Much like salt and baking soda, olive oil and other botanical oils aren't only useful for dining. You can use certain oils to cleanse your face instead of using harsh soaps or cleansers that strip your skin. The oil cleansing method uses the natural properties of oils to clear your skin of impurities. According to dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad, the botanical oil will freely mix with the natural oils of your skin as well as "those from makeup and other products. When you rinse it all off, the 'good oil' takes those 'bad oils' and dirt along with it." Popular oils used in this method include olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and a variety of others. You may want to avoid using coconut oil, however. According to Dr. Josie Tenore, "For some people, coconut oil can be an effective moisturizer that absorbs fairly well into the skin, providing light to moderate hydration and softening in one quick, inexpensive step. But coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means it can cause clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads." Naturally, the type of oil you use for cleansing will depend on your individual skin issues and sensitivities, so be sure to do some research first on the benefits and drawbacks of various botanicals before you start using the oil cleansing method.