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Everything you need to know about facial oil cleansing

February 15, 2023 4 min read

Everything you need to know about facial oil cleansing

One of the most misunderstood products in skincare is cleansing oil, the reason being that it’s believed to worsen oil instead of washing it away. But the truth is that it’s just as good as – if not better than – your regular cleanser. 

Still skeptical? Here’s the rundown on oil cleansing for the face, including why this method is so great and how it works. 


What is an oil cleanser and how does it work?

Cleansing oils are face cleansers or washes formulated with oils that lather when they come into contact with water. The oils used in these cleansers are extracted from plants and carefully chosen to make sure they can safely treat common skin concerns such as acne, excess oil, and aging. 

The cleansing method is rooted in the idea of “oil dissolves oil”. This means that when oil cleansers bond with the oils on your face, they can whisk them away along with the sweat, bacteria, dead skin cells, etc. on the skin’s surface. Once the dirty oil is dissolved, the oil from your cleanser will leave your skin with good, nourishing oils that are essential to your skin’s health.


What are the benefits of oil cleansing?

Is it really worth trading your old face cleanser for an oil cleanser? Here are a few reasons why you should start cleansing your face with organic oils right now: 

Balances oil production

It may seem counterintuitive to cleanse your face with oil – after all, that’s one of the things you’re trying to get rid of in the first place. However, using oil to clean the skindoesn’t actually make it oily. In fact, cleansing oils can balance out your skin’s oils. This is why it’s a great option for people of all skin types, particularly those with oily and acne-prone skin. 

Reduces acne

Oil-based cleansers deeply probe into your pores to get rid of every trace of acne-causing dirt, grime, oil, and other debris that may have accumulated on the face during the day. Plus, since oil cleansers can control oil production, they can help keep breakouts at bay. 

Boosts hydration

Most foamy face washes do more harm than good as they strip the skin of its moisture. This can lead to dehydration, which can make the common signs of skin aging more noticeable. Oil cleansers clean the skin without drying it out. Certain oils such as avocado oil can even be used to increase the skin’s moisture levels. 

Slow down skin aging

Although you can’t stopskin aging, you can slow the process down so you can have younger-looking skin for longer. Oil cleansers are formulated with anti-aging properties that are naturally present in plant oils. This way, you can maintain your glow whilepreventing neck wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of premature aging. 

What oils can be used for cleansing?

When it comes to oil cleansing, you have two options: purchase an oil cleanser or create your own concoction. If you opt for the former, you’ll want to choose cold-pressed oils that are free from fragrances and sulfates, such as ourRosehip Cleanser. But if you want to give DIYing a try, you will have to combine two or more oils, depending on your skin’s needs. 

Here are a few examples of the oils you can mix into your cleanser (these are also some of the most commonly used ingredients in pre-mixed facial cleansing oils):

  • Coconut oil. A commonly used oil in face cleansers, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can treat wounds, reduce redness, and protect the skin from pollutants. 
  • Sunflower oil. It contains Vitamin E to slow down the signs of skin aging, as well as linoleic acid to maintain the skin’s moisture content.
  • Grapeseed oil.Also packed with Vitamin E, this plant oil has the ability to lock in water to support the skin’s moisture barrier. 
  • Rosehip oil. This oil is rich in retinoids that restore the skin’s elasticity and leave you with glowing skin. It also contains linoleic acid which can aid in acne prevention. 
  • Avocado oil. Full of antioxidants, this oil is perfect for fighting against free radicals such as UV. It’s also rich in fatty acids that can treat dryness caused by skin conditions like eczema.
  • Tea tree oil.  Because of its antibacterial properties, topical tea tree oil is best used for acne prevention. 
  • Sweet orange oil. Packed with Vitamin C, sweet orange oil can fight free radicals to slow down skin aging. 

    How to cleanse your face with oil

    Follow these steps to make your skin look and feel the best it’s ever been:

    Step 1: Check if your face is dry. Unlike other cleansers, an oil cleanser needs to go on dry skin, so there’s no need to wash your face with water first. If you have makeup, don’t bother removing it – your face oil should be able to melt it all away. 

    Step 2:With your fingertips, gently massage the oil cleanser onto your face for two to three minutes. Be thorough, making sure to rub it into the areas that are prone to breakouts.

    Step 3:Slowly wipe away the oil using a soft (and of course, clean) cloth that’s been dampened with warm water. You may have to rinse the cloth multiple times and repeat this step until the oil is completely removed. 

    You could also consider double-cleansing. Here’s how it works: instead of wiping the oil away with a cloth, you wash it off with a gentle cleanser with a non-stripping formula. This way, you can ensure there’s no residue left on your face. 

    Step 4:Pat your skin dry, and proceed with the rest of your skincare routine. Remember, even if an oil cleanser can clean, balance, and moisturize your skin, that doesn’t mean it can substitute other skincare products!


    Ready to give the oil cleansing method a go?

    Give oil cleansing a chance! By cleansing your face with oils, not only will you have the cleanest skin ever, but you’ll also get the glow you’ve always wanted. To experience the wonderful effects of oil cleansers yourself, explore Radha Beauty’s vast collection of clean skincare products today. Our oil cleansers are made from organic ingredients, free from any sulfates, parabens, phthalates, etc., and are formulated with your skin’s unique needs in mind. 

    Author by: Katie Pierce