A key component in the Korean skin care routine is the use of an oil-based cleanser. The idea of using oil to cleanse your skin can seem to run counter-intuitive to what most people are taught about skin care. Many people are initially skeptical to the idea but the science behind its use is definitely sound. By reading this article I will show you how a cleansing oil works and why it is a must-have for any skin care routine.
Korean cleansing oils are based upon the idea that like removes like, which means that when you use cleansing oil it will mix with the existing oil on your skin. This existing oil will contain dirt, bacteria and other impurities that it has gathered during the day. So when you rinse all the oil off the good oil takes the bad oil,
which contains the impurities, along with it. After massaging the cleanser into your skin the oil in it will bind itself to the surface impurities in the skin which allows them to be rinsed away to leave your skin feeling clean, hydrated and soft.
Many oil-free cleansers can actually strip your skin of natural oils which will leave it unbalanced. This can actually cause the skin to produce even more oil in order to re-balance it. The benefits to using oil cleansers is that it will keep your skin’s natural pH level in balance and stop it from overproducing oil. Many oil-based cleansers also contain specific formulations with active ingredients that specifically address certain skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, dryness or dullness.
There are many different types of oils used in these cleansers which means you will always find the one that suits you. Some common types of oils used are olive, apricot, sunflower, sesame, grape seed, and almond. Each type of oil has its own specific benefits; for example olive oil contains antioxidants that have anti-aging properties. It also does not clog your pores which helps with exfoliation. Grape seed oil also does not clog your pores and it too has anti-aging properties. It also reduces scars, moisturizes and the skin, and can lighten dark circles under your eyes plus more. Research each type of oil cleanser to determine which one you feel will suit you best.
Remember that oil-based cleansers work best when you combine them with a more traditional cleanser afterwards. This is often referred to as double cleansing and is always the first part of any Korean skin care routine. This is because your face should preferably be completely clean before it can absorb any of the moisturizers, serums or masks that follow any beauty routine. Even people with acne prone or oily skin can use an oil-based cleanser.
Hopefully by reading this article you have learned about Korean oil-based cleansers and their benefits. We spoke about how they work – by introducing oil we can mix with the dirty oil on your skin and remove it much more easily. We also learned that oil-based cleansers don’t dry your skin out causing it to overproduce oil. All these are reasons to follow the Korean skin care routine and I truly believe you will quickly notice the difference in how your skin looks and feels.