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Thicker Than Water: Is the Oil Cleansing Method Beneficial?

For many years, we’ve been taught that oil on our skin is bad. Beauty products swear they’ll rid our skin of oiliness with cleaners that contain sulfates and other products like oil blotting paper. And yes, it’s true oil is bad for your skin – if it’s DIRTY. It clogs your pores and cause blemishes like blackheads, whiteheads and downright irritation.

But there’s a secret to amazingly radiant skin. It’s called the Oil Cleansing Method. Is it beneficial regardless of the skin you have? Absolutely.

This may be foreign, but listen closely. Step away from your facial cleanser and the faucet. Instead grab some oils and massage them into your skin on your face. Take a washcloth with warm water and wipe the oils off your face. And that’s it. Your skin is squeaky clean. All thanks to oil. But how?

Let’s break down how the Oil Cleansing Method works. Regardless of how your skin is – oily, normal or even dry – it secretes oil. Naturally, oil dissolves oil. So, the OCM is essentially removing dirty, soiled oils and replenishing them with fresh, rejuvenating oils. It does this without foam or suds, without harsh chemicals that strip your skin of natural oils. When you rid your skin of its oils, you irritate it. It reacts by creating more oil, in excess.

When it comes to the OCM, it’s important to think of the oils in thirds. You’ll also need a base oil and a carrier oil. For ideal results, castor oil makes the best base oil. (Especially if you’re new to the OCM.)

For a carrier oil look to these oils:

  • Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
  • Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Avocado (dry and aging skin)
  • Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
  • Olive (all skin types)
  • Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
  • Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
  • Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)

Depending on your skin type, follow the measurements below:

Oily skin: Use 2/3 castor oil to 1/3 carrier oil. (Or measure out 2 tsp castor oil and 1 tsp carrier oil.)

Normal skin: Use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil. (Measuring out 1-1/2 tsp castor oil and 1-1/2 tsp carrier oil.)

Dry skin: Use 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oil. (Make sure it’s 2 tsp carrier oil and 1 tsp castor oil.)

Last but not least, the Oil Cleansing Method can be achieved in 3 easy steps:

Mix your oils together ahead of time and set a clean washcloth beside the sink. Turn your water on to heat up to an extremely warm (not quite hot) tempature. Keep it running.

Starting with a soiled face (do not pre-clean skin even if you’re wearing makeup), wet your face with warm water. Pour the oil mix in the palm of your hand and apply all over your face. Massage firmly and gently. Massage for 2 minutes, always moving upward and let oil sit on your face for 30 more seconds or more.

Adjust running hot water until it’s cool enough to apply to your skin, but warm enough to soften the oil (slightly hotter than usual). Soak the washcloth under the hot/warm water completely. Apply the washcloth to your face and hold it there for 10-15 seconds. Slowly begin to wipe off. Rinse your washcloth and repeat until you’ve wiped all the oil off your skin.

And that’s all to it. It’s up to you how often you apply the OCM but once a week is a good start. In most cases, you won’t have to moisturize after the OCM depending on your skin type. After a while, you can add other oils like tea tree oil and lavender oil (for acne-prone or oily skin) or carrot seed oil or rose hip oil (for normal and dry skin). Add 2 to 3 drops of each oil in you OCM mixture.

Although the Oil Cleansing Method is incredibly easy, keep in mind that there are pros and cons:


  • Fantastic for skin and works for many people to clear up acne, combat dryness, and maintain a radiant glow.
  • It’s natural. Be sure to buy cold-pressed or expeller-pressed organic oils, as well as castor oil that’s consciously extracted.
  • Removes makeup very easily.
  • Doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.
  • If used on nightly basis, the need for pricey moisturizers may be eliminated.


  • May take one or two weeks for skin to adjust to new regimen.
  • More time-consuming than washing your face with a cleanser.
  • More costly than using a cleanser, depending on the oils you use.
  • More laundry, due to the numerous washcloths you’ll go through if done on regular basis.

Before making a final decision on it, give the OCM one or two tries. If it’s not for you, that’s fine. But because of the benefits, you’re more than likely to have impeccable results.

-Mattie James

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