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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Oil Cleansing

What Is the Oil Cleansing Method?


The oil cleansing method may seem like a recent trend, but it’s actually been around for thousands of years!


Before we break down how the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used oil to wash away impurities of the day, let’s talk about what exactly oil cleansing is and why it deserves all the hype.


Oil cleansing is an all-natural method of washing your face that doesn’t wreak havoc on your skin’s natural microbiome.


Oil helps to coat and nourish your skin, acting as a cleanser and moisturizer. It enhances your body’s natural methods of defense instead of stripping it away.


Who Should Oil Cleanse?


Oil cleansing is one of the few skincare methods that can be used on almost any skin type. This is because it imitates what your body is already doing—and helps it to heal properly.


We recommend oil cleansing for the following skin types:


For Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

Acne may be caused by an overproduction of natural oils and bacteria. When you use a foaming or anti-bacterial cleanser, it strips your skin of all its built-up oil and bacteria—including the good stuff!


Here’s the problem: Your body naturally uses its good bacteria to overcome the bad. When you strip everything from your skin, your face is left more vulnerable than ever.


Oil cleansing is different. It works with the defenses your body has already created, allowing faster healing and more long-term results. Many of our shoppers see a decrease in pesky whiteheads, blackheads, and a healthier overall complexion.


The Activated Charcoal Face Bar for Acne


For Dry Skin


Dry skin can leave your face feeling flaky, chapped, and painful to touch. But you don’t have to go through the winter months feeling miserable. Oil cleansing can act as both a moisturizer and facial cleanser—meaning you can remove the day’s makeup while protecting against dryness at the same time.


Take this opportunity to cut out regular moisturizing products that contain toxic chemicals, too!


Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin


Tallow Balm for Extra Moisturizing Support


For Aging Skin and Wrinkle Prevention


Since it's a moisturizer, the oil cleansing method can aid in wrinkle prevention, too! Regular application may help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and improve elasticity—with skincare that actually penetrates the surface.


Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil for Wrinkle Prevention


The 3-Step Method: How to Oil Cleanse


You’ll find that our 3-step oil cleansing method is easier than your regular nighttime routine. You’ll feel incredible knowing your skin is receiving the care it needs—chemical-free!


Step 1:


Use a dime-sized amount of oil and massage it into your face. Spend about a minute really cleansing your skin of impurities.


While you’re here, check out some popular facial massages to help reduce wrinkles and improve lymphatic drainage.


Step 2:


Rinse off the oil with warm water. We suggest using a damp cloth or towel to go over your entire face. Make sure you’re thorough and don’t leave behind any oil residue.


Step 3:


Dry off with something that’s gentle on your skin. We recommend using a soft cloth or one of our organic reusable cotton rounds. Follow with a toner like the Facial Tonic to remove any left behind oil.

 

Step 4:

Moisturize with your favorite Tallow Balm or Glow Serum. It's important to lock in that hydration!


If You’re Wearing Makeup: 


Yep, oil works as a natural makeup remover! Our customers find it’s strong enough to remove foundation and even waterproof mascara.


If you’re taking off the day’s makeup, try applying the oil twice—first, to remove makeup and second, to cleanse the skin. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as normal.


Which Oil Cleansing Product to Use: Cleansing Bar vs. Face Oil


At Toups and Co, we offer a number of different cleansing products to use during your daily skincare routine.


If you have questions about where to begin, we’ve got answers. These are our recommendations based on skin type and personal needs:


The Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar for Oil-Prone Skin


This unique facial bar allows you to oil cleanse in a familiar way. Coconut oil and grass-fed tallow nourish the skin while activated bamboo charcoal binds with and removes dirt and toxins.


The Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar is great for teens who don’t want to spend too much time on their skin. It’s also a wonderful option for people who are accustomed to using a bar of soap—and don’t want to switch over to an oil dropper.


Your Glow Provided by the Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil


If you want your skincare routine to feel a little more luxurious, try our Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil. This product was created with oil cleansing in mind—and it’s packed full of essential oils for extra glow and nourishment.


Don’t forget to take before and after photos to show off your glow-up.

Oil Cleansing vs. Traditional Face Wash: What’s the Difference?


In the ancient world, oil was an extremely popular cleansing method—spanning from Ancient Egypt to 14th Century Japan.


Over the years, we’ve replaced our ancestor's traditional methods of face and body cleansing with anti-bacterial soaps, foaming agents, and chemically-driven products.


Although they may seem harmless, these products can disrupt our skin’s natural oil production, interrupt our hormones, and kill essential microorganisms.


This leaves our skin vulnerable to infection and other concerns like acne or eczema.


The Truth About Natural Healing and Your Skin’s Microbiome


The Microbiome is the bacteria that lives on your skin and protects you from sickness and infection. Scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of the power of the microbiome!


We’re still learning, but there’s one thing we know for sure: anti-bacterial products and harsh ingredients wear away your skin’s natural defense systems.


The truth is, your body knows exactly how to heal itself. Sometimes it just needs you to get on board. By making a few simple changes in your daily routine, you can cultivate the skin’s good bacteria and microbiome—for a healthy and glowing complexion.


Other Natural Ways to Take Care of Your Skin


For stubborn blackheads or wrinkles, seeing results in your skincare routine can take time. One of the best things you can do is take charge of your skin health with small and consistent steps toward healing.


Use Gentle Exfoliation


A dry brush or gentle scrub can help remove impurities and increase collagen production. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with exfoliation—and only scrub once a week.


Eat a Colorful Diet


Vitamins and minerals in leafy greens and colorful veggies give your body the tools it needs to build itself back up. Certain foods can help to fight against acne and improve collagen production in the body. If you don’t know where to start, try including one veggie in every meal.


Don’t Give Up Easily


Good things take time. Oil cleansing is playing the long game—meaning it offers long-term results, but may require a long-term commitment.


Don’t give up before you see the magic happen!

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