Ultimate Oil Cleansing Guide

Ultimate Oil Cleansing Guide Rare BeautyWe’ve created the Ultimate Guide to Oil Cleansing with the help of our trusted resident skincare reviewers:

1. Why Plant-Based Oil Cleansing?

2. Step by Step Guide to the Oil Cleansing Method

3. Three Top Cleansing Tips

4. What Oils to use for your Skin Type

5. Resident Recommended Oil Cleansers


  1. Why Plant-Based Oil cleansing?

With the right blend of oils, the oil cleansing method removes all traces of make-up, daily dirt AND balances the skin’s oil production. Contrary to popular belief, oil cleansing helps to regulate and re-balance skin which in turn controls breakouts, dry patches and uneven skin tone.

“Since becoming a Rare Beauty Resident I’ve been doing a full face cleanse with oil and I find it gives my dry skin an amazing boost and I don’t need to put on a night oil afterwards. A definite convert here!” Helen, Rare Beauty Resident

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Oil cleansing sounds scary, but “like attracts like,” so oil is actually perfect for removing dirt, grime, pollution, makeup, and sunscreen. It binds to all of these clogging substances and more, so it’s very easy to remove.

“I have a history of cystic acne and it took a while to get my head around sticking oil onto oily skin but it works so well and makes my skin feel lovely and soft afterwards.” Lizzie, Rare Beauty Resident

How does it do it? High quality plant-based oils are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and moisturising properties. These oils complement the skin’s natural environment, rather than stripping. Some face wash cleansers with SLS in them have a tendency to do this. Remember that squeaky clean feeling after using? This is not good! When skin is stripped of it’s natural oils, it can go into ‘overdrive’ leading to the production of more and more oil. This can lead to breakouts, dry patches, dull skin tone and difficulties with keeping make-up lasting all day.

“I’m not a fan of that squeaky tight feeling you get after using some cleansers. I get a more thorough and deeper cleanse with an oil. I just love how silky my skin feels afterwards.” Karen, Rare Beauty Resident

Plant Based Oil Cleansing Guide Rare Beauty

  1. A Step By Step Guide to the Oil Cleansing Method

The good news is that the oil cleansing method is super-simple and can become a lovely self-care evening ritual. You will need: a 100% natural oil cleanser; a clean facial cloth (a muslin, flannel or any soft cotton cloth will do); warm running water.

“Dry hands and skin to apply, hot cloth to remove and plenty of massage will have skin glowing” Lynda, Rare Beauty Resident and Green Beauty blogger extraordinaire

Step By Step Oil Cleansing Method Rare Beauty

Step 1: Wash and dry your hands. Take 10p amount of cleansing oil and massage into the face on dry skin. Take time to work the oil into your pores and around the eye area (it will remove all make up effectively even waterproof mascara!).

Step 2: Leave the oil to work it’s magic whilst warming your chosen facial cloth under water. Ensure the water is comfortably warm rather than cold (but not boiling hot, we do not want any scalds!)

Step 3: Hold the warm facial cloth over your face, allowing the steam from the water to open your pores and deeply penetrate the skin. Inhale deeply and r-e-l-a-x.

Step 4: Start to sweep the facial cloth around your face to remove all traces of the oil. Go gently around the eye area taking care to remove eye make-up. Rinse the cloth with more water as required and repeat until the skin feels soft but deeply cleansed.

Step 5: Consider doing a second cleanse if you are wearing heavy make-up (see our Top Tips below).

We advise you to try an Oil Cleansing ritual every night before bed for at least two weeks to see a noticeable difference. Results include: a smoother, more radiant and even skin tone, less breakouts and reduction of dry patches or redness. Skin is re-balanced and will take make-up better.

Guide to Oil Cleansing Rare Beauty

  1. Three Top Cleansing Tips

Our Residents share their top three cleansing tips to create the perfect cleansing ritual.

Tip 1: Get to know Your Skin

“I’m not a beauty therapist but I like to prescribe my skincare depending on how my combination skin feels that day. e.g. If I have a breakout coming I would follow with a specific treatment or if it felt dehydrated I would choose something more gentle.” Chantal, Rare Beauty Resident

Tip 2: Consider Double Cleansing

“I will occasionally do a double-oil cleanse, it depends on what condition my skin’s in at the time because of wherever I am during my cycle. If I’m having hormonal breakouts I might follow with a lighter second cleanse such as the Oilixia Gummy Cleanser” Lizzie, Rare Beauty Resident

“I double cleanse. First cleanse with oil (or my new fave the Happi Body Cleansing Melt) and 2nd cleanse with whatever my skin needs at the time.” Chantal, Rare Beauty Resident

“I have very dry skin and I tend to double oil cleanse when I wear foundation or heavy make-up. Otherwise a quick oil cleanse is all that my skin needs on a nightly basis to keep it balanced and glowing” Corinne, Founder of Rare Beauty

Create your own cleansing ritual for glowing skin!

