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Have you ever cleansed with oil? Sounds a bit odd, that you should clean your oily face with another type of oil, but the science actually checks out. Give it ago. Get a good cleansing oil and massage it in to your face. Leave it for a minute or two, and then grab a warm flannel and wipe your skin clean.
How does it feel? Soft, cleansed and radiant. How does it work? On the basis, that like dissolves like. What you’re doing is dissolving and wiping away all the sebum and oil from your face and replenishing it with clean, nourishing oil.
There’s no harsh chemicals involved. No suds. Nothing to actually strip your skin of its oil.
And this is good, because according to Crunchy Betty when you strip your skin of its sebum, it goes into overdrive, trying to create more. Which leads to clogged pores. Blackheads. Whiteheads. Just plain old irritation.
And that, in a very brief and succinct nutshell, is how the oil cleansing method works.
What Oils Are Best for Oil Cleansing?
Regardless of your skin type, there’s one oil you’ll probably want, and that is: castor oil.
Castor oil is gives you the most cleansing, dissolving bang for your buck. It’s also highly antibacterial in nature.
It can also be drying. So depending on your skin type, you’ll either use more or less castor oil proportionally to the other oils.
Good Oil Cleansing Varieties
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Olive (all skin types)*
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
- Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)
Biodroga Cleansing Oil for Very Dry Skin is a hydrophilic (water-soluble) oil, preservative-free and delicate cleanser that even gently and thoroughly removes eye make-up. It forms a lightweight emulsion that is easily removed with water, also extremely well suited for irritated, reddened skin. For sensitive and extremely dry skin.
Apply to dry skin and massage in using moistened fingers. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.