The Oil Cleanse Method has become increasingly popular as a facial regimen. I have to admit I’m not sold on its effectiveness, yet. I have combination skin that is either too dry or too oily. I have been on the hunt for something that’s going to balance my skin without throwing its imbalance further into whack.
The struggle is that facial cleansers usually have ingredients that consist of harsh detergents that strip your skin of its natural oils, not just dirt. Some believe that this causes the skin to overcompensate and produce an excess of oil to combat dryness and associated irritation.
For you to understand how the Oil Cleanse Method works, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane to high school chemistry. Do you remember the “like dissolves like” concept? If you don’t, its okay. But this is the exact same premise in which the Oil Cleanse Method is supposed to work. Substances with similar compositions are more likely to mix well. It’s the complete opposite of of oil and vinegar — oil and oil work well together. The oil dissolves the dirt and facial oils without drying the face out.
In addition to the “like dissolves like” concept, many natural oils — such as coconut oil and olive oil, just to name a few — have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making them perfect for “cleansing.”
But if you’re anything like me, you’re still not buying it. Please take the time to read and investigate for yourself; Thank Your Body has a wonderful write-up on the Oil Cleanse Method. I must admit that I tried it once or twice, and my face loved it, BUT I had a minor breakout, which is completely normal. Supposedly, your face just needs time to adjust and remove the toxins. I’m way too vain for that. I’d rather the toxins stay in if that meant no breakouts. (I know, I know. Don’t judge me.)
I did very much enjoy the end result of the oil cleanse prior to my breakout, so I decided to modify it. I will share my Modified Oil Cleanse Method shortly. Stay tuned.