September 22, 2017 Beauty 6 Reasons Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil A year ago, if you had suggested I wash my face with an oil-based cleanser, I would have thought you were crazy. Don’t you know I have oily skin already?! More oil is the last thing I need. Or, so I thought. After doing a little more research and testing out a few different oil cleansers for myself, I’ve changed my tune. If you haven’t tried the oil cleansing method and feel like your skin needs a reset, I couldn’t recommend it more and here’s why… 1. Cleans Better Than Traditional Cleansers Nothing fights oil better than oil! Oil cleansers do an incredible job of getting rid of excess makeup, dirt and toxins that you didn’t even know were still on your skin. I still take off my makeup before cleansing, but I’m always surprised how much makeup is still on my face even after taking it off. 2. Helps to Balance Your Skin’s Oil Production Conventional acne cleansers use salicylic acid or something similar to clear up acne. Those products are pretty drying and can cause your skin to over-produce oil, which starts the cycle over again. An oil cleanser doesn’t strip your face of it’s natural oils and in turn, helps to balance your skins oil production. From my experience, it’s totally true, my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it used to be and when your skin isn’t as oily, you breakout less. 3. Gets Deep into Pores The oil cleanser that I use every night, Primally Pure’s Oil Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin, suggests that after massaging the oil into your skin, you cover your face with a warm washcloth and wait for it to cool. That damp, warm washcloth acts like the steamer at a facial and helps open up your pores, giving you a super deep clean. Just make sure you’re using a clean cloth each time! If you don’t have oily skin, try their oil cleanser for normal/combination skin or dry/mature skin. 4. Hydrates Your Skin I used to love that squeaky clean feeling that my skin would have after washing it, but after it dried, my typically oily skin would feel dry, sensitive and itchy. Washing with an oil cleanser not only cleans deeply, but also hydrates your skin at the same time. 5. It’s Like a Spa Treatment Every Day If I had it my way, I’d go to the spa on a weekly basis, instead it’s more like every 2-3 months—if I’m lucky. Oil cleansing feels like a spa treatment every night though! After you remove your makeup, you massage the oil into your skin for about a minute. I try to make sure to press down and exhale at certain pressure points to believe stress during the process. The final step is to drape a warm, damp washcloth over your face until it cools down. This is my favorite part! It’s so relaxing and peaceful, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Once it’s cool, gently wipe off your face with the washcloth and you’re done. Your skin should be silky smooth and very clean. 6. You Can Wash Your Face Less Often I used to regularly wash my face in the morning and at evening. Since I started the OCM (oil cleansing method), I don’t always wash my face in the morning. This is great because it simplifies my mornings! I prefer to wash my face at night because that’s when I feel like my skin needs the deepest clean. I start by removing my makeup with this cleansing balm then I pat my skin dry and then cleanse with this oil cleanser. In the mornings, I simply rinse my face with warm water, spritz with this balancing mist, and apply a few drops of this balancing facial oil and eye cream and call it a day. It’s a super quick morning routine and I’m finding that my skin looks healthier too. Occasionally I will wash my face in the morning though and have been loving this brightening cleanser. It smells amazing and is all-natural! When you first start the oil cleansing method, you may experience some breakouts the first few weeks. This is totally normal and is simply part of your skin adjusting to a new method of cleansing. It’s essentially purging your skin and pores of all that gunk that’s built up over time, so be patient and stick with it—I promise it’s worth it! Have you given oil cleansers a try? What’s your take on them? I’d love to hear your suggestions too! BTW, 8 simple tips for clear, glowing skin, and the book that changed my life.