What is up with Cleansing Oils? Oil for an Oily Face?!

If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know my face produces enough oil that I could run my car on it.  That is if cars ran on that kind of oil….  So… When the the “trend” of using oil to clean your face started a few years ago I quickly decided that was not going to be happening in my skin care routine.  Fast forward to present day and guess what, I am older and wiser and I put oil on my face everyday!

I haven’t written about this on the blog yet but I made it a goal this year to use up my samples.  From the sample sizes I  get in various subscription boxes to the samples that come with purchases; my sample supply has gotten out of control.  I decided that the best thing to do for my effort was to sort the samples into makeup (not travel size or sample size things but the packets of foundation or blush on a card stuff),  Skincare and Hair.  While on this sorting quest I discovered I had a few cleansing oils.  I have been using one (that is full size) for a few months and decided to use the others I had and make some comparisons. My plan is to write a post specially for each oil and then follow up with a post that compares the three that I have been using.  But first lets talk about what exactly a cleansing oil is suppose to do for your skin.



Whether your skin is oily, dry or somewhere in between you can use oil as a cleanser and a moisturizer on your face.  Don’t think (like I did) that using an oil on your face will only make your skin more oily.  In fact the opposite is true! Oil attracts oil, so if you put the right kind of oil (more on that later) on your face it will attract the not good kind of oil (sebum, and the oils from makeup) then when you wash your face all of the oil, good and bad will be down the drain.  Also when you cleanse your face with oil, the oil is able to cling to the junk on your face without getting into your pores and takes everything with it.  I have found for me personally that the majority of oil free cleansers (which if you are oily/acne prone you are told you must use)  on the market today are so good at their jobs that my skin is stripped and then is tricked into thinking it is dry and produces more oil. Using oil to combat oil is helping with my skins natural oil production. Don’t get me wrong I still have massive amounts of oil, but I can definitely tell a difference.

Next post we will dive into the oil cleansing method vs pre packaged cleansing oils

*Spoiler- I’ve done both….*

Resources Used:::  Beauty Editor “My Traumatic Experience with the Oil Cleansing Method” by  Michelle Villett

Paula’s Choice” The Oil Cleansing Method 

Bustle “The Oil Cleansing Method For Acne May Be Your Perfect Skin-Clearing Regimen” by Kristin Collins Jackson

Huffington Post “What The Heck Is Cleansing Oil, And Why Is Everyone Obsessed With It?” by Dana Oliver

Glamour “The Trick to Getting the Most Out of Your Cleansing Oil” by Susan Yara

Clarisonic Review


I finally broke down and bought a Clarisonic about nine months ago.  I have debated with myself for several months over if I should buy one or not.  It just seemed like a lot of money to pay for a motorized brush for my face. I should have broken down earlier! I love my Clarisonic and have seen such an improvement in my skin since I’ve been using it.

I have super oily, acne prone skin.  When I say oily I mean I can fill up three blotting sheets in less then 2 hours of putting on make up.  While I don’t think the Clarisonic has “cured” my horrible skin, it has led to improvement.  I feel like my skin is cleaner and more of my make up is removed when I wash my face.  Also I think the texture of my skin has improved dramatically.

When I first got my Clarisonic I used it twice a day, morning and night. After about two weeks I just started using it at night.  My routine at night is to use coconut oil to remove my make up. I slather the oil on my face and then wipe my face off with a make up removing wipe.  After that I wet my face and the Clarisonic Brush.  Then I put what ever face-wash I am using on brush and a little on my face and go to town!

Several times I have just used the coconut oil and a wipe and then used my hands to wash my face.  Then I take another wipe and go over my face again, there is still make up on my face!  I have done the same thing after using the Clarisonic and there was virtually nothing on the wipe.

I bought my Clarisonic Mia from Amazon.  There are several different models and styles but I just went with the basic, no frills model and I am very happy with it.