I know what you might be thinking. Cleaning my face with oil?? That's like trying to get in shape by going on the Supersize Me diet. It sounds wacky at first, considering that all of our lives we've been told that oily skin is the reason why our faces are breaking out, but switching from traditional soap and detergent-based cleansers to oil has been transformative for my skin. As the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains:
The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.
By eliminating the dirty oils and bacteria that accumulate in our pores throughout the day with natural herb and fruit based oils, we protect our skin from future breakouts and nourish our skin naturally. By eliminating harsh soaps, you'll keep your skin from being stripped of its natural moisture, while also discouraging your skin from over-producing oil. If all that info has you convinced and ready to try out this method, read on to learn about the four best oils for cleansing!
1. Almond Oil
Almond oil has become my favorite oil to cleanse with. Light and easily absorbed, it gently dislodges a day’s debris while leaving my face smelling like a delicious dessert. It also contains plenty of Vitamin A, making it a super effective combatant against acne and blackheads.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an antimicrobial, full of antioxidants, and extremely moisturizing. It can be effective for cleansing all types of skin, and also improves collagen, making it a great way to improve stretch marks, scars, and to fend off fine lines and wrinkles. Also you will love the way it makes you smell.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil's skincare benefits are many. As a cleanser, its abundance of ricinoleic acid makes it top notch for fighting acne-causing bacteria naturally. Also, it's packed full of fatty acids, making it easy for the oil to displace the waxy dirt that causes acne and blackheads. Bonus? When applied to the skin, the oil stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, keeping your skin firm and supple. It's also very hydrating, and great for smoothing out already-existing fine lines.
4. Sunflower Oil
Sunflower is rich in Vitamin E, which acts a powerful antioxidant. This makes it great for skin health, and for regenerating new skin cells, which keeps your complexion fresh and smooth. It also protects against sun damage and free radicals, ensuring that your skin will be safe from outside aging factors and damaged cells. It's lightness makes it great for cleansing, and the extra benefits will keep your skin healthy and glowing.