Forever Young: The Oil Cleansing Method

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen my comparison picture from week 1 of my Oil Cleansing Method Challenge. I copped the idea from the lovely Fran of Hey Fran Hey, and since I started, there is no turning back. I'll spare you the details and background of the Oil Cleansing Method, because Fran explains everything fairly well in this video:

Like I mentioned earlier, I've only been at this oil cleansing thing for a week, but I can already see the difference in my skin. I'm not heavy into makeup as far as foundations, concealers, and everything goes, but I did regularly wear bronzer on my face to kind of cover up and detract from the dark marks and bumps on my skin. But since I began oil cleansing last week, I have yet to even pick up my makeup bag. I am definitely noticing a reduction in breakouts and dark spots. My pores are shrinking, and my face just looks a lot more clear. See for yourself:

On the left, you have my skin last week. On the right, my skin Thursday morning. If you're looking at the picture really closely, don't pay too much attention to the redness. I snapped the pic on the right about 10 minutes after my very first Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask, and some redness after removal is normal, and goes away within half an hour.

 Here is how I do my Oil Cleanse:
Morning Routine: Steam face with a clean cloth that has been run under warm/hot (but not burning) water for 10-15 seconds. Apply oil of choice -- I alternate between Trader Joe's 100% Pure Jojoba Oil and Aura Cacia's Sweet Almond Oil with Vitamin E -- and massage vigorously into skin using fingertips, just like you would if you were using a facial cleanser. Rinse face, and blot excess water and oil with a clean face cloth or paper towel. And you don't even need to put moisturizer on your face afterward!
Night Routine: Steam face the same as above (this opens the pores). Apply a dime-sized amount of the Alaffia African Black Soap and cleanse using the same motion as above. Rinse face, and blot excess water with a clean face cloth or paper towel. After this, you may need some moisture on your face. You can either use a small amount of your oil, or some DIY fluffy styling cream.

If you're thinking about starting the Oil Cleanse Method, here are some things to keep in mind:
  • You may have to do a trial and error with the oils to determine which one (or mixture) your skin responds the best to.
  • If you are going to alternate between oils and a cleanser (perhaps because you sweat a lot in the gym!), make it a gentle one with as many natural ingredients as possible. Otherwise, you could be undoing all the awesome benefits of the oil.
  • Remember to always, always, always use a clean cloth to steam your face, and to blot your face. Also, don't use your body towel on your face. Nothing expedites breakouts faster than used towels!
  • I highly recommend a weekly or bi-weekly mask or exfoliation treatment. Right now, I'm on Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.
Happy Oil Cleansing!


  1. I just started the oil cleansing method a week ago, and it's been great so far!

  2. Awesome! I'm only a few weeks in, and I am seeing major changes!

  3. Hi, im shiro just stumbled upon your blog, was wondering do you need two oils for this?

  4. I had very acne prone skin and thats why I am a regular user of acnezine acne treatment cream by Revitol and the results are great for me.Now I am afraid that a method like this would bring back the acne.

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