Double Cleanse: Empties
If you have read my previous post about oil cleansers then you know how skeptical I was about them. But after a few months and a few empty jars I have embraced the double cleanse whole heartedly. As a person with oily skin I have struggled for years to control the shine and keep my pores unclogged. So then I stumbled upon the idea of using oil to clean away oil and have never looked back.
The cleanser I chose was resveratrol oil balm by Banila Co. which is for people with oily skin. This cleanser is a balm (solid oil) that warms up in your hands and turns into a liquid. I like this because I don’t have to try to contain liquid oil on my hands or scrubbie. This product has a nice feel and smell so you’re not gagging while you try to put it on.
Once on your face this product just kind of feels like your rubbing on any other soap or cream. It makes your face slick so your fingers slide around and don’t tug and pull your skin. After washing the oil cleanser off you apply and wash off a water based cleanser to complete the double cleanse.
I honestly thought the double cleanse would dry my face out. Or even make it oiler by putting more oil on my face. But surprisingly my face felt great. Even months later my face feels soft and smooth every time I wash my face. I have not seen any build up of oils. In fact my face seems to be a little less oily then when I started. I cannot say I have noticed any difference in my pores though. I unfortunately still suffer from strawberry nose.
But all in all after doing the double cleanse twice a day for a few months I have come to the conclusion that this is truly the most important step for those of us with oily skin. After using the double cleanse my face feels better and breaks out less (not including the stubborn blackheads currently inhabiting my nose). I think this is because of the fact that the oil cleanser breaks up and destroys all of the oils and grime from your day. Then the water based cleanser does the same for water based nasties.
Even if you decide to try a different oil cleanser I suggest everyone try the double cleanse. You should find and use cleansers and products that work for your skin type and problems. Remember that everyone’s skin is just as unique as them. So what product works for me may not work for you. And so I’ll leave you with a list of oil cleansers to start your search: