Many years ago I tried the oil cleansing method and hated it so much I gave up after a week. I didn’t feel like it was actually cleaning my skin and on top of that, I started to break out. Now that I am older and wiser (ha!) I realize the problem wasn’t with the oil cleansing method itself, but how I was going about it.
Fast forward a few years when inspiration struck and I decided to try the oil cleansing method again. I’ll admit, the first couple of days I was like, “Nope, this is still not for me.” But the oil I was using was pricey and it promised so many benefits. I pressed on. And I’m glad I did.
After a few weeks, I was shocked at how different my skin looks. Acne? Gone. Wrinkles? Smoother. Face? Bright and clear. That’s because while traditional moisturizers only reach the top layers of your skin, oils can go so much deeper. They clear out all the gunk and replace it with soft, glowing goodness. Oh, and if you didn’t know oil dissolves oil. Yes, that means if you have oily skin this method is perfect for you, too.
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Here’s How I Use the Oil Cleansing Method
1.) Wet your face with clean hands. (Clean hands are so important otherwise you could be rubbing dirt into your face. No Bueno.)
3.) Run a washcloth or microfiber cloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and place on top of your face. Leave on for 20 seconds or until cool to let the steam absorb. Repeat at least one more time.
4.) Rinse the washcloth and use it to clean off any excess oil.
5. ) Follow up with – you guessed it – an oil! My favorite is the Argan Oil from Fre Skincare. Use SARAHALT for a special discount.
The Oil Cleansing Method dissolves makeup, removes dirt, and adds moisture back in. Yes, it’s a makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all in one.
What Can Go Wrong?
Many people, like me, try the Oil Cleansing Method, have a bad experience, and give up on it. Why? Well, lots of reasons.
1.) Using the Wrong Oil
Not all oils are created equal. When the oil cleaning method first started to gain in popularity bloggers and beauty experts were telling people to use coconut oil. There’s problem number one.
Coconut oil, along with olive oil, is comedogenic. Comedogenic is just a fancy word meaning it can clog your pores. I think you understand where I am heading with this: clogged pores can cause breakouts and acne. That being said there are certain olive oils that are non-comedogenic that some skincare companies do use in their blends. But for a lot of people the olive oil they pick up at the grocery store can cause breakouts.
2.) Using it with Chemical-Laden Products
This was my biggest issue when I tried the oil cleansing method once. I’d try this but then switch back and forth between the oil and my chemical-laden face wash. THIS WILL NOT WORK. Sorry, caps on. (Or were they?) But seriously, this will not work. You will confuse your skin with the sulfates versus oil and you will end up causing breakouts.
If you’re going to give it a go, just commit to two full weeks and see how your skin looks and feels after that.
C.) Using Too Much Oil
Another issue people have with the oil cleansing method is feeling greasy. If your skin feels greasy you are either putting too much on your hands in the first place or not rinsing it off properly. Experiment with a little less and you will find the magic amount for your skin.
D.) Not Properly Cleaning Your Face Cloths
Look, if you throw your washcloths in with your underwear, well, do you really want to use that on your face? Additionally, your detergent might be causing your breakouts and not the oil. I’d recommend washing them by themselves with a chemical-free detergent and see if that improves your skin.
So what oils are good to use for the Oil Cleansing Method?
- Jojoba oil (all skin types, but very desirable 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)
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Tamanu (all skin types)
Just a quick note: if any oils cause a massive breakout just try another oil! A lot of green beauty is trial and error and finding out what works for YOUR SKIN. Also, always buy organic and or cold pressed. You don’t want to put crappy, mixed oils on your face.
So, are there any drawbacks to using the Oil Cleaning Method?
A few. As Crunchy Betty states in the above post:
It can be time-consuming. This is very true. It takes a few minutes to thoroughly clean your skin but honestly it feels like a spa experience to me so I’ve never minded it.
It can also be more expensive depending on what oils you use. Oils can be costly, but I just like to look at it as an investment in my skin. Plus, it’s still cheaper than having to pay more money to fix problems caused by your cleanser in the first place.