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Many people with oily or combination skin believe they need a harsh cleanser to remove the oil . Believe it or not this is actually making the problem worse ! By stripping the skin of it's natural oils, your body will actually produce more oil to compensate, and you will form a vicious cycle. Your body naturally produces oil because it needs it. It helps protect, heal and nourish the skin. Why try to get rid of it ?

Introducing oil to your skin will not actually cause pimples or blackheads. This is actually a result of many different factors such as hormones, dead skin cells and bacteria. 

Cleansers that are free from harsh chemical ingredients, are there to simply clean dirt, grime and make up from your skin while keeping it hydrated and nourished. Remember oily skin can still become dehydrated and also requires nourishment. 

If you have dry skin ? Your skin will be in heaven ! 

Josh Rosebrook from Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care also has a preferred method when cleansing with oil. He calls it " The Dry Oil Cleansing Method" 


He also says 

"When oil cleansing with a damp wash cloth, the water in the wash cloth isn’t helping the oil cleanser gather and remove the dirty imbalanced oil from your face and pores. The water in the cloth is actually taking away from the power of the oil by mixing with it, making a different compound, essentially, diluting it.

Without the water on the cloth, the straight cleansing oil attaches to imbalanced oil in the pores, gathers dirt and make up on the surface because oil easily picks up dirt, then the oil cleanser pulls the imbalanced oil with the dirt and debris out and off the skin as like attracts like, (I learned this in colour education in beauty school) finally, leaving clean, moisturised skin behind. 

THINK ABOUT THIS - Soap works to clean dirt and oil when combined with water. Without soap, water doesn't clean the oil and dirt from the skin. So why are we using water with our Oil Cleanse? The water isn't cleaning when the cloth is wet, the pressure and the cloth is wiping the oil away, not the water.  If you have an "oil" cleanser that foams - that isn't an oil, oils don't foam.  Be sure to investigate all the ingredients on your products so you know what you are using .

We can all agree, a warm washcloth on the face does feel better than a dry cloth. But oh well. I sacrifice for beauty. 

Here's my Dry Oil Cleansing Method: (Josh Rosebrook)

- Massage oil onto skin well - this loosens skin surface tension and the friction helps dissolve imbalance oil.

- Next use a dry wash cloth ( I use muslin) and PRESS the skin firmly all around the face and neck for an effective cleanse. Do not use sweeping motions, unless you’re gently removing make up from the surface with your first cleanse. Cleanse a second time if you removed make up.  "

Now we know the theory and the methods behind oil cleansing, which cleansers should you use ?


Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil

This cleanser contains the following oils:


Sunflower Oil clears pores, treats acne, firms, balances oil production, intensely moisturises. 

Jojoba oil clears pores, intensely moisturises, treats acne, firms, softens, protects, balances oil production. 

Calendula Flowers treats acne, soothes, calms, reduces redness. 

Slippery Elm calms, reduces redness, softens, facilitates healing. 

Marshmallow Root tones, brightens, softens, assists hydration. 

Bilberry detoxifies, brightens, boosts collagen, firms, increases elasticity. 

Neem Leaf balances oil, treats acne, firms, treats skin conditions. 

Alfalfa detoxifies, soothes, firms, brightens. 

Skullcap calms, soothes, plumps, protects. 

Fennel Seed treats acne, soothes, brightens, protects. 

Chickweed reduces fine lines, brightens, repairs cells, protects. 

Ginkgo Leaf brightens, reduces redness, increases circulation, firms. 

Hawthorn Berry assists collagen production, firms, brightens, protects. 

Green Tea boosts collagen, firms, tightens, protects, brightens. 


Lewin & Reilly Olive & Kakadu Plum Face Cleansing Oil

Ingredients include:

Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil - Increases skins elasticity and improves moisture retention.

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil - Moisturising properties

Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil - Has exceptionally high levels of lauric acid, proven to fight bacteria better than benzyl peroxide; a commonly prescribed acne medication.

Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil Reduces trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). 

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil - Structurally similar to your skin’s sebum, meaning it can mimic the way sebum functions.

Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Seed Oil -Helps produce collagen and fights free radicals

Natural Tocopherol (Vit E) Oil (Non GMO source) - Exhibits anti-inflammatory properties

Callitris Glaucophylla (White Cypress) Essential Oil - Wonderful cleanser and is anti-inflammatory 

Melaleuca Teretifolia (Honey Myrtle) Essential Oil - Anti microbial 

Lavandula Angustifolia (Pacific Blue Lavender) Essential Oil - Helps balance oily skin


Alexami Eye Cleansing Oil


Specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. Some key ingredients include :

Camellia sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil - Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Prunus persica (Peach) Kernel Oil - Improves skins elasticity, absorbs quickly so does not leave an oily residue

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil - Fights against premature ageing, fast absorbing and anti-inflammatory 

Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil - Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract - Reduces water retention, inflammation, and congestion and has antioxidant properties


If you have not tried cleansing with oil before I highly recommend giving it a try. Just remember that if oil cleansing is new to you, do not be alarmed if for the first few days you feel like you have new oil coming out of your skin. This is a good sign ! This means all the blockages are clearing and your skin is balancing itself out. Give your skin a chance to adapt, and it will not take long to start seeing a reduction in redness and irritation . 

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Article written by Leah Jade


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