Oil Cleansing


We are all guilty of spending top dollar when it comes to skin care. Somehow, it feels justified. But, no amount of moolah could make my skin happy. It fought each pampering dollop of golden serum and medicated night cream with vengeance. All these years, it was trying to tell me something. I ignored it and responded with more expensive, may I say, junk.

Sometimes, it is simplifying that solves the problem. Skin care tops that list. Finally, I listened to my skin, more out of frustration than enlightenment. Would it kill me to not use any lathering product on my face? I didn’t know the answer. I tried anyway. I gave up on soap and face wash—yes, just like that! I scrubbed my face twice a week with a scrub meant for normal skin. There were no signs of fresh acne or breakouts but my skin didn’t glow or shine the way I, somehow, expected it to. I was wary of using the wonderful smelling moisturizer on patches that were drying up after a good scrub. Then I headed to the trusted world of the Internet and typed “natural way to cleanse face”. That led me to skin cleansing nirvana – the oil cleansing method. I have not wasted my time or money on any skin care products ever since.

I do not follow this method alongside my daily cleansing routine. This is my only daily cleansing routine. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Take a couple of drops of jojoba oil and massage well on to your face.
  2. Take a soft cotton wash cloth (100% cotton) and run hot water through it. Squeeze out excess water and press the towel on your face for a couple of minutes.
  3. Repeat but, this time, gently wipe your face with the towel. Don’t overdo this step. Any excess oil will work as a natural moisturizer.
  4. If you have dry skin, dab on a couple of drops after cleaning your face while it is still warm and moist. If you have oily skin, you are good to go.

Now let’s talk oils. There are many options out there. Jojoba worked for me and I am not surprised because, unlike most other oils, jojoba oil dissolves in water. So, there is no chance of pore blocking action by this oil. In fact, it works wonders for acne prone skin. It is a good oil to kick start oil cleansing. Some of the other oils that you could consider are –almond oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Test them until you find the perfect one for your skin. Our founder, Deepthi, swears by a combination of Grapeseed (70%) and Castor oil (30%). Her acne started to fade away within a week.

Sometimes, oil cleansing takes a couple of weeks to show its effect. In the meantime, you may notice breakouts. Don’t stress over it; it is the oil working its way through your skin and detoxing it. Soon, you will notice acne fading away.

Don’t be afraid. These are pure natural oils, after all. It is amusing to see the cautious approach most people take to warm up to oil cleansing, when they have been merrily abusing their skin with chemical laden products for decades. Try it. Doesn’t it make complete sense to feed your skin the purest squirts of goodness?


Ramya Malisetty loves French food, Japanese culture, Merlot and King Charles Cavaliers. She obsesses over making a perfect bed, labeling everything in sight, Shabby Chic décor and preparing elaborate meals. She lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with her husband. Read about her foodie jaunts and fashion tips on her blog Wardrobe Menu.

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