Upon reading the title of this article, you may find yourself wondering, “A cleansing oil? Now, why would I want to wash my face with something as greasy as that?”
And, yes, at face value we’d agree with you; this type of cleansing method seems rather counterintuitive. Because how can an oil-based cleanser get rid of excess sebum?
As it turns out, oil cleansing is one of the most effective ways to remove waterproof make-up and is by far our beauty editor’s favourite way to get the job done.
So, why should you use oil to cleanse? Let’s investigate…
Why Every Woman Should Use A Cleansing Oil
Other than the fact that cleansing with an oil or balm feels indulgent, they’re both much gentler choices compared to the gel or foam cleanser currently sitting on your sink.
In an interview with SELF, board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner notes that contrary to what you may believe, “Oil absorbs oil. Meaning that these products can effectively remove dirt from, and leave the skin clean.”
He also agrees that, “Cleansing oils contain hydrating and soothing ingredients that may actually be more effective and less irritating than some traditional cleansers.”
The trick is in knowing which oil works best for your skin type.
Dry Skin Types
If you have dry skin, look for products with avocado, jojoba, or sunflower oil in it. They’re packed with fatty acids that help restore moisture levels in the skin.
Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser, R565 for 100ml. It ups the cleansing ante by combining three textures in one (gel-oil-milk) with barrier-protecting sunflower oil, meadowfoam and antioxidant grapeseed oils.
Oily or Combination Skin Types
Oils such as argan, coconut and tea tree are perfect for oily and combination skin types as they’re lighter and less likely to clog your pores.
There’s just one exception: Cleansing oils that are composed of a single oil or oil blend without surfactants or emulsifiers are not recommended for combination to oily skin, as they only add to the skin’s oiliness issues.
Tony Moly Wonder Apricot Deep Cleansing Oil, R199 for 190ml, is a fab bargain buy that contains pore-clearing apricot seed oils plus jojoba, macadamia and meadowfoam seed oils to replenish moisture loss.
Sensitive Skin Types
Oils to calm inflammation like rosemary and camellia seed oils are what you want to go for if you suffer from a sensitive skin type.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, R230 for 90ml, works best massaged onto dry skin, then worked into an emulsion with some water.
Once you’re done cleansing, remove any excess product with a deliciously warm cloth to reveal skin that feels ultra-soft and plump.
Work In A Facial Massage
Our beauty editor’s favourite time to incorporate a cleansing oil is in the evening with a DIY facial massage. Why? While the oil nourishes and balances your skin, the massage will drain away puffiness overnight and help you nod off easier.
Massage technique: Start from the centre of your face and work outwards and upwards with your fingertips in small, circular motions before focusing in on your forehead and jawline.
Written by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens.