Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Foxbrim, but as usual, the ideas and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
It’s been several years since I first mentioned the “Oil Cleansing Method” here on the blog. That post has generated a lot of interest since then, so I thought it was high time I revisited the subject! If you haven’t heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before now, or are just a bit rusty on the details, here’s a little refresher course…
Oil Cleansing Method 101
The Oil Cleansing Method involves massaging an oil or mixture of oils into your skin, then gently wiping your face clean with a warm, damp wash cloth. (Some people also steam their skin as part of the cleansing process, but some don’t.) The logic of this process is based on the scientific concept of “like dissolving like,” meaning that substances with similar characteristics will dissolve in each other. This helps explain why oil and water don’t mix, and why it’s so hard to wash oily stains out of your clothing.
Some traditional soaps and cleansers can be too harsh and dry out your skin. Dehydrated skin can be dry and flaky, or even end up producing MORE oil to compensate. But by cleansing your face with oil (that’s right, just oil!) you create an environment that dissolves the oils and grime on your skin without the harsh drying effects. Many people report that the Oil Cleansing Method has helped control the oil production on their face, reducing breakouts as well as moisturizing those dry, flaky patches.
Choosing Your Oils
So now that you know what the Oil Cleansing Method is… you may be wondering which oil or oils you should use. Well, it largely depends on who you talk to. TheOilCleansingMethod.com suggests that for cleansing normal skin, you should use a 1:4 ratio of pure castor oil which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and a secondary oil, like sunflower oil or even olive oil. Others have reported success using jojoba, argan, and rosehip oils as their secondary oil. It may take some time and experimentation to decide what oils are perfect for your unique skin type.
Whatever oils you choose to use, you should ideally select oils that are natural, organic, and suited for use in skincare. I recently learned about a skincare company called Foxbrim that offers oils that check all three of those boxes. Their offerings include many of the oils I mentioned above, at a very reasonable price compared to a lot of other brands out there.
And if you’re interested in trying out the Oil Cleansing Method, but feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of selecting and mixing the oils yourself, Foxbrim has you covered there, too! Their 100% Natural Makeup Remover & Facial Oil contains a mixture of grapeseed, avocado, macadamia, and jojoba oils. This combination of oils helps to cleanse skin of makeup and impurities, and it comes in a 2oz pump bottle that makes it easy to apply. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and leaves it feeling so soft and smooth!
But my favorite thing about Foxbrim is that they make products you can feel good about buying. They never test their products on animals, and they source their oils and other ingredients in small batches. This means that the products you receive are about as fresh and high-quality as they come, and at a great value. (The Facial Oil I mentioned above is only $15. Similar facial oils from other brands can cost twice that amount – for a bottle half the size!)
I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method with the Foxbrim Facial Oil for a week or so now, and I’ve been loving the way my skin feels. I’m looking forward to seeing continued improvement in my skin tone! If you’re using the Oil Cleansing Method, or are planning on giving it a try, I’d love to hear how it’s working out for you! Leave a comment below this blog post, or shoot me an email anytime. :-)
Interested in trying out some of these products for yourself? The kinds folks at Foxbrim are generously offering an exclusive discount to OGT readers! Head to their online shop and use the code GOODTHING15 to receive a 15% discount on your order.
(And if you’re on the fence about placing an order, Foxbrim has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with your products, they will refund your money completely, no questions asked. Hard to argue with that!)