If you’ve read my previous posts such as this one you’ll know that I am a BIG fan of oil (or balm) cleansers. I think the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is pretty much the best way to cleanse your face thoroughly without stripping your skin.
I know that it might seem like contradictory to wash your face with oils but it’s one of the most natural and ancient ways of cleansing. Oil breaks down makeup and grime in a much less harsh way than soap or other types of cleansers. Oil cleansers can actually help rebalance dehydrated skins. Oils are also great for unblocking clogged pores and nourishing the skin. Another benefit of using oils, especially ones from brands like Aster & Bay is that they don’t have preservatives or additives so irritation is greatly reduced.
I’m slowly working through the products Aster & Bay have to offer (you can read about their Dandelion Grains here). I’ve been meaning to try their cleansing oil for absolutely ages and I finally purchased a small travel-sized bottle, which is the perfect size to give the cleansing oil a try (or if, you know, you are actually travelling). I really wish I had purchased this earlier, it is gorgeous. The cleansing oil feels decadent and smells gently of grapefruit, lemon and mandarin (all of these essential oils are in it).
You only need a small amount of oil to completely cleanse your face, and that’s including eye makeup. To remove is super easy. All you do is use a hot face cloth (but not so hot it burns you!) to remove the oils. I like to press the face cloth all over my face initially, then wipe, rinse and then remove what’s left. There’s absolutely no oily residue left over. My skin feels really soft, deeply cleansed and nourished after use. One of the things I was concerned about was spots but I’ve not got any. Nor have I experienced any irritation or any negative effects from the Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil. In fact, it’s probably my favourite cleanser I’ve used to date.
Even if the Aster & Bay cleansing oil doesn’t take your fancy (but why wouldn’t it??) there’s a whole range of gorgeous products to try ( I really fancy these bath salts <3). Their ethos is based on minimalism and using the best natural ingredients. And I like that very much.
Have you tried anything from Aster & Bay?
Are you an oil cleansing method convert like me?