‘Hmm’, you might say – ‘it seems a little odd to cleanse my face with oil, given that oiliness is one of those things I’m trying actively to avoid’. After all, it’s ingrained within us to associate oiliness with dirtiness (think a sopping bag of cheeseburgers) but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our skin naturally secretes an oil called sebum that lubricates and protects it, acting also as a kind of natural waterproofing (like a Gore-Tex for your skin!), making it a very important bodily service. So it goes without saying that you’d want to protect that sebum, while still removing the “bad oils” from makeup and other daily impurities – well, that’s where you have the throw the old bar of soap in the trash, and reach for a cleansing oil.
Other products, such as soap or cleansing foams, can irritate and dehydrate your skin, because their sodium laurel sulphate strips away your protective layer, leaving you more prone to irritation and acne. Alcohol-based products, while they’re popular and can leave your skin feeling satisfyingly dry and clean, are in fact worse than soaps and foams in terms of their damaging effect on your skin. Cleansing oils, on the other hand, which you can easily find at online at b-glowing where there are plenty to choose from, don’t strip away your skin’s natural protective barrier, making them ideal for daily use.
And not only is a cleansing oil better for your skin’s protective layer, it’s also more effective than the alternatives at removing makeup and impurities. You see, makeup is very often oil based, and the best way to dissolve an oil is by using another oil. The cleansing oil picks up the bad oils, the ones that would otherwise irritate your skin, and leaves behind the good oil, the sebum that protects your beautiful face.
It’s still difficult for some who are prone to oily skin and breakouts to fathom how using an oil will help them, because, after all, they’ve come to associate that dry feeling they get directly after cleansing with an alcohol-based product with healthy skin. But that feeling is only temporary, and the stripping you’ve put your skin through will cause your pores to overcompensate and produce more and more oil. It’s a disheartening cycle, but you can break it by fighting fire with fire – or, in this case, oil with oil.
And not only will your skin not overcompensate in its oil production, but it’ll be rewarded with cleansing oils’ natural antioxidants. You’ve probably already read enough about antioxidants, but in case you haven’t, they’re these wonderful little agents that work against the oxidization of cells and halt the growth of free radicals, leaving your skin looking and feeling younger.
Again, it may seem a little odd at first, but give it some time, and watch the results roll in as you look in the mirror day after day to find your face less irritated, more lubricated and healthier. Even the most stubbornly waterproof makeup won’t know what hit it.