If you are combating oily skin, the last thing you may want to hear is someone recommending you wash your face with oil! But guess what? Oil-based facial cleansers do exist, and even more so, people are starting to flock towards using them.
Still shocked by the thought of rubbing oil onto your face? Proponents for oil-based facial cleansers use the logic from the chemical world that "like attracts like." This sort of reflects the old adage, "Fight fire with fire." Anyway, back in terms of facial care. In order remove the oils that are "gunking" up your face, you need to dissolve them. Oils will naturally dissolve oils because they have the same chemical structure and are able to bind to one another. Oils are actually good at dissolving anything, including makeup. So you wash away everything in one fell swoop.
If you are still not a believer, then consider another reason to use oil-based skin cleansers. A lot of makeup is hard to remove, especially waterproof mascara. Using oil-based cleansers can make removing makeup a snap. Basically, the lipids in the oils surround and breakup the hard-to-remove makeup. So if you're tired of yanking out eyelashes from trying to remove your mascara, maybe it is worthwhile to try oil-based cleansers.
Oil-based facial cleansers can contain castor, olive, jojoba, emu, safflower, sunflower, avocado or almond oil, just to name a few! Sounds like an organic symphony, but do not assume all oil-based facial cleansers are organic. Most will contain chemical ingredients, if only to stabilize and increase shelf-life of the cleansers. The addition of propylene glycol also helps the viscosity and smooth flow of the cleanser.
Not all oil-based cleansers are liquids. Some facial cleansers are oils mixed with water, emulsifiers and thickeners. Have you heard of "cold creams?" Those are actually oil based; look at the ingredients and you will see mineral oil.
Now, mineral oil itself has been part of a long-standing debate. Health conscious people claim mineral oil, which is derived from petroleum, is not a substance that belongs anywhere near the human body, period. While it is true that inhaling mineral oil is dangerous, rest assured that mineral oil that is used in facial products has been refined and highly purified. It has passed safety testing for use in cosmetics. To date, there have been no scientific studies that linked cosmetic grade (highly purified) mineral oils to cancer. However, you should do your own research and read reviews on some of the common cold creams to decide if you want to give them a try.
If you are serious about testing oil-based cleansers, then how about following the "oil cleansing method" completely? This method involves using nothing but oil to clean your face! The basic recipe entails equal parts extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and castor oil. EVOO contains anti-oxidants and is a natural moisturizer; castor oil is actually a great skin cleanser. To modify the basic recipe, add more parts EVOO if your skin is dry, or use more castor oil if your skin tends towards being oily. Mix together the oils, then spread it over your face. Wait a few minutes, then apply a warm washcloth over your face. The point of this step is to steam open pores to allow the oils to work their ways in for a deep cleanse. Lastly, rinse or wipe away the oils with a clean towel.
Fight oil with oil! There is only one way to find out if this method can work for you, and that is to give oil-based facial cleansers a try. If you need to work up the courage, do an internet search. You'll find lots of fans and believers in the oil cleansing method. Maybe it'll work for you, too.
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