Our epidermis is over 60% fatty acid lipids. Oils protect the cell wall, repair wounds, fights infections and prevents skin from losing moisture(TEWL). Washing with soap and water as first step, (depending on cleanser formula), removes natural oils from the skin along with the dirt and grime, which makes our skin go in overdrive to compensate for the oil lost, which makes the skin oily, but dehydrated.
However, thanks to elaborate Korean beauty routines, using oil to clean the skin has once again come back as a part of double cleanse. With oil cleansing, older, hardened oil in the skin is dissolved and removed, and the skin is refreshed with new oils. Using the correct oil or combination of oils can help with various skin ailments and balance over-production of sebum.
Below are some examples of cleansing oils according to skin types:
- Dry: High Monosaturated oils like Olive, Avocado, and Almond.
- Normal: Oils with balanced oleic and linoleic acid levels like Apricot Kernel, Baobab, and Argan.
- Oily: Oils high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids like Castor, Sacha Inchi and flax seed oil.
- Blemished Skin: High in omega-6 fatty acid like Grapeseed, Watermelon seed and cucumber seed oil.
How to oil cleanse
- Apply oil to 'DRY' skin on face and neck, and massage thoroughly. Oil will start loosening the dirt, makeup and dead skin cells.
- Once your face and neck are saturated with oil, place a hot cotton washcloth(wrung out) on your skin, let it sit for 30-45 seconds and wipe the excess oil from face.
- Pat the skin dry and apply a nourishing oil to moisturise your skin.
Oil Cleansing in our Catalog
- Anti-pollution Deep Cleansing Oil