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What You Need To Know About The Oil Cleansing Method

What You Need To Know About The Oil Cleansing Method

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Cleansing your face with an oil may seem counterintuitive but its the first choice of many women and gaining in popularity all the time. The reasons to go for a cleansing are many. Firstly, oil based cleansers are often oil blends with no added chemicals so ideal for those looking for a plant based skincare product, secondly, oil cleansers are absolutely brilliant at removing oil based makeup and most make up is oil based! Thirdly cleansing oils shouldn't strip your skin of its own sebum unlike many foaming and surfactant based cleansers which do, in our opinion squeaky clean is not what you're looking for.

But, why does your skin need oil? How does it work? Is it working? We respond to all these questions and more.

Why your skin needs oil.

We need oil, and we make oil for a reason.  Oil keeps your skin healthy, waterproof, soft and helps protect it from bacteria. If you use aggressive products like soaps, wipes, astringents and harsh exfoliants you can stimulate your skin to produce extra oil to help protect itself. Or, if you have dry, sensitive skin you may not produce enough oil to compensate. Oily and dry skins really benefit from this so put your scepticism aside and read on.

But how does it work?

When you wash your face, most of the "dirt" you're washing off is old oil, dead skin cells and make-up (most of which is oil based). We know that "like dissolves like" so the best way to remove oil is with clean, nourishing oil.  With Kinvara skincare Absolute Cleansing Oil there’s none of the harsh chemicals found in most cleansers as we're not using suds, foam or alcohol.  We don't want to get a squeaky clean feeling as that just signifies that your skin is stripped, out of balance and sends it into overdrive producing more oil.  We want a soft, glowing, clean feeling.


Kinvara skincare Absolute Cleansing Oil

The right blend of high-quality oils is important, most Oil Cleansing Methods call for a blend with castor oil but we don't like castor oil as it's very drying, harsh and isn't usually processed in a sustainable manner.  Our blend of sunflower, watermelon, sesame and thistle oils is much gentler and will allow you to cleanse with oil on a daily basis. 

Once you've adjusted to the oil-cleansing method, you'll probably find that your skin care routine has changed significantly and for the best.  As well as glowing skin you probably won't need to clean your skin twice a day and you certainly won't need to spend money on make-up removers.


First and foremost, this is typically done in the evening, prior to bed. There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning, just a quick wipe with a warm washcloth or a spritz of a facial toner should suffice. We don't want to over cleanse our skin.


The objective of using this method is to clean while balancing our skin's oil production at the same time.


We suggest that, to begin with, you do a deep cleanse daily until you notice significant positive changes, then revert to a light cleanse daily with a deep cleanse weekly.  You will need to be observant and see what works for you - play around with the frequency and strength of the cleanse till you find what suits you best. 


Deep Cleanse 

The deep cleanse takes 3 minutes max

  • Dampen your face with a quick splash of water (always massage on a damp face, never dry)

  • 1-2 pumps of Kinvara's Absolute Cleansing Oil into the palm of your hand, rub together to warm the oil and smooth over your face. 

  • Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to the massage. Take your time (at least a minute) and focus on your problem areas, you want the oil to work into your pores. 

  • Soak your washcloth in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil. Hold a warm washcloth over your face. We're aiming to gently steam our pores to release the oil carrying the impurities.  Allow it to stay until it cools. 

  • Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water, repeat. Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you'll find it's completely unnecessary and your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes. Impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away. 

  • Follow with moisturiser as appropriate. Your skin should feel clean and smooth, but not at all tight. Enjoy that feeling.

  • Note: Avoid direct contact with eyes and thoroughly rinse after using to remove mascara

Light Cleanse

takes 1 minute

  • Basically use the oil as you would soap but without the drying effects.  

  • Warm 2-3 pumps of oil between your hands and massage onto a damp face to cleanse and remove make-up, even mascara.  

  • Wash off with a hot face cloth for a gorgeous clean feel.  

  • Follow with moisturiser as appropriate.  

  • Note: Avoid direct contact with eyes and thoroughly rinse after using to remove mascara


At Kinvara we recommend finishing your cleanse with a really good (but not too rich) moisturiser - both our Rosehip Day Cream and Rosehip Face Serum are ideal to give your skin a real boost - enjoy results in the morning.

Is it working?

Don't be surprised if you get more spots etc. over the first few days, this is normal and to be expected as you are in essence removing the plugs (comedores) from your pores and rebalancing oil production. For some people the improvement is immediate but you need to give your skin time to adjust. 

After you have settled into using the oil cleansing method you should do a deep cleanse weekly or more often if you have oily skin and it needs it. 

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