It's true. I stopped washing my face since I stumbled upon the oil cleansing method and I have not looked back. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops when I first started using the method but I thought I'd wait awhile. After about over a year, I am 100% convinced that oil is so much better than soap or over the counter cleansers for cleaning the face. My facial skin isn't flawless to begin with, and it isn't the best model so I am not posting a before and after picture here. But, I am confident to say that ceasing to use all bubbling agents has done wonders to my face.
I was hesitant to use oil at first because I have very oily skin. After some researching I found out olive oil and jojoba oils are a close resemblance to our own sebum so it tricks your skin from producing oil when applied. Thus the result is having just the right amount of oil on your face. So basically, you have only one product for cleansing and moisturizing - and it's all natural and chemical free!
To start with, you have to experiment to find the oil that works best for your skin.
Below is some information I found from the internet on comedogenic and non-comedogenic oils.
Low Pore Clogging Probability:
Almond (Sweet Almond) oil
Apricot Kernal Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Medium Pore-Clogging Probability:
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Sulfonated Castor Oil
High Pore-Clogging Probability:
Wheat Germ Oil
Most people who use the oil cleansing method suggest using olive oil or castor oil. Castor oil is light, which is good for those with oily skin. Olive oil is heavier so it's good for those with dry skin. Depending on your skin type try to experiment on a mixture of the two by increasing or decreasing the proportions between the heavy and light oil.
For normal skin : use one part castor oil to one part Olive oil.
For oily skin, use three parts castor oil to one part Olive oil.
For dry skin, use one part castor oil to three parts Olive oil.
If you find Olive and castor oils doesn't work for you try substituting with different oils from the list. Castor oil can be substituted with lighter oils like jojoba, almond or avocado oils.
I found pure jojoba oil works best on my skin as it feels the least oily and it has the least smell. I add about 5-7 drops of tea tree oil for each 4oz of jojoba oil and that's it. The tea tree oil is added for its antiseptic properties, to combat those acne causing bacteria.
So how do I cleanse with it?
1) Massage oil on skin using palm or with a cotton ball if you want a little scrub.
2) Wet a washcloth under hot water then cover your face with it. Steam your face with the washcloth until washcloth gets to room temperature. This opens up the pores and removes impurities.
3) Rinse the washcloth with water and gently wipe off the oil.
4) Splash your face with cool water (to close the pores).
5) Pat dry your face with a clean towel.
Easy peasy right? And really there's nothing better than not using chemicals on your face.