Until recently, I had been using conventional products on my skin. I had gotten used to the feeling of tight and dry skin due to not really paying enough attention to my skincare routine. I’m someone who has struggled with acne and spot prone skin since an age as young as 11, and only when using doctor prescribed lotions and tablets did my skin actually clear up. As I am no longer a teenager I realised that taking proper care of my skin is really important. So now begins my journey towards being more intentional when purchasing products.
I came across the Oil Cleansing Method one evening whilst binge watching natural skincare videos on Youtube and instantly found myself on Amazon searching through all of the cold-pressed and organic oil options. But at this point I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for or what to choose so I started to research and research.
SO WHAT IS OIL CLEANSING?
To give this post some understandable context I’m going to start by talking about what oil cleansing actually is. So oil cleansing is a facial skin cleansing method using oils. It sounds scary at first, especially if you’re someone who suffers with oily skin, because it seems bizarre to be adding extra oils. But according to theoilcleansingmethod.com, “the basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores.” It is the basic science concept that oil dissolves oil especially if the oil is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, anti-inflammatory properties.
SO HOW CAN WE CLEANSE WITH OIL?
The Oil Cleansing Method is simple. All you will need is two types of organics and cold-pressed oils, a face cloth, and some hot water.
- First you will need to choose the oils and mix them together (see oil cleansing ingredients & options below) either in a separate bottle or within your hand.
- Then whilst standing in the shower or by the sink you just massage the oil onto your dry face in circular movements to dissolve any dirt that is on the skin. This can also be done whilst still wearing make-up as it dissolves the make-up too and is very good as removing any mascara and eye make-up.
- Once your face has been massaged and your face is all oiled up it’s time to use the cloth. Run the cloth under water that is as hot as you can stand it and place the cloth over your face. Leave the cloth there for around a minute and let the steam sink into your pores and melt away the dirt. This is like a mini facial at home.
- After your face is steamed, use the cloth to gentle scrub away all the oil and dirt that is still on your face. What I like to do if I’m wearing make-up is run the cloth under hot water again and re-steam whilst my face is clean. I do this to make sure that all the make-up has gone. By using oils the skin will feel moisturised after cleansing as oils don’t strip the skin.
OIL CLEANSING INGREDIENTS & OPTIONS:
For this method you will need two oils, a base oil and once that you think will be beneficial for your skin type. There are many oils that you can choose for this method that all have different benefits but one that is recommended for the base is Castor Oil. Castor Oil really helps grab the dirt and clean it away but it can be slightly drying so if you have naturally dry skin, you can use a ratio that has less, and for oily skin, feel free to use more. It is also important to note that the Castor Oil needs to be hexane free.
Castor Oil – Commonly used as the base oil as it is very good at cleaning away dirt and debris.
Other Oil Options Include:
Avocado Oil – Good for dry skin and is also high in vitamin-E. It also helps prevent inflammation and itchiness.
Olive Oil – Also good for dry skin as olive oil is very moisturising and can also be used on normal and mature skin.
Sweet Almond Oil – Another moisturising oil good for dry skin, normal, mature and also acne prone skin.
Grapeseed Oil – Can be used on sensitive skin, oily skin and is good for acne prone skin types.
Linoleic Sunflower Oil – Good for sensitive, dry, and acne prone skin types.
Primrose Oil – Anti-aging properties.
Jojoba Oil – This is the oil that is the closest to our skins naturally produced oils and is good for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin.
Rose Hip Oil – Another oil that has anti-ageing properties and is great when diluted into the oil cleansing mixture.
Argon Oil – Very moisturising and is great for dry skin types.
Shea Oil – Again, another moisturising oil for dry skin.
To make the oil cleansing mixture, you should first pick a base oil which as mentioned above is usually castor oil so that’s what I’m going to recommend. After that, choose another oil that you feel will suit or skin type. Be aware that this method is experimental and not every oil that you will try will work, it’s a matter of trial and error. My skin type is combination so can get quite tight and dehydrated but also oily around my t-zone. I also have acne prone skin. The oils that I chose are Castor oil, Jojoba oil, and Rose hip oil and the measurements I am using are:
Castor Oil: 30%
Jojoba Oil: 55%
Rose Hip Oil: 15%
For more information on oil combinations, visit the oil cleansing method website by clicking here. This website really helped me when learning about OCM and is more in depth with the knowledge and information.
BENEFITS OF OIL CLEANSING:
Oil cleansing is allegedly the most beneficial way to cleanse the skin naturally. It can be altered to preference with different oils depending on the skin type and is also a very affordable way of cleansing. Acne.org about the benefits of Oil Cleansing:
Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturised.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
It is said to expect your skin to get worse before it gets better especially if you are coming to this method with acne or acne prone skin. Also be willing to experiment with different oils before finding what suits your skin. I am very new to this method and personally the benefits I am seeing so far is my skin being much less tight after cleansing. Unfortunately I am noticing more spots appearing on my skin but this could currently be due to a number of things.