How to Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturise with Facial Oil

Yes, it can be done! Six months ago I wouldn’t have believed it, but I have now ditched my separate eye make-up remover, cleanser and moisturiser. And now I just use a couple of drops of natural facial oil to do the job of all three!

Cleansing the face with oil is relatively new to me, however, using oil as part of a skincare routine is an ancient practice that has been used for millennia:

  • The Ancient Egyptians used castor, sesame and olive oil in their beauty rituals
  • Massaging warm oils onto the skin is part of Ayurvedic wellbeing traditions
  • The ancient Chinese practice of ‘gua sha’ (massaging oils into the face with a stone) has recently regained popularity.

Like so many natural traditions, we sadly lost the practice of cleansing with oil when technology and big business took over. Cosmetic corporations started cleverly marketing their man-made plastic-wrapped products to us and oils were mostly forgotten about.

For many years I bought into this ideal, spending money on beautifully packaged and well-advertised beauty products that were merely a concoction of toxic chemicals. But no more! Mini rant over x

Facial oil bottles, natural

Cleansing, Exfoliating and Moisturising With Oil

Using oil as your one-stop shop for skincare is so simple and effortless. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Thoroughly wet my face with warm water
  2. Add one drop of facial oil into the palm of my hand
  3. Massage the oil into my face
  4. Pay attention to areas where I may have make-up to remove e.g. eyes. Massage slightly more in those areas
  5. Wash off with warm water and a wet, clean face cloth/flannel
  6. Splash with cold water to finish
  7. Add one more drop of facial oil to moisturise, if necessary.

And that’s it! Using oil is so easy that even my 10 and 8 year old girls, my partner and my mum now do it.

Oil is incredibly good at removing make-up, especially eye make-up. The one I use is so natural and gentle that it doesn’t hurt your eyes at all.


  • Spend time massaging the oil into your skin. Don’t rush this part or the oil won’t clean your skin properly.
  • I spend between one and two minutes massaging my face with oil each night. Always starting in the centre of the face and working outwards in a sweeping motion.
  • Facial massage gives the added benefits of diminishing wrinkles, helping with lymphatic drainage and eye bags, relieving sinus pressure, stimulating blood flow and loosening up blocked pores and spots.
  • Use a clean face cloth every night. I found some organic cotton face cloths online and bought seven of them and simply wash after each use.
  • Be gentle with the face cloth/flannel – this is the exfoliation part. It depends on the pressure you use with the face cloth as to the level of exfoliation you get.
  • Ensure your face is well rinsed with water and the wet face cloth to remove any dirt that the oil has loosened.

Choose Your Oil

I’ve found that how much I enjoy cleansing with oil has been determined by how much I love my facial oil. I have previously tried coconut oil, which was good; then Weleda’s Almond oil, which was OK; but discovering Living Libations’ Best Skin Ever was a game-changer!

Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever, facial oil

I just love this completely natural oil. It makes my skin so soft, it smells amazing and there is something magical about it. They have many variations on Best Skin Ever, and I’ve tried a couple, but I like the original Seabuckthorn Oil the best. It isn’t a cheap option like using coconut oil but it does have a very luxurious feel to it and you don’t need to use much. One or two drops go a long way.

Discover Living Libations Best Skin Ever on my natural product directory.

P.S. Don’t worry if you have oily skin, acne or spots – there is lots of research out there showing that cleansing with oil can be very beneficial in balancing skin. You just need to find the right oil and the right technique for you.

I’d love to hear what other natural oils people cleanse with and your experiences – feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks x

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