Cleansing with oil can seem like a very strange thing to do. After all, aren’t we trying to keep our skin’s from looking and feeling oily when we clean it?
However, while this somewhat counterintuitive notion can seem a little odd at first. It all makes sense when you consider the skin’s natural cleansing processes and how our additions to it can impact the homeostasis thereof.
Let’s start with the basics – our skin looks and feels good when the moisture levels thereof are nicely balanced. This is why we invest in things like nourishing hand cream, conditioning body cream, and moisturising oil. These days, most of us tend to follow a standard cleanse-tone-moisturise regime, but this wasn’t always the case.
The oil cleansing method, also referred to as OCM, has been around for millennia. The Romans used it as long ago as 500 CE. And, it is also touted as one of Cleopatra’s many beauty secrets. The gist of the process lies in applying a small amount of specially formulated cleansing oil to your skin. Letting it sit for a while, and then removing it with a warm face cloth.
It is said to remove unwanted shininess, dirt and grime from your face. We do so because the hydrating, soothing ingredients thereof are less irritating and abrasive. In addition, that oil absorbs oil, which makes it more effective at removing dirt and sebum from the skin. As a result, it leaves it clean.
Here are a few of the benefits associated with this facial cleansing method:
- Certain oils, such as soybean oil. It is said to have antioxidant properties and decrease loss of moisture from the skin. As well as protecting the dermis against UVB exposure.
- The cleansing can help to reduce the inflammation associated with skin conditions such as acne. Although this has to be closely monitored by a dermatologist or primary physician.
- It has the potential to optimally moisturise dry skin and balance oily skin.
- It can remove dead skin cells, dirt, grime, and makeup very effectively.
There are many different types of oils you can consider if you want to go this route. Almond oil is said to improve complexion and skin tone. While jojoba oil may repair damaged skin barriers and be useful in the treatment of skin infections and would healing. On the other hand, apricot kernel oil is very gentle. And oat oil is recommended for people who are prone to rashes and eczema.
Like we said – it may seem counterintuitive, but there are many people who swear by the oil cleansing method. If you feel curious enough to try it. Our recommendation is to invest in a well-formulated oil from a reputable brand, and to give it a go. If it doesn’t work for you, simply revert to the way you did things before. And chalk it up to experience.
There are many benefits associated with cleansing with oil. If you want to enjoy a smooth, well-hydrated appearance you may want to consider including an oil in your selfcare line-up. However, if you are unsure about whether the OCM will work for you, it is best to check with your personal dermatologist. He has a clear understanding of your skin condition and lifestyle requirements.