It’s time to answer some more burning questions about the Oil Cleansing Method for you. I started this mini series last week – if you’d like to read Part 1, take a look here:
So without further ado, let’s make a start!
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Question 1. Can I use witch hazel instead of rose water after the Oil Cleansing Method?
I used it a few times a while ago and found it quite drying. It’s geared towards oily skin and I’d definitely suggest staying away from anything labelled for oily skin. However, everyone’s skin is different, and trying it won’t do much harm. Just observe your skin – you can always stop using it if you feel it causes drying.
I generally recommend rose water and use it religiously myself because of its soothing, moisturizing and anti-ageing properties. These two are fantastic and are very popular among my readers: Elma and Sana 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water and Shea Terra Organics Pure Moroccan Rose Water (if you’re in Europe, check this one).
Question 2. Should I moisturize with oils every day?
You can definitely skip on moisturizing with oils on some days. Want to know a secret? I never ever put any oil (or anything else) on my face during day time. I occasionally apply some olive oil at night time (probably once or twice a week). In colder climates you might have to do it more often. You’ll just have to experiment a little.
If you don’t wash your face in the morning and just use some rose water, the oil residue from the Oil Cleansing Method the night before and the natural sebum that your skin accumulates throughout the night should be enough to make your skin feel comfortable.
It’s great to let your skin breathe on its own on some days (and nights).
I guess we’re conditioned by the industry to believe that we need to put some kind of moisturizer on every day, but that applies to those who use harsh synthetic face washes. If you want to teach your skin how to balance itself naturally again, give it a couple of weeks before you judge if using no oil works for you. At the beginning, it might feel a little dry and uncomfortable, but don’t worry, soon it will resolve itself. If it doesn’t, you probably have a drier skin than me, and you might need a bit more nourishment, so go ahead and apply some oil whenever you need it.
Update: I have been using an oil on my skin every single morning lately – I guess I’ve changed my mind about it.I know believe it’s all about finding the right oil for your individual skin. My absolute favourite oil as an every day moisturizer is pumpkin seed oil – it offers me a perfect amount of nourishment without ever clogging pores, not even in super hot weather. I highly recommend it.
Question 3. Is it normal to experience purging when starting the Oil Cleansing Method?
You shouldn’t experience anything major. A few more pimples once you start the Oil Cleansing Method are fine, but if it’s considerably more, you need to step away and think what may be causing it. In most cases, it’s over-exfoliation and excess dryness associated with it or too much castor oil. Don’t wait until it’s almost too late. It doesn’t have to get much worse before it gets better.
If you have already over-exfoliated your skin, you might find this post helpful: How To Heal Over-Exfoliated Skin: My Top Tips.
If you’re experiencing considerable purging, just stop using the Oil Cleansing Method for a couple of weeks or at least a week, cleanse your face with rose water only and try again once it’s calmed down. But this time, do it less often and with less castor oil (if it was over 15-20%).
I always stress that it’s better to start with less because you can always add more later. The same applies for the frequency with which you use the Oil Cleansing Method. Start slowly and you will reap rewards. Start at full throttle, and you’ll get burned – you might end up giving up on something amazing without even giving it a proper chance.
Question 4. How do I know which skin type I have?
Most skins are combination according to the industry, which means that they can be oily and dry at the same time. My theory is that it’s all just irritated and over-exfoliated skin. The same can be said regarding oily and dry skin types. Dryness or oiliness is often (if not always) just a reaction to something we’re doing.
I’d say whichever skin type you might have, be really gentle and stay away from products for oily or acne-prone skin. Even products for dry skin can be really bad as they often contain petrolatum and other pore clogging ingredients.
Use the castor oil ratio of no more than 15-20% regardless of your official skin type (but you might have to go even lower if your skin feels dry after the Oil Cleansing Method).
Remember, a skin type is just a label, and our skin can be so different from one day to another. Even from one hour to another. It depends on what we do to it, on the environment, the weather, the food we’ve eaten, etc. So listen to what your skin is saying and adjust your oil cleansing mixture accordingly.
In addition, stay away from drying oils, such as tea tree oil, hazelnut oil or grapeseed oil. The latter is fine if used with olive oil or avocado oil, but can be really drying if used alone. You can always add them later once you make sure that the Oil Cleansing Method works well for you.
One last tip for a successful transition to the Oil Cleansing Method
I find too often that people start trying the Oil Cleansing Method by mixing too many oils together, sometimes even changing them every single week. If their skin starts freaking out, they decide the OCM isn’t working and give up on it for ever. Please don’t make this mistake.
Start with a very simple mixture of no more than 3 oils and stick to it for at least a month (provided that your skin doesn’t get into a serious purging mode). You might have to play around with the ratios but don’t change the actual oils. In that way, if something doesn’t work out, it will be much easier to pinpoint the culprit.
I hope this will answer all of the questions about the Oil Cleansing Method that might have popped in your mind. If you have any more, just give me a shout, and I might troubleshoot a little more for you in the future.
Just please don’t give up on this wonderful method. If you’re having problems, experiment, analyse, listen to your skin, ask me for help, but please don’t give up!
Trust me, it’s amazing being able to ditch all the chemicals and instead choosing something that is great for your body, makes you look radiant and doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Did you find this mini series helpful? I hope so! Let me know in the comments. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a tiny commission. However, the price for you will remain the same. All the products I recommend are personally selected by me because I simply think they’re great.