An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Cleansing Your Face With Oil


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cleansing Your Face With Oil

It sounds counter-intuitive, right? "Wash" your oily/acne prone face for clearer skin? Isn't that stuff reserved for dry skin types only? 

Nope! Here's why: When you use harsh detergents, you strip your skin of it's natural oils. Your skin then gets "thirsty" and throws it's oil production into over-drive. That, in turn, makes your skin more oily, which you wash away with more harsh detergents that make your skin product more oil... And on and on.

I started washing my face with oil when I was pregnant with Henry. I was using a bunch of harsh chemicals to treat my combination skin and knew I had to stop when I found out I was expecting. I started slowly, and with each piece of skincare I transitioned out of my routine, I saw my skin get clearer and brighter.

Now, I'm 100% an all natural product and oil user to clean my face. It's a tough transition - the products don't lather and there are no "tingly" sensations to tell you "it's working" (or, that it's stripping your face of everything good...) but I assure you, it's worth it! Here's how it works:

Step one: Wash your face with Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. This product won't lather; you just rub it into your wet skin and wash away. I like this product because it's taken oils and "gelled" them, so it's easier to use in the shower.

Step two: Tone your face with Burt's Bees Witch Hazel Toner.

Step three: Moisturize your whole face with a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizer. I use Clinique as I've been using that since I was a teenager and it has absolutely no scent. I hate scents on my face! Feel free to omit this for a natural-based product; I'm sticking with it since it's worked for me for years.

Step four: Apply Burt's Bees Blemish Stick on your trouble spots. This is actually tea tree oil, which is a natural anti-bacterial. It will kill off any bacteria (where breakouts originate!) on your face without being too harsh!

Step four: Apply 2 or so drops of Frankensice Essential oil all over your face. This helps to keep your skin clear and calms any current redness you may have. It also helps to give you an overall healthy glow!

It takes time getting used to washing your face with oils. At first, I thought my skin just felt greasy and gross. But then, my skin stopped breaking out! Now, it's just super soft. It also helps to super-hydrate your skin - I have no wrinkles or crows feet, and I'm well over 30 years old!


  1. I use maracuja oil and I absolutely love the results. More people should learn about this method!

  2. i made the switch to all natural skin products years ago and my skin has never been better! my fav face oil is argan oil :)

  3. I love using coconut oil as a moisturizer at night. If I have a breakout, I put a few drops of tea tree oil in it, and it's usually gone by the next day!

  4. oooooh,yes, I love using natural products on my face. I tone my face with witch hazel and I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and makeup remover. I also exfoliate my face with brown sugar and coconut oil...I have tried sugar, lemon, and olive oil and although it smelled good and felt good on my , it hardens so fast...even with a lid on it.

  5. Yeah!!!! Thank you so much for this post!!! Saving, bookmarking, pinning, tweeting out to the world because so helpful! I need to get those burt bees products pronto especially the tea tree spot treatment!

  6. I'd definitely like to get into more natural beauty products and face wash is the best place to start!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. I've heard of cleaning your face with oil, but never really knew what it was all about. Your routine sounds like it would be soooo good for my skin. I love that Clinique lotion. I really need to spend the money on another bottle.

  8. i have been wanting to switch to all natural products after talking to Kathy about it. I used to have really bad skin, no matter what products i used, I was always breaking out. so I stopped and just started using soap - I know that's bad as well, but my skin was like oh thank god the crazy chemical products are gone lol. but i'd love to start using all natural products. thanks girl!

  9. Woohoo! Love this of course! You know I'm all about the natural products. Frank is my FAVORITE for skin. It's amazing. I honestly haven't tried any Burt's Bees products except the chapstick, but I may check it out. My face has been a hot mess lately and I need something.

  10. Wonderful post just hope I'm not too late at 57! It does sound weird using oil but this post has been very informative. Thank you for linking up with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

  11. Thank you for sharing this. Saw you at #WednesdaysWisdom. I've been hearing a lot about washing your face with oil. I've got to try this. And coconut oil for moisturizer. I have Pond's right now and can't stand the smell. Thanks again!

  12. Thanks for sharing. I never use anything for my face. I've been quite lucky.