The Oil Cleansing Method

Beauty Recipes & DIY

Here it is. A soap maker telling you to ditch the soap. At least, for this one purpose. Have you ever used a facial cleanser or skin care product designed to help get your skin under control, only to have your skin rebel as badly or worse immediately after stopping its use? This is actually extremely common and is part of the reason why you'll hear some people say "I have to use 'Product X' or my face is a disaster". Unsurprisingly, this works out great for the large companies selling harsh treatments for dry, oily, or acne-prone skin. Not so much for those of us who might like to save our money for more exciting things.

The good news is, there is an extremely affordable, very natural alternative. It isn't for everyone, and some skin types and conditions do require specialized products, but this will work wonders for many. It's called the Oil Cleansing Method and it sounds completely counter-intuitive at first.

"You want me to rub oil on my skin to fix my oily skin??"

Yes, pretty much. Let me explain. The principle behind what makes the Oil Cleansing Method work is dissolution theory. Commonly put: like dissolves like, oil dissolves oil. Especially when using an oil that mimics our own natural oils, the result is a cleansing method that dissolves and removes dirt and excess oil without over-cleansing the skin. Thus avoiding that nasty loop where the skin then overproduces more oil to compensate for what's been unnecessarily stripped. And it's effective! If you've ever used oil on a cotton ball as a makeup remover, you've seen that it's got some pretty sweet cleansing power firsthand.

Another benefit to the Oil Cleansing Method is that it's actually a wonderfully pleasant experience. No more soaping and scrubbing. You're literally going to give your face a massage. It's as simple as rinsing your face with warm water, applying the oil, and thoroughly massaging the skin with clean fingertips for a couple of minutes. Wipe off with a warm washcloth and you're done! Freshly cared for skin that is clean and soft. And because you're not stripping away more than what's necessary and your skin won't take in more moisture than it needs, this method can be used effectively for a very broad range of skin types. Just bear in mind that if you're already "addicted" to a certain facial product, your skin might go through a temporary phase of rebellion during the switch until regular oil production is back in balance.

A few oils to try: Sunflower, Meadowfoam, Jojoba (more expensive, but very similar to our own), Hemp Seed, Grapeseed, or Olive (for intense moisturizing)


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  • Keri

    I like to use CO, sugar, and lavender and frankincense EO to wash my face. It’s been great!


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