How to Oil Cleanse?
A fundamental chemistry concept is at play here. 'Like dissolves like.' Oils are made of non-polar molecules and repel water and therefore do not dissolve in water.
Oil cleansing has now emerged as a new way to gently remove makeup, soothe sensitive skin, and control unrelenting breakouts. Using oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers can help protect the skin's natural lipid layer and balance the skin micro-biome.
Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) helps to clear out clogged pores and remove makeup, sunscreen residue. Sebum, sunscreen, makeup, and most other skincare creams you use daily are oil-based. Using the right combination of oils, you can cleanse your pores of grime, dirt, sunscreen, and makeup residue naturally, gently, and effectively. OCM can also help improve your skin barrier function, thereby leaving it strengthened and supple.
Most OTC makeup removers contain mineral oil or alcohol to remove waterproof makeup formulations. These can irritate the skin, leading to redness, skin peeling, or even clogged pores, ultimately resulting in the skin overproducing oil after washing.
OCM with botanical oils, on the other hand, can boost your skin health due to their rich nutrient content and help balance the skin and lock in hydration. You start by massaging an oil cleanser onto your skin, and the oil in the cleanser attracts and softens sebum and draws out grime and dirt from the skin.
There are two ways to complete the OCM process. One is to use a warm washcloth to wipe it off after massaging the oil in your skin. Another way is to double cleanse, using a gentle foaming cleanser after using the oil cleanser. Some commercially available cleansing oils like the Raaka's World Deep Cleansing Oil save the extra step by having a built-in element that helps rinse it off quickly. These are called Oil to Milk cleansers.
When done correctly and consistently, the OCM can leave your skin nourished, healthy, and free from issues like clogged pores, overly oily skin, or dehydrated skin and leave your skin feeling soft, healthy, and balanced compared to traditional soap and detergent based facial cleansers.
This method of cleansing is suitable for most skin types. Those with dry skin can benefit from simply cleansing their skin with a nourishing oil like sweet almond and wiping it off with a warm washcloth. Those with skin on the oilier side can benefit from lightweight oils such as grapeseed or apricot seed oils.
Oil cleansing can cause an allergic reaction, irritation, or clogged pores in some people, which is why it is crucial to do a patch test before applying an oil cleanser on your face.
For a quick spa-like experience at home, try our Deep Cleansing oil with aromatic Cardamom extract. Start by slowly massaging it all over your face and neck. Follow it up by gently wiping your face with a warm washcloth and feeling refreshed within minutes. You may also want to finish off with a moisturizer if you need to. It's best to do this at night, so your skin is well-hydrated for bed.
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