Hydrophilic oil: what is it and how to use it?

A very important step in the skin care process is its proper cleansing. There are many different cosmetic products for this: milk, tonic, lotion, micellar and thermal water, as well as hydrophilic oil, which is gaining more and more popularity in the category of cleansers.

What is hydrophilic oil?

The history of the emergence of such a product as hydrophilic oil has Asian roots. Back in 1967, the Japanese cosmetics company Shu Uemura introduced a miracle remedy for gentle and thorough cleansing of the skin from various impurities, without disturbing its water balance. A little later, European companies began to develop and produce it.

Hydrophilic oil is nothing more than a mixture of various oils with the addition of an emulsifier (polysorbate), which, when combined with water, turns into a delicate cream. It is the addition of an emulsifier to the composition of the product that promotes the process of dissolving oils in water, as a result of which the product is able to deeply cleanse the pores, as well as moisturize and nourish the skin with all the necessary components.

It should be noted that hydrophilic oil is a completely natural product that does not contain complex chemical compounds and is therefore suitable for absolutely any type of skin and is hypoallergenic. Manufacturers of this product often recommend using it for dry and sensitive skin, but as the practice of using hydrophilic oil has shown, it is great for oily and combination skin.

Hydrophilic oil is an all-in-one product that is first and foremost the best makeup remover product.

Pros and cons of hydrophilic oil

Hydrophilic oil has already established itself as the best and universal remedy for cleansing the skin of impurities and makeup, thanks to its following characteristics:

  • Thoroughly removes make-up from eyes and lips;
  • It is hypoallergenic, therefore suitable for owners of sensitive skin;
  • A natural product that does not contain any harmful substances and complex chemical components;
  • Perfectly nourishes and moisturizes;
  • It is a universal product that can replace other cosmetics: for intimate hygiene, shower gel, baby skin care products;
  • Can be used as a hair wash, as it perfectly cleanses the scalp from impurities, and also nourishes and moisturizes the hair itself;
  • Prevents the appearance of small mimic wrinkles, and also fights against minor recurrent changes;
  • Economical to use. To cleanse the skin of the face, you will have to use only 3-4 drops;
  • Tightens pores and eliminates blackheads;
  • Thanks to various useful components, it stimulates the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows.

A lot can be said about the positive qualities, with regards to the presented product. But, it has one drawback – the price.

By stingy and purchasing a low-cost hydrophilic oil, you can run into a fake that does not live up to expectations. Cheap products may include substances harmful to the skin and poorly cleanse the dermis from impurities.

Rules for the use of hydrophilic oil and its effect on the skin

The method of using hydrophilic oil is quite simple. First you need to apply 3-4 drops of the product on a dry face and make a light manual massage of problem areas of the skin of the face. Particular attention should be paid to areas of the face where there are black dots or enlarged pores. After that, after a few minutes, you should moisten your palms with water and continue the facial massage procedure. From the moment the oil comes into contact with water, the process of its transformation into a gentle milk begins, which must be washed off.

After cleansing with hydrophilic oil, it is recommended to use an additional cleanser to carefully remove the existing oil film from the face. When purchasing this product, always pay attention to whether the manufacturer comes with a special cleansing foam from the same series. If yes, then its use is mandatory.

High-quality cleansing of contaminated pores with hydrophilic oil is determined by its oily consistency and the presence of vegetable oils in the composition. From the moment of application, the product penetrates into the depth of the clogged pore and its components begin to push subcutaneous fat, dust and other impurities out.

As soon as the oil comes into contact with water, as a result of which it turns into an emulsion, it begins to absorb all the sebum impurities that have been removed from the pores.

It is very important to follow the main rule when washing with hydrophilic oil: apply it on a dry face and dry hands! If you initially combine the product with even the slightest amount of water, you will not achieve 100% of the effect of washing and the promised result.

Hydrophilic oil is a mixture of oils with an emulsifier. Each company involved in its production includes certain base essential oils, on which the effect of the product on the skin depends. Therefore, in order to choose the right product for washing, you need to know which base is more useful for your skin type:

  • Normal type. Owners of normal facial skin are lucky, they can use any hydrophilic oil with any base essential oils. But still, for preventive purposes and for proper care, products based on such oils are recommended: almond, apricot kernel, grape seed, coconut.
  • Bold type. The following essential oils are best at fighting oily sheen on the face: grape seed, St. John’s wort, jojoba and rosehip.
  • Dry skin. Moisturizes, nourishes, eliminates the peeling of dehydrated skin with avocado, shea (shea) and peach butter.
  • Combined type. For combination skin oils are best suited: grape seed, hazelnut, jojoba, and almond.
  • mature type. Small wrinkles and other age-related skin changes can eliminate oils: avocado, cocoa and wheat germ.

Hydrophilic oil at home

The presented product for the care and gentle cleansing of the skin is not cheap. And this is not surprising, if you pay attention to its composition. But, as you already understood, the composition of hydrophilic oil is not complicated and you can try to make it yourself.

For this we need:

  1. Polysorbate tween-80 and tween-20;
  2. The basis of the product is oil or a mixture of several;
  3. Mandatory component – essential oils (1-10 drops);
  4. Vitamins A and E (optional, add 1-2 ml).

The ratio of emulsifier to oil base is approximately 1:9. Polysorbate tween-80 is used to combine plant components in the product (conventional oils), and to bind essential oils, it is necessary to…

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