You likely already have a morning and evening beauty routine. Perhaps it goes something like this: get up, wash face, put on makeup, and then after the day is done return home and wash your face again to remove makeup.
Given that you likely wash your face a couple times a day, it is important to make sure your skin stays healthy. One way to help do this is to wash your face with oil rather than soap or facial cleaners.
Are you skeptical about washing your face with oil? What makes washing with oil better than washing with soap and water? When you wash with soap and water you tend to scrub away moisture, which could leave your face feeling raw and dry.
However, oils are naturally stocked with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will help your skin feel and look beautiful.
What Do I Need in Order to Wash My Face with Oil?
In order to wash your face with oil, there are relatively few supplies you need. The first, which likely is obvious, is facial oil.
To start out, try picking a milder oil such as olive oil or argan oil, both of which work well with different types of skin problems. When searching for an oil, try to pick one that is organic and made with natural ingredients so that you are not introducing extra toxins into your daily routine.
Secondly, you will also want to get a soft washcloth, something that is not abrasive and that you can dedicate to washing your face with oil, since the oil may not completely come out of the fabric when you wash it.
What is the Best Way to Wash My Face with Oil?
Unlike when you wash your face with water, you do not want to wet your skin before applying the oil. All you need to do is put a small amount of oil in your hand and massage it into your face. As you are putting it on, make sure your hand is moving in a circular pattern around the face. You will want to continue until the oil is all over your face.
Continue massaging the oil into your skin for about two minutes. For an even deeper clean, leave the oil on for even longer. The easiest way to do this is in the shower, so you do not need to worry about oil dripping everywhere.
Next, you will want to wet your soft washcloth with hot water and wring out all of the water. Place the hot cloth over your face for 30- 60 seconds and let the steam cleanse the toxins from your skin.
You can opt to leave the remaining oil on your face so that it will be absorbed or you can simply use the cloth to remove it. If desired, you can also add a moisturizing cream, although you likely will not need it.
What Should I Know About Switching to This Type of Face Washing?
There are several important things that you will want to consider before switching your cleaning routine. The first is that there is normally a transition period that everyone goes through when using this cleaning process. This is because it takes time for your skin to get accustomed to this new routine. During the transition, you may experience more breakouts or irritation.
Secondly, some oils are better for certain skin types. For example, if your skin tends to be oily on a regular basis, a lighter oil such as tea tree oil will work well.
f you have very dry skin you will want to choose an oil with extra moisture, such as shea or argan. If you do not want to shell out a lot of money for facial oil, you can use the olive oil in your cabinet that you use for cooking. If you do this, make sure that it is a “cold-pressed” oil.
You will also want to make sure that you clean up any oil that spills around your sink or shower. In addition to staining, the excess oil could cause you to slip. Similarly, when cleaning your soft washcloth, make sure that you do not wash it with clothes that can’t get oil on them. And be sure that you wash the cloth very frequently.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people wonder whether if they have to remove their makeup before washing their face with oil. The answer is no; you do not need to first remove the oil. The heat from the washcloth will remove the makeup and other impurities that have seeped into your skin. Thus, your facial cleaning routine likely just got a lot easier.
Are some oils better than others? Yes, different types of oils are better for different skin types. In general, olive oil, sweet almond, jojoba, sunflower oil, argan oil, tamanu oil, and grape seed oil can be used by anyone.
Apricot oil and avocado oil are great for extra dry skin. If you have oily skin, grape seed, almond, and tea tree oil work well. When you are new to oil facial cleansing, it is best to avoid coconut oil, since this kind of oil can actually increase the number of breakouts.
Why is facial cleaning so popular? One reason is that unlike traditional soaps and cleansers; oil does not involve removing moisture from your skin. Thus, you are not removing much-needed moisture from your face. This is important for many people because when the skin on your face gets too dry, it can lead to skin problems like zits, breakouts, and red spots.
What are the drawbacks of cleaning my face with oil? There are indeed a few things to be aware of before switching your routine. First, you may find yourself spending a bit more money on facial oil than you did on soap or cleanser. Depending on your old ritual, it could take longer to wash your face. Lastly, as mentioned above, you should expect about a week transition period while your skin gets used to oil cleansing.