Skincare Basics: Oil Cleansing - What is it?

Let me start with first addressing “The Double Cleanse Method” This process has been all the rage in Korean (K-Beauty) skincare routines and has found its way into western culture. The method consists of first using some type of oil based cleanser to rid the skin of any makeup, spf and sebum. Next step is using a water based cleanser to finish removing any left over dirt and debris (we’ll get to that subject in a different post). If the skin is not properly cleansed, it will be harder for your essences/ serums to penetrate properly. 

Starting your skincare routine with an oil cleanser will first help take off your makeup, and cleanse off impurities that have built up throughout the day, or crud from the night before. Cleansing oils can help with replenishing hydration because they contain little to no surfactants, an ingredient which can strip the skin. One misconception is if you have oily skin, then oil cleansing is a bad idea. Not necessarily. Using the proper oils on oily prone skin can actually help to balance out sebum production while cleansing off oil based impurities. Knowing your skin type can help you decide on which type of oil based cleanser is right for you.  Don’t wear makeup so you think this step is useless? Well, using an oil cleanser will still break up your SPF (which you should be wearing everyday) as well as environmental pollutions and excess oil production. Did you know in Ancient Greece they used olive oil and a special body scraping tool called a Strigil to prep the skin before bathing? They used this method to scrap off built up dirt and sweat and would then take some sort or bath to cleanse off the remaining grime. This routine was so common and important that the strigil implement is found in ancient burial tombs with the wealthy. The Greeks it seems, were clearly on to something and thanks to K- Beauty trends, it’s back on the modern beauty scene.

Now that you know the basics of oil cleansing, I’m sure you are now wondering which oils are good for what type of skin you have. There are many oils on the market to choose from, I want to keep it simple so I will list four common and effective oils safe for all skin types in most cases:

Rosehip Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Pomegranate Oil

I am going to keep it one hundred percent with you, oil cleansing may not be for everyone! We are, at the end of day, different from one another and even with trial and error, some who try this method may not continue it. And that’s fine! Getting the education on the subject from a professional is key to achieving the right protocol for your skincare needs. 

Now with oil cleansing out of the way, it’s time for a water based cleanse. Your water based cleanser will be able to reach the dirt left over in your pores much easier, achieving a thorough overall cleanse. Stay tuned for the next blog post on Water Based Cleansers! 

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