Everything You Need to Know About the Oil Cleansing Method

How to choose a cleansing oil

Now that so many brands have added an oil cleanser to their line, you have the option of buying a premixed version formulated for your skin type or making your own.

Premade oil cleansers are easy to find online and in most drugstores and beauty stores. If you have acne-prone skin, look for products that say they are noncomedogenic to ensure that they won’t clog your pores.

The oils most commonly used in DIY recipes are olive oil and castor oil. Most recipes recommend starting with a 1:1 ratio of these two oils. Then increase the amount of olive oil for dry skin or castor oil for oily, acne-prone skin.

Olive oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and is important for hydration. Castor oil is antibacterial and acts like an astringent cleaner. Because of the astringent action, castor oil can cause skin drying.

That said, you can use other oils in the basic recipe above, depending on your skin’s needs. For instance, you may want to use jojoba oil if you have oily or acne-prone skin, instead of olive oil, since it’s been shown to help reduce acne and balance oil production. Or you may add avocado oil for extra moisture if you have dry skin.

Great oils to use for oil cleansing:

  • olive oil
  • castor oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • avocado oil
  • sunflower oil
  • apricot kernel oil
  • argon oil
  • jojoba oil

You can also buy brand-name oil cleansers, such as:

  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  • The Face Shop Facial Cleanser
  • Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil
  • Regardless of what oils you choose, it’s important to buy high-quality oils and cleansers that don’t have any scents or dyes added. When possible, look for cold-pressed, unrefined, virgin oils that are meant to be used on the skin, rather that food-grade oils.

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