Oil-Cleansing for Clearer Complexions

Cleansing the face or body with oil? That sounds pretty counterproductive, right? It actually is not. Many brands on the market advertise their products as “mattifying” or “antibacterial,” but the truth is that these claims can cause the skin to flare up. These products strip the skin of natural oils which then causes the skin to overcorrect by creating even more oil.

The oil-cleansing method runs on the principle that “like dissolves like.” That also means that the oil our skin naturally produces is only to protect, heal, and nourish the skin. Applying more oil can gently get rid of impurities or makeup by dissolving whatever may be on the skin. This reduces the amount of irritation and flare ups caused by harsher products.

The oil-cleansing method should be done in the evenings as the goal is to dissolve any grime that may have accumulated from the day. It is important to not overdo this method by doing it morning and night as that can result in irritation. More detailed steps on how to oil-cleanse can be found here.

Cleansing oil should target specific skin types. For example, 30% castor oil and 70% sunflower oil can be used for oily skin. 60% avocado oil, 30% sunflower oil, and 10% castor oil can be used for dry skin. 80% sunflower oil and 20% castor oil can be used for normal skin. The oil mixture can be bought or made at home. It ultimately depends on the individual but purchasing a premade mixture can be a little more convenient and less time-consuming. The Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil from Derma E incorporates argan and jojoba oils in order to gently wipe away impurities while providing antioxidants and moisture.

Some general advice is to start nice and slow to see how the skin reacts. It may take time for the skin to adjust and proportions may need to be adjusted even more according to skin type.