What's with the Oil Cleansing Method?

By now, you may have heard or read something about the “Oil Cleansing Method” or “cleansing oils,”… yes? And perhaps those of you with oily or combination skin may have wondered, “Whaaa? Oils to cleanse? Are they crazy?”

While it may sound utterly preposterous to allow anything greasy to make contact with your already slick skin, here’s the straight skin scoop—directly from our ingredient guru and Director of Product Research, Doria Christie.

ME: Doria, what the heck is the Oil Cleansing Method—and why are cleansing oils such a craze? Is that really a good idea?

DORIA: Yes, natural oils are fantastic for cleansing skin... which makes sense because "oil dissolves oil" so skin's excess oil and sebum are dissolved and lifted by introducing oil to the skin. Also, oil is a natural alternative to removing makeup and sunscreen, without harmful sulfates that act as degreasers. Using oil to cleanse is particularly beneficial for those with dry skin, as the oil leaves skin moisturized, along with oils containing fatty acids that heal compromised skin.

ME: Makes sense, but what about oily or combination skin?

DORIA: It’s a myth that those with oily tendencies should keep stripping that oil away. In fact, that practice causes more harm than good because it sends a message to your body to overproduce the very oil we’re trying to keep at bay. Oil doesn’t cause blemishes. Hormones, bacteria and a buildup of dead skin cells are the nasty culprits.

ME: Why not simply use baby oil?

DORIA: No, no, no! Baby oil contains mineral oil which blocks the skin’s ability to breathe. It can clog pores, causing more harm than good. The Oil Cleansing Method is about using the “good oils” to remove the “bad oils,” and bacteria and dirt.

ME: OK, so what are the “good” cleansing oils we should look for?

DORIA: Choose oils that cut grease—without adding to skin conditions like acne, blackheads or redness flare-ups. For the best cleansing oils, look for products containing a mixture of botanicals like lightweight safflower oil and sunflower oil. Safflower Oil is high in linoleic acid and contains calming properties for acne-prone skin. Sunflower Oil is rich in vitamins A, E, C and D with antioxidants and sun damage/age-fighting properties.

Also, there are those that have sensitivities to even tap water, so using the oil cleansing method can help alleviate these irritations caused by conventional cleansing methods., this is where I gotta give Rutz a plug! ;) This is why I love JUST BREATHE Awakening Facial Wash since it is a combination of oils (fatty acids) and natural ingredients with antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory qualities, along with being a PH balanced formulation (super important to protect/maintain the acid mantel - skin's natural barrier). I, personally, do not use water with JUST BREATHE. I use it in a similar fashion as you would with the Oil Cleansing Method, right from the bottle directly onto dry skin. As I gently massage into my face, it thickens and breaks down dirt and oils, lifting them away from my skin.

I only remove JUST BREATHE with minimal water on a slightly warm wash cloth, as to not disturb any tiny capillaries. Ok, so if you want to take this even a step further—the way most estheticians do it in their treatment rooms—do a pre-cleanse with JUST BREATHE followed by applying a facial oil to further cleanse and moisturize. I do this on days that I have worn more makeup and/or used a heaver (physical) sunscreen, etc. Hint:A tiny touch of Rutz BODY NECTAR (containing both Safflower and Sunflower Oils) will do the trick for removing stubborn makeup under the eyes!

ME: Yeah, I know and love that trick! Thanks for the skin “skinny,” Doria!

DORIA: And, of course, one of the best things about all Rutz products is that they have that "bonus" ingredient. They are all lovingly infused with Reiki energy by our Rutz Reiki Masters!