The Oil Cleanse Method
The Oil Cleanse Method is not a new trend, it has its roots in the ancient science of Ayurveda. So what is it exactly and how does it work? Simply put, it is the method of using oils to cleanse your skin. Our skin excretes an oil called sebum. This sebum is what gets blocked in our pores and gives us those nasty whiteheads, blackheads and acne. The oil cleanse may seem odd at first but if you consider the fact that according to chemistry like dissolves like, it becomes obvious that skin oils( i.e. sebum) will dissolve in other oils.
How it’s done?
- The first step is choosing the right oil for your skin. These are some of the oils
- Jojoba oil – This is very similar to the skins own natural oil i.e. sebum
- Castor oil – very popular in oil cleansing due to its healing properties
- Olive oil – known for it anti-aging properties
- Safflower oil – good for acne prone skin
- Almond oil – contains super dose of Vitamin E
2. Find the right oil or combination of oils for your skin type and use a small amount on your face. Rub this oil on your face for 30 seconds.
3. Take a wet washcloth dipped in hot water and steam your face with it for 2-3 minutes.
4. Now wipe of the excess oil.
Benefits of Oil Cleanse
- The oil cleansing method works very well on all types of skin, even acne prone skin.
- It is completely natural which means no icky chemicals on your skin especially no sulphates.
- Very effective in getting rid of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema etc.
- The Oil cleansing method is so effective, it can replace your entire CTM routine with one single product. You don’t even need to use a moisturizer post cleansing.
- You can choose oils that have therapeutic properties based on the condition of your skin at the time, hence providing you flexibility to customize your skincare routine.
- This method of cleansing will normalize oily skin.
Things to note
- Avoid using coconut oil and olive oil if you already have oily skin, as there are known comodegenic and will block your pores giving you nasty blackheads, whiteheads and acne.
- If you use castor oil, it is known to be drying. So avoid using on dry skin. If you want the benefits of castor oil its best mix it with another oil.
- There is an adjustment period to this method so your skin might not react too well to it in the beginning. Give it time and you will definitely see the benefits.