Oh, it's a tiring day! Coming home, you'd just want to relax and refresh. Nothing feels better than removing your heels and makeup. But what if instead of removing the impurities on your face, you actually put them into more harm from your cleanser? Even some cleansers that claim to be hypoallergenic can still contain harmful chemicals. Some even strip the natural oils on your skin that keep it supple. Instead of fighting oil with chemicals, why not kill the oil with oil cleansing method ? Sounds weird, right? For a little chemistry review, oil dissolves oil. That is the idea behind the method.



What Is Oil Cleansing Method?


The oil cleansing method uses a combination of natural oils to clean one's skin. A variety of products cater to all skin types, be it normal, combination, dry, oily or acne-prone. It can also help you treat current acne. No need for a separate makeup remover as well, since it dissolves deep-seated makeup. But before going deep into the preferred types of oil know about the types of oil cleansing method. There are two types basically. They are:
  • Basic cleansing
  • Deep cleansing
The basic cleansing uses simple oils such as jojobas, coconut oil and olive oil. They help wash away impurities.
The deep cleansing uses castor oil known for its anti-inflammatory properties and healing powers. Since it is a natural astringent, it has a stronger cleansing oil than simple oils.


Oils Commonly Used For Oil Cleansing Method And Their Benefits


Castor Oil







Castor oil with its anti-bacterial properties is best suited for oil cleansing method as they can treat your acne too. However, castor oil can be highly drying. Always dilute it first! Mix 2 tablespoon of castor oil in 1 cup of carrier oil. This way it won’t be drying your skin.

Avoid using castor oil found in laxative form. The castor oil in laxative form will be thicker. It can easily get clogged inside pores and can cause blackheads or worse, acne.



Neem Oil Cleansing Method






Neem oil is a great antiseptic to treat acne. They can be used undiluted directly on the skin. They can either be used alone or in combination with carrier oil. A caution though, if you are not a fan of strong scents, best to avoid this oil. Fun fact: diluted neem oil also works as a mosquito repellent.

Almond And Avocado Oil Cleansing Method



Almond oil and avocado oil are very rich in nutrients that nourish dry skin since they are slightly thicker and denser. But these are acne-producing oil so it is wise to do a patch test before using it for oil cleansing method. Since it is thick , it may be tough to wipe off water based make-up.

Coconut Oil







Coconut oil for skin is a highly debated issue. Few say it is very effective for oil cleansing method even with the acne prone skin. But others say it is the cause of acne. It is always good to do a patch test if you want to use coconut oil.


Argan Oil






Argan oil for skin is best suited for oil cleansing method as it is rich in vitamin E. It also contains the essential fatty acids and carotene. Since it has linolenic acid in it, it moisturizes the skin efficiently.  Argan oil is a coveted oil popularized by celebrities swearing by it.

Olive Oil




Olive oil for skin is always a nourishing ingredient. This is why olive oil is omnipresent in various beauty products. It is a natural oil that will bring no harm to your skin.



Evening Primrose Oil




Evening Primrose oil is extracted from the plant of the same name. It is known for its pain relieving nature. The gamma linoleic acid and the linolenic acid present in the evening primrose oil help to dilute and wash out the sebum. Its best suited for adult acne. It is even used to treat eczema.

Sunflower Oil




The sunflower oil is easily available. It is lighter and easily absorbing.  Due to its thin consistency, there is no worry for pores clogging. It also makes your skin young and radiant. It is best suited for oil cleansing method. They can also treat acne scars.

How to Do Oil Cleansing Method

This method has a slightly different procedure from what you may have been used to.

1. Prepare the cleansing oil . Also prepare a face towel and hot water.
2. With clean hands, pump 2-3 times of oil and spread it on dry face.
3. Massage slowly, going in circular motions for at least two minutes. Don't forget the neck!

4. Using the towel, wet it in hot water and wring it just enough to keep the temperature.
5. Cover face with the towel and let face be steamed for around 2 minutes.
6. Wipe off the cleansing oil with the towel. It is optional to wash off with warm water.

How Does It Actually Work?

This oil cleansing method actually dissolves the deep-seated oil in your skin and replenishes it with the nourishment that came from the cleansing oil. Unlike usual cleansers it does not wipe off the natural oil from your skin. Doing so will only enhance the existing condition of clogged pores leading to blackheads and whiteheads, and even acne.

Recommended Korean cosmetic products for Oil Cleansing Method:

The following Korean cosmetic products are bundled up for an easy start to using the oil cleansing method. The procedure above can be used for these products.
This cleansing oil is made up of olive oil, argan oil and Harrogate spa.
This is an extract from best golden olives. It cleans your skin from dirt, makeup and other impurities. The vitamins present will nourish it leaving back a glowing skin.

This Korean beauty product is comprised of Olive oil, macadamia seed oil, papaya extract, rosemary leaf extract and chamomile flower water. It moisturizes the skin along with cleansing it. This product does not contain harmful substances like paraben, PG and benzophenone that damage the skin.


NATURE REPUBLIC Forest Garden Argan Cleansing Oil






This product is made up of natural argan oil for skin that will nourish your skin and make it glowing. It doesn’t dry your skin like any other product. Apply it on your skin, massage it and rinse it off with warm water.




LANEIGE Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil 






This refreshing skin product is made up of virgin coconut oil for skin. It removes even heavy makeup. It does not clog the pores.


The above information will be quite helpful for you to know how to clean your skin by oil cleansing method. It also takes you through the types of oil options available for you to choose from. Whatever oil you choose especially with the vegetable oil go for patch test. They can be impure with the presence of chemicals. Try the oil cleansing method and feel the difference.



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