So, The Oil Cleansing Method is really getting a lot of attention at the moment. I started doing it myself a few months ago for the first time. I just couldn’t ignore the hype any longer! The Oil Cleansing Method is getting rave reviews from the majority of people who have incorporated it into their skin care regime! I have seen a considerable amount of de-clogging plus The Oil Cleansing Method doesn’t strip my natural oils so dryness has been more bearable. This cleansing method gets a huge stamp of approval from me, so read on to find out more!
Can I just be honest for second?? Being in the skin care industry, I have a lot of pressure to have perfect skin. For the last decade, I have struggled with my skin. Moderate acne plagued my teens and early 20’s and now dry patches, imbalance, blackheads and allergy like bumps often persist. Despite my cleaner ways of eating and lifestyle, the face behind Jenni Raincloud, is not always perfect! I have found products that boasted miracles and would improve my skin at first, but then the chemical filled product would stop working and I would be back to square one. I’m happy to say that I have found something that works. The Oil Cleansing Method is a huge trend right now among the “organic granola” crowd-not to jump on the trendy band wagon, but HELLO! This is an amazing tool that you are going to need in your arsenal to combat any and every skin issue that comes your way!
What is The Oil Cleansing Method??
Oil Cleansing is exactly what the name suggests. Basically, you massage your skin with oil, then use a hot towel to wash it off. Cleansing with oils brings balance to the skin. As I’ve said over and over-Balance in the skin is KEY. Heck, every aspect of life thrives on balance. Whether you are overly oily or overly dry, cleansing with oil will balance and soothe your skin. Many of you are cringing at the thought of using oil on your already oily skin, but LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE, OIL DISSOLVES OIL. PERIOD. It’s a scientific fact, it works.
So what happens when you Oil Cleanse?
By massaging the oils into your skin, you are are forcing the oil into your pores. Massaging also encourages blood flow and oxygen to the cells for added detox. Once you add a warm towel, the steam will open up the oil soaked pores so that the oil can come out-as the oil is purged from your pores, impurities will follow. The oil will help balance your skin by either convincing your skin to stop over producing oil or by depositing much needed oil.
How do you The Oil Cleansing Method?
When I first heard of oil cleansing I was daunted. I thought, “No way do I have time to do this “ritual”. It’s going to take too much time and effort”. I put it in my back pocket and moved on. Then, the allergy bumps showed up again right next to the dry patches and blackheads. I knew if I was going to claim to be a “skin care guru” I had to figure out my own skin. So, I gave oil cleansing a try and I haven’t looked back since. I whipped up a batch of Coconut Oil with a bit of Castor Oil and off I went. I oil cleanse almost every night. If I have make up to remove, I for sure oil cleanse because I love how gentle it is with removing make up.
- Pour or scoop a quarter size amount of oil into your palm and begin massaging your skin. Massage gently for up to 2 minutes. I usually don’t get 2 minutes in, but 1 will work just fine. While you are massaging, turn your water on HOT.
- Wet a soft wash cloth with very hot water and lay the wash cloth over your skin. Press it into your skin until it cools down.
- Repeat step 2 1-2 more times.
When I say “very hot” I mean to get the wash cloth to a temp. that is comfortable to your skin. Don’t push the heat. Heat can exacerbate broken capillaries and damage sensitive skin types. Listen to your skin, you will know what temperature is right for you.
After Oil Cleansing you might not have to use a moisturizer. I skip toning, because after oil cleansing, my pores are open and this is a prime time to use a serum. I like to use pure Rosehip Seed Oil (find it HERE). I can tell my skin soaks it up after the OCM, compared to any other time in the day.
The Oil Cleansing Method Recipe
Most commonly castor oil is added to another, more nourishing oil like olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil etc. Castor oil is an astringent oil-it helps pull impurities out of the skin. Castor oil can be very drying, so the amount that you add to your nourishing oil depends on your individual skin type. In order to get the ratio of nourishing oil to castor oil right, you might have to play around a bit.
As a rule of thumb, use the oil combos below for your skin type. (the proportions are based on an 8 ounce container)
- Dry Skin 1 TBSP. of castor oil + olive oil, almond oil (find it HERE), coconut oil
- Oily Skin 4 TBSP. of castor oil + jojoba oil (find it HERE)
- Normal Skin 2 TBSP. of castor oil + almond oil (find it HERE), or coconut oil
**There is a bit of controversy about castor oil-the harvesting and manufacturing of castor oil exposes workers to a compound that can be toxic, but it is removed in processing. The castor oil we buy is not toxic, but some people are uncomfortable using it. Hazelnut oil is a great alternative.**
Benefits of Oil Cleansing
- Balances the skin
- Detoxes-Removes hardened impurities in the pores
- Moisturizes and nourishes while helping erase fine lines
- Encourages oily skin to stop over producing oil
- Removes make up and dirt thoroughly
The Detox Period
The Oil Cleansing Method works beautifully for my skin. The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other. My skin was so out of balance when I started OCM that it was rough and patchy but with bumps. A few days into OCM I could feel the results. I will say, I experienced one break out cycle that lasted about a week. I had blemishes in a couple of places which is not my normal skin issue, so I knew my skin was responding well to the OCM. I was detoxing. The detoxing period was short and 100% worth it. Sometimes things have to get worse, before they can get better. Isn’t that true in life too? Detox is a beautiful thing but it will bring impurities to the surface of the skin and this could cause zits. Hang in there!
Give the Oil Cleansing Method a go. I think you’ll love it as much as I do. I’m so glad I have found something to bring balance to my skin and address the unidentifiable bumps that were occurring daily. To encourage further detox of the skin, be sure to drink loads of water. The OCM doesn’t work for everyone. Everyone is different but I have had some of the most exclusive skin care products and professional treatments at my fingertips and have never seen results happen so quickly. My skin has never been smoother or happier. If you search around the internet for testimonials for the oil cleansing method, get ready to be blown away by all the success stories!!
UPDATE: Check out THIS POST for more info. on THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD!