Way back in history, before soap, we used oils to cleanse our skin! Because oil easily penetrates into your pores and dissolves the oils there. Then, when you rinse with warm water and wipe away the cleansing oil you applied, you are also lifting away the all the dirt and grime which has accumulated there as well!
Eventually it was discovered by a clever someone, that if you add a lye solution to the oils, heat it up and stir, you can saponified the oils and VOILA .... SOAP!
The ancient method of Oil Cleansing is gaining in popularity again today as more and more people seek simple solutions to everyday needs.
The Oil Cleansing method also resonates with me personally and it fits snuggly into my love of rediscovering traditional practical approaches to achieving improved health and well being.
I recommend oil cleansing for those of us with "Adult Skin" (like mine :). I recommend you limit how often you use SOAP, or other foaming cleansers on your face as they can strip natural oils from the skin and interfere with skin sebum production (yes even my handcrafted lovely olive and hemp oil rich, superfatted liquid and bars soaps - it is just what soap does!)
I also suggest that you avoid over use of moisturizers on your face! A little known secret is that "skin creams can actually increase signs of aging due to the emulsifiers that must be used to create suspension of oil and water ingredients", according to David Pollock, a beauty-product developer turned consumer advocate and author of the book "Just Stop the Lies! Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn't Want You to Know". He explains that emulsifiers are binding agents which allow oil and water to mix in moisturizers and lotions. These leave a residue on the skin which disrupts your skin's lipid barrier, allowing water to evaporate from the skin faster. You get a fast shot of moisture that eventually fades, so you use more lotion, and your skin gets drier, and the cycle just continues.