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Oil Cleansing might be a recent skincare trend to grace the industry but rest assured it’s not a passing fad. Where traditional foam or cream cleansers can strip skin, Oil Cleansing provides a natural and effective deep cleanse, removing impurities, dirt and makeup residue from pores while working with skin’s natural oils. Winter is the perfect time to change up your skincare routine and swap from a foam or cream cleanser to an Oil Cleanser. Your skin will thank you for the extra nourishment and hydration during this typically drying season. So what is Oil Cleansing and how do you do it? Let's bust some myths: 


MYTH: It's a common misconception that if you are experiencing breakouts or have oily, acne prone skin, Oil Cleansing will make it worse

It sounds counterinuitive! Rather than fighting against our skin, Oil Cleansing works in harmony with the skin’s natural oils, to balance and recalibrate, leaving it soft, supple and dewy. When it comes to removing makeup / suncream / moisturiser, oil adheres and grips to dirt and makeup and removes it more efficiently than other cleansing methods. It makes sense! Unlike traditional cream or foam based cleansers, oils are transfollicular; which means they are much finer and can travel down into the follicle where creams cannot reach. The botanical oils you will find in a Cleansing Oil are complementary to our skin’s natural oils. Jojoba Oil, for example, is close to our skin’s natural sebum.


MYTH: I can use my cleansing oil as a facial oil

The short answer is no; not all oils are created equal! Cleansing Oils are best used for cleansing and followed up with a seperate oil or serum specifically designed to nourish and enrich skin. Cleansing Oils contains a higher content of carrier oils (sesame, rice bran, coconut etc) which make up the bulk of the product. Facial Oils are more potent and contain more concentrated amounts of enriching antioxidants and active botanicals. For this reason Facial Oils usually come in a smaller bottle, designed to be applied in small amounts; see our guide to how much product you should be using.



Pump oil into the palm of your hand (2 pumps for removing makeup)

Apply to dry skin with open palms - dry skin allows the product to ‘grip’.

Leave on for 15 seconds and massage it in a little.

Wet a washcloth with warm / hot water and ring out. Test the temperature on your arm before your face.  

Hold the warmed cloth to your face and let the steam do the work. Inhale for a long slow count of five.

Gently wipe oil from face using soft circular motions. Let the oil do the work! 



Because let’s face it, as nice as the ritual is, sometimes we don't have time. Before stepping into the stream, apply oil to your face, making sure your washcloth is on hand. Let the steam of the shower work it’s magic. Now dampen the cloth with warm water and set it over your face. Inhale the essential oils through the steam and then the best part ~ simply wipe the day away. An added convenience of a shower Oil Cleanse; rinse the washcloth while you’re there. Hang to dry somewhere well ventilated and machine wash regularly to avoid a build up of bacteria.



For both versions, follow up an Oil Cleanse with a spritz of your favourite natural mist / toner and apply a face oil / serum while skin is still damp. Massage oil in, in an upwards and outwards direction to include your chin, neck and decolletage. 

*Note - As your skin adjusts to this new routine, you may experience a short period where skin seems worse (this is different from an acute reaction) for a week or so as it undergoes a detoxification.




1. Divine Dew Drops Radiance Cleansing Oil | Alyssum Alchemy  

This incredible multitasking facial oil cleanser contains a blend of precious organic Hemp, Camellia, Jojoba, Pumpkin, Rosehip and Argan Oils; rich in linoleic acid, they help to balance the acid mantle of oily and problem skins. This beautiful blend will deeply cleanse, restoring balance and harmony to all skin types.


2. Berry Fresh Healthy Face Cleanser | Skin Juice

Melt and dissolve makeup and impurities with this refreshing berry infused cleansing oil-gel. It's a 2-in-1 cleanser and makeup remover that clarifies the skin with nutrient rich cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant while keeping the skin nourished and soft. 


3. Goji Body + Face Cleansing Oil | Sans [ceuticals]

The Goji Cleansing Oil is the ultimate multi-tasker. But we'll let the reviews speak for themselves ~ 'I always like trying new oil cleansers because they can vary so much. What I particularly love about this one is how fine / light the oils are. I can double cleanse with this without the worry of milia or residue. The scent is delicious and particular to the whole Sans range - very Spa like. I also really like that it emulsifies with a touch of water, becoming an ultra light watery milk. It's quick, easy and good at its job.' 


4. Neroli Cleansing Oil | Wildcrafted Organics

Wildcrafted Organics Neroli Cleansing Oil gently cleans, balances, tones and nourishes the skin while the intoxicating scent of neroli, ylang ylang and grapefruit is uplifting and addictive. It’s suitable for dry, mature, normal, combination and oily skin types. Neroli is known to regenerate skin and reduce the appearance of scars.






Words | Sophie Parslow

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