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How to oil cleanse, the benefits & why we should all be doing it

It sounds crazy, I totally understand and I'm sure you have a multitude of questions, as did I before I tried it, but just read on a little before you judge as I tried this method a few years back & honestly I use only this method now & I promise it'll be the only thing you need... plus your skin will love you for it!

I dismissed the oil cleansing method for a long time as I didn't really understand how slathering my face in more oil would actually benefit it. I hated my shiny forehead as it is, let alone apply MORE oil to it! I also worried that it would cause breakouts & leave me with blocked pores.

How does it work?

The basic idea behind slathering your face in oils is that the oil “dissolves like for like.”

In other words, putting clean, nourishing oils on your skin is intended to:

  • lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin

  • clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads

  • helps to remove dead skin, pollutants, and makeup

After some research I found many makeup removers often included some kind of oil because it’s well-suited for lifting grime off the skin and lashes - even waterproof mascara!

Why should you try?

General, shop bought cleansers I found sometimes irritated my skin, causing excessive dryness, they often had ingredients I couldn't pronounce and ultimately resulted in dry, dull & some times sore (but makeup free) skin.

Oil cleansing, on the other hand, has helped balance my skin and seems to have locked in hydration as it feels softer & more glowy.

Oils used for cleansing are also said to have healing properties, important nutrients and other skin-boosting benefits to leave you with healthy, brightened skin.

For more details on oil combinations check out our other blog read; '7 Natural Oils With Amazing Skin Benefits' as it has some great combinations for different skin types. PLUS we have another amazing read on how to boost facial glow in 'Facial Massage For Flawless Skin' which is great to use when applying the oil.

Step by Step guide to oil cleansing

So you've decided you want to give it a go & you have your oil ready - the only other thing you need is a clean wash cloth or in store we have gorgeously soft reusable face pads. My fav is always the face pads - it's a preference thing at the end of it but maybe check them out if you are looking for an upgrade. Each are super soft & come with a cute bag too so they don't get lost in the wash. Reuse & reduce is my motto.

  • Soak your face cloth or make up remover pads in luke warm water - not extremely hot & not cold. Moisten the face by just going over it with the pads gently making sure not to rub. The idea is that you just want to add some moisture to the surface of the skin.

  • Pour a little of your chosen oil into the palm of your hand & rub your finger tips through the oil & apply to the face. Again check out our other blog post 'facial massage for flawless skin' as it has some cool techniques that are easy to apply during this mini massage.

  • Rinse your face with water & go over with a damp wash cloth or pad and tap dry.

If you are in a particularly dirty job or wear quite thick makeup you may find that it feels better to wash your skin with water & a cleanser first before starting the process for a deeper clean. Our Kaolin & Lavender is beautifully soft for this, as is our Coconut & Tea Tree - these are also part of our 5for4 offer too saving you some well earned pennies.

I hope you have enjoyed this read, if you have any questions please free to contact us at Thanks for your support x


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