Oil cleansing is the very first step of starting your skincare after a long day or for a long day. In the double cleansing method, Oil cleansing is what we do first. This post is not about Double cleansing. Here I will tell deep details on the very first step, which is Oil cleansing.

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Who Can do Oil Cleansing?

Everybody. Dry, normal, combination, oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin, all skin types can do oil cleansing.

How does Oil Cleansing work?

Cleansing oils remove makeup, debris, oily dirt, and sunscreen, which basically will remove any oily and waterproof things from the skin surface because oil cleansers are lipophilic. Lipophilic means which attract and combine with oil molecules. Oil cleaners naturally stick and dissolve sebum and oils on our faces. If an emulsifier is present in the old cleanser then it helps to dissolve other types of dirt too, including oils. These are also easy to wash than pure oil.

How to Oil Cleanse Perfectly?

First I’m gonna tell the basics on how to oil cleanse properly, then I’ll break it down accordingly to skin type.

  1. Firstly don’t flash water or do not wipe your dace with a wet cloth. Leave it dry or oily as it is before applying cleansing oil or balm or even milk. Oil and water do not mix everybody knows, but still many wash their face first.
  2. Take a nickel size amount of balm, or oil and spread it, warm it in between your palm.
  3. Then start rubbing, not really rubbing, gently massage it on your face, neck, and hands if there is sunscreen. Feel the pressure of your fingertips, do it like a spa massage.
  4. Do not miss a place. Do not press hard as an Esthetician will do while face massaging. Gently sweep off mascara, corner of the eye, ears if necessary, and around the nose. do not miss the hairline or any other open skin area which contains makeup or sunscreen.
  5. Do massage for at least one minute to dissolve every oily dirt, product on your face.
  6. After your makeup melted, wipe it with a soft fabric. Do not rub the fabric too hard, please. I know here you will feel the urge to clean that cloudy mascara by wiping hard the towel. But don’t. Now here, you don’t need a towel if you’re not using any natural, pure oil. You can just rinse off.
  7. Now is the bonus time. We cleanse the massive makeup and sunscreen. We didn’t rub that towel hard. So there can be residues remaining on your face. This time if you feel you will do oil cleansing in the very same method again. You can gently massage it for two to five minutes. Feel it, because this step can be very peaceful, and relaxing. You can do this whole thing in one step if you have less time, all you need to do is take a little bit more cleansing oil so your makeup/sunscreen gets removed easily.
  8. Now rinse your face with water. Don’t flash the water on your face hard. Spend 30 seconds to remove all the balm, oil, and milk from your skin in the same way you have applied. They contain emulsifiers, that’s why they will bind to water. No problem. Now, if you’re using natural pure oil it is hard to remove. Then you must use a soft cloth to wipe it first. That’s why I always choose to buy a good product instead of DIYs. But yes, I do use Coconut oil for cleansing.
  9. Make sure to remove everything from your face, neck, hands, or any other area if needed. There should not be any leftover balm or oil on your face. Because it can clog your pores, and make your skin unbreathable which is not healthy at all.
  10. Continue the next step which is Cleansing with a water-based cleanser. Now, why do I do that? And how? See Here!

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Dry Skin

Remember this is only for Dry, healthy skin. If the weather is harsh cold, then some estheticians approve to only oil cleanse. Still, I don’t. I think even for cold climates and dry skin, you need to properly cleanse that is followed by a facewash. Though, dry and healthy skin people can use natural oils for oil cleansing, removing makeup, and sunscreen.

Dry skins have more Linoleic acid than other types of skin and less Oleic acid. So if you’re buying one look for Omega fatty acid in the ingredients. Olive oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Coconut oil is good for moisture. Avocado oil is also good for hydrating your skin. Sweet Almond, Argan oil is rich and good for dry skin. Whatever you use don’t forget to use moisturizer because even oils are rich they can’t penetrate through the skin. It will stay at the top. For cleansing purposes, you can use these oils. Then I met You my favorite cleansing Balm, which you can buy from Amazon.

Normal Skin

If your skin is normal, it’s healthy. These blooms can do anything. Can use any oil, or if you can afford any product. So no worry, do your experiments. My favorite 1st Step Cleansers are, Then I met You, Klairs Deep Cleansing Oil, The Face Shop Rice Water, and more. They are the holy grail!

Oily Skin

Oily skin has more Oleic acid than other types of skin and less Linoleic Acid. So if you’re buying one look for Linoleic acid in the ingredients. If your skin is oily and healthy (Remember not every oily skin is not acne-prone), you can use light oils (If you can’t buy one) or better use cleansing milk. They are light, milky, really good texture to use on oily skin. You can use Sunflower, Hemp Seed, Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, and Black Cumin Seed oils if you want a home remedy you can use it. For Oily skin, I recommend Klairs Deep Cleansing Oil.

Sensitive Skin

Do not rub or massage your face for more than two minutes. It will prompt irritation and redness. Also, use a good light but effective product. Coconut oil is good if your skin does not break out with it. It helps to melt the makeup quickly. You can’t risk your skin by rubbing your face a lot if the product is not good. Try to do it around 60-80 seconds. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil has good ingredients for sensitive skin.

Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-prone and Sensitive skin can be the same or different. If your skin is just acne-prone but not sensitive then using Jojoba oil is a good idea. A study shows that Clay Jojoba Oil Facial Mask is good for Mild Acne. Now if your skin is also sensitive, then in my opinion do not use DIYs. Invest in a good product. Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm has a little exfoliating effect you may like if you’re oily and acne-prone.

When and How Many Times Do Need To Do Oil Cleansing?

You can do it anytime. But once in the nighttime, before bed is enough. In the morning you do or not, before going to bed breathable and clean skin is very important. For PM skincare it’s important to remove used sunscreen in the daytime and makeup if there is. So I think you got a clear answer here.

What’s Next After Oil Cleansing?

The next step is Water-based Cleansing. And that is completed Double Cleansing! Why not I give you the whole order of using products? Rember it’s not necessary to use them all, just skip to the next step you have. Here are the steps and orders you need to follow!

  1. Oil Cleansing. First Step of Double Cleansing.
  2. Cleanser (Water-based) or Facewash. Instead of using both some may use Cleansing cream, balm, or milk with an emulsifier which will help to remove all kinds of oily, watery dirt from the skin
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Detoxifying
  5. Mist spray. You may use Softener in this step.
  6. Toning and Moisturizing deep with Rich Korean Toners.
  7. Essence
  8. Serum
  9. Ampoule
  10. Sheet Mask (Conditions are applied on which step you need to use it based on the texture of your sheet mask, READ THE POST)
  11. Lotions
  12. Moisturizer
  13. Eye Cream
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Lip Balm

Confused about why I kept some products in this way? Here’s my explanation that why you need to use products in this way!

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