The Oil Cleansing Method – explained
Have you heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? It is a simple yet very effective regime that uses 100% natural and chemical free ingredients, it’s vegan and cruelty free and best of all, it really does work!
Oil Cleansing is beneficial for skin of all ages, all types and conditions. Everyone can benefit by Oil Cleansing their skin. One super important point to note is – you MUST use the correct oils for your skin type. Use the wrong oils and you could end up with more congestion, drier skin or problems than you began with.
Oil Cleansing offers a deep yet gentle cleanse whilst giving you an opportunity to de-stress and relax due to the technique involved.
What is the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)?
The Oil Cleansing Method or the OCM for short, is a facial cleansing regime using oils, only oils, nothing else. The concept of oil cleansing dates back many, many years. In fact, before the widespread availability of soap, oil cleansing the entire body was what many cultures did. It is based on a theory that “like dissolves like”. The OCM helps dissolve oil and draw toxins and impurities that are trapped within the skin. Some people are reluctant to use oil on their face thinking it will cause clogging, acne or make their skin condition worse. When the OCM is performed correctly and you use the appropriate oils suited to your skin type, you will find that your skin will definitely improve. I cannot stress enough though how important it is to use the correct blend for your skin type.
How do I do the OCM? Cleansing with oil is not the same as cleansing like you would using a traditional cleanser. It’s very important to select the correct oil blend for your skin type. It’s equally important to perform the correct cleansing and removal techniques, this is key to achieving the results you are looking for. The good news is, it’s all very easy to do and results are often quickly seen! 🙂
Step 1: Place approx a 50c size of the oil blend into your palm. Rub hands together to spread out the oil and slightly warm it, then massage the oil on your dry face. Massage your face for approx. 2 mins, concentrating on any problem areas, eg; acne, blackheads, wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, open pores etc.
Step 2: After you have thoroughly cleansed your entire face for at least 2 mins it’s now time to remove the oil. This is done by placing a very warm (not too hot), wet washcloth over your entire face. This removal step is important as this steaming process draws out the impurities from the skin. Leave the warm washcloth on your face until it cools, pressing into the skin as the washcloth cools. Once cooled, firmly wipe the oil from your skin, the step will most likely need to be repeated a 1-2 more times. It is very important to ensure all of the oil is removed from the face, paying particular attention to the jawline and hair line as this is where oil can sometimes get trapped.
Step 3: Once your face is completely free from oil give your skin a splash cool water. You may feel it not necessary to use a moisturiser afterwards as your skin will feel soft, supple and smooth. It is entirely up to you if you moisturise or not. I personally spritz with a little Rose Floral Water and then moisturise with a drop or two of carrier oil, I like Rosehip, along with a drop or two of pure essential oil such as lavender, frankincense, tea tree, sandalwood depending on my skins needs at the times.
I have created 4 different oil blends for you. Each blend is made specifically for the different skin types and concerns. Choose from these 4 different blends……
- Normal / All Skin Types
- Normal to Dry/Sensitive Skin
- Normal to Combination/Blemished/Acne Prone
- Normal to Mature/Ageing/Damaged Skin
CUSTOMISE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: If you want even better results I highly recommend you customise your oil blend with a drop or two of pure essential oil suited to your skin type. Below is a brief list of essential oils that can be used and the skin types that would benefit from them.
Mature/wrinkles: frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, rose, carrot seed.
Dry: lavender, sandalwood, rosewood, chamomile.
Oily: cedarwood, cypress, lavender, tea tree, grapefruit.
Acne-prone: tea tree, lemongrass, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood.
The OCM really does give fantastic results when carried out properly. I always recommend to give the OCM at least a few weeks before you see results. That said, some people find results within the first few days, others it can take a few weeks.
The PROS >>> what I love about the OCM >>>
- It is 100% natural, chemical free, palm oil free, vegan and cruelty free.
- It effectively cleanses the skin and whisks away makeup, dirt and grime very effectively.
- It doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.
- It can be customised using essential oils and mixing specific carrier oils for more luxurious blends.
- It is a very cost effective cleansing method.
- It works for many people to clear up acne, combat dryness and maintain a radiant glow.
The CONS >>> what you may not love >>>
- It may take a week, or two or three for your skin to adjust to this new regimen.
- You may go through what is known as a “purging” stage. This is the trapped oil being slowly secreted out. Lumps and bumps may appear during this stage. It will only last a few days but some people become despondent during this time and do not see through this period of skin cleansing. See it through, the results are worth it!
- It is that bit more time-consuming than cleansing with a traditional cleanser.
- It may mean more laundry due to the washcloths you’ll go through if you do the OCM nightly.
Personally I think the pros easily out weight the cons 🙂 If you are considering the OCM, I say go for it. You’ll wonder how you ever cleansed without oil before. Remember…follow the routine precisely, use the correct oils for your skin type and you’ll be loving the skin you are in!
Do you have a favourite oil/oil blend, please feel free to share. Happy to discuss and chat all things OCM.
Until next time,