So many things can cause dry skin: A change in seasons, the environment you live in, your genes, or even all of the above. While moisturizing seems like the most obvious solution for dry skin, using the right cleanser is essential. Thebest oil cleansers for dry skin remove makeup, excess sebum, and any grime from the day without breaking down your skin's moisture barrier in the process.
But let's get one thing straight — using an oil cleanser is nothing like slapping straight oil on your face. The addition of emulsifiers, which turn these cleansers milky white when they come in contact with water, allows them to give you a deep cleanse and still wash away clean. But not all oil cleansers are created equal. Super dry skin types should look for products that contain nourishing oils like olive and camellia, but avoid potentially drying oils (yes, that's a thing) such as lemon, tea tree or ginger oils.
When it comes to how to use an oil cleanser, it's a bit different from traditional water-based cleansers. Oil cleansers are applied to a dry face with dry hands. Next, massage the oil into your skin for about a minute, and when you're ready to wash off the cleanser, wet your fingers and massage your skin again until the cleanser turns a milky white. Then it can be rinsed off easily, taking everything with it.
Many people use their oil cleanser as part of a two-step process known as double cleansing. This involves following up your oil cleanser with a water-based, foaming cleanser to provide an even deeper cleanser. However, if you’re super dry, avoiding the second cleanse is likely your best option — though you could double up a couple of times of week if you feel your skin can tolerate it.
A great oil cleanser can help keep dry skin feeling moist, even right after washing. And, best of all, many formulas contain additional ingredients to brighten, gently exfoliate, and calm — so there’s something for everyone.