Oil Cleansing Method – Update

In May 2013 I wrote an article about how I’d been using the Oil Cleansing Method. At the time I wrote the post I had been using it for just over a year. It’s been just over 3 years now so I thought it time for an update.

I am still using a modified version and I’m super happy with the results for my skin and pocketbook. I hardly wear make-up anymore; except for mascara and tinted lip balm.

Recent Picture with No Make Up – October 2015

I use a simplified version of the oil cleansing method. Really simple.

First, get yourself some good quality, organic olive oil. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Spanish Olive Oil (amazon affiliate link).

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In the evening:

  1. I pour about a tablespoon into one hand (you could probably use less, but I like a lot).
  2. Rub hands together to distribute the oil.
  3. Then massage into my face. I love the way it feels so I do it for about 2 or 3 minutes. You can feel it pulling out the impurities and it’s so silky smooth!
  4. Then I rub it over my eyelashes really good to remove the mascara. Be careful! Don’t get it in your eyes as it burns like soap!
  5. Next I wet a washcloth with warm water and clean my eyes first. Then I wipe the rest of my face really good.
  6. I pour a tiny bit more of olive oil into my hand and rub it into my face as a moisturizer.
  7. Lastly, I massage any left over oil into my lips, hands, and arms.

In the morning:

  1. Rinse my face with warm water.
  2. Pour small amount of olive oil into my hand.
  3. Massage onto my face as a moisturizer.
  4. Massage any left over oil into my lips, hands, and arms.

Definitely a simplified version now. I like simple. It fits my lifestyle and my skin. My skin has NEVER been happier and more glow-ier. Well, except for maybe when I was a baby!

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***Caveat*** I use the kitchen sink to rinse my face. After all, this is oil. Oil and bathroom sinks do not play well together; which I discovered after writing the 2013 Oil Cleansing post. Since then, I switched to using the kitchen sink.

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Olive Oil as Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer – Oil Cleansing Method

“Simplify, Simplify, Simplify” –Henry David Thoreau

Doing it Different

For the past several months I have been receiving kind comments and compliments regarding my complexion. I thought it was time to write a post about what I’ve been using as a facial cleanser and moisturizer for just over a year now.

What began as a search for a home made facial cleanser and moisturizer due to financial contraints has transformed into a way of life. About that time I decided I was tired of putting all those chemicals onto my face and into my body by way of my skin.

I’m on a patient search to see what else I can replace with natural and/or organic items in Team TLC’s life. I’m experimenting with replacing my shampoo and conditioner currently and will let y’all know how that turns out when I find just the right “mix” for me! I’ve already replaced our allergy medicine and eczema treatment!

Oil Cleansing Method

Now. Back to that facial cleanser and moisturizer. I searched online and found the Oil Cleansing Method. I researched it pretty heavily. I looked up websites that break down the comedogenic factors of different oils and research based on scientific data about how oils affect the skin (facial skin in particular). I

have dry break-out prone facial skin. I experimented with many different oils to find the one I liked … sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, almond and olive oil. My favorite and most economical so far has been Trader Joe’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (amazon affiliate link). I’m using organic as that’s what I try and feed my family and if I’m putting it on my skin every morning and night, it’s soaking into my skin and I want it to be of good quality.

This has been an economically good direction for me in regards to more than just moisturizer and facial cleanser. I’m using much less make up these days too! YAY!

You could typically spend anywhere from $8 to $60 (or more) for facial cleanser depending on what brand you purchase and the the same for moisturizer. That’s anywhere from $16 – $120. It costs me about $6.50 for a 16.9 ounce bottle of Trader Joe’s Spanish Extra Virgin Organic Olive oil which lasts for 1 – 3 months depending on how much I cook with it too!

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The Process

So, here’s how I do it. I started out with the recipe in the *Oil Cleansing Method and have since gone to just straight organic olive oil.

  1. I use one of the 4 ounce plastic squeeze bottles to store the olive oil. You will want to replace that every once in a while and/or at least give it a good cleaning. I’ve also used the glass bottle that soy sauce comes in which has the small spout at the top for pouring. I like glass because it’s easier to keep clean.
  2. I pour about a teaspoon (or a little more) into my hand at night. Rub my palms together and  give myself a mini massage with the oil. Be sure to keep away from your eyes as it burns! It’s like getting soap in your eyes. I have a washcloth ready by the sink. When I’m done rubbing the oil into my skin and giving myself a mini facial, I close my eyes and rub it into my mascara.
  3. Then I wet my washcloth with nice warm water, wipe my eyes and face. You can also add to your facial experience by laying the warm washcloth onto your face and letting it sit until it’s cooled. Feels GOOD!!
  4. Next I wet my face with warm water and apply a tiny bit of olive oil as moisturizer. I have dry skin so I need this extra step after I’m done getting the make up off my face. Make sure to apply the oil while your face is wet so it soaks in good. I put any left over oil on my lips! GREAT lip gloss and lip balm too!
***Update: January 3, 2015: I am still using only olive oil as my facial cleanser and moisturizer. I’ve only made one small change. I no longer apply the oil with my face wet. I found that with my skin type (dry), I can apply it dry and it soaks in just fine.

In the morning I wet my face and apply a small bit of olive oil as my moisturizer. The key is making sure you apply the oil while your face is moist so that it soaks in good.

***Update: October 19, 2015 – I’m still using olive oil and just published an updated blog post. Go here to read the Oil Cleansing Method Update.

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That’s it y’all! Been doing it for over a year now and I’m very happy with the results … for my pocket book and my face and health! No more icky chemicals on my face! WoooHooo to that!

*Oil Cleansing Method from The Oil Cleansing Method website. This is the one that began my oil cleansing journey.

**This may not work for everyone. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find just the right “formula” for you and your skin.

Simplicity … All It Takes

Gosh! Saturday, September 15th, was an amazing, blissful and peaceful day … Bliss = At the end of the day your 6 yr old son says to you, “This was one of the best days of my life”, knowing that it was a simple day. Hanging out at home together until after lunch, then Thomas treating Lillian to a gluten free donut for her birthday at Haven on Earth Bakery, then the library and then the used book store. That’s all …. and that’s all it takes …. ♥ ♥ ♥

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