How to ace the oil cleansing method
Ok. So, we’ve got our head around the idea of cleansing oil being a thing. Now’s the time to embrace that shiny new bottle of cleansing oil on your bathroom shelf! Let’s tell you why. Cleansing with oil is easy, zero fuss, and surprisingly grease-free, and we can’t help but think you’ll be (pleasantly!) surprised. Ready to give it a whirl? Here’s how to use cleansing oil like a pro.
What’s so good about the oil cleansing method?
Need a few more reasons to try an oil cleanser? Here’s five.
1. Funnily enough, oil dissolves oil. Cleansing oil cleverly clings to the excess oil on skin (as well as make-up, grime, and sweat), whisking away impurities gently yet effectively
2. It hydrates and nourishes the skin
3. Cleansing oils tend to be soap-free, meaning no foamy suds to strip away your skin’s natural oils
4. Oil cleansers emulsify with water for easy rinsing, and no greasy residue – surprising, right?
5. It works well with every skin type (yes, oily and spot-prone skin included!)
So, how to use cleansing oil?
Time to decipher the dos and don’ts behind how to use cleansing oil, to help it slip easily into your skincare routine.
Do: Keep hands and face dry
Contrary to your usual face washing ritual, cleansing oil goes straight from dry hands to a dry face. Go easy! A 50 pence-sized drop will be enough for it to smooth over skin, friction (and drip!) free.
Don’t: Remove make-up first
The best cleansing oil will have no problem melting make-up and impurities in one go, so no need to remove your make-up first. Simply massage in the oil to gently dissolve make-up before rinsing easily away with warm water. Simple® Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil goes super easy on delicate eyes and needs no harsh rubbing to do its job – nope, not even on stubborn waterproof mascara!
Do: Look for the right cleansing oil ingredients
Insider tip: not all oils are created equal! While Coconut Oil is great for cooking up healthy goodness in the kitchen, it can be comedogenic - meaning it’ll block pores when topically applied to skin. Grapeseed Oil, however, can help defend skin from free-radicals, which can damage our skin cells, making them dry or rough. It’s also rich in essential fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, meaning it moisturises and nourishes skin. We’d argue it’s a strong contender for the best cleansing oil ingredient.
Once you’ve found your best cleansing oil, why not use your oil face cleansing method as an opportunity to clock in a bit of self-care? Get all the ahh of the spa without leaving the comfort of home with a cleansing oil mini massage. Rather than rinsing the oil away as soon as you’ve cleansed, spend a bit more time massaging it into skin in small, circular motions to dislodge grime and give your skin a feel-good glow.
Do: Reach for a face cloth
As an extra treat, give your cleansing oil a helping hand by removing it with a warm, damp, super-soft face cloth. It’ll help whisk away any last traces of oil, will make sure you don’t miss any pesky make-up remains, plus it feels lovely when you have a few extra minutes to spend on your cleanse.
"Give it time. It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to the oil cleansing method. Good things come to those who wait, right?"
Don’t: Skip steps in your skincare routine
Facial cleansing oil essentially replaces your usual cleanser, so swap out your face wash, and give the oil cleansing method a go instead. Yes, the best cleansing oils are nourishing and non-drying, but don’t be tempted to skip your regular post-cleanse steps. You’ll still need to follow with a moisturiser (or your usual toner, eye cream, and serum if that’s how you roll), to keep skin soft and supple.
Do: Use as part of a double-cleansing routine
Chances are you’ve heard of double-cleansing. But have you tried it? It’s the ultimate skin refresh (to really help deep cleanse your skin!), and a great way to add a cleansing oil to your routine if you’re staying loyal to your daily cleanser. This two-step cleansing revolution doubly rids skin of make-up, dirt, bacteria, and helps protect against dull skin, dryness, and breakouts in the process (sounds good, right?).
Start with a cleansing oil to break down make-up and surface dirt, before following with your favourite rinse-off face wash, to directly deep clean pores. It’s doubly refreshing for your skin, and is a great (once or twice to avoid extra irritation) weekly booster for your skincare routine.
Ready to reach for the cleansing oil? With so many skin-loving benefits, and with the dos and don’ts duly sussed, we think it’s time to give the oil cleansing method a try!
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