A few years ago I posted about Facial Oils For Your Skin Type. I’ve used facial oils to boost my skins hydration as a regular part of my skin routine. I use oils in two ways: moisturising and cleansing. The previous post focused on facial oils for moisturising. I’ve used the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil for removing heavy waterproof eye makeup for a few years now.

Back in 2020 I stumbled upon an oil deep-cleanse video from US
esthetician LA Beautyologist (Nayamka Roberts-Smith) who I follow on Twitter.

Nay’s quick tips have helped so many people up their skincare game. She was the esthetician that popularised the #60SecondRule on skincare twitter.


Gently massage your face with your fingertips, applying the lightest pressure you can. Massage for between 5 and 10 minutes, until you feel gritty under your fingertips. What you’ll feel are oil plugs and sebaceous filaments emerging from the depths of your pores.

Why does it work?

Oil attracts oil, and so the oil massaged into the pores draws the oily sebum plugs and sebaceous filaments from the pores.

Once you have massaged for 5-10 minutes and removed most of the oil plugs, wash the oil with your usual cleanser, and complete the remainder of your skin routine (cleanse, tone, moisturise etc).

Want to see it in action? Here we go.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO wash and dry hands
  • DO cleanse and dry face
  • DO use a light facial oil that is cosmetic grade
  • DO cleanse skin thoroughly afterwards
  • DON’T be harsh or rub too hard (you may break capillaries)
  • DON’T deep cleanse too often. Once a fortnight or once a month is enough. Regular oil cleanse (1 minute) a day to remove makeup is fine, but always being gentle on the skin.

Here’s what I dug up after the first time I oil cleansed… if you’re squeamish, look away.

oil cleansing results

Have you tried oil deep cleansing? It’s definitely worth it, but you do need to find the oil that best suits your skin type. Hit me up if you have any questions about finding the right oil for you. My DMs are open.

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