The idea of using an oil to clean your client’s skin seems counterintuitive. Doesn’t oil clog pores and create acne breakouts? Let’s discover how this interesting skin cleansing option works and how you can find the best cleansing oils for all skin types.
Using a cleansing oil to attract the sebum on your skin works. There are good oils and bad oils when it comes to what goes in or goes on our bodies. For example, we learned that hydrogenated oils were a bad guy when it was included in almost every snack food in America and heart disease skyrocketed. Cleansing oils are good guys. The sebum on your client’s skin, mixed with dirt, makeup and pollutants is attracted to the cleansing oil and binds to it as it is massaged in. It dissolves the grime and then it is lifted off with rinsing. This leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.
Ingredients You Want in Your Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oils are typically derived from botanical oils and extracts. They usually contain a mixture of extracts (green tea, jasmine), vitamins (vitamin E and C), and botanical oils (olive, sunflower, sesame, safflower, almond, grape seed.) Depending on your client’s skin, make sure you keep the following tips in mind:
Clients with Oily Skin: Look for cleansing oils that have botanical amino acids. These acids break up the extra sebum that is produced in oily skin in a snap.
Clients with Dry Skin: Hydration is key for these clients so most cleansing oils are safe to use considering their natural hydrating benefits.
Clients with Combination Skin: Use a cleansing oil that includes safflower oil. With its dual cleansing and hydrating capabilities, it’ll work wonders on combination skin.
Clients with Sensitive Skin: Choose a soothing formula. Oils that contain olive oil are a good choice.
Beyond these tips, it’s important you review the ingredients of your cleansing oils to make sure it has the good and doesn’t include the bad.
The Ingredient You Don’t Want in Your Cleansing Oil
When reviewing the ingredients, you might notice that a few have some additional fragrance added or might contain a percentage of mineral oil. Mineral Oil is not an ingredient you want to see in your cleansing oil. Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum. (gasoline manufacturing.) It has been used in cosmetics as an occlusive agent for years. It reduces the TEWL but also ranks high on the cosmogenic scale. This increases the propensity for blackheads and breakouts. There are also some concerns with consistent mineral oil use because the skin absorbs the hydrocarbons in petroleum, which is a carcinogen. Avoid cleansing oils with mineral oil (it might also be listed as paraffin oil.)
If you or your client get grossed out by the amount of makeup and dirt is still in your skin after you apply toner, switching to a cleansing oil may be a good option.
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Mary Nielsen grew up in Minnesota but calls Portland, Oregon home for the past 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute and serves on the board of Certified Advanced Estheticians for the state of Oregon. She is a happily married grandmother who has been thrilled to be working in the never dull field of advanced esthetics for over 17 years. She spends her free time outdoors or at her sewing machine.