A few years ago the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM became very popular, primarily due to the DIY bloggers. However, oil cleansing goes back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans woud smear their wet bodies with a mixture of pumice and ashes, and then apply olive oil over that. They would then use a curved metal scraper called a strigil to scrape off the mixture, which would take the dirt and grime that had accumulated on the skin along with it. The reason oil is so effective in cleansing is like attracts like. But back to the DIY bloggers on this cleansing method...after awhile mixed reviews started popping out. I believe this is because different oils work for different skin types. As I stress in many of my posts, there is no size fits all in skin care. Each of us is unique as is our skin.
When purchasing your oil cleanser first check to see which oils are used. If Castor Oil is listed be aware that it can be very drying to the skin. If your skin is already on the drier side or even combination this is going to dry you out even more. Coconut oil can also be problematic for a skin that is experiencing breakouts and clogged pores, because like Mineral oil, it can further clog your pores. So for a oily skin, with or without breakout, chose a cleanser made with light fast penetrating oils such as Hazelnut, Marula, Grape Seed, Meadowfoam Seed and Jojoba. For drier skin Avocado, Pumpkin seed, Apricot Kernel, Moringa and Argan are some of the oils to look for. Renew Botanical's AGING WITH ATTITUDE's Oil Cleanser is perfect for dry/mature skin.
When the correct oils are used for your skin type it can be a luxurious way to cleanse your skin. The Oil Cleansing Method, however, is not for the person in a rush. It does take a little more time: First dampen your skin. Then pour a small amount into the palm of your hand. Add a little water and start emulsifying the oil. Gently massage into your skin. Then take a wash cloth that you wet with very warm (not hot) water. Place on face and allow to sit a minute. Repeat. Follow with moisturizer.
Have you tried this method yet? I would love to hear your experience.