Oil Cleansing: A Revisitation To This Once-Super-Buzzed-About Skincare Craze
Once upon a not-so-distant-in-the-past time, oil cleansing was an insanely buzzed-about beauty trend.
Being something of a skincare explorer, I recently decided to give oil cleansing a try for to see if it was a trend worth reviving. If you haven’t heard of oil cleansing, it’s basically a way of cleansing the face using oils that are similar to the oils naturally produced by your face.
Essentially, instead of using the usual skin care products that strip down the skin of its natural oils in the cleansing process, oil cleansing works with your skins natural oils to clean out pores and nourish the skin.
After buckling down and testing out this method for a couple of days, I have come to a couple of realizations.
What I Enjoy About Oil Cleansing:
It’s a very luxurious process to do, though it does take a little bit longer than your average cleansing. After applying the cleansing oil to your face, you should put a hot steamy washcloth (don’t burn yourself!) over your face and let the oil fully get into your pores. I feel like this is a super pampering way of cleansing the skin, as opposed to the usual face wash and rinse.
I loved the soft and nourished feeling of my face after my skin absorbed the extra oil. I don’t think you really understand the pains of dry skin until you’ve worked at an outdoor, below-freezing, super windy ice rink all day. That’s when you see skin that is truly parched. Oil cleansing may be something that I decide to bring around during the winter time when my skin is taking a real beating.
I was definitely NOT oilier because of this cleansing method. I was a little worried with it being summer time that my oily patches might be made a little worse, but that was definitely not the case. I didn’t notice much difference at all between this method and my usual cleansing method in terms of oil production on my face. It moisturized where I needed it and ignored everywhere else!
You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy a “cleansing oil” to try this method out; there are plenty of oil cleansing guides online that can help you find the best oil for your skin if you’re interested in making this a DIY project. You can even start out with just cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil from your kitchen with a few drops of tea tree oil. If you decide to make your own oil mixture, be sure to use cold-pressed, high quality organic oils.
What I Didn’t Enjoy About Oil Cleansing:
Now this is just a personal feeling, but I really want to feel like my skin is super clean after cleansing my face in the summer. Though I could definitely tell that my skin was clean and makeup-free, I didn’t really ever get that super clean fresh feeling. So, for the summer I’m probably going to stick with my usual daily cleanser, but to each their own (favorite cleansing method)! Like I mentioned before, in the winter I think this will be my go-to method whenever my skin needs a little extra love.
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