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A newbie’s guide to…oil cleansing

I’ve been oil cleansing for close to five years. By far, oil cleansing is one of my favourite methods to use.

Benefits to oil cleansing

There’s an oil for every skin type | Generally there’s an oil for every skin type. Most people can find a combination of oils and play around with ratios of base and carrier oils to find their best cleanser. I find the experimentation process incredibly fun. I’ve gotten to know what my skin does and does not like in a new way.

Generally oil cleansing tends to have less additives and is relatively natural | Obviously if you decide to buy your oil cleanser, you’re going to have to do the work and read the ingredients list to check for any potential irritants and additives in your cleanser. If you decide to go the DIY route and practice OCM, you can select and customize your formulation and ingredients. The better to safeguard yourself from any bad reactions.

After all, the only person who knows your skin the most is you!

Oil cleansing is pretty hydrating | For dry and dehydrated skin oil helps to add moisture in the cleansing stage. For colder months, I switch exclusively to oil cleansing.

In warmer months, I still keep up my oil cleansing routine but add in a foam cleanser if I’m feeling a bit shiny.

A caveatCastor oil can be a bit drying for some people. Be mindful of that if you’re thinking of doing a DIY cleanser.

Oil cleansing could help acne | Oil cleansing on the regular could help acne-prone skin, if the main cause of acne is excess sebum production and clogged pores. If by chance you have an excess sebum issue and you’re using a foam cleanser, lay off for a while and use something like a gel or oil instead.

If using a foam cleanser is a problem, the excess shine and clogged pores could be the body’s way to protect your skin from being stripped too much of the oils it naturally produces. Implementing oil cleansing could help regulate oil production over time and could cut down on excess shine and clogged pores.

It’s the best at dissolving makeup | If you don’t wear a ton of makeup or waterproof eye makeup, you can easily skip the makeup remover and just oil cleanse. A multitasker for the busy and the lazy!

Get your makeup off and cleanse your face?! So possible!

It’s the best at beating blackheads | I can only speak about my experience on this one, but it’s the cheapest, most effective and gentle way I’ve found to extract blackheads. My cleansing devices – a silicon scrubby, a Clarisonic and the Luna –  as well as gels and peels can take blackheads away can do the job temporarily even with consistent use.

Since you have to work the cleanser into your skin, you can gently help extract the blackheads. The oil – combined with the steam and your fingers – helps to lift the blackheads off your skin.

Oil cleansing is often very affordable | Obviously luxe oil cleansing brands, such as the Shu Uemura line, are incredibly expensive. There are oil cleansers made for all types of budgets.

If you want to go in and DIY the cost per use can be incredibly cheap.

Stupid cheap.

Oil cleansing is gentle | If you go DIY, the only ingredients that will be in your cleanser will be oil. If you decide to buy your cleanser, the ingredients will likely be oil, other emollients and water. You won’t find any ingredients that may be harsh to skin: no acids, no alcohol.

This method of cleansing is pretty relaxing | Oil cleansing requires you to slow down and use your hands to clean your face. You can’t just use a cleansing device and pass it half-heartedly on your face. Or take a few cleansing wipes, pass it along your face and sleepily call it a night.

You have to spread and pat and massage that cleanser all up in your face. It’s a soothing experience. Sometimes I zone out because the sensation is so calming.

The washcloth and steam portion is just another benefit to cleansing this way. It makes cleansing a ritual.

A relaxing ritual.
A goodnight ritual.
An awesome ritual.

OCM and store-bought oil cleansing: what’s the difference

Besides the obvious difference of one is DIY and one is store-bought, the main difference is application.

Most store-bought cleansers (DHC deep cleansing oil, Innisfree pure green tea cleansing oil, OLO oil cleanser) can be applied, massaged and then quickly rinsed off. Easy peasy.

There’s also an extra step between massage and rinsing off with the Oil Cleansing Method.

The steam.

You have to let the oil sit on the skin and do its work. While it can help dissolve a good chunk of dirt and makeup on its own on your dry face, the real magic happens when your face is slightly damp from the steam.

Plus the steam part is the most relaxing aspect of OCM. You can implement this step in one of two ways (or both) if you want: with a towel and a bowl of hot water or with a hot washcloth.

The steam helps to open up the pores and soften the skin and let the oil do its thing.

Another difference between OCM and store-bought is also obvious: the ability to customize and to know what’s going into your skin.


Do you use oil cleansers? What’s been your experience with them?
Have any favourite brands or DIY methods you’d like to share?
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2 thoughts on “A newbie’s guide to…oil cleansing

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Carmen! Yes, there’s an oil and formulation for all skin types. I was pretty prone to oil and shine when I first started and it didn’t exacerbate that at all. It actually helped! Hope you’ll find your perfect oil. Let me know how that goes!

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