Most of us, if not all, are used to washing our faces with water. But healthy skin advocates and even experts are saying this isn’t the right way of cleaning our skin. Instead, it is time to turn to oil cleansing, which is a method that’s good for any skin type as well as those with skin conditions. It does sound counterintuitive and it is understandable for a lot of people to be skeptic about it, but it is actually the best way to cleanse our faces. Here are the reasons why:
- Using oil as cleanser can actually get rid of excess oils on the skin.
- If you have applied makeup, sunblock, or any product, the oil cleansing method can get rid of it and traces of the product better than water.
- Oil doesn’t have surfactants, harmful ingredients, and preservatives that are quite common in foaming cleansers.
- When washed with oil, the face benefits from deep cleaning without disrupting the skin’s microbiome.
Oil cleansing is so thorough and there are different proposed methods to get the best results. However, the most recommended is to use oil at night and in the morning, you just rinse your face with water. After switching to this method, you will notice that your skin is not only clearer and brighter, but also softer with fewer blackheads and better balance in oil production.
There are oil cleansers that you can buy at stores, but you can also use a blend of different oils, such as coconut, castor, grapeseed, and sesame oil. Shea butter is also recommended as well as plain jojoba oil. Always look for high quality oils to get the results you want, but any natural oil will do. Castor oil though is the most popular since it is naturally astringent and can help remove skin impurities for both oily and dry skin. When using this type of oil, make sure that you don’t use it undiluted. Use another type of oil along with castor with the ratio of 2:1. You can also try the following combinations based on your skin type:
- If you have oily skin, mix 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 sunflower oil. An alternative combination is hazelnut and olive oil (or any other oil).
- For those with dry skin, nourishing oils are the best, such as olive oil. You can also use a small amount of castor or hazelnut oil in combination with the nourishing oil.
- If your skin isn’t oily or dry, mix ¼ hazelnut or castor with ¾ sunflower or olive oil.
You can start with the suggested amounts above and you can adjust as needed to get the best results for your skin.