Internet people will tell you that in order to properly use the Oil Cleansing Method, you need a washcloth. This is false. The washcloth is gross, the washcloth is a waste of time, the washcloth is cumbersome, and the washcloth is rough on your soft skin.
I hear you – what do I know, right? Well, here’s what I know:
With the “traditional” Oil Cleansing Method technique you have to rub oil on your skin, then steam clean it by placing a washcloth full of hot water over your face. You leave the washcloth in place until it cools, then repeat this step three or four more times, and finally wipe the oil gently off your face. A lot of work, am I right?
You only need to do this dance a few times to realize that you’re wasting your time at the sink. If I’m going to spend that much time on my skin, I may as well just take care of it like a normal person. Not to mention, the cloth gets oily and needs to go in the wash after nearly every other use, and the whole steaming process sends hot water running up my sleeves when I bring the rag up to my face.
It didn’t take me long to can the rag and find a better method. I read online about streamlining the whole process by steam cleaning in the shower. You’re supposed to oil cleanse once a day, preferably in the evening, so this method works best if you shower at night. Luckily, I do and, trust me, this little alteration makes my oil cleansing life much simpler.
All I do is massage the oil into my face and get in the shower. I let the oil sit while I do everything else I need to do; meanwhile, the steam acts like the hot rag and opens my pores. Just before I get out, I rinse my face in hot water and gently wipe the oil off with my hands. Much quicker, much easier.
The more you oil cleanse, the more comfortable you’ll get with the oil cleansing method, and the more you’ll realize you can tailor it to fit your own needs. Your skin will tell you whether it likes your alterations or not. Don’t listen to internet people; they never know what they’re talking about.