Putting more oil on your face?To clean your skin?You might wonder who would do such a thing—but many people are jumping on the “cleansing oil” bandwagon. On the surface, cleansing oil might runcontrary to everything you’ve ever been told about skincare and acne prevention, but don’t walk away so fast. There are people with an oily dermis that swear by it. So what’s the big deal about oil cleansing, and does it work?
How Does it Work?
Cleansing oil works by blending with the oils, dirt, and impurities on your face so they can be rinsed off following the cleansing process. Oil is applied to the face, massaged into the skin for a couple of minutes, left on briefly, and then removed with very warm water. The result over time for many is an enviable complexion with a good balance of natural oils.
Why Do People Like It?
The process of oil cleansing may be simple enough, but what are the benefits of the method? Is it really a good substitute for soap or oil-free cleansers? Here are some of the reasons oil cleansing is all the rage these days:
Naturally, in any cleansing method, dirt removal is important. But how does cleansing oil accomplish this? It works by pulling dirt and oil from the pores so it can be removed without clogging and harsh scrubbing. The skin is still clean, but oil cleansing is a gentle and effective method for removing skin impurities.
Leaves Beneficial Oils
Though people with oily skin would love to banish the excess shine, our skin does need some oil to stay supple and beautiful. Oil-free cleansers and soaps strip the skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and actually prone to stimulating extra oil production. Oil cleansing doesn’t make the skin oily, but it does help keep skin oils in balance.
Because the oils draw out dirt and help keep the oil levels in the skin in check, oil cleansing has been known to curb breakouts and help prevent acne and clogged pores. Many proponents of cleansing oil tout clear skin as a major benefit of the method.
Especially for those who use single source oils, like olive oil, this cleansing method involves no harsh chemicals and is more natural than many beauty products available today.
Oil cleansing reduces the skincare steps and is a snap to add to your skincare routine. All you need is a gentle oil or oil cleansing product, warm water, and a washcloth. This makes it an easy routine to keep up with, even away from home.
Do You Need Fancy Products?
While some people prefer to use a single type of oil, such as coconut castor, olive, sweet almond, or avocado, it can be beneficial to find an oil-cleansing product that is formulated from a blend of oils to suit your skin type. These often contain botanicals and other helpful ingredients, based on your skin’s normal behavior and rate of oil production. Be careful in your selection, however. It is best to avoid excessive chemicals in the beauty products you choose.
Completely confused by the rash of skincare information out there? Need some specific guidance on caring for your skin? Considering facial rejuvenation? If so, it’s time to get advice and treatment from an expert cosmetic dermatologist. Proper skincare and damage prevention go a long way toward a lifetime of skin health, and a dermatologist can give you the information and advice you need to succeed in skincare.
If you’re looking for advice on keeping your skin healthy despite the Miami sun, then come in for an appointment with board certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Diane Walder. Dr. Walder is an acclaimed skincare expert, and is often sought out for advice in publications like Allure, Glamour, and in various articles on skincare, including this article on oil cleansing. Dr. Walder is always up to date on the latest skincare fads and technologies, and can help you interpret information as fact or fiction. If you’re ready to get started with serious skincare, call Dr. Walder’s office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder and her associate, Dr. Stacy Chimento.