Let’s Face Facts: Cleansing Oils Are Good For You!Posted on 25/06/2019
[By Biscuits & Makeup] Monday, 24 June 2019
It’s hard to imagine how an oil can be good for your skin. But skincare has gone so far that it’s possible and it’s been this way for a long time in Korean Skincare. There is still a large population of “unbelievers” who think oils are either not worth it, don’t work or there are better alternatives. And these questions predominantly come from those just starting to dip their toes into building their skincare routine. Cleansing oils have the least appeal to it. But it has so much to offer! The Let’s Face It Fam is going to show you the miracles that lie in cleansing oils and bust some myths that correlate with cleansing oils. We’ll also give some Korean skincare recommendations at the end!
Giving you guys fair warning now, there’s a lot of puns heading your way! I mean, it’s just “oil” for fun 😉.
Oil Cleansers are arbitrarily deemed as a skincare product that we do not need in our skincare routine or it’s something that looks or sounds strange, hence we dismiss the idea. We can assure you that you are missing out! They offer so many skincare benefits with little to no effort at all. They are gentle on the skin and cleanse the skin so incredibly well. The myths that surround cleansing oils are honestly all out of fear. But there is nothing to be afraid of. While it is true that not all oils will suit all skin types, this does not align with how cleansing oils operate on the skin.
Let’s look at some common statements that surround cleansing oils.
FACT OR FICTION?
FICTION: “Cleansing oils leaves your skin oily or greasy.”
This is a common “fictional” idea when it comes to cleansing oils. The way cleansing oils and your regular skincare or organic oils work on the skin are different. To address this fiction is to first understand how cleansing oils apply on the skin.
Cleansing oils are predominantly made from natural oils, with some core ingredients that allow the oil to emulsify and be mixed with water. Because of this, it allows you to completely rinse off the cleansing oil from your face, leaving your skin feeling cleansed and amazing. Unlike facial oils which are solely (or a large portion) made from natural oils and not made to blend with water – making them not an elegant sight to rinse it off.
FICTION: “Other forms of cleansing are better than oil cleansers.”
We do acknowledge that other forms of cleansing have their benefits and advantages but to claim one form is better than the other is the wrong way to go about cleansing. Don’t put “oil” your eggs in one basket 🙊. A combination of different types of cleansers can really make a positive difference to your skin.
In a previous post, we spoke about the “Double Cleansing Method”. In this method, we discuss using a cleansing oil to clean the first layer of your skin which might have makeup or oil-based build up or impurities that you want to remove. Followed by this, you want then use a water-based cleanser to break down any residual impurities from your skin. Using two different cleansers will guarantee you clean your skin from all unwanted substances.
Also related: Korean Beauty Tips: How To Double Cleanse.
FACT: “Not all oils are bad for your skin.”
For the longest time, people have believed that oils are bad for the skin and it’s what they desperately want to rid their skin of. Your skin needs oils! The natural oils in your skin keep your skin hydrated and protected. Obviously, when you have an excessive build-up of oils or you smear your face with a slice of pizza, this is bad for you. Otherwise, oils might be the key to your skincare problems, no matter what skin type you are.
FICTION: “Cleansing oils are bad for my oily skin, as it clogs my pores and are the cause of my acne.”
This could not be further from the truth. Oils might be the best way to actually clean the excess build-up of oil-based impurities such as sebum, whiteheads or blackheads (comedones) and so on. Now, acne isn’t caused by oils alone. It’s due to many factors that contribute to acne, such as your lifestyle, diet, hormones, age, dead skin cells, bacteria and so on.
Related article: Korean Skincare Guide To Treating Acne.
The natural oils produced on oily skin, if you can believe it, is good for your skin. It hydrates, protects and heals the skin. But you must maintain it so your skin can remain healthy. If you have an overproduction of oils, this may be due to a lack of hydration. By using a cleansing oil, you take away the excess oil whilst removing the impurities and moisturising the skin. You’ll notice after the first use that it makes your moisturiser more effective.
In “oil” honesty, any skin type can incorporate oils in their skincare. What’s great about cleansing oils is that it’s gentle, moisturising and gets the job done without stripping away your natural oils. It balances the skin’s hydration and oil levels very well. Depending on the cleansing oil that you also choose, there are bonus skincare benefits that add to your experience. What could go wrong?
FACT: “Cleansing oils can remove makeup more efficiently and it is more environmentally friendly than other alternatives.”
If you think about micellar waters or traditional makeup removers, you have to repeatedly reapply the product on the skin until all the makeup is gone. And even doing this, doesn’t guarantee you that your skin is absolutely clean! Cleaning your skin this way is wasteful and is also harmful for your skin. You strip away the natural oils, and constantly wiping can cause irritation, especially for sensitive skin. By doing this, you will now need to work harder in your skincare routine to mend the damage. If you wear makeup on the daily, removing it in this way could be detrimental and you can say “micellar you later” to your healthy skin. With cleansing oils, you do not need to compromise. Using only 1-2 pumps of product will remove the makeup with ease!
Another reason why cleansing oils are great for removing makeup is that it’s environmentally-friendly. Unlike other means of removing makeup, you do not need cottons pads to help you apply the product. You only need your hands. Just work the cleansing oil onto your face in circular motions for a good solid 3-5 minutes and you’ll get the job done. This will save you money, save you time and most importantly, save your skin’s health!
Korean Skincare Cleansing Oil Recommendations
Here are some of our top cleansing oil recommendations!
This is an oil cleanser that contains oils derived from Sunflower, Canola, Calendula, Jojoba, Macadamia and Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) to thoroughly cleanse and purify your skin. These oils work together to provide moisture as well as keep your skin’s oil and water levels balanced; thus helping to regulate sebum production. The vitamins contained in these oils will also protect your skin from premature signs of ageing. iUNIK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil is a gentle, thorough cleanser that results in soft, hydrated skin.
This oil cleanser is the perfect start your night skincare routine. Formulated with Black Bean Oil, Black Sesame Oil and Black Currant Oil, it removes excess sebum as well as deep cleanses your pores. These natural oils provide moisture to your skin in addition to improving skin elasticity.
This is an organic cleansing oil that contains natural plant-derived ingredients that cleanse your skin of impurities without causing irritations. Organic Coconut Oil moisturises and softens rough skin in addition purifying your skin with antibacterial properties. Citrus Fruit Oils (Orange Peel and Lemon) use natural AHAs to refresh your skin while Lavender Oil calms any skin troubles or fatigue. Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil also contains Sunflower Seed Oil and Apricot Seed Oil that form a protective barrier over your skin, leaving it soft and smooth post cleanse.
Hopefully, we have busted some preconceived notions and now convinced you that cleansing oils are not the enemy! Rest assured, they are good for your skin. Be sure to check out some of our previous blogs mentioned above about how oil cleansers can further help improve your skin.
Are you a fan of cleansing oils? Let us know which one/s are your favourite in the comments below!
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