Today I want to share my love of skincare oils! Oils are amazing and can be used to clean the skin as well as to moisturise.
I clean my skin using the oil cleansing method. This method involves applying the oil to dry skin, then massaging it in for a few minutes to melt away all the gunk on the face. I love using my oil in this way, as I find that there is less stress to the skin in terms of pulling and tugging. It is the perfect way to remove all my suncream, makeup, stubborn waterproof eye makeup, and natural oils. In fact it feels so lovely that I sometimes take advantage and indulge in some facial massage 🙂
The principle behind the oil cleansing method is that oil melts oil. I remember times when my hands were dirty from car or bike grime, and washing with soap and water took a lot of scrubbing and scraping. However with oil, it comes away nicely.
In fact in Asia, cleaning with oil has been popular for many years. Many people practise double cleansing, a process where the skin is first cleaned with an oily cleanser, then a soapy cleanser is used afterwards to remove the oil. There are products were these 2 steps are combined into one e.g. the oil is easy to cleanly wash away. Clarins Pure melting gel is such a product, and it feels truly extravagant to use 🙂
I actually do not double cleanse, as I like to leave a thin film of oil on my face. The film is like a moisturiser and it helps to keep my skin hydrated.
I also use skin oils directly on my face to moisturise. I use around 5 drops all over my face every night especially in the winter. On some nights, I apply my usual moisturiser on top. I have blemish prone skin and in my experience the oils help to draw out the impurities faster. Using oils has not caused my skin to break out more, and I feel the tone of my skin is improved.
However I would suggest that you experiment with different types of oils. For me, my skin does not like olive oil and much prefers rosehip oil, grape seed oil and sweet almond oil. I have spot prone normal to dry, sensitive skin and these three oils work really well for me.
Let me know if you like using oils as much as I do.