The Facial Oil-Cleansing Method: The Good, The Bad And The Not So Ugly.

True or False? Can slathering, smearing oil all over your face, even if you have oily skin, actually leave your face feeling clean, radiant and moisturized?

Well according to an all-natural skin care regime known as the Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM), the answer is YES!!! So, your first reaction might be one of confusion, skepticism, disbelief and you are probably, most definitely pondering, “Can cleansing my face with oils really help promote healthier skin? Well let’s find out!!!

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What is the Oil Cleansing Method?

The basic concept behind the OCM relies on the fact that the skin naturally produces oil and that contrary to popular belief, oil by itself does not cause blemishes. These are caused by a combination of factors such as hormones, bacteria, trapped dirt, etc. OCM focuses on the idea that like dissolves like, therefore massaging oil into the skin dissolves the oil which the skin produces, that has been hardened with impurities and has found itself stuck in the pores. breaks it down even more and says:

Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” 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.

What are the steps involved?

  • STEP 1: Choose the oil or oils you want to use and the ratio you would like to use them in. The oils you pick are important as oils have different properties and therefore will produce different results. For example Jojoba oil is good for all skin types and especially works well with acne-prone skin, Sweet almond and Grapeseed oil is also good for all skin types, but especially oily skin whilst Avocado Oil is desirable for dry and aging skin. Researching and finding the right oils and ratio that work for you is key!
  • STEP 2: Massage the oil/oils with your fingers in a circular motion into your skin and leave for a few minutes.
  • STEP 3: Use a warm damp washcloth to slowly wipe the oil from the face. And voila you are done!!!

The Good, The Bad and The Not so ugly.

The Good: OCM  is a natural skin care regime that has worked for people, to combat blemishes, acne, dryness and to promote healthier skin. It also works well for removing makeup.

The Bad: OCM is a regimen that could require some patience. It may take some time and experimentation to find oils best suited for your skin type. It might also take a week or two for your skin to get used to the regimen.

The Not so ugly :There are a few other things that need to be taken into consideration when trying the OCM.

  • Use quality, organic, cold or expeller pressed ingredients.
  • Be conscious of  your allergies and if necessary test patch  when using new oils.
  • Determine a frequency of use that is best for you skin (you do not want to overdo it).
  • Wash your wash cloths frequently and well.
  • And  most importantly if you are finding the method is not working for your skin, please stop immediately.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried oil cleansing? Was it a success for you? What oils and ratio worked best for you? Please share below!