What is facial cleansing oil?
So, have y’all heard of facial cleansing oil? You have, right? If you haven’t, where in the world have you been? Well, it’s having a moment right now, a big moment. I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for about three years now, and I can tell you that my skin has really never looked better. Now, I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking that you are trying to get rid of oil on your face, not make it greasy and oily and yucky, right? You also may be thinking that I am a crazy hippie lady and I don’t know wtf I’m talking about, but listen you guys, I do know about this, trust me. My skin issues have been well documented all along this journey that I’m on right now and I have tried everything, so let’s chat about it. I’m sure I can get y’all to come around to my way of thinking (a Southern girl specialty!)
First, why even try it, right? Especially if you have what you would consider good skin to begin with. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as my grandmother would say. But let’s take a closer look. Most traditional facial cleansers use, well, soap to clean your skin, right? And we’ve really been conditioned to think that we need suds to get clean and remove makeup. But what are those suds really doing to your skin? I know you’ve heard me go on and on about sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, petroleum, etc., and why you should avoid them. The down and dirty is that soaps and detergents actually strip natural oils from your face. So yes, you are removing your makeup, but you are also removing things that your skin needs to aid in cell regeneration and remain smooth and supple. The other problem is that when you remove all the oil from your face, (good and bad), your skin says “Hey, wait a second, all the oil is gone? Let’s make some more!”, and you actually end up producing more oil, which can be problematic for those with oily complexions.
When you use oil to cleanse your skin, it cuts through everything, all the makeup, all the dirt, all the grime (all the mascara, can I get an amen?). And it does it without stripping all of the moisture from your face, it does it without irritating fragrance or unnecessary foaming agents. Basically, what’s happening is the cleansing oil is binding to the other oil (found in makeup, etc), and when you rinse, you rinse it all away, but without telling your face to make more.
What to look for in Facial Cleansing Oil
Ok, so you’ve decided that you’re gonna give this a try, (you won’t regret it, I promise!), but how do you sift through all the different products and pick what’s right for you? Because, as we all know, just because it says “natural”, doesn’t mean it is (unless it’s Sweet Georgia Sugar, of course. Honest and pure ingredients is our promise to you.)
First, don’t wash your face with baby oil or any oil that is petroleum or mineral oil based. These oils, while very effective for removing makeup, also create a seal on your skin that doesn’t allow it to breathe and also locks in any dirt or grime that could be left on your skin. Ewww. They also generally contain fragrance and other synthetic ingredients that could cause irritation.
Instead, look for natural oils that address specific skin concerns. For example, olive oil is great for all skin types because it is non-irritating and very gentle, avocado oil is great for those with dry skin because it plumps the skin and helps it to retain moisture. Grape seed oil for oily or acne-prone skin, because it contains polyphenols which can help prevent breakouts. Also, look for facial cleansing oils that contain botanicals or essential oils that address your specific skin issues, (kind of a two birds with one stone situation). Many essential oils contain properties that are really amazing for the skin. Lavender oil, for example, is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which has a calming effect on skin, rosemary oil is anti-microbial and antiseptic, which can aid in clearing up breakouts. And so many essential oils are also moisturizing and easy for your skin to absorb, without being irritating or pore-clogging.
Once I realized how great my skin looked after trying this method, I set to work formulating our own Sweet Georgia Sugar Facial Cleansing Oils. I wanted to target specific skin concerns, (acne prone, aging, sensitive) and also make something gentle enough for all skin types. Each formula was created with a special blend of oils and essential oils that were chosen precisely because they work so well together, and because they work so well with each individual skin type. When choosing your facial cleansing oil, I think it’s important to choose one that contains ingredients that address whatever skin concerns you may have. And I’ll say it again, (forever and ever and ever), read your labels. This is pretty simple. If it contains ingredients that you can’t pronounce or that you’ve never heard of, I encourage you to pass those by for the more natural choice.
Listen, y’all…just do this, try it for two weeks. Two short weeks. Now, your skin may freak out a little bit at first, (mine was like, “WTF? Where are my suds?), and you might freak out a little bit too, because, you know, change is hard. I know it is. Trust me, I’m wearing a pair of yoga pants right now that I bought from Old Navy five years ago, that are literally shredded from the knees to the crotch on both legs, (because, thighs), and I refuse to buy new ones because THESE ARE MY FAVORITE. But I really, really feel like if you try it, if you go all in for fourteen little days, you won’t ever want to go back to a traditional cleanser. You skin will love you for it, (just as my thighs would love me if I bought new yoga pants). Trust. And report back! I’d love some feedback on your experience!