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High Mookish Shaman

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Oil Cleansing Method


Oil Cleansing Method

Has anyone tried it? I've decided I'm going to give it a go, just waiting for my castor oil to arrive. Anyone have any tips/ suggestions?



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I have! I alternate between cleansing with whipped shea butter and olive oil, and sometimes I add a little salt to make a scrub before I steam it off. It's amazing, my skin has never been better, it makes you all glowy, and fades acne scars very quickly if you have any. Only thing I'd say is to moisturise afterwards (as oil dissolves oil, you can sometimes take off more oil than intended, so moisturise with a light moisturiser straight afterwards) and to be really religious with it- if you forget to cleanse for a few days then sometimes your skin can look more dull and sad looking than it did before you started.

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I've not cleansed with oil but I used to work with tonnes of people who did - apparently the more solid-y/ thicker ones are better for cleansing because they're richer and so on. I've used almond oil and a really excellent mixed oil blend (can't remember what was in it though) for moisturising, and I was very happy with that...

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My dad uses coconut oil, and has done for at least 10 years now. He loves it, but I've never discussed it in depth with him, so I don't know exactly how his skin reacted and so on.

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Absolutely love this method for cleansing, makes my skin so smooth and happy it's great for removing make-up too!

Never used castor oil though I usually just use grapeseed, almond, coconut etc. but all oils are good you just need to find out which ones suit your skin type.



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^ I didn't even think about skin type, I just bought some castor oil because most of the recipes seem to contain it.

Lots of positive words here... going to try it out tonight. (:

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I tried this once and had an absolutely horrible breakout of pimples afterwards. But I used baby oil, so that might have been the problem?

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^^^ Baby oil is made of mineral oil, which a lot of people are very sensitive to.

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Piglet wrote:

Tried it last night and didn't notice a huge difference (but I'm not covered in pimples now which is what I was half-expecting, so that bodes well!), it's going to be a bloody lifesaver in winter though, when I still need to cleanse but it starts to dry my skin right up.


 My skin doesn't look any different at all either. ); Pretty disappointed because of all the glowing reviews I've read of it. Might play around with the oils and see if that makes any difference.



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^ Baby oil is craaaaaappp! Give it a try with something nicer! And Orange, you need to give it a little time I think, don't give up yet! :)

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I've recently been using olive oil to cleanse my face and i've been getting on very well with it. I usually use ultrabland by lush to remove my make-up at night and then a normal cleanser in the morning. I just apply it with my fingers and then remove it with damp cotton wool. My skin has been a lot clearer and generally looks smoother. Also I get less dry patches of skin.



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I haven't specifically used oil cleansing, but I do use olive oil, or occasionally coconut oil, to remove my makeup, which is sort of a bit like cleansing, and my face seems pretty happy since I started doing that. I could see the difference pretty quickly, though it was more obvious after a few days.

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I used olive oil for a bit, not sure if it made my skin any better but it was a LOT less irritating to my skin than shop bought cleansers. And very moisturising.. may try it again soon.

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I use biotin oil, but this sounds a lot cheaper and I always have plenty of olive oil in the house...

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Ooh, this sounds worth a try, I love using oil as a night cream...

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I want to try it, but I've only just got my skin under control and I don't want to risk upsetting it again. :(

I do sometimes use oil as an eye make-up remover though, The mascara just slides off my eyelashes!

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I have a feeling that it would make my pores go mental, but everyone's skin and everyone's habits are different!

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I'm going to try this tonight! I'm not even worried about pimples, I just hope my sensitive skin doesn't decide it's a good time for an allergic reaction. Wish me luck :P



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Let us know how it goes! You can be our little mooky guinnea pig!!!

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I'd love to be a guinea pig! They're adorable and live a pretty snuggly life :P

I oiled my face last night using a mixture of olive and sunflower seed oil. My skin is nicely soft and moisturised but doesn't seem any cleaner or brighter than usual. I suppose that requires time. No redness or itching, though! 



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Did you make sure to steam it off with a hot cloth? This is the step a lot of people forget, and then they complain about their skin breaking out or clogged pores.

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OoOoOoh I like the idea of the steaming with hot towel makes it into more of a beauty treatment then a regular cleanse.

Trying this for sure.

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Forgot about this, need to try it again and get into a routine with it! It takes such a long time though. D;

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I tried it once a couple of weeks ago, and my skin was literally glowing the next day! I haven't tried it since, though, because I accidentally left all the oils at my mother's house. :(

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I've been trying this for just over a week, using olive oil every 3 or 4 days, and I can't say it's made any sort of massive difference. My skin does feel quite soft but I haven't really noticed any difference in appearence.

Though I decided that at the same time, I'd apply the oil to the bottom half of my hair, then wash it out after I was done with my face, and that's been wonderful, my hair feels much more soft and silky.

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I've been doing this for ages without thinking. I use coconut oil, seeing as it gets used for everything in our house - cleansing, nappy rash, scalp treatments, cooking, coating wooden chopping boards...



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I was afraid my pores would look bad after oiling - I have combination skin - but they don't! My skin is perfectly clear, smooth and radiant. I use argan oil.

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Be careful with this, guys, I'm sure it works for some but it really, really wrecked my skin. I decided to try it a few months ago because cleansing with oil sounded like it could be insanely good for my dry, sensitive skin. It seemed to work at first, I cleansed religiously and made sure I steamed the oil off, moisturised, the whole shebang. After the first month or so, my skin went bonkers. I eventually went back to using nothing but Ultrabland and the acne situation got a little better but my skin still looked and felt horrible. I'd never had any problems with acne before.

I have just returned from two absolutely excruciating hours at a beauty salon. I look like my face exploded but my skin feels much better and the lovely lady at the salon said things should get back to normal now but that it was probably the oil cleansing method that clogged my pores.

My skin is very weird so this was probably a rather unusual reaction to the OCM but I just wanted to tell you that it can go horribly wrong.

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^^^ Oh no Bobbie, that's awful! What oil were you using? Glad your face is starting to feel better. x

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^ I was using a blend of castor oil and olive oil. My skin needs to heal so I'm not allowed to wear foundation for three days now and I feel terribly self-conscious. I'm taking my blotchy pizza face out tonight anyway because I think it would be silly not to meet up with my lovely friends just because I look like I've been stung by a thousand vengeful bees. Could be interesting self-esteem exercise, actually.

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