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I’m not a big fan of beauty trends. They seem to pass and go quicker than the seasons. However, there is one skin care method that is having a current surge in popularity that I wholeheartedly believe everyone can benefit from. That being, cleansing oils. Swapping your evening cleanser for a cleansing oil can effectively remove everyday pollution, make-up and excess sebum, as well as improve your skin care woes. It can also be the perfect opportunity to let go of any stress from the day. However, not all cleansing oils are created equal, and some can do more harm than good, by disrupting the delicate moisture and pH balance of your skin, resulting in redness, irritation, dehydration and premature ageing of the skin.
How to choose a cleansing oil
It’s imperative to choose a product that contains 100% plant based ingredients. Read the full ingredient list. If the cleansing oil contains mineral oil place it back on the shelf. This petroleum by-product interferes with your skin’s natural function, clogging pores, exacerbating acne, and is highly likely to be contaminated with hormone disruptors and carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and more. Instead, choose a cleansing oil that contains organic ingredients such as jojoba oil.
Who should use a cleansing oil?
Anyone, irrespective of your age or skin condition. I know it might sound a little strange at first to use a cleansing oil if you have oily skin. But the fact is, that a good quality organic plant-based cleansing oil can dramatically improve oily skin conditions and even help to clear up acne. Why? If you strip all oil from your skin with a harsh cleanser that gives that “squeaky clean” feeling then your body naturally produces more oil to help bring the skin back to balance. But if you nourish your skin with oils such as jojoba and avocado oil then the body doesn’t over-produce oil. Instead you’re left with clean, clear, hydrated skin that feels soft and nourished.
How to use a cleansing oil
To remove mascara and eye makeup, dampen an organic cotton wool pad with warm water. Squeeze out excess water, and apply a few drops of the cleansing oil to the pad. Gentle press on eyes.
To cleanse your entire face, massage cleansing oil directly to dry skin in circular motions. Dampen an organic muslin cloth in a basin of warm water. Squeeze out excess water and place over your face as a warm compress for a few seconds. Rinse cloth in warm water and repeat the compress steps 3 times.
For effective results, cleanse twice. The first application removes dirt, grime, and make-up, whilst the second application helps to nourish the skin.
Our favourite cleansing oils
AEOS cleansing oil de-Maq, $78.75
BE GENKI radiant cleansing oil, $58.00
LIVING LIBATIONS best skin ever seabuckthorn $63.80
HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE CLEANSING OILS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE?
Our brand and product selection is based on thorough research, based on 20+ years of industry experience. If we are not certain that an ingredient is safe and effective at bringing about desired results, we won’t stock the product. ‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ products and online shops are becoming more prevalent these days. Whilst this is great, it also is rather confusing, as many ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ brands out there contain toxic ingredients that sound ‘natural’ or ‘naturally-derived’ but are indeed irritating to the skin and internal organs. If you are unsure about any ingredient, product or brand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comment box below.