How to oil cleanse

It’s been a few years since the oil cleansing method craze first took off. I was going through my archives when I realised I’ve never written a cheat sheet on how to oil cleanse. And because the internet is full of oil cleansing horror stories, here are some guidelines you can rely on when dealing with various types of oil cleansers.

Emulsifying Balm/oil Cleansers

It’s hard to go wrong with these, Clinique has aptly named their range ‘Take the day off’. 

Basically what they do is dissolve the dirt, oil and makeup on your face then rinse clean with water.You’ll find the emulsifying feature pretty handy, especially on nights when you just want to take off your makeup and roll into bed.

 These are excellent as makeup removers but can also be used for your second cleanse if you don’t have a skin cleanser.

Non emulsifying oil/balm cleansers

Like dissolves like, so any oil that you safely apply on your skin can also be used as an oil cleanser. It will bind to dirt just like an emulsifying cleanser would, but taking it off is rather tedious because it doesn’t turn milky on contact with water.

You would be wrong to think every store bought oil cleanser is the emulsifying type. There are many non-emulsifying types and they don’t come cheap either, a total rip off if you ask me.

On the subject of taking off these oil cleansers, most people will ask you to steam your face then wipe clean with a hot face flannel. Not only do you risk broken capillaries doing this, but on swiping your face with a cotton ball and some toner, you’ll realise that your face is far from clean. 

Everything comes off with something, so don’t give up on your oil cleanser, simply use a foaming facial wash to take it off. For good measure use a face flannel to distribute the product all over your face then rinse clean.

Oil Cleansing on the cheap

If I haven’t made it obvious already, you can make your own oil cleanser. There are many recipes out there, just be careful when dealing with essential oils, coconut oil and castor oil. 

Personally I use almond oil and two or three drops of my Dr Organic face serum. As with other non-emulsifying cleansers, it’s no match for waterproof mascara, hence I only use it on a bare face.

In the fight against blemishes, wrinkles or any other skin issues you might be facing, oil cleansing is just but one tool in your arsenal. Don’t neglect other areas of your face care routine.

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The dirt on foaming cleansers

 Hi there,

You have probably heard that non-foaming cleansers are better for your skin. Perhaps you’ve even unsuccessfully tried to replace your foaming facial cleanser with a non-foaming one.

You read articles and posts on the internet and a lot of people will tell you that foaming cleansers are bad. But when you use them the results are a million times better than with a product that does not lather! (oily skinned girls can relate) 

So why is everyone hating on foaming cleansers? 
Sodium laureth sulphate , or sodium lauryl ether sulphate ( SLES), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS).

These are anionic detergents and surfactants found in many personal care products. They are inexpensive and very effective foaming agents. They function in a cleaning product as a surfactant, wetting surfaces, emulsifying oils, and suspending soil so that they can be rinsed.

All that sounds very nice but it comes with a few disadvantages when you’re using a sulphate based surfucant:

1.Toxic solvents, including carcinogenic nitrates are used in the manufacturing of SLS, traces
of which can remain in the product.

2. SLS is a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells.
Once cells are compromised, they become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.

3.They cause skin irritation and corrosion, and over time, lead to increased dryness. You know what that means—more visible fine lines and wrinkles.

If you love foaming facial cleansers, you have no excuse for not using a sulphate free one. They are easily available. My favourite ones have salicylic acid in them too. These come in handy when you’ve got no time to fuss around with face flannels or double cleansing, you just want to wash your face and go straight to bed.

There are not too many choices for sulphate free shower creams and gels. So far I’ve tried dove nutrium moisture in almost all its variants and Giovanni shower cream which I LOVE 😍 😍 

You might also want to try Dr. Organic shower gels, they’ll definitely be on my list when I go shopping next time. 

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Budget Cleanser.

