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The Oil Cleansing Method: What is it and How to do it

May 31, 2018

I am a big fan of the oil cleansing method for any skin type. It just takes finding the appropriate oil for your unique skin. Often times, people automatically think that if they are dealing with acne, oily skin or clogged pores that cleansing with oil will create more issues, but it actually provides balance! By massaging oil into the skin, it is sending a message that it is already producing enough oil. This technique is especially helpful if you have oily skin that’s been used to cleansers that strip the oil from the top layer of your acid mantle causing skin to react and actually overproduce sebum, making oily skin even more oilier than it normally would be. And the same goes for dry skin, it gives the skin some rich oils to work with that is so needed, helping to combat premature aging.


There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to which oil will work for each person. Typically there’s a bit of an adjustment period as the skin transitions but it is so worth the effort! Susan Parker author of Power of the Seed; Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty recommends choosing one of these oils to begin with: Grapeseed or Jojoba. Grapeseed oil is light, slightly astringent and usually lovely for every skin type. Jojoba oil is a great choice, it has a very close structure to skin’s sebum, making it easily recognizable. Often times castor oil is included in the oil cleansing method because it has such a great drawing action towards the skin. It’s not necessary but usually ¼ to ⅛ part castor oil can be mixed in with another oil of your choice. Figuring out the ratios for your skin is truly an art that will