Oil cleansing is one of the buzziest beauty practices around, but few people know exactly what makes it so unique. Yes, the most obvious difference is that it’s an oil and not a gel or lotion, but there is so much more to it than its slick texture.
One of the really amazing things about oil cleansers is their ability to melt away even the most long-lasting makeup. They’re also gentle enough for all skin types and, because they use skin-compatible oils, won’t cause clogged pores or excessive oiliness. And, because they don’t contain any soap, there’s not a big risk of stripping the skin’s natural lipid barrier and causing dryness. It’s a new take on cleansing that is definitely worth trying.
Our Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil has all the best things that oil cleansing has to offer, and then some. It’s a blend of pure botanical oils in a lightweight formula that dissolves away dirt, impurities, and makeup without over-drying your skin. With Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Squalane, the formula helps skin maintain hydration, replenish the skin barrier, soften, and soothe your senses. It’s an all-in-one cleansing formula that leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth, and ready for night time replenishment.
Intrigued but not sure where to start? Keep reading for our step-by-step oil cleansing routine. Remember: Cleansing oils work best as your night time cleanser, since they provide the skin with potent nourishment and prep it for the rest of your overnight skin repair routine.
Start On Dry Skin
Since the oils used in these formulas are water-soluble, they need to be applied on dry skin in order to work their magic. These "good" oils bind to surface impurities, pulling them off of the skin to be rinsed away later on.
Massage It In
In order to create that binding action, you need to massage the product in thoroughly. This will ensure the oil has a chance to sink in and grab on to the dirt, oil, and makeup covering the skin’s surface. Massaging also has the added benefit of stimulating your skin’s circulation to up your natural radiance and helping to drain excess fluid that can make your face look puffy.
Optional: Follow With A Cleanser
If your skin is exceptionally oily or your makeup is of the super-long wear variety, you might want to try double cleansing, i.e. following up your oil cleanse with a regular cleanser. This will help ensure you get every last trace of makeup. Our favorite combination is the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and the Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser.
However, if your skin leans to the drier side, traditional double cleansing might be a bit too harsh. Instead, get rid of any stubborn makeup with our rinse-free Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water. It won’t disrupt your skin’s natural oil balance as it cleans, so you won’t have to worry about skin getting stripped or painfully dried out.
Take your makeup removal to the next level by adding an oil cleanser into your regular nightly rotation and you’ll find your skin feels cleaner and softer than ever before.