I have naturally dry skin which has plagued me for years, so I ended up buying every moisturizer, serum, and night cream imaginable to try and repair my dry skin, but nothing seemed to work. It never dawned on me that it could very well be my face cleanser!
All those years of buying expensive creams, one after another, only to do nothing for my skin. Then I stumbled upon the oil cleansing method which I never even considered before, but after some researching, it made complete sense.
What Is Oil Cleansing?
I know, it sounds counter-intuitive to put oil on your face to clean it, I mean, don’t we clean our skin to remove oil? Well, yes, but contrary to what we’ve been told, using oil to clean our face actually does a better job than water and soap. The idea is that the oil keeps our skin from losing its natural moisture, which conventional cleansers can do. The oil cleanse leaves our skin supple, balanced, and moisturized, which is exactly what we want. It also pulls out the dirt and impurities in our skin leaving it clean and fresh. From a website committed to this method:
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. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.
Note: There is some debate on whether this works for acne prone skin and I would caution those who are prone to acne to ease into this method if you choose to try it. It is possible that your skin will react adversely to the oil cleansing method, so if it doesn’t work for you, stop immediately. I would recommend this method for oily/combination/dry skin.
How To Do The Oil Cleansing Method
All you need in order to do this method is any natural oil and a wash cloth. The most common natural oils to use are Castor Oil and Olive Oil, but you can use Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, or a blend of several. Castor oil is a natural astringent, which is why it’s the most common oil for this method, however, it can be a little too drying for those of us with dry skin so you may want to use less of it, or substitute it for a more nourishing oil.
My favorite oils to use are a combination of Almond and Jojoba oil for my dry skin, but you can experiment and find the right combo of oils for yours. The best types of oils to get are organic and cold pressed, if possible.
Oil Cleansing Mixtures
When you’re first starting this method, make small batches of oil blends until you find the perfect one for your skin. This way you won’t lose a bunch of product if the mixture isn’t right for you. Here are some recommendations for oil blends to start with:
- Oily Skin – 1 part Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil, 2 parts Olive oil or other oil.
- Combination Skin – 1 part Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil, 3 parts Olive oil or other oil.
- Dry Skin – Any nourishing oil. Avocado, Olive, Almond, or Jojoba are good choices.
Note: Castor oil should never be used by itself as it’s a very strong astringent oil and needs to be diluted with another oil. You don’t need to use Castor at all and can substitute it with any other nourishing oil.
Pure Coconut Oil should only be applied to the skin after you’ve had success with the oil cleansing method and your skin has re-balanced itself. Coconut Oil can be a bit too drying for skin right out of the gate, but you can mix it with another oil like Olive for a wonderful moisturizer. Again, test different oils for your specific skin type.
Oil Cleansing Instructions
- Take a small quarter sized amount of your oil blend into the palm of your hand and rub together. Apply oil to a dry face and massage into skin well for a few minutes. Make sure your skin if fully saturated with oil, and don’t worry about removing your makeup beforehand as this does an amazing job on its own.
- Leave the oil mixture on your skin for at least 10-15 minutes to really deep clean your pores.
- Take a clean wash cloth and run under very hot water. Apply cloth to face, letting it sit and steam your skin. This will open up your pores and draw out the dirt and impurities. Do this a few times, then gently pat your skin with the cloth to remove any excess oil. You should still have a small amount of oil left on your skin which is beneficial and doesn’t need to come off.
- No additional moisturizer should be needed at this point, but if you still find you have dry skin like I do, you can always add a touch of Almond Oil back onto your skin.
Things To Consider
As with anything new, there will be a period of adjustment when using this oil cleansing method as your skin re-balances itself. You may find that your skin breaks out for the first week or so, but it should clear up after a few weeks of continued practice. If it doesn’t clear up after a month, consider trying a different combination of oils, or stop completely if you’re uncomfortable.
Try to resist using any conventional soaps or cleansers during this time as it can prolong the adjustment phase, or even make it worse. Always remove most of the oil from your skin after using the method as leaving too much oil on your face can have adverse affects and clog your pores. As long as you remove it with the wash cloth, you shouldn’t encounter any issues. It’s a wonderful and easy way to get naturally clean and perfect skin!
My Personal Results
I have been using the oil cleansing method for a few months now and I have to say that it has been the only way my dry skin has stayed in check. Before this method, I was using conventional cleansers that were stripping my skin of its natural oil, leaving it even drier than before. I would then have to use a moisturizer, or combination of, just to try and tame my flaky, dry skin. It was horrible!
Once I started cleansing with oil, I did experience a transition phase where my skin got a bit worse than usual, but this cleared up pretty quickly and my skin became softer than ever before. I never thought that something as simple as cleansing with oil could work so amazingly, but it does! I’m embarrassed that I spent so much money on expensive lotions and creams just to cure my dry skin. I really hope this method works for you like it did for me!
Have you tried the oil cleansing method before? How did it go? What is your favorite oil combination? Share below!