When our own Jennifer in Product Development first told her friends about her idea for a face wash made of oil, they were confused. Face wash made from oil? But…don’t we wash our faces to remove excess oil?
I wear waterproof mascara (greetings from Seattle) and have accepted that a normal skin cleansing/makeup removing regimen won’t take it all the way off, so I have a bit of mascara residue on at all times. It’s the lesser of two evils…without waterproof mascara, I’ll leave work looking good and then walk a few drizzly blocks to show up at happy hour looking like Sad Clown.
Much to my surprise, my first run with Bare Face Cleansing Oil smudged more mascara off my eyes than I’ve ever seen with my regular non-oil cleanser.
I was really pleased by this development, but I felt sure that the rinsing process would necessitate a second scrub with my normal cleansing milk. I leaned over the sink and wet my face with nice, warm water. The cleansing oil lathers up a small amount once you get it wet, so I actually washed my face for longer than I normally would simply because the cleanser felt so silky and luxurious.
Note: Warm water is essential here, as cold water will slam your pores shut and trap the oil within.
Then a rinse. And then, WOW.
The raccoon eyes were utterly, completely, absolutely gone, as well as all other makeup and a city-walking day’s worth of dirt and oil. My skin looked and felt super clean and hydrated without my regular post-wash moisturizing routine. I didn’t anticipate how nice my skin would feel post-cleanse, but a glimpse at the product fact sheet pointed to Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ — a lipid complex that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration. Truer words could not be said. I dig it.
But…oil cleanser for oily skin?
Yes! We’re too accustomed to washing our face with oil-stripping cleanser, which then makes our skin go into oil-production overdrive to compensate. Oil alone does not clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s the combination of dirt, dead skin, etc that builds up with oil, and then hardens in the pores. Soak those pore buildups in cleansing oil and you soften the pore-clogging oil. Oil softens and dissolves oil. It’s not a miracle. It’s science!
To use Bare Face:
-Put it on dry hands
-Rub it on dry face
1. There isn’t much in the way of dirt, clogging oil, and makeup that Bare Face won’t tackle.
2. Thanks to the lightly dewy moisture that remains after rinsing, this super-cleanser feels like it’s actually good for my skin. (Psst. It really is!)
3. Bare Face Cleansing Oil is unbelievably easy to use since it removes your makeup, cleans your skin, and hydrates all at once. New holy grail product for me.
Can’t wait to hear what our Mavens and muses think about Bare Face!
Thoughts on the oil cleansing method? Let’s hear it, in the comments!