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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 honestly take some experimenting and your skin will tell you what it likes.


Here’s how you’ll do it:

“Put about half a teaspoon of oil in the palm of your hand and then massage it into your skin. You want a thick coat of oil all over your skin. Massage it in for a moment or two then heat up a washcloth under the tap — make it as hot as possible without burning yourself —  and press it over your face. Wipe off the excess oil gently. You can repeat the process for extra clean feeling if you want.” -Susan Parker from Solum & Herbe Apothecary


I usually do the oil cleansing method (OCM) in the evenings and just rinse my face with water in the mornings. I do like doing a double cleanse with the OCM because of the extra clean feeling it gives my skin.






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