The oil cleansing method isn’t a new phenomenon but it’s by far one of the biggest skincare trends in the United States. Commonplace in other countries, many estheticians have embraced oil cleansing in their professional treatments for years. With the rise of natural beauty oil cleansers have become plentiful Stateside, and a trend I’ve embraced wholeheartedly.
When shopping around for a new addition I’m particular. I prefer my selection to be loaded with yummy ingredients, varying in viscosity. I’ve always kept several cleansers in rotation and each has its own purpose in my routine. I currently have cleansers 10 in my shower. Some girls have shoes, I choose skincare!
Last year I began introducing oil cleansers into my regimen, welcoming the method. My skin changed, becoming more balanced. I went from being combo-oily with my makeup sliding off my nose midday to normal and well balanced. I found that even though it was minimal, my gel cleansers were stripping too much oil from my skin. My clients who add oil cleansing into their routine have similar experiences of their skin becoming more oil balanced, too!
While it might seem counterintuitive, oil-based cleansers actually remove dirt and oil while nourishing and softening your skin. They’re great for all skin types, even oily and acne prone! It’s all about using the proper formula for your skin type.
What I love about the oil cleansing method is that many provide good slip, allowing you to give your face a little self-loving facial massage while cleansing. Many brands use high-quality oils and shocker: I’ve had a difficult time finding affordable oil cleansers I adore. Because of this I typically remove my makeup with a non-oil based cleanser and follow up with a secondary oil cleanse to remove any bits of makeup left behind, allowing my skin to get the most out of the yummy ingredients.
However, the oil cleansing method is perfect for removing stubborn makeup and using your oil cleanser first is totally mine. Another I enjoy oil cleansing is in the morning for dewy, fresh plump skin. If you notice any redness, sensitivity, or reactivity in your skin, cut back on using the oil cleansing method immediately. Here are a few favorites to get you started.
Leven Rose Pure Jojoba Oil
Let’s start with the budget-friendly option: Leven Rose 100% pure Jojoba Oil. No frills, straight to the point, and gets the job done. Jojoba Oil is technically a waxy substance, mimicking our skin’s own natural sebum. Due to its fatty acid profile, Jojoba Oil is balancing for all skin types. Whether you’re acne prone, oily, or weary of using oil to cleanse your skin, Leven Rose is a great starter cleansing oil. Aroma free, this oil provides great slip for facial massage and removes makeup like a boss.
Snag: Amazon $14
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
When I think of an oil cleanser, Tata Harper is the exact formulation I think of: nearly aroma-free, nourishing, superb for makeup removal, and good slip allowing for a bit of self-facial massage. Quite versatile, this oil cleanser is great for makeup removal or an indulgent morning cleanse. It’s an all-around classic oil cleanser. The downside? The pump is awful. The brand is working on upgrading packaging, but if you contact customer service they’ll send out a replacement quickly.
Snag: Amazon $76, Tata Harper $76, Sephora $76
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser
Last year I fell in love with this one while visiting Holly Cline. The scent alone is just delicious and creates such a wonderful experience! The aroma is sweet, slightly fruity but warm. It will make your soul happy. Dr. Akaitis’ motto is “don’t put anything on your face you can’t eat” so naturally this cleanser is loaded with the good stuff. I refuse to use as my first cleanse, reserved for secondary cleansing after a traditional gel cleanser. Unlike other oil cleansers, Dr. Alkaitis doesn’t provide a lot of slip and isn’t ideal for giving yourself a facial massage with.
Snag: Amazon $67, Dr. Alkaitis $67, The Detox Market $67