What is the oil cleansing method?

Today more and more women and men are finding natural oils a surprisingly effective and phenomenally skin healthy method to both cleanse their face and resolve numerous complexion problems.

oil cleansing methodThe Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) uses natural oils to dissolve oil and dirt deep inside the skins pores; to pull out and remove dead skin cells; to help remove bacteria and other undesirables from the skin; to deliver nutrients and enhance the overall health of the skin. It also acts as an extremely effective method to remove makeup and sunscreen.

The Oil Cleansing Method is based on the chemistry based principle that “like dissolves like” – known as The Dissolution Theory. To say it another way “oil dissolves oil” or “water cannot dissolve oil”. This principle explains why many water based cleansers are not very effective at removing makeup, sunscreen, or deep cleansing the pores of the skin.

Many do not know there is a distinct difference between OCM Oil blends and Cleansing Oils. For more details on OCM vs Cleansing Oils

Traditional Oil Cleansing Method – Overview

For traditional OCM all you need is:

  1. the right blend of oils for your specific skin
  2. a soft washcloth
  3. very warm running water

Castor oil (ideally organic cold-pressed) is the key ingredient and is considered the “primary” cleansing oil in traditional OCM. It delivers powerful deep cleansing properties, along with healing and anti-inflammatory qualities to the OCM process.

NOTE - A few may have to omit castor oil due to allergy or because it is too drying/deep cleansing for their skin. The easy solution is to just find another oil that works for you.

A combination of “secondary” carrier oils are blended with the castor oil. These oils add their individually unique skin cleansing, moisturizing and therapeutic benefits to the skin. Some common and basic secondary oils used are extra virgin olive oil, sunflower, and jojoba.

Extra Option: Essential oils (eo) can be added to the oil blend for targeted therapeutic benefits. For example – tea tree eo for acne/blemishes or german chamomile eo for calming.

The combined oil blend is massaged into the skin for a few minutes – especially over troubled areas. Next, a very warm washcloth is pressed onto the face and left on to steam open the pores. (Instead some place their face over a steaming bowl of water – like a spa facial steam). This step allows the oils to soften hardened oils and draw out dirt from the skin.

After 2-3 “steaming” cycles are completed, the oil is then wiped off the face with a cool temperature washcloth. This is done numerous times until the oil is completely removed.

The traditional OCM process can take sometime to do. The “steaming” and multiple rinsing of the washcloth to both reheat the washcloth and rinse the face requires quite a few minutes. As a result, many choose to do a shortened modified version of OCM.

Have more questions? Visit our Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) Information Center