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How to Use Cleansing Oil Properly: A Guide for Beginners

How to Use Cleansing Oil Properly

When you wash your face, chances are there’s a lot of dirt and sebum left. If only there was a product that could attract all that dirt and wipe it away!

Well, guess what? There is such a product you can add to your skincare routine: cleansing oil. 

If you’re curious to try it out, we’ve got a comprehensive guide on how you can use oil cleansers!

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What You May Need:

  • Your choice of cleansing oils (you can go with one or a mixture of other oils)
  • Washcloth
  • Warm water
  • Another cleanser of your choice (optional)

5 Steps to Using Oil Cleanser:

To clean your face and remove all that makeup, here are the five easy steps you can follow when using an oil cleanser:

Step 1: Choose the Best Cleansing Oil for You

Step 1

While these oil cleansers aren’t that popular, there are a lot of cleansing oils out there. Korean cleansing oils are particularly great.

You can choose from the following formulas:

  • Olive oil – moisturizes, hydrates, and kills bacteria
  • Castor oil – moisturizes, fights acne, and reduces puffiness
  • Avocado oilreduces acne, fights inflammation, and nourishes the skin
  • Coconut oil – reduces scarring, acne and increases moisture
  • Jojoba oil – moisturize, fights toxins, and reduces bacteria on the face

You can combine the best features of each cleansing oil by making a mixture. For example, you can put one-part avocado oil and one-part olive oil.

Step 2: Pour the Product Onto Squeaky Clean Hands

Step 2

Look at the instructions at the back. There’s usually a guide to how much cleansing oil you can put onto your skin. 

It can be directions for a few pumps or drops of oil cleanser.

You can follow this instruction or adjust the amount of oil according to your needs. Dry skin can benefit from more hydration, so you can squeeze an extra pump or drop in there.

More oil can benefit you but exercise caution, too. And take note that oil cleansers are typically applied to dry skin or unwashed skin.

Step 3: Treat Your Face to a Cleansing and a Massage

Step 3

Got the right amount of oil on your hands? It’s time to gently massage it into your skin.

Use circular motions to spread the oil all over your face.

This is also the time you can do some facial massages! Target your cheeks, jawline, and nose to create a more contoured look. Again, upward and circular motions are ideal.

When massaging, be careful of the eye area. It’s one of the most sensitive areas and unnecessarily pulling on it won’t do you any good. Save yourself from buying eye cream in the future!

Step 4: Wipe Off with a Warm, Damp Washcloth

Step 4

All done? Now that all those dead skin cells and dirt have been picked up from the oil, use a warm washcloth. Gently wipe away the oil from your face.

Again, use a circular motion. Once you’re sure all the oil is gone, you can PAT your skin dry.

By now, the feeling might be a little odd – an oil cleanser can leave a layer of film on your skin. It feels peculiar, but don’t worry! It’s completely normal.

Step 5: Follow Up with Another Cleanser and Then the Rest of Your Skincare Routine

Step 5

Ever heard of double-cleansing? It’s a staple in K-beauty routines where oil cleansers shine! To double-cleanse, you just have to follow up oil cleansing with your usual cleanser.

Whether it’s a Korean foaming face wash or a typical water-based Korean cleanser, just use it to treat your skin!

The result is a cleaner face with less acne and breakouts.

Why don’t you give double-cleansing a try? If it’s not your thing, simply do the rest of your routine after the oil cleansing method.

Benefits of Using Cleansing Oils


Why use this product in the first place? We got a couple of reasons:

1. Battle Skin Impurities for All Skin Types — Even Oily Skin!

All skin categories – dry skin, combination skin, and oily skin – can benefit from using an oil cleanser.

A note of caution, though: some oils are comedogenic (they clog pores) and may lead to more acne-prone skin!

You want to remove dirt and excess sebum, not add more to your pores, especially if you have acne-prone skin. 

It’s best if you do the following precautions before using cleansing oils:

  • Do a patch test to see if you’ll have an allergic reaction
  • Double-cleanse – or triple-cleanse before you rinse the oils off!
  • Go for a high-quality oil cleanser that can be gentle on sensitive skin
  • Look into oils that also function as makeup removers
  • Make sure that the oil you choose is non-comedogenic

2. Stay Make-Up Free After a Long Day

Makeup can be one of the worst things that can block your pores! If you don’t remove makeup, you’ll end up clogging your pores with more dirt and sebum.

It’s crucial to wash your face if wearing makeup is a thing you do regularly. You can supplement oils with other cleansers that froth and lather.

To Sum It Up...

To Sum It Up

Cleansing oils are beneficial. Just remember to exercise proper judgment when using certain formulas on your skin when you wash your face. 

They’re best paired with a water-based cleanser right after. This ensures that all dirt is gone from your face so that you’ll have your skin feeling soft and clean.

We hope this guide has helped you out and that you’re not more confident about using your oil cleansing oil on your own. 

Happy cleansing! 


September 6, 2021 – Updated article formatting and content

July 19, 2021 – Reviewed and updated article links

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.