How To Oil Cleanse The Right Way

In my previous post (The Best Alternatives To Using Face Wash), I mentioned the possibility of using certain oils to clean your face. Well, today I’ll be covering all about the procedure for doing so. Do remember that it’s better to follow oil cleansing strictly at night time. This is because these oils still do strip a lot of dirt, germs AND natural sebum off the skin. Additionally, they can be fully utilised to their potential by also removing makeup. Most say oils should not be used more than once a day.

Now, let’s get to the best types of oils available for this job. The two most commonly used have got to be olive oil and castor oil for dry and oily skin respectively. Other suitable variants include jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, argon oil and more. And there’s always several products in the market, containing a combination of the above.

The best oil cleansing method is that which involves a wash cloth and hot water. The steps for it are as follows:

1. Pour about a quarter-sized (or 1-2 teaspoons) of oil cleansing product into the palm of your hand. Quickly rub the oil between your hands to effectively warm it up.

2. Massage it into your face with the help of your fingertips, especially concentrating on problem areas with blackheads, congestion, etc. Make sure to perform this thoroughly for at least one or two minutes to really penetrate the skin. Its great to use slow upward circular motions.

3. Take a damp, warm washcloth (should be smooth or soft)  and gently press into your face. The idea is to use the hot water to create a steaming effect. This way you’ll soften the pores to remove all impurities and dead skin cells.

4. Once the washcloth cools down and you feel the oil being removed, gently wipe it away from your face. Repeat step no.3 multiple times (if necessary) by rinsing the cloth and placing it back onto the exposed skin.

5. Refrain from unnecessary scrubbing that causes irritation. Some people prefer to do a final rinse with water. The treated area should feel pleasantly hydrated and detoxed.

Follow up with your usual skincare routine, a serum or moisturiser.

While this is the most recommended practice, there’s another K-beauty (Korean beauty) regimen. It has grown to become quite popular and uses double cleansing. So, in it you apply another gentle water-based face wash to remove any remaining oil residue. The latter often targets specific personal concerns such as acne. 

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