I adore the oil cleansing method. I have for years. It's the best method I have found to remove all of my makeup completely without irritating my face with repeated washings and harsh detergents. The first Oil Cleanser I ever used was from DHC. You know the brand. They are famous for their olive oil cleanser. They had that awesome catalogue with samples attached to it (I'm not sure they still do that) and they were generous with samples and had pretty cool skin care options at not so outrageous prices. Yeah. Now you remember. Well the good people at DHC sent me two items to test out. They sent their Pore Cleansing Oil and their Pore Face Wash. These two together make a mighty weapon for the "war on gunk in the pores". (It's a real war, look it up) I have been using these two products for about a month now and I can tell you I already see a significant difference in the size of my pores.
Let me explain something. Pore size cannot actually shrink. Your pores are the size they are and that's all there is to it. It's genetic. BUT if you have clogged pores, they can look larger than they actually are. The debris that is inside your pores stretches them out and makes them look bigger. By GENTLY and systematically unclogging those pores through a variety of methods, one of them being proper cleansing, you can make them "snap back" to their intended size because there is less debris in them to make them look full. So when I say I have a significant reduction in the size of my pores, I'm not saying they have shrunk, I'm saying thy are back to their normal size because all the "gunk" that was inside them, making them appear larger, is now gone. Are we square?
OK. Let's start with the Star of this duo, the Pore Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanser retails for $31 and comes in a hefty 5 fl oz. pump bottle. All I needed was one and a half to two pumps of this cleansing oil to completely remove all traces of my long wear makeup from my face. It also did a number on removing my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I applied this to my dry face and massaged the oil into my skin, paying extra attention to my eyes as they had the harder to remove mascara. Then I rinsed my hands off, that's where you see the magic start to happen, the water mixed with the oil starts to emulsify the oil and it turns this milky white color. You see the oil disappear and with it the makeup on your skin. I then take a little water in my hands and gently massage it into the oil on my face. An immediate breakdown of the oil occurs and the milky white emulsification begins. I then rinse the emulsified oil off of my face and pat dry. At the point, if I'm feeling lazy I can put a little toner on my skin, moisturize and be ready for bed…if I want. All my makeup is gone. I have no oily reside on my skin and even the cotton pad with the toner comes off relatively makeup free (save for the spots around my hairline and jaw line I might have missed with the original cleansing). So what is the secret to this oil? Well this grapefruit scented cleansing oil has nine emollient and antioxidant botanical oils to loosen pore-clogging dirt, cosmetics and excess sebum, and deep clean your pores all at the same time! It includes coconut, argan, evening primrose, olive, grape seed, jojoba, avocado, sesame and rice bran oils. Sounds delicious! (Just kidding, don't eat this stuff!)
Now the Pore Face Wash. This second weapon in the arsenal of the "war on gunk in the pores" is a foaming cleanser. It retails for $25 and comes in an absolutely enormous 4.2 oz. Net wt. tube. You will understand why I think this is so large in just a moment. I know some of you blanch at the though of using a foaming cleanser on your skin. And to be honest, those with very dry skin might want to avoid this, but for the rest of us, this sulfate free cleanser does not leave your skin feeling parched or stripped. There are two gentle exfoliants in this cleanser; baking soda and pear juice alpha hydroxyl acids. These two working together help to gently refine your skin while you cleanse, but they are not as abrasive as other exfoliators like almond shells and the like. This also has a nice grapefruit scent, but what I love, love loved about this cleanser is that you need only a pea size amount to get enough foam for your entire face.
Pea size amount:
With a 4.2 oz tube of this cleanser I think it will last me almost a year to maybe 8 months with daily use. That's an incredible buy for only $25! As you can see in the ingredients (at the end of this post) the Pore Face Wash has all sorts of yummy citrus extracts, and oils to keep you skin feeling soft, yet clean. (Again, do not eat this). The ONLY thing I do not like abut this cleanser is that while it rinses well, I feel like I have a slight film on my face afterwards. It's hard to describe, but it's like my fingers don't slide over my skin as much as they drag, hop, drag across my skin once this cleanser is rinsed off. If it rinsed a little cleaner this would be superawesomefantastic. But for now it's just superawesome.
Do you NEED this? YES for the Pore Cleansing Oil and Maybe for the Pore Face Wash. I have noticed some significant "shrinkage" of the pores on my cheeks after using this combo for one month. I imagine that with continued use I will see more improvement. That alone sells me on it. I am not a fan of the light film left on my face after rinsing off the Pore Face wash, but it's nothing that has broken me out or irritated my skin. If you don't mind that slight feeling I say yes to it, but some people get really annoyed by that, so that's why it's a "maybe". Both products certainly cost less than other cleansing oils and face washes I have used in the past. Even though I'm done with this review, I am still using this as my primary method of cleansing every night. That's how much I like it.
What say you? Do you use the oil cleansing method? What about foaming cleansers, Yay or Nay?
Ingredients for the Pore Cleaning Oil:
ethylhexyl palmitate, glycerin, polyglyceryl-5 dioleate, triethylhexanoin, water/aqua/eau, polyglyceryl-6 caprylate, isostearyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, isopropyl lauroyl sacronsinate, phenoxyethanol, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, citrus reticulate (tangerine) peel extract, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, butyl avocadate, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, tocopherol, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, butylene glycol, punica granatum extract, 10-hydroxydecanoic acid, sebacic acid, 1,10-decanediol, ascorbyl palmitate, propyl gallate
Ingrediens for the Pore Face Wash:
water/aqua/eau, glycerin, palmitic acid, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, myristic acid, stearic acid, glycosyl trehalose, glyceryl glucoside, sodium bicarbonate, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, isopropyl lauroyl sacrosinate, pentasodium pentetate, butylene glycol, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel extract, citrus medica limoneum (lemon) peel extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, lactobacillus/pear juice ferment filtrate, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, punica granatum extract, laminaria digitata (horsetail kelp) extract, plantago major seed extract