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What is Oil Cleansing?
Though it sounds somewhat crazy at first, the idea of using oils to cleanse the skin gently actually makes a lot of sense. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use oils in specific combination to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s oils. This produces a much more nourished and moisturized skin than traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners. As the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains:
“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of a facial oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”
Even Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing:
“Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”