Everything you need to know about oil cleansing

The idea of cleansing with oil would make us probably gasp about 10 years ago. Now oil cleansing has become common in the skincare world. The question is, why? Is the hype worth it?

We know one thing. Using oils instead of traditional foam cleansers protects the skin’s natural pH. 

Traditional cleansing can actually strip the skin of its natural oils, causing irritation and oil overproduction

For the most part, oil cleansing includes pure oils and a dampened cloth with warm water. Sounds pretty simple? Maybe too simple? Hang tight while I explain.

The basic idea behind slathering your face in oils is that “oil pulls oil.” In other words, oil cleansing is meant to: 

  • lift excess sebum (the oily substance produced by glands on your skin)
  • clean out clogged pores like blackheads + whiteheads
  • remove dead skin, pollutants, + makeup

According to a 2018 study, using oil increases the amount of anti-inflammatory skin repair and overall repair to the barrier of the epidermis. Instead of stripping the face of natural oils, we are sort of leveling the playing field, make sense?

There are tons of articles and studies about why oil cleansing is so good for the skin. Plant oils are healing, nurturing, and are even known to heal open wounds like acne and fade scarring. 

How often should I oil cleanse?

Don’t get me wrong, just like any cleanser, you can also over-do it with oil cleansing. You want to make sure that you start slow. You should incorporate new products one at a time to see how your skin reacts. This means do your normal routine (cleansing up to 2x per day) but just be on the lookout for any major changes that seem off. I always recommend having a skin diary that I can track changes in - even if this means writing notes on my phone. 

What is the comedogenic scale? 

The comedogenic scale rates (0-5) how much an ingredient, like oil, will clog your pores. Ingredients rated 0-2 are considered non-comedogenic and 3-5 are comedogenic.

We’ve created cleansing oils that have a comedogenic rating of 0. This means they are going to cleanse and pull oil without clogging the pores- score! 

Finding the right oil 

A lot of oils have a high comedogenic rating and can disrupt the balance of your skin. This is why you want to make sure you’re using the right blend of oils. 

Sunflower + Chamomile Cleansing Oil (0 on the scale)

Our Sunflower + Chamomile Cleansing Oil is a lighter cleansing oil. This oil is going to be geared more towards oily skin because it has such a low rating. This cleanser can be used morning and night to remove makeup and debris. 

Neroli + Lavender Cleansing Balm (2 on the scale) 

Our Neroli + Lavender Balm is a heavier cleansing oil. Although it is tailored for all skin types, it is going to be more hydrating because of its ingredients consisting of shea butter and coconut oil. The bonus about this product is it's an all in one. It can be used for all things - moisturizer (body + face). 

How to use an oil cleanser 

Oil cleansers are all different. But here's the breakdown. 

Apply 5-7 drops to the palm of your hand (make sure your hands are clean!) and work together at your fingertips to warm. Apply to face and gently massage into skin. Wash like a "normal" cleanser. Remove using a warm, damp cloth until the product is removed completely. Follow with toner, serum then facial oil. 

Okay. I know that was a lot of information. Don't worry, we are here to help. If this didn't answer your questions please don't hesitate to reach out at info@larkskinco.com 


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