Using oils in your skincare routine may seem counterintuitive-- you might think that applying oil directly to your skin will cause breakouts and clogged pores, but that’s not the case. Oil is necessary for optimal skin health. 

Foaming cleansers and face washes with chemical additives deplete our skin of sebum; the natural oil our skin produces to stop skin and hair from drying out.  When you deplete your skin of its natural oils, your body knows it needs to create more. Repeated depletion of sebum will cause over-production-- and oily skin, clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and all those other nasties. Oil-cleansing doesn’t disrupt healthy sebum production: many people use certain organic cold-pressed oils as natural face cleansers instead, and you can too.

“Seriously? Oil?”

Oils have been an integral part of beauty routines throughout human history. Before soap became commonly available for purchase and use, people in many cultures used natural oils to cleanse the body. During a visit to the baths, ancient Romans rubbed oil into their skin and removed both the oil and any dirt with a blade called a strigil. Egyptians used natural oils to protect their skin from sand and sun damage.

Nowadays, we use soap to clean our bodies. It’s simpler, more effective, and less time-consuming. But organic face oil is still a great option for keeping your skin healthy, happy, and balanced.

“Does it Work?”

A little basic chemistry clarifies the “how” of oil-cleansing: like dissolves like. So applying cleansing oil to your face won’t add to the oil already on your face. Instead, it simply replaces the old oil with the new. When you apply cleansing oil to your face what you’re really doing is drawing out impurities-- such as makeup, sweat, and other pore clogging elements--  without stripping your skin of its healthy oil. Oil-cleansing is most effective for dry or sensitive skin, but using organic oil for makeup-removal can be a part of any skincare routine, regardless of skin type.

“What Type of Oil Should I Use?”

At Thesis, we offer three affordable, pure, organic and cold-pressed oils, but we especially love using our oil-based Organic Makeup Remover as a cleanser-- it is a great bang for your buck. These are the oils we recommend for oil-cleansing:

  • Organic Jojoba oil: Jojoba makes a great cleanser because of how similar it is in chemical structure to human sebum. It is also non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t clog pores), non-allergenic, soothing and has anti-bacterial properties.
  1. Organic Argan oil: Produced from the nut of the Argan tree, native to Morocco, argan oil is a fantastic moisturizer, restoring the skin's natural moisture and pH balance. Argan oil is a great option for dry skin, known to prevent dehydration and inflammation.

  2. Organic Rosehip oil: Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in fatty acids, making it the predominant oil for wrinkled and aging skin. It also contains vitamin A to help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation, and treat visible scar tissue.

  3. Thesis Organic Makeup Remover Rosemary Citrus: Our oil-based makeup remover makes the perfect option for a daily cleanser. The blend of jojoba, apricot, and sunflower oils work to remove dirt, sweat, and makeup from the skin without depleting sebum. We add touches of rosemary essential oil for its anti-inflammatory properties, sweet orange essential oil for detoxification, and spearmint essential oil as an antiseptic. Your face will feel clean, soft, and smooth no matter if used solely as a makeup remover, or as a daily cleanser for most skin types. We love it!

Unsure what cleansing oil is best for you? We recommend starting with a jojoba oil base or blend. Try experimenting with different kinds of organic oils over time to determine what is best for your particular skin type.

“And Finally… How Do I Do It?

The actual process of oil-cleansing is SO simple:

  1. Prepare. Either mix your oils together ahead of time, or have the bottles ready. Set a clean washcloth beside the sink. Rinse your face lightly with warm water. Fill your sink with very hot water, and let it cool slightly. (Don’t run the tap, the fish will thank you!)

  2. Cleanse. Starting with a dirty face (no need to pre-clean here, even if you’re wearing makeup), pour a quarter-sized amount of oil in the palm of your hand and apply gently all over your face. Massage in circular motions for 2 minutes, and then let the oil sit on your face for 30 more seconds.

  3. Rinse. Test the water with your fingers. By now, you should have a sink full of water which is cool enough to apply to your skin, but warm enough to soften the oil (it’s probably going to be hotter than the water you usually rinse your face with). Dunk the washcloth under the hot/warm water until it’s completely soaked. Apply the washcloth to your face and hold it there for 10-15 seconds. Slowly begin to wipe off. Rinse your washcloth and repeat until you’ve wiped all the oil off your skin.

...And that's it! 

Depending on your skin type, you may not need moisturizer after oil-cleansing. Get to know your own skin and its needs. Not sure of your skin type? Check out “Find Your Skin Type” and more great face care tips from Thesis Beauty Purists!