THE TRUE OIL CLEANSING METHOD - The “Dry Oil Cleansing Method”


 I  discovered oil cleansing by accident many years ago. It was the 90’s and I was using sesame and almond oil as moisturizers (even though my friends thought it was crazy, and told me that my skin would break out). I didn’t listen and argued that the skin is made of oils and produces oil to stay moisturized, and the body knows best. They wanted nothing to do with my “radical” theory and trusted their department store brands. Also, I knew that drier skin with a less oily composition was more prone to lines, so it seemed like the smartest thing on my skin care journey to practice moisturizing with oils.

  Around the same time, I was seeing an esthetician who I shared my oil theory with and she told me that although she "admired my experimental thinking," she believed that the oils I was applying “did no good because they didn’t absorb fully.” Of course I argued that those oils were moisturizing and protecting my skin and continued on my merry, oil faced way. 

  I really respected this esthetician, she had her own ideas about skin care that I hadn’t heard before, so she was great fun to talk with. She explained to me that plain water dries the skin and to never stick your face straight into the shower head when showering because the water force hitting the skin is stripping, leaving it tight and vulnerable. I knew she was right and I practiced what is called the “caveman cleanse,” and it really worked for me, (it's also much easier for people who don’t wear make up of course.) I wouldn’t cleanse my face with a cleanser and water and I wouldn’t get my face wet in the shower or bath either. Yes, I go to extremes for beauty and even though I missed getting my face wet at the time, I got used to it. I would cleanse my face with a damp, wrung out, warm wash cloth only. I felt fresh and on the leading edge of skin care and I knew my skin would look better for years to come if I kept up with this type of practice.

 Then one day I remember slathering a bit too much of my sesame & vitamin e oil moisturizer on my face, so I wiped it off with a cloth. I immediately noticed how clean and soft my skin felt. I thought about what had just happened; I didn’t use a wet wash cloth, I used a dry one, and it was just the oil. Oil cleansed my skin. My skin felt clean and fresh and I wasn’t using water at all. I continued this for years and still today. My estheticians water theory and my oil theory together, combined with a moisturizing accident and here we are today!


   When oil cleansing with a damp wash cloth, the water in the wash cloth isn’t helping the oil cleanser gather and remove the dirty imbalanced oil from your face and pores. The water in the cloth is actually taking away from the power of the oil by mixing with it, making a different compound, essentially, diluting it.

    Without the water on the cloth, the straight cleansing oil attaches to imbalanced oil in the pores, gathers dirt and make up on the surface because oil easily picks up dirt, then the oil cleanser pulls the imbalanced oil with the dirt and debris out and off the skin as like attracts like, (I learned this in color education in beauty school) finally, leaving clean, moisturized skin behind. 

   THINK ABOUT THIS - Soap works to clean dirt and oil when combined with water. Without soap, water doesn't clean the oil and dirt from the skin. So why are we using water with our Oil Cleanse? The water isn't cleaning when the cloth is wet, the pressure and the cloth is wiping the oil away, not the water.  If you have an "oil" cleanser that foams - that isn't an oil, oils don't foam.  Be sure to investigate all the ingredients on your products so you know what you are using. 


   Your pores don’t open and close, there are no muscles, they are just small openings in the skin. Steaming your face before hand can help loosen imbalanced sebum, clogged pores and blackheads, but not because the pore is “opening.” It’s the proper balanced oil that will draw the unwanted oil and debris out of the skin, regardless of steaming or the use of a hot wash cloth.

    So unless you have congested skin, whiteheads, blackheads or other clogged pore, problem conditions - the right oil won’t need any help effectively pulling the imbalanced dirt and oil from the skin, and the water in the wash cloth is just weakening the oil's process. So you can skip the hot wash cloth application. If you are steaming to loosen clogged pores, after steaming, pat the face dry then oil cleanse on a dry face.

*Also - the water in the wash cloth isn't "hydrating" the skin either, that's just tap water and that's what your Hydrator is designed for after cleansing. Even if you're moistening your cloth with your hydrator instead, you're wasting it. Your hydration is meant to be layered on after cleansing to prep the skin to receive and deliver the nutrients in your moisturizer effectively and the moisturizer then traps the hydration in the skin as well. The skin responds to oil and water differently - steps must be layered. 

We can all agree, a warm washcloth on the face does feel better than a dry cloth. But oh well. I sacrifice for beauty. 

      Here's my Dry Oil Cleansing Method: 

- Massage oil onto skin well - this loosens skin surface tension and the friction helps dissolve imbalance oil.

- Next use a dry wash cloth ( I use muslin) and PRESS the skin firmly all around the face and neck for an effective cleanse. Do not use sweeping motions, unless you’re gently removing make up from the surface with your first cleanse. Cleanse a second time if you removed make up. 

- Spritz your Hydrator and press an appropriate amount of oil on top of your hydrator and you are done!

   We all have different skin, hair, diets, genes, lifestyles, habits and minds that all contribute to what works and doesn’t work for each of us in beauty. What is right for one person is totally wrong for another.  There are a lot of myths about skin and hair care that we’ll be continueally educating people on for years. That is our work. There’s a lot of great (and not so great) information out there, and the more we encourage people to continually do their own research, fact check and think for themselves, the more we clean up this industry. Thanks for reading!!!


 Health & Happiness,