Clean your face with oil?! If you are anything like I was 6 months ago I thought this concept what crazy. I thought, how on earth was my oily dirty face going to get clean with oil? Well, after being on accutane treatment my once oily skin now had several dry patches and no matter what "moisturizing" cleanser I used my face was always uncomfortably dry so I decided to give it a try and boy was that the best decision ever!
How does it work?
Oil dissolves oil. When you use natural oils that are close to the sebum oil your pores naturally secrete it dissolves the oil without stripping your face. We're conditioned to think all oil is bad but in actuality we do need some of the oil our skin produces. If you have oily skin by stripping you skin it send a signal to your body to overproduce oil. If you have dry skin and your oil glands reproduce oil slower it is even more important that you do not strip your skin.
How do you do it?
You can make you own oil mixture. I do not. I have used Philosophy's Oil Cleanser in the past and it is nice but a bit pricer and usually only available at dedicated beauty stores and department store. I use Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil now. It's cheapers, works just as good if not better and I can get it at Target or CVS.
1. Apply oil to dry skin and massage. Bonus: Oil cleansing is also the best makeup removal method!
2. Place warm towel over face and remove.
3. Rinse with warm water.
That's it. I apply a moisturizer afterwards. You may find you don't even need a moisturizer. Your skin will tell you what it likes,
What to expect?
Things may get worse before they get better, as with any skin care regime change. Hang in there. It may take up to 4-6 weeks to fully see changes. If you're doing it DIY you may have to play around with the formula to get the optimal result for your skin.
Have you tried oil cleansing or do you plan to? Share your thoughts. :)
- Sheila Hollins-Jackson