Oil cleansing has been used for centuries and different purposes. Nowadays, it is most commonly used as an alternative to the traditional face wash or soap cleanser. Let's explore the benefits of oil cleansers and what makes this method so effective!
What is the Oil Cleansing Method?
This method is a deep pore cleanse popularized by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. It has been used for centuries to remove dirt, impurities, and makeup from the pores of the skin. A mixture of oil (typically olive or coconut) is applied on dampened skin before massaging in small circular motions with wet fingertips. The sebum will rise up through your fingers as you massage which means that all the natural oils are being removed along with any excess dead cells clogging them!
How do you use an oil cleanser?
Massage the oil into your skin to break down makeup and dirt. After massaging for a few minutes, you'll want to remove the oil using a damp, warm washcloth or cotton pad.
How does oil cleanse your skin?
Cleansing with oil has three benefits:
-breaking up makeup and dirt on your skin's surface
-penetrating deep into the skin's pores for deeper pore cleanings
-slowing signs of aging by plumping and hydrating the skin from within with natural oils
The theory behind washing your face with an oil is that like dissolves like such that oil dissolves oil. Also, fats bind well with toxins and other impurities, making oil cleansers a fantastic option for deep pore cleansing.
How often should you oil cleanse?
This method can be used in place of traditional cleansers every day if desired - but some people like to use this deep pore cleanse only once or twice a week. This way, they're still giving their natural oils time to do their job on days when they don't need an extra deep cleansing session.
The process usually takes about 15-30 minutes total depending on how much makeup needs cleaning up - which makes these sessions great ways to spend more quality time with yourself while also getting the cleansing benefits.
How does an oil cleanser help acne-prone skin?
Using an oil cleanser is great for acne-prone skin because the natural oils in the cleanser will get deep into your pores to help loosen up and dissolve clogs.
This method can also help to prevent your skin from producing excess sebum. White & Elm's Deep Pore Oil Cleanser also contains oils that help to reduce bacteria on the skin's surface, helping to clear up active breakouts.
Plus, topical treatments applied after removing the oil can penetrate deeper than they would if you used water or soap-based cleanser - which means more of an anti-acne treatment's vital ingredients can reach the source of breakouts. For post-wash treatment, try White & Elm's Acne Spot Serum with tea tree.
Using an oil cleanse over traditional ones might give you clearer skin that isn't as inflamed and red afterward. We recommend trying it out for at least two weeks before deciding how well it works!
It's common for a purging period where your breakouts may worsen before they get better. Remember, you are pulling out old impurities from the skin. The longer you stick with oil cleansers, the clearer and softer your skin will become.
What is skin purging, and does it happen with oil cleansing?
Skin purging is the process of breaking down old cells and causing them to rise to the surface. This will last for at least a week or two before you notice an improvement in your skin's condition. An oil cleanse can also stimulate this response, so don't be discouraged if breakouts worsen when using an oil cleanser.
What to expect after you oil cleanse.
- Oil cleansers will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother.
- The oil will help the moisturizer to penetrate better, which means it'll last longer in the day.
- It is possible for some people to break out a little more when starting this method because of all the old impurities coming up from deep within the skin.
I've heard of doing a double cleanse. How does double cleansing work?
The idea behind double cleansing is that the oil cleanser helps break down makeup and other impurities easier than traditional cleansers do alone.
Start first with an oil cleanser to deep clean and prep the skin, and then follow a more traditional cleanser like White & Elm's Foaming Cleanser. The foaming cleanser will clean up anything that is remaining. Thus the benefits of double cleansing.
This way of getting cleaner skin can be more gentle for those with sensitive acne-prone skin as well - since the harshness of some soaps may cause inflammation in already inflamed areas.
Use this method sparingly, though! Please don't overdo it because using two different types of products can actually make things worse by stripping natural moisture from your face if you use this method too much.
Can I use oil cleansing if I have dry skin?
Of course! People with dry skin can actually benefit from an oil cleanser. It's a gentler way to cleanse the skin and is perfect for those looking to avoid striping their face of natural oils.
Gently massage our Deep Pore Oil Cleanser into your skin as if you were giving yourself a facial - no need to scrub! You'll get a more targeted deep pore cleaning that will leave your complexion feeling fresh and moisturized afterward. This method can help dry skin to retain its protective barrier and can be more hydrating for the skin.
I have sensitive skin. Can I do the oil cleansing method?
Yup! An oil cleanse is gentle enough for all skin types, and the natural oils stripped with this process can be soothing to sensitive or acne-prone complexions. Sensitive skin is often dry skin, so that oil cleansers can be a great solution for skin dryness and sensitivity.
Is cleansing oil good for oily skin?
No, the oil cleansing method is designed to clean deep within pores and remove excess oils. This can help prevent breakouts because it'll leave your skin looking fresh and hydrated without clogging up pores!
Why is avocado oil good for oil cleansing?
Avocado oil is a great choice for those looking to try the oil cleansing method. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory properties, but the fat content in avocado oils helps to keep skin hydrated and healthy.
Avocado oil is a natural moisturizer that provides deep hydration for the skin. It's also rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, E, and K, which work wonders on the complexion. Avocado oil is highly effective when repairing damaged tissue on our face or body due to its high levels of antioxidants. This means fewer wrinkles!
What are the benefits of castor oil for oil cleansing?
Castor oil is an excellent choice for the oil cleansing method. It's a natural skin cleanser proven effective in small studies to help promote cell growth and improve the appearance of wrinkles and dry patches on the face while also improving elasticity.
Certain castor oils have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can kill bacteria or fungi, which may be causing breakouts on your face.
Why you should use castor oil for oil cleansing:
- Promotes healthy-looking skin by reducing inflammation and redness
- Anti-microbial/anti-fungal so will fight off acne-causing bacteria or fungus without clogging up pores!
- A great option if you suffer from eczema due to its soothing qualities
- Gives deep hydration
Looking for a new way to clean your face?
The oil cleansing method is a natural, gentle, and effective way to remove dirt, grime, and makeup. Our deep pore oil cleanser is specially formulated with sunflower seed oil that draws out dirt, clogged pores, and active acne. It’s also an excellent make-up remover! Massage it into the skin and enjoy the relaxing scent of lavender while you relax in the bath or shower. Add it to your skincare routine!
White Elm's Deep Pore Oil Cleanser will leave your skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and hydrated. You'll be able to see how much more radiant your complexion becomes after just one use!
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