Oil Cleansing Method
The lovely Sonia (psst! Go check out her Etsy store!) introduced me to the oil cleansing method last summer, and I’ve done it on and off – usually when I do my spa facial nights (as I mentioned briefly in this post). Then I started to use the oil cleansing method as my regular evening make-up remover and cleanser last week, and my skin has been LOVING it!
I’m by no means an expert in skincare, so please do your own research and consult your dermatologist or aesthetician before trying any new skincare routine. But I have suffered from acne prone skin for the last 17 years, and I wanted to share how I use the oil cleansing method (OCM).
I found these sources had useful information when I was learning about the OCM. My understanding is that the OCM breaks the cycle of stripping our skin of its essential oils be using drying soaps, which causes our skin to go into overdrive, in order to compensate for the dryness. OCM uses an “astringent” oil (castor oil) to cleanse the impurities/break down the oils that are on my face, and a moisturizing oil (i.e., olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed, etc) to moisturize and balance the dryness from the castor oil. Check out Crunchy Betty’s post for which carrier oil is more suited for certain skin types.
Making your Cleansing Milk
The ratio of castor oil to your “moisturizing” oil will depend on your skin type. The more oily the skin type, the more castor oil you need, and the more dry your skin is, the more moisturizing oil it will need. My skin is very oily, and so I used a mixture with 2/3 castor oil and 1/3 olive oil. I also added a few drops of lavender essential oil for its soothing properties, and pleasant smell.
I suggest you make a small test batch and play around with the ratios until you find one which suits you. If you plan to use the cleansing milk often, I’d make a little bottle, otherwise, I suggest mixing it fresh for each use.
Applying the Cleansing Milk
I like to apply the cleansing milk by massaging it gently into the my dry face and neck, wait about 10 minutes for the oil to “absorb”, and then gently massage the oil over my face and neck, again. At this point, I usually start feeling black heads popping out from my pores ;). I massage the cleansing milk over my eyes last, to remove my eye make-up. Then, I run a small hand towel under hot water (as hot as your face can comfortably tolerate), wring it dry, place it over my face to steam, then wipe away the oil . I repeat running the towel under the hot water, then steaming my face for about 3 times, or until I don’t feel greasy anymore.
My face always feels so soft and supple after the OCM. Some people prefer to wash away the cleaning milk with cleanser, but I prefer steaming so that I still get the moisturizing affects from the oil – it’s up the you. I follow up with my usual night time moisturizing routine – serum, face oil, then moisturizer. (Note: the face oil part is an addition to my usual regime, which I started about a week ago. Review to come.) So far, I’m really liking it, as I wake up and my skin is super soft and supple. My skin is acne prone, and I have not had any breakouts so far, from using oil to cleanse and moisturize.
Readers, have you tried the OCM? What are your thoughts?
Side note: In a recent chat with a co-worker who also used the OCM method, she told me she was using an Shiseido Cleansing Milk which was really expensive. The sales associate who sold it to her told her it was the same cleansing method that Marilyn Monroe used – which of course, my co-worker jumped on. From the lovely Annabelle at Shopping Detox, I’ve read a few things on the frugality of Marilyn Monroe, so I’m guessing the SA took a bit of liberty and tried to link her product back to Marilyn, but I doubt that Marilyn used the Shiseido product. One quick look at the ingredient list shows that mineral oil is one of the first ingredients! I’m not expert in skincare or face oils, but mineral oil clogs pores (but it’s cheap!). I’m not sure how good of an oil you need, since you’re washing off the cleanser, but I would think that for the $$$ you pay, you’d get a better oil. So, if you are going to buy a pre-made cleansing milk, please read the ingredient list!