Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oil Cleansing Method

So I've been holding off for a while on my "Beauty Tab" because I've been experimenting a new approach to Beauty.  I've been trying to approach beauty from a natural perspective.
I originally invested money in store-brand cosmetics and cleansers.  After noticing my skin was not improving, I decided to go a bit more expensive and try Clinique.  
Basically I HATE Clinique now.  If it works for you, I'm jealous...well not really cause it's very costly. Their 3-step Skin Care Line just did not work for me.  Their products made my skin WAY worse than it was before.  
I about had it after Clinique.  So I went down a different road, trying a natural way to clean my face.

I discovered the oil cleansing method from the Skintervention Guide that I purchased online!
It is super interesting and I can't wait to share more with you!

Here's what Liz Wolfe, author of Skintervention Guide says about the Oil Cleansing Method: 
  1. Liz Wolfe, author of Skintervention Guide

    "The Oil Cleansing Method (or “OCM”) is generally described as being based on the idea that “like dissolves like” – as in, oil dissolves oil. Therefore, blockages composed largely of oil are dissolved and removed. But it’s much, much more than that!"

    "The power of natural oils to freshen, balance, heal and beautify the skin is ab- solutely amazing. The Oil Cleansing Method, as I teach it, is an opportunity to give your skin the greatest nourishment possible."

All you need is:
1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or another topical oil*
2. Castor Oil (found at health food stores)
3. Washcloth

*Other possible topical oils:
  • Jojoba Oil (for all skin types, rosacea, eczema)
  • Olive Oil (extra-nourishing oil, great for dry skin)
  • Grapeseed Oil (all-purpose oil,for all skin types, sensitive or “disobedient” skin)
  • Avocado Oil (eczema, psoriasis, or sensitive skin)
  • BorageOil (for skin prone to redness, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne)
  • Coconut Oil (for skin prone to fungal infections)
  • Apricot Kernel Oil (for all skin types) 

(Source: Skintervention Guide, Liz Wolfe)

  1. Here’s how to blend your deep-cleansing oil with your nourishing topical oil:
    If you have dry skin, or are prone to flakiness or rash: mix one part castor oil (OR hazelnut oil) with five to ten parts nourishing topical oil. (The drier your skin, the less castor/hazelnut you’ll use.) Add several drops of your Bonus oil if desired.

    If you have normal skin (neither dry nor oily, with or without blemishes):
    mix one part castor oil (OR hazelnut oil) oil with five parts nourishing topical oil. Add several drops of your Bonus oil if desired. If you have oily skin (with or without blemishes): mix one part castor oil (OR hazelnut oil) with three parts nourishing topical oil. Add several drops of your Bonus oil if desired. 

Step 1: Soak your washcloth in warm (not hot) water, or run a trickle of
warm water over it so it’s saturated and warm by the time you finish step 3.

Step 2: Blend your oils. You can use a small mason jar or container (even a shot glass works) to blend the oils for each application, or you can pre-mix your oils in a separate container for repeated use – just be sure you’ve deter- mined how much of each oil is right for your skin type and mix accordingly! 

Step 3: Pour oil into your cupped palm(not too much,it will go to waste!)

Step 4: Rub the oil gently between your hands to warm it.

Step 5: Apply oil to face.  Massage the oil into your skin gently and patiently. (Slow strokes – this isn’t the time to hustle!) Breathe deeply (for me, this is the only time of day I remember to do some deep breathing) for overall stress relief.

Step 6: Wring out your warm washcloth so it is damp, not soaking. Apply over face and allow it to warm your skin for a few moments. (Up to 30 seconds.)

Step 7: Gently wipe the oil from your face with the washcloth.

I use 1 part Castor Oil & 5 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I bought a little squeeze bottle from Wal-mart ($2) to store my oil cleanser.  It's been wonderful for my skin.  And it's very inexpensive for the kind of results that you get.  I absolutely love it!  It's not at all harmful to my skin.  I'm sticking to the Oil Cleanse Method for LIFE!


  1. Hey,
    What specifically are you noticing in your results? This is so easy! Good for you!

    1. I've noticed a more even skin tone, softer look, a bit of a glow! Also it never feels like it's harsh on my face like other cleansers I've used. A lot of cleansers will make my face feel super dry after I towel dry my face but NOT the oil cleansing method!

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