Mixing Oil & Water: How Double Cleansing Products Can Give You Your Best Skin Yet

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The oil cleansing method has been getting an amazing amount of attention lately, and you may find yourself feeling curious about this new skincare trend. Whether you are a skincare veteran with a long-established routine looking to shake things up, or you’re new to personal skincare and are looking for a place to start, double-cleansing products could be a great fit for you. Learn all about oil cleansing and its potential benefits for your unique skin type on the Ciel Spa blog!

What Is the Oil Cleansing Method

Oil cleansing involves using a cleansing product that is oil-based in order to gently remove impurities from your skin. Oil cleansing operates on the idea that your skin naturally produces oil in order to cleanse itself from impurities, so it stands to reason that, when cleaning your skin, you should try to mimic nature as closely as possible for best results—rather than turning to harsh scrubs or aggressive cleansing products that will only exacerbate skin issues with unnatural ingredients.

How the Oil Cleansing Method Works

You only need three products for double-cleansing: a facial oil cleanser, warm water, and a soft washcloth. To cleanse the skin, massage a quarter-sized amount of oil into your skin without applying any water. Using long, gentle strokes, massage the oil into your pores taking your time to cover your entire face—yes, even naturally oil-prone areas, such as the forehead, nose, and chin! After you’ve thoroughly worked the oil into your skin, you can rinse away any extra residue by soaking the washcloth in warm water and gently wiping away any excess oil.

The Double Cleansing Process

The premise behind the oil cleansing method is that it strips away the first level of impurities that can cause buildup and blockages in your pores: Dirt and grime that has accumulated in your pores throughout the day, as well as any makeup you have applied or excess natural oils that have built up on the skin’s surface. The next step is to follow up with double-cleansing products that will remove any final impurities that linger following the initial oil cleanse. All you need for this step of the process is more water and a traditional foaming cleanser—ideally, one that is specific to your skin type. Cleansing twice is ideal for a truly deep clean  that will make your skin more receptive to any serums you use in your morning skin routine or evening regimen.

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What Skin Types Benefit From Oil Cleansing

The great news about the oil cleansing method is that all skin types can benefit from this routine—so long as you are using appropriate double-cleansing products for your particular needs. Many people worry that applying oil to the skin directly will cause the skin to look shiny or slick, or if you are acne-prone, that the skin will blemish more easily. However, we’re happy to report that the opposite is true! Those with oily or acne-prone skin report that redness, shine, and breakouts are all reduced once they’ve introduced a facial oil and double-cleansing process to their routine.

The oil cleansing method is also wonderful for mature skin, sun-damaged skin, or generally tired-looking complexions as the oil helps lock in essential moisture that would otherwise be stripped away through harsher cleansing methods, and restoring and maintaining moisture is one of the key ways you can keep skin looking youthful and help plump up wrinkles and fine lines. Dull-looking skin will also benefit from the added moisture, along with the stimulating effects of massaging the oil into your face which helps promote blood flow, which, in turn, increases cell turnover for healthy cell regeneration.

How to Choose Double-Cleansing Products

Often, sensitive or acne-prone skin is aggravated by harsh, aggressive, and unnatural ingredients in commonly produced cleansing products which is why it is incredibly important to find premium products that have been developed using diligent skincare research and that are derived from natural ingredients, without any parabens or artificial fragrances. That’s why the skincare experts at Ciel Spa love Biologique Recherche when it comes to double cleaning products—their luxury skincare products are safe for a variety of skin types and are backed by cutting edge skincare science to achieve the best results.

Products to Complement Your Skincare Routine

Because the oil cleansing method allows you to achieve a better, deeper clean, it also primes your skin to benefit even more from the other products in your regimen. If you’re going to get the most from your double-cleansing products, you’ll want to follow up each wash with the right exfoliators, serums, and moisturizers for you.

Discover Luxury Skincare at Ciel Spa

Ciel Spa is proud to offer a variety of luxury spa services at our Beverly Hills location where you can enjoy top of the line services from our skincare experts on staff. In addition to our services, Ciel Spa is proud to be an authorized seller of Biologique Recherche products—a leader in naturally-derived, research-backed skincare products that will revolutionize your self-care routine and your complexion. Book your first service online today or contact us or to consult with our skincare experts regarding product recommendations, questions, and more.