and nourishing oils such that you balance your facial skin’s natural oil. Although this idea might be contrary to intuition as it entails slathering your face with oils, it is a safe and natural way of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your facial skin at the same time.
Of course, you can use facial cleansing oils from brands you love as most skincare brands have a variety of options avaiable for different skin concerns. Otherwise, you can go the DIY route by using one or more raw natural oils like grapeseed, hemp oil, and almond oil.
Oils are naturally attracted to other oils including the excess skin sebum that causes breakouts and the oily by-products found in most makeup. So when you use water-based cleansers to cleanse your face, you may still be left with makeup residue. This is where the facial cleansing oils stand tall. This method is so simple that all you have to do is massage the facial cleansing oil/oils of your choice on your face then wipe off with a warm washcloth.
Here’s are some oils that work for different skin types:
- Oily – Grapeseed, sunflower and pumpkin seed
- Dry – Extra virgin olive oil, almond and avocado
- Acne-prone – Hemp, castor oil and jojoba
- Sensitive – Camellia
Other oils to consider include apricot, kernel oil and argan oil. For maximum benefits, be sure to use organic, unrefined version of these oils as they contain the healthiest form of nutrients and antioxidants for your skin. The warmth opens up your pores and helps remove the impurities that cause breakouts.
Here are 5 amazing benefits of facial cleansing oil for your skin…
#1. Deep cleansing
Oil cleansing not only removes impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria on your skin, but it also deep cleans your pores. This means that it goes beyond the surface to effectively remove all dirt. Because oil binds to dirt and basically lifts it away, your skin will certainly be deeply cleansed without any residue.
#2. Thoroughly removes makeup
Oil cleansing offers a natural way to remove makeup. Yes, even the thickest, most waterproof mascaras. This option is a safe and extremely effective way to remove makeup and even nourishes your eyelashes while getting the job done.
#3. Boasts anti-aging properties
How about you slow down the hands of time on your face? Oil cleansing contains natural anti-aging benefits due to the rich presence of antioxidants in plant-based oils. The beneficial oils contained in an oil cleanser will soak right into the skin and offer a natural, balanced, and beautiful glow.
#4. Treats acne
Ok, if you’re prone to acne, you may be scared at the sound of oil, don’t fret! Because oil cleansing regulates oil production and balances skin without clogging pores, it’s an amazing way to keep acne in check. Do note however that it could take a few days to weeks for your skin to balance out to the use of oil cleansers. That is to say you may experience mild breakout during the balancing phase.
Watch: How to use oil cleanser on your skin
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