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 facial 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, you should consider adding this to your skin care routine and here’s why…
1. Cleans Better Than Traditional Cleansers
If you’re someone that feels like your skin produces excess oil, you might be surprised to find that an oil cleanser might be your new best friend. Even if you have cystic acne! It’s the concept of like attracts like, which means nothing fights oil better than oil!
Oil cleansers can also be used to remove makeup before cleansing. It does such an incredible job of getting rid of excess makeup, dirt and toxins that you didn’t even know were still on your skin.
Personally, I use a makeup wipe 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 that are oil free or use salicylic acid or something similar to clear up acne, can be pretty drying and can cause your skin to over-produce oil, which starts the cycle over again!
We get more breakouts and use stronger products and it just becomes and endless cycle!
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
I’ve tried so many cleansers over the years and none of them give me a deeper clean than the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm. The Primally Pure’s Oil Cleanser is another one I really love too. With either of them, I like to massage the product into my skin for a few minutes and then let it sit for 5-10 minutes. I always do this with the cleansing balm. It’s like a deep-cleaning, hydrating mask!
Use a warm washcloth or microfiber cloth and place it over your face. That damp, warm washcloth acts like the steamer at a facial and helps open up your pores, giving you a super deep clean and helps to clear clogged pores. After that you just wipe off the excess product, leaving your skin so soft, clean and hydrated! Just make sure you’re using a clean cloth each time!
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 will 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 typically 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 these makeup wipes, then I pat my skin dry and then cleanse with this cleansing balm or this cleansing oil. In the mornings, I simply rinse my face with warm water, press this hydrating essence into my skin, apply a target treatment like this radiance serum or overnight resurfacing peel, and apply this night cream 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.
Will it Make Me Break Out?
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!