The Oil-Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method

I am always looking for ways to eliminate toxic, unnecessary chemicals from my life and using natural beauty products is one of the easiest ways to do this. I’m super excited to share the oil cleansing method with you because I am convinced it’s going to change your life the way it has changed mine. And, it will also save you a ton of money and give you better looking skin in the process!

If you haven’t heard of the oil-cleansing method before, it’s definitely time you did.  The oil-cleansing method involves washing your face with, well, you guessed it: oil.  Most facial cleansers brag about being “oil-free” and the beauty industry has certainly taught us 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.

Here’s a basic chemistry lesson: like dissolves like.  Hence, oil dissolves oil. The oil-cleansing method is using oil to naturally dissolve the dirty oils on our skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals. Genius, right?  Not only is it super simple, affordable, and better for your skin, but here is my favorite part: the oil-cleansing method is 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.

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.  Depending on your skin-type, you will want to use a different ratio of castor oil to other oils.  Other oils to use include olive (which is perfect for all skin types), jojoba (all skin types), avocado (best for drier skin), and almond oil (best for oily skin). Experiment and see what works best for you.

I have dry skin and have had great results with using a mix of castor oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. I usually mix 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil, 1 cup avocado oil, and 1 cup castor oil in a glass jar and keep this in my bathroom for easy access. (I would definitely recommend keeping oil for cooking and oil for skincare separate.)

The Oil Cleansing Method

I recommend mixing a small batch and then you can adjust your oil ratio as needed.  Once you discover what works best for your skin type, then you can make a larger batch. I’ve been using this for over a year now and I’ve noticed that it’s made my dry skin significantly less dry and I’ve gone from using lotion several times a day to simply once in the morning. This is a huge change for me!

Here’s how it works…


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?

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