The Oil-Cleansing Method
Have you heard of the oil-cleansing method before? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did because this will change your skincare routine! I’ve been a big fan of the OCM since 2011 when I threw out my store-bought skin cleanser and decided to never go back.
How Oil Cleanses Skin
I know it may seem strange to wash your face with oil because most of us have been taught that “oil-free” make-up and cleansers is the way to go. Here’s the problem though: when our skin is stripped of its natural oils, it produces more oil to compensate. For those with oily skin, this means more breakouts, blackheads, and aggravated skin. For those with dry skin or sensitive skin, it means the skin is going to get even drier and irritated.
Instead, the oil-cleansing method uses oil to naturally dissolve the dirty oils on our skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals. Genius, right?
Here’s why I love it
- The OCM is incredibly simple and affordable. The cost might vary a bit depending on the types and ratio of oils you use, but my oil mixture costs about 40 cents an ounce. When you compare that to most organic facial cleansers that cost over a dollar per ounce, you will definitely save some money over the long run.
- I’ve never found a cleanser that works better for my dry, sensitive skin. Over the past five years, I’ve been able to reduce my reliance on moisturizers because my skin isn’t dry or flaky like it used to be.
- It’s the best make-up remover I’ve ever found. It removes mascara, eyeliner, foundation, everything — all in one step! (If that’s not enough to make you jump for joy, then I just don’t know what is!)
Best Oils to Use
The key to the oil-cleansing method is castor oil which comes from the castor bean. Castor oil is a great antibacterial and is the best for cleaning skin.
Other oils to use include:
- olive oil (perfect for all skin types)
- jojoba (perfect for all skin types)
- avocado (best for drier skin)
- almond oil (best for oily skin)
Depending on your skin-type, you will want to use a different ratio of castor oil to other oils.
Some general guidelines are:
- Dry Skin: 1 part castor oil to 3 parts hydrating oil (e.g. olive oil, jojoba or avocado)
- Normal Skin: 1 part castor oil to 1 part other oil (e.g. olive oil or jojoba)
- Oily Skin: 2 parts castor oil to 1 part other oil (e.g. olive oil, jojoba, or almond oil)
My recommendation is to experiment using the general guidelines above and see what works best for you. I know some folks have had issues with olive oil or a particular oil causing breakouts/irritation so don’t be afraid to try a different oil or ratio if the first one you try doesn’t work for you.
I have dry skin and have had great results with using a mix of 1 part castor oil and 2 parts olive oil. I usually store this in a clean glass jar or amber bottle (the dropper makes it easy to put on the skin) in my bathroom. Tip: I would definitely recommend keeping oil for cooking and oil for skincare separate.
How to Wash Your Face with Oil
Once you’ve made your oil mixture, rub a small amount onto DRY skin (as it won’t mix well with water), adding more as needed, and massage it around your face for about a minute.
Remember: there’s no need to wash or remove make-up before applying the oil. (If you wear makeup, rubbing the oil onto your skin might make a gooey mess, but it gets better in the next step.) If you wear mascara and eye makeup, rub a small amount onto your lids gently to remove any makeup, just as you would use a makeup remover.
The next step is to steam the skin to help remove impurities from your pores. Grab a clean wash cloth and run it under warm/hot water. Wring it out and place it over your face for about a minute. Then use the washcloth to wipe away any oil that’s left. And that’s it!
You only need to do the oil-cleansing method once a day (preferably at night before bed) and then you can splash your face with water in the morning. It’s so simple!
Have you tried the oil-cleansing method before? What oils work best for your skin? Leave your tips in the comments below!