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Still Don't Understand Oil Cleansers?

April 21, 2021 3 min read

Still Don't Understand Oil Cleansers?

If you're still confused about why oil cleansers are all the rage or just don't 'get' what they are - then this is for you. 

When we first started selling oil cleansers years ago (maybe around five years ago? I have no concept of time....might have been ten years ago!) NO ONE bought them...now we can barely keep them in stock and I would say that the vast majority of cleansers we sell are oil cleansers. I get the hesitation though - it feels weird and takes some getting to used to after years of using 'regular' cleansers.

 oil is actually the best option for removing dirt, makeup, spf, pollution...and skin oils. Since oil dissolves oil, it 'lifts' all these nasties better than non-oil cleansers.

 oil cleansers are great for acne-prone skin - yup. I know....I truly get the hesitation, but since oil lifts oil out of the skin better than anything, it's a great option (and my teenage daughter who reminds me constantly that it's my fault she inherited my acne-prone skin, won't use anything but). However - all skin is different and what works for one person doesn't always work for another; all I'm saying is don't be scared to give it a try to see if it works for you.

 oil cleansing does not make your skin oily....the reason skin becomes oily is that it is not producing enough oil (sometimes due to harsh stripping cleansers), and so in turn overproduces oil in order to give your skin what it's missing (that's the reason facial oils (moisturizers) are the best option for oily skin - which yes I know seems scary, but it's true.

 it matters what kind of oil is used - the two oil cleansers we carry (the MV & the Suki) are both great for all skin types and all the acne-prone people in our home use them regularly...however I have used other oil cleansers that made even my skin break out right away (I'm pushing 50 so it takes a lot for my skin to break out these days). I hate (and love) testing out new products....tried too many oil cleansers that I didn't like. So I suggest getting one from a company you trust and/or trying a few until you find one you like (just like regular cleansers). Also make sure not to use one that has petrochemicals added to it or other unnecessary ingredients - that will nullify all the great benefits it should have (and those will clog your pores).

 oil cleansers are great for all skin types....there is no other cleanser that I can recommend for acne-prone, sensitive skin, and aging/dry skin. Since oil cleansers are more gentle than other cleansers, they're ideal for anyone with any sensitive skin issue or hoping to retain more moisture.

 if you feel the oil is still on your skin then use more water to remove it and/or use a gentle facecloth (I love the Suki ones we carry; they are super soft and gentle compared to normal ones) to remove any excess (also a little goes a long way so no need to use too much).

 following up by using your toner with a cotton ball rather than just spraying it on also helps to finish off the cleansing and better prep your skin for serums/moisturizers.

 you can incorporate an oil cleanser into your routine however you want; it can be your only cleanser, or you can alternate it with your other favourite cleanser.

If you're referring to chemical-laden, harsh-stripping cleansers then yes of course oil cleansers are better than those (anything is - if it has an ingredient list that you can't even read, it's not doing your skin any favours)....but if you're talking about foaming or milk cleansers formulated with gentle and natural ingredients, then those are still great options and it's best to use whichever format/texture is your favourite.

It's not necessarily about replacing your 'regular' cleansers, it's more about giving you another option in your arsenal. :) 

If you're still not sure we encourage to read the reviews on our MV Oil Cleansers and see what others are saying (our Suki Oil Cleanser is new so we don't have reviews on it yet! I believe on the Suki website they do though). 

As always let me know if you have any questions or comments. 

 

 

 


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