Tip 3: Multi Task when Cleansing

“I cleanse using the double sided muslin that comes with the Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Cloth, using the soft brushed cotton side for my more delicate eye area and the slightlt rougher side on my face so it doubles as a bit of an exfoliation ritual” Helen, Rare Beauty Resident

“I mask once a week and tend to mix my cleansing oil with a clay mask such as the Soothe Face Mask to give a really nourishing treatment to my skin.” Corinne, Founder of Rare Beauty

  1. What Oils to use for your Skin Type

We’ve put together a handy guide to some common plant-based oils found in Oil Cleansers and why they may suit your skin type.

Plant Based Oils Rare Beauty

Oil Skin Benefits Comedogenic* Rating Best for…
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) Readily absorbed by the top layer of skin. Helps to balance sebum production. Excellent moisturiser.  


All skin types, including very sensitive or acne prone skin.
Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil) Natural source of vitamin E. Maintains a healthy skin barrier function. Anti-oxidant and anti inflammatory.  



Very sensitive and allergy prone skin types. Acne prone skin types.
Apricot Oil (Prunus Armeniacia Kernel Oil) Contains high fatty acids vitamin A & E. A lightweight, dry oil which is easily absorbed.  


All skin types including mature skin.
Camellia Oil (Camellia Oleifera oil) Protects, nourishes and moisturises. Emulsifies (mixes) well with other oils. 1


All skin types.
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed oil) High levels of ricinoleic acid inhibits growth of bacteria that causes acne. 1 Combination or acne prone skin.

*Comedogenic Rating – this helps us to understand whether these oils will work with certain skin types by showing us how heavy or possibly pore blocking they are. Rated from 0 – very light to 5 – very heavy.

  1. Resident Recommended Cleansers

Our Residents share their favourite Oil and Second Cleansers from the Rare Beauty Cleansing collection.


Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Cloth Vegan
Karen: “The Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Cloth Orange Blossom left my skin feeling nourished and silky.  I was particularly impressed with the organic muslin cloth that came with the cleanser; it honestly is the best one I have ever used!” (£27.00)
Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Cloth Fragrance Free Vegan
Helen: “I was amazed at how dewy and glowing my skin felt after a couple of days of using the Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Cloth (fragrance free)” (£27.00)
GoodOils cleansing Oil Terre Verdi
Lynda**: “Made with 99% organic ingredients, Terre Verdi GoodOils Cleansing Oil is a well balanced blend of just six oils mixing the thicker texture of castor oil with the lighter feel of camellia, jojoba and argan. This all gives it an elegant, silky texture that glides across the skin, making it ideal for facial massage.” (£27.00)
Soothe Cleansing Oil Mallow + White
Lynda: The award-winning Soothe Cleansing Oil by Mallow + White has been on my ‘best of’ lists in previous years. I’m a long time Oil Cleansing fan!” (£30.00)
Happi Body Co Cleansing & Hydrating Melt
Chantal: “This semi-solid cleansing melt by Happi Body Co is not strictly an oil cleanser as it turns to a milk on contact with water. But it is my current fave cleanser as my skin feels thoroughly clean, nurtured and balanced and not a sign of any breakouts that I may have expected from a product like this. The sustainability side of this product has totally blown my mind – I’m left wondering why all packaging hasn’t moved to be 100% biodegradable!” (£19.00)
Oilixia Gummy Cleanser Texture Rare Beauty
Lizzie: “I LOVE the Oilixia Australian Kakadu Plum Gummy Cleanser and often use it as a second cleanse. It’s an effective cleanser, it makes my skin look revitalised, soothes redness and evens out my skin tone. Not content with all this, and I don’t know how it does it, but it also seems to help control my oily skin.” (£24.00)

Browse our handpicked cleansers, we stock a wide range of oil based, cream cleansers and other cleansers for radiant skin. 

**Lynda’s full review of the Terre Verdi Good Oils Cleansing Oil can be found on her Wonderlusting Green Beauty & Lifestyle blog.  

What do you think about Oil Cleansing? What are your go-to plant based oils for your skin type? Please do share your oil cleansing experiences with us!


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