Oil Cleansing is the most gentle and effective way to remove makeup and to clean your facial skin, without stripping it. This way of cleansing melts down even waterproof eye makeup and dissolves all traces of makeup. Even if you don't wear makeup at all, it's amazing to cleanse your skin this way. Many of you might be familiar with oil cleansing already, but I am always surprised how many people haven't tried it yet.
Finding the right oil cleanser It is important to find a high quality organic product or pure oil. The oil or combination of oils should match your skin type. If you are congested and prone to breakouts it's best to choose and oil that is non comedogenic. (often hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil or jojoba oil work well for these skin types) If you are in doubt google the comedogenic ranking of an oil, prior to buying it. I have also previously written about how to find the right oil for your skin type. There are many beautiful products out there for oil cleansing, like natural cleansing oils and balms. Remember as usual check the label and look for certified organic, cruelty-free products.
A new very beautiful cleansing balm, perfect for normal to dry skins is the Trilogy Make-p Be Gone Cleansing Balm. With a blend of Mango seed butter, coconut oil, rosehip- and sunflower seed oil. It smells wonderfully of ylang-ylang, freesia and cedarwood. It also comes with a little organic cotton face cloth. A real treat before bed time. But if you are on a budget or prefer single ingredient cleansing just buy yourself a high quality oil. I personally often cleanse with pumpkin seed oil and a microfibre cloth. I store my pumpkin seed oil in the fridge and just decant a weeks worth into a small glass bottle with pump which I store in my bathroom.
Using the righ cloth Microfibre cloths work wonders as they don't hold bacteria and dry pretty quickly after use. It's best to wash them with a gentle hand or body wash after use, rinse, wring and hang to let dry completely. After 3 or more uses I often give mine a gentle machine wash. There are pretty sweet ones like the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. It's a pink mitt, super easy to use and from amazing quality. This one has been designed to be used just with water. It actually works! If your skin is sensitive to everything, you can try using it on it's own. I prefer using microfibre cloths together with oil. If you just want a simple no frills option, you can find microfibre face cloths in most pharmacies or supermarkets. If you prefer more exfoliation and a completely natural option you can also use an organic cotton cloth. As it will take longer to dry and the natural fibres can hold on to bacteria, you will need to wash it more often.
Step by Step Guide
1.Always apply your product (balm or oil) onto the DRY skin first. 2.Massage the oil or balm in circular motions with your fingertips. This will help circulation but also dissolve any makeup or grime from the day. If you are wearing eye makeup also gently massage the eye area and lashes. 3.Wring out your cloth in warm water and gently wipe away the oil and makeup. You might have to repeat this step a few times, until you feel clean. 4.Use a toner and moisturize your skin. Have a good nights beauty sleep. :)
Oil cleansing is definitely recommended for night time but some people prefer doing it morning and night. Experiment with what works best for your skin.