After having such amazing results with Argan oil, I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks researching oils for skin treatments. I’ve stumbled across several articles & blog posts about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), a.k.a. “washing” your face with oil. Acne.org describes the OCM this way:
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve 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 moisturized.”
Sound good? Me, too. I had to try (and right away)!
- Choose Your Oils
It seems that the most popular combination of oils used for cleansing is castor oil (CO) and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). The CO has anti-inflammatory properties while drawing out oil, dirt, and grime, making it the staple of a cleansing oil mixture. The EVOO acts as a caring moisturizer to heal and nourish the skin. You can also choose from grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, apricot oil, or jojoba oil instead of EVOO.
- Create Your Blend
Because Castor Oil can actually be drying to your skin, those with dry skin will want to use less CO in their mixture. You’ll want to experiment with different ratios of CO and EVOO, and maybe even incorporate more than two different oils and/or essential oils for added benefits. Here are a few ratio suggestions to get you started:
- Oily Skin: 75% CO, 25% EVOO
- Normal Skin: 50% CO, 50% EVOO
- Dry Skin: 25% CO, 75% EVOO
I am starting out by mixing just enough for each use to see what works best for me, before I mix up a bottle. Tonight, I tried 1/2 tsp. CO with 1 tsp. EVOO and 2 drops of orange essential oil for a great pick-me-up scent.
You’ll want to do this primarily at night, and those with oily, acne-prone skin may want to start out only a couple times per week to ensure no breakouts. Ready? Let’s do it!
Take your oil mixture and massage it gently over your face, continuing to massage for up to a couple minutes. Let the oil dissolve the makeup and impurities from your skin. Then, use a wet washcloth (with the hottest water tolerable to your skin) to steam your face before wiping it clean (you may need to rinse and repeat for best results).
Ta-da! My makeup (even my trusty waterproof Covergirl Lashblast masacara) was completely gone, and my skin felt clean, but not dry or tight. I am currently using a couple drops of Argan oil as my nighttime moisturizer that I applied after cleansing. Since this is my first night trying this out, I’ll have to update later to see if I break out or have good/bad results over time.
Update: I’ve been using the OCM for almost a month now, and I am still loving it–and as a bonus, my skin is less oily! I’ve made a couple of tweaks to my routine: I’m using 2 parts CO to 2 parts EVOO, and I have added a couple drops of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil to control and soothe breakouts. I am also using coconut oil an eye makeup remover (I don’t want to put tea tree oil near my eyes), and Argan oil as a moisturizer.
How do you use the Oil Cleansing Method? Please share!