I know you’re scared right now. Don’t be scared. I get why washing your face with oil sounds crazy. It sounded crazy to me too. But, it makes more sense than you’d think. Remember that whole “like dissolves like” thing that we learned in high school chemistry? Well, that’s the basic idea behind why the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) works.
DISCLAIMER: I could talk for hours about the OCM and I think it’s pretty GODDAMN exciting! So, when I inevitably start rambling and you maybe (hopefully not) start to think, “Oh my GOD GET TO THE POINT”…know this is something I love, pay attention, and heyyyy that was kinda mean that you thought that…
Back when I first tried out the OCM, I was living in Salt Lake and the super dry climate made my normally oily/blemish prone skin unstoppable and flawless (and occasionally dry, but that was a blessing compared to my oily California skin). So, when I decided to go granola with my skincare routine, the OCM was the perfect natural skin regiment for my college student’s budget.
I typically cleansed with a mixture of 3 parts castor oil and 1 part either jojoba, sweet almond or grapeseed oil before finally settling on grapeseed oil because of its astringent qualities. In Utah, I didn’t notice much of a difference between using my normal face wash and oil cleansing (except for the few times when I dried my skin out with too much castor oil and my skin combatted by becoming really oily and uncomfortable). In California, with that same oil mixture, I was an acne disaster. A clear day was hard to come by. As if the noticeable red zits weren’t bad enough, there were little bumps all over as well. So then I quit. Obviously.
That was a year ago.
A couple weeks ago, after one of my BFF4Ls (hey, Maaadge) introduced me to the SkincareAddiction subreddit. I remembered what I loved about the OCM, did more research and decided to give it another go with a different oil. I learned about the non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) oils, sprinted over to Sprouts, bought some Hemp Seed oil, grabbed another bottle of (you guessed it) Lavender essential oil, and gave it another go. And I am so happy I did. My pores are no longer visibly clogged. No more little bumps. My skin is on the road to recovery! FINALLY.
My OCM Routine:
- Mix Hemp Seed Oil and a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil in a little bottle.
- Rinse face with warm water.
- Massage a quarter size amount of the oil on your face. Take your time with this one and enjoy it. It’s one of the most soothing parts of my day!
- With a warm wet washcloth, gently wipe off the oil (and makeup…yeah this method is also great at removing makeup).
That’s it! I wash my face with Cetaphil’s Daily Cleanser afterwards because I like to feel squeaky clean, but it’s not necessary for everyone. I also stopped washing my face with cleanser in the morning because…overwashing your face is a real problem that I maaay have absolutely been guilty of.
So, what do you think? Have I convinced you to give the Oil Cleansing Method the old college try?
Still skeptical? Here are some awesome resources that will help you find the best oils for your skin type!
If it makes you feel any better, all the cool kids are oil cleansing. Well loved high-end skincare brands (like Boscia, Josie Maran, SK-II, Dior, etc, etc, etc) are also coming out with their own cleansing oils!
Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you! VIVA THE OIL REVOLUTION!