The oil cleansing method, often abbreviated to OCM, is a system for cleaning a human face using oil(s).Sometimes, oils can be mixed; one example is 50% extra virgin olive oil and 50% castor oil. This mixture can be optimized based on skin type and personal preference. Oily skin can make use of a larger proportion of castor oil. Other oils that are commonly used are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.
Before the widespread availability of soap, which has existed for thousands of years but was not produced industrially until the 19th century, people in many cultures used oil to cleanse the body. For example as part of a visit to the baths ancient Romans rubbed oil into their skin and removed both the oil and any dirt with a strigil.
In this beauty treatment, the oil is rubbed into skin for approximately two minutes. Next, a warm, damp microfiber wash cloth is used to wipe off the excess oil. Applied sparingly, oil may be used to moisturize the skin after the cleansing oil has been removed from the face.