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Olive Oil Cleansing Method Skin Care Routine

Updated on February 11, 2013

The olive oil cleansing method is far superior to commercial face washes and moisturizers. In fact, skin care and beauty manufacturers have been lying to you for years. They have been selling the belief that in order for you to have wrinkle-free, youthful dewy skin, you must wash and moisturize your skin with products that have hundreds of hard to pronounce ingredients.

In reality, you can achieve the same results with by cleansing your skin with something you already have in your house and use on a regular basis – olive oil.

That’s right, olive oil. It probably seems counter-intuitive to put oil on your face to clean and moisturize, but the reality is that it is a far superior way to take care of your skin. Not only is it gentler on your face than most commercial cleansers and moisturizers, but it is better for your skin (and your budget).

Here’s why. When you wash your face, what are you trying to get rid of? Dirt and oil on your skin. But, you can’t get rid of oil with water, because they don’t mix. Instead, the beauty industry wants you to believe you must use chemical-filled soap, which encapsulates the dirt and oil so that it can wash off your skin.

After using face wash, you have to moisturize with lotion because your skin is stripped completely dry. That’s the purpose of face wash, to remove oil, including the natural oils your face needs to maintain moisture.

However, a better way to clean the skin would be with the olive oil cleansing method, because oil dissolves oil. Instead of using harsh soap to get rid of the dirt, rub a small amount of olive oil on your face.

The olive oil cleansing method dissolves the oils on your face gently and naturally. There’s a chance that you won’t need to moisturize afterwards either, but if you do, just rub a little more olive oil on your face, and pat dry with a towel.

Think about this another way. Your skin naturally produces oil to clean, moisturize and protect itself. This means that your skin needs oil in order to be healthy. By cleaning your face with oil, you are giving your skin what it needs, in the way that it needs it. Oil is already a known and compatible system for the skin.

In fact, many people have oily skin because of the cleansers and products they use.These products strip the skin, which later requires artificial re-moisturization. When you strip your skin of all oils, this sends a signal to your face to produce more oil. When you do this every day, or even twice a day, you send a signal to your skin to constantly produce more oil, which leads to your face looking like an oil slick.

With the olive oil cleansing method, many people report having far less breakouts and blemishes. Olive oil is also known to help other skin conditions such as *rosacea. (*I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Should you have a skin condition, please consult your doctor before trying any new regimen.)

If you try the olive oil cleansing method and your skin breaks out, it could be that olive oil is too heavy for your type of skin. Everyone’s skin is different, and as such what works for you may not work for someone else. You can still reap the same rewards of the cleansing with oil even if you’re using a lighter oil, like almond oil or sunflower oil.


The Olive Oil Cleansing Method

  • Soak a washcloth in warm (not too hot) water. Ring out and place on face for a few minutes to open pores.
  • Remove washcloth. Take approximately 1 capful of olive oil and rub it all over your face and neck. Olive oil is safe for your eyes too, and is great for removing eye makeup, so feel free to rub it over your (closed) eyes as well.
  • Gently buff skin with warm, damp washcloth. Pat dry with a clean towel.
  • If your skin feels a little dry afterward, rub a small amount of olive oil into your skin, and pat dry with a towel. Wait a little bit before applying makeup, until skin feels smooth (not oily) to the touch.

Does this look like the skin of a 41 year old?
Does this look like the skin of a 41 year old? | Source

While the olive oil cleansing method has many benefits for your skin, it also has some benefits for your budget. Olive oil is a common cooking ingredient, and as such you probably have some in your kitchen or pantry right now. Price per volume, olive oil is far cheaper than face wash. With olive oil you can also buy larger quantities, which further drives down the price.

Pour a small amount of extra virgin olive oil into a clean, dry bottle. Store this new, smaller bottle in your bathroom for use in your beauty routine. When your small bottle runs out, refill with the stuff from the kitchen. It’s that easy!

As someone who has used the olive oil cleansing method for almost a year (I started just after Christmas, 2010) I can honestly say that I do not miss commercial face wash and moisturizers. I don’t miss the hassle and expense of buying them at the store, either.

I’ve always had oily skin, prone to breakouts. While it has gotten better as I age, I always tend to break out around that time of the month. However, since I started using olive oil, my skin has been less oily than it has ever been. I can’t even remember the last time I had a zit.

Do yourself a favor and switch to cleansing your skin with olive oil. Olive oil is not only gentle on your skin, it’s gentle on your budget as well. The added perk is that it will simplify your beauty routine too.

I dare you to try the olive oil cleaning method for a week. After all, what’s the harm? If you don’t like it, you can always go back to your normal routine. But after a week, I guarantee that you will be wondering why you believed the hype of using commercial products in the first place.


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      Nicole 4 years ago

      So far of the oils I've tried I like olive oil the best. I use it as a moisturizer with a little almond and jojoba oil and to remove my eye make up. I prefer my mix with mostly olive oil. My skin has been so soft. I haven't tried to use it in place of my cleanser but will give it a try!

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      JulieStrier 5 years ago from Apopka, FL

      I didn't experience that at all, but everyone is different.

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      Djsksk 5 years ago

      Did your skin get worse when you first tried it or did it just cut straight to the improvement? I've heard that it worsens your skin at first.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing this method of cleaning the face with olive oil. I´ll try it. Voted up and useful!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Fascinating! I'll give this a try!! Nothing else is really cutting it, so I suppose I have nothing to lose =__=

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      gchicnotes 6 years ago

      Great information. I definitely have to try this. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      JulieStrier 6 years ago from Apopka, FL

      Amy - Good luck, I hope it helps.

      Tuesday75 - I agree. I just used it for the same thing this morning! :)

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      Tuesday75 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I always use olive oil for removing my eye make-up. It's the best remover I've ever used.

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      Amy Priddy 6 years ago from Greenbrier, Arkansas

      I have a cabinet full of face products, and yet I still have terrible skin. Olive Oil it is. It can't hurt. Thanks for the Info :)

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      JulieStrier 6 years ago from Apopka, FL

      No problem!

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      Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes 6 years ago from Heaven

      thanks for the great hub!!very useful and informative!


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