Have you heard of the Oil Cleanse Method before? If you have, great. And if you haven’t, that makes two of us! I only found out about it because I was researching if I could use my Skintopic oils on my face.
The Oil Cleanse Method is basically what it says it is. Cleanse your face with oil! I know, oil on your face? Wont that make your skin breakout and get clogged even more? I was just as skeptical. So I did some major researching.
Time to do some research! WHOOSHH!!
What causes blackheads, whitehead, pimples, acne?
Not only oil, but a combination and pile up of so many different factors like dead skin, bacteria, the food we eat, hormones etc. If you think about it, your skin naturally produces oil, for some of us, more than others. *Oily skin problems*.Its a natural process because your skin needs oil, otherwise it becomes scaly, peels, and looks downright unhealthy and ugly.
And we end up using products to moisturize our skin, which contains oils and chemicals as well anyway. Many of the readily available face washes strip the skin of necessary oils, which, in turn, causes your skin to produce more oil and breakouts. Its such an ugly cycle! Also, oil protects your skin from the elements and moisturizes it as well.Oil isn’t a bad thing, and if used sparingly on your face,will definitely benefit you greatly.
So back to the OC Method! The concept and basis of this method is that “like dissolves like”, which means that the oil we use, is going dissolve the oils stuck in our pores, unclog them , and give us radiant skin! Now the oil cleansing method is effective because of a couple of different factors. Since we have to use Castor oil in this method, and Castor oil is anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties, which helps to draw impurities out of your skin. On top of that, if you’ve realized, most makeup cleansers and cleansing oils are actually oil based, and what do we use them for? To clean our skin!
For the OC method, we actually need a mixture of oils! The Primary oil we need is Castor Oil, and this is available in most stores. Castor oil is used to cleanse the skin, but Castor oil alone is too strong since it can leave your skin very dry. So we need another type of oil to balance it out, and also to aide the castor oil to go deep into the pores and allow it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. The secondary oil can be a mix of many types of oils depending on your skins needs. I myself am using Grapeseed oil, mixed with a spot of Almond oil, just to give my skin that extra glow! I buy them at a local grocery store, they’re a bit pricey, but I’m hoping its worth it!
We can use a mixture of oils depending on our skin issues, have a look at the list below!
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very good for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Olive (all skin types)
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin)
- Tamanu (all skin types)
- Pomegranate seed oil (all skin types)
- Borage seed oil (all skin types)
- Neem oil (pregnant people, avoid this)
- Sea Buckthorn Oil (all skin types)
- Turmeric oil (for acne/oily skin, especially)
- Essential oils of: Ylang-ylang, thyme, peppermint, geranium, rose, frankincense, or chamomile
Note: Please do stay away from coconut oil though, because apparently it is comedogenic (causes pore clogging) .
First thing, we need to create our own Personal Oil Mixture. You need to know what type your skin generally is, and work from there. Those with dry skin will need less Castor Oil since it has very drying properties, and if you have oily skin, vice versa. Try the percentages below as a guide, and modify it to your preferences. Its a trial and error process until you find the right balance for your skin.
Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil to 70% Secondary Oil.
Balanced Skin: 20% Castor Oil to 80% Secondary Oil.
Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil to 90% Secondary Oil.
Mix the oils in a bottle, mix em up nicely (don’t shake), and store somewhere cool. The directions to use the cleanser is as follows:
- Wash your hands. You don’t want to be touching your face with dirty hands na?
- Pour about a two teaspoons of the oil mix into your palm. You can do this onto your face without cleaning it before. Start with a face full of make up if you must.
- Rub the oil between your hands to warm it and spread it all over your palm.
- Apply the oil to face, massage into skin, using gentle circular motions. Do this for about 4-5 minutes. Listen to some music, I usually do this while listening to some good tunes, and do it for the length of 2-3 songs.
- Soak a washcloth in HOT water and while still hot (not scalding hot though), wring it and remove excess water, and apply over your face and allow it to warm your skin for a few moments.
- Wipe the oil from your face using the washcloth, but be careful not to pull your skin or rub too hard. Remove all excess oil.
- Repeat a second time or follow with your normal skin routine after cleansing.
- Your skin is now cleansed! Voila,beautiful radiant skin!
I have just started using this method for myself for about a few days now, I’m gonna do write another post, say in a months time to see if there has been any positive improvements to my skin. I usually do the OC right before I go to bed at night since it takes some time. Since the first cleanse, I can see my skin is looking a little better, but we will see how it goes.
A few things I’d like to highlight also are the pros and cons of this method.
- It’s awesome for your skin, and works for many people to clear up acne, combat dryness, and maintain a radiant glow.
- It’s super natural!
- It removes make up, dirt and grime in like two seconds!
- It doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.It leaves your face nice and moisturized afterwards.
- It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to this new regimen.
- It’s really time-consuming. You have to take your time to boil the water, massage your face, and cleanse it thoroughly.
- More laundry, cause of the amount of washcloths you’ll be using?
Have you tried the OC before? Do you plan to try it out? Any questions? Let me know in the comments what are your thoughts on this? Skeptical, Curious, Excited?