The skincare and beauty industries are always incorporating new products and treatments that have proven to be helpful and effective when incorporated into people's skincare routines. One of these is the oil cleansing method, a treatment many people swear by. What exactly does it include? And which are its benefits? Read on to learn all about it!
The first and most important elements in the oil cleansing method are, of course, the oil cleansers. These are different than gel or foaming cleansers, as they don't use any type of surfactants when getting rid of the debris and dirt on your skin.
Cleansing oils are special for their ability to bind with the oil on the skin. This property lies on their molecular level, as both types of oil attract each other. This makes oil cleansers great and safe additions to your skincare routine, as they work well on different skin types and protect the skin's natural lipid layer and good bacteria.
While it's always advised to try all skincare products on a patch of skin on your arm before fully applying it on your face, cleansing oils have shown to be allies for both dry and oily skin types. This is a gift that not many skin care products can pride themselves on!
On dry and sensitive skin types, oil cleansers can safely cleanse any debris and residues without leaving some of the results associated with surfactant cleansers, such as dehydration and irritation. The reason for this is that the product cleanses the skin while protecting its barrier, as it's similar to the molecular structure of the skin.
You can mix oils to make your own oil cleanser at home, and making it to go with dry skin isn't hard. The traditional choices are castor and olive oil, and an extra olive oil addition to better hydrate dry skin. Another source of moisture is avocado oil, which you can include as well.
While some people with oily skin types may seem skeptical about using oil cleansers on their faces, there are experts who recommend these as a great fighter against sebum, the acne-causing oil in the skin. If you fear that cleansing oils may clog your pores, try it on a small patch of skin to test it out beforehand!
When looking for an oil cleanser in beauty stores or drugstores, check for noncomedogenic alternatives if you have a rather oily skin type. These work well on acne-prone skin, as they won't clog your pores. For a homemade cleansing oil, you can mix olive (or jojoba oil) and castor oil too, but you may increase the amount of the latter to better fit your skin type. Castor oil works well to dry your skin, but in excessive amounts it can cause more harm than good, even on oily skin.
Following the oil cleansing method once a day before going to bed can be the cherry on top of your skincare routine. If you felt like you were missing a step and you were looking for a better cleanse, try this treatment!