I hope it’s not too late to say Happy New Year! 
The holidays are gone now and so are most of my cleansers. As a rule, I make sure to have more than one cleanser at a time, these come in handy at different occasions

1. The foaming cleanser.
This comes in handy when you want to take off your makeup in a single step. Also great for cleansing in the morning as it leaves you feeling extra fresh.
When picking a foaming cleanser, always choose one without SLS.

2. The cleansing balm/oil.
If you have sensitive skin, clinique cleansing balm is one of the best options for your skin. It might be a little pricey but it’s well worth it. You can use this on its own or in combination with another product to double cleanse. Were it not that I hated the greasy feeling when applying this product, I would use it everyday.

3. The astringent.
When you mention astringent, most people will think of those alcohol laden toners. By astringent, I mean a watery cleanser or toner that you use as your second step cleanser or as your only cleanser if not wearing makeup (this kind is left on your skin and not rinsed away with water). Some people use rose water and glycerin but the moisture that this mixture lends to my skin always gives me breakouts (I have oily skin). If you have oily acne prone skin, choose a mild astringent with salicylic acid. This will work even better than a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid.

4. The cleansing lotion.
This is great for days when you don’t have access to clean water (or don’t want to touch water).
Use this  with a cotton ball to take off your makeup then follow with an astringent.

This beauty formulas cleanser is an example of a cleansing lotion.
For a person on a budget, this could be your only cleanser until you’re able to add more cleansers to your collection.

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Pros
– Cheap
-does not contain SLS
– contains salicylic acid to prevent and treat existing breakouts.

Cons

– Cannot be used around the eyes or to remove eye makeup.
– Has to be rinsed away with water.

At 295 shillings (Nakumatt TRM and Ebrahims) this deal is too good to miss. 

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Update 

This cleanser is best used as a second cleanse cleanser. 

What is double cleansing?

There is a fallacy doing the rounds that double cleansing means using oil followed by foam. No.
If you’re using two products to cleanse at night then you’re already double cleansing.

The whole idea behind oil cleansing is that like attracts like. Oil dissolves oil— and so it’s supposed to be the very best thing for removing ALL traces of makeup, grime and sebum without stripping or irritating your skin. But oil cleansing certainly isn’t the only option you’ve got for your first cleanse. The idea is to get your makeup off and the following products are suitable candidates for the job:
  –  Eye makeup removers
  – Micellar waters
  – Greasy balms
  – Cleansing creams and
  – Oils

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If you’re considering adding a plant oil to your routine, avoid essential/fragrant oils (like lavender, eucalyptus, or any type of citrus). These fragrant oils do not have the
same benefits as the non-fragrant variety, and they contain compounds that have significant potential to irritate skin.

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I prefer cleansing balms and reformulated oils because they have been emulsified to make them a lighter texture for all skin types. Formulas like clinique cleansing balm and cleansing oil also rinse away completely with water thus negating the need to use a hot face flannel.

You want to avoid a hot flannel on your face because it can dilate and break your capillaries. No treatments can make the capillaries shrink! (Though there are a variety of methods to
cover, improve or make them disappear).

Second Cleanse.

Here use a cleanser that addresses special skin needs. This one is your skin cleanser more than your makeup remover. Its job is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable. You can obviously use one cleanser for both
cleanses if you have budget concerns. Just buy the best that you can afford when you can afford it.

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When using a single product to double cleanse, I find cleansing balms work exceptionally well. Other products suitable for your second cleanse are:

  -Cleansing milks
  -Cleansing gels – non-foaming
  -Cleansing creams
  -Cleansing clays and
  -Cleansing oils

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My personal favorites for a second cleanse (I have oily skin) are clean&clear blackhead clearing daily scrub, St Ives apricot cleanser and clean&clean blackhead clearing cleanser. I, of course, never use them all at the same time and only use the scrubs every other day.

Double cleansing isn’t essential in the morning unless you wore your makeup to bed. But you won’t be doing that, will you? Use any cleanser of your choice in the morning except wipes and foaming cleansers.

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