What is Oil Cleansing?

Simply put, oil for cleansing helps the “good oils” in your skin remove the “dirty oils.”  When massaged into the skin, oils bind each other, and to surface impurities, including both the naturally produced oils from your skin as well as old makeup and impurities that have gathered throughout the day.  Then, when impurities are gently rinsed away with water, your skin is able to preserve it’s own protective layer of natural oil.

What are the benefits?

Most oil-free cleansers (especially bar soaps) strip your skin of all natural oils. This leaves it unbalanced and causes it to produce more oil in order to rebalance. You also become reliant on moisturizers, which further confuses your skin. Oil cleansers help preserve the skin’s natural pH balance, and prevent it from overproducing more oil to compensate for what was lost.

For some there may be an adjustment period, where your face is slightly more oily.  This will balance out as your skin realizes it doesn’t need to overproduce natural oil.  It is important to note that while the oil cleansing method doesn’t strip your skin dry, it also doesn’t entirely remove the need for a moisturizer.

How do I get started?

If you’d like to try this method, we’d be delighted to help you choose an oil that is best suited to your skin type.  Common cleansing oils include coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil. There are some commercially available cleansing oil mixtures that may be work for you. In addition we can custom make an oil cleansing product to meet your needs. 

Thinking about making a change to your skin care routine? Call for a consultation or schedule your appointment online today.