Many people rave about the Oil Cleansing Method. They say it makes their skin look radiant and blemish free. But what is it exactly? And how does it work?
What is the oil cleansing method (OCM)?
The Oil Cleansing method cleans skin using natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil etc. They differ from commercial cleansing oils as these are combined with chemicals to make them emulsify with water and rinse away.
The principle behind the OCM is simple: oil breaks down oil and the steam will open pores so that oil, dirt and other impurities can be removed more easily.
This method is not difficult to follow. All you need is a washcloth, some warm water and the right oils for your skin types. This is very important because if you use oils that aren’t suitable for your skin, you may not see the desired effects. So, if this method didn’t work for you the first time, just experiment with oils until you find a combination that’s suitable for your skin type.
How to clean your skin using the OCM
1. Pour Olive Oil (about 8-10 drops) on the palm of your hand and Castor Oil in the other and rub them together. Castor Oil is a really good cleansing agent and has anti-inflammatory and healing properties but can be too dry for certain skin types. Olive Oil dilutes the consistency of Castor Oil and has antioxidant and moisturizing properties. You can use different natural oils if you prefer. Some people use only one oil.
2. Massage the mixture on your dry face for a few minutes to remove makeup and other impurities. These oils take longer than commercial oils to work, so take your time.
3. Get a facial washcloth and wet it with warm (not boiling!) water and place it on your face. The heat will soften the oils and remove them from your skin, leaving it feeling soft.
4. Once cooled, wipe your face with the washcloth. Repeat twice.
5. Tone and moisturize, as usual.
This method works well for me. When I use it, my skin looks glowy, soft and I have fewer blackheads. However, I prefer to use commercial cleansing oils as they are more convenient, for me at least. The OCM takes longer and I don’t always have the time to do it everyday.
In addition, I don’t like using a washcloth. If wet, it can harbour bacteria and although I always wash and let it air dry, I’m just not very comfortable with the idea of using it daily.
What do you think of the Oil Cleansing Method? Are you using it or planning to? Is your experience positive or didn’t it wok for you?