I will admit here and now I have always had “problem skin”. It was usually oily and nasty and zitty. I used every kind of nasty chemical laden face wash to try to clear it up with no avail. I found a product that worked “ok” and actually sold product for that company for a little while because I was so pleased with how it worked, BUT once I got more into natural living and detoxifying my life I stopped using it because of the chemicals involved.
So I switched to the Oil Cleansing Method. I know, it sounds insane. Who cleans their face with oil? Doesn’t that make your face all greasy? Do you now look like a teenager working the fryer at the fast food joint?
No, in fact, my face is more clear than it has been in a LONG time. By long time I mean since before I hit puberty.
I know this has a gross out factor, it sure did for me! Put oil on my face? That goes against all that the cosmetics industry has told us for YEARS.
Why does this work?
Your skin naturally produces oil called sebum to keep your skin healthy, moist, and nourished. Your body knows how much sebum to produce to maintain optimal skin health. We, the consumer, have been told that we need to wash away these natural oils because our body does not know what it needs to maintain optimal skin health, and have been told to strip away our natural oil and replace it with these nasty chemicals instead.
By stripping our faces natural oils, along with the dirt and grime from daily living, we are removing our skins natural defense and moisturizer. This puts our skin into overdrive and it over produces oil because it is so stripped and dry, thus making us move to stronger face washes to remove the excess oil.
Here is a direct quote from acne.org:
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
How does this work?
What the oil cleansing method does is it gently, naturally, and effectively removes the built up environmental gunk that gets on our skin during the day and moisturizes the skin promoting optimal sebum production so your skin can look, feel, and BE healthy.
The oil cleansing method is astonishingly simple. It involves two oils: extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and castor oil. Other oils can be substituted for the olive oil depending on the skin type and need. Jojoba, flax-seed, grape seed, and evening primrose oils are highly recommended for people with severe acne, for example.
Olive oil has a very simaler PH to human skin, and is very nourishing with a high antioxidant content. It moisturizes, nourishes, and heals the skin.
Castor oil is thick and dissolves the oil on your skin, pulling out impurities and environmental junk that builds up in your pores over the course of the day.
How much oil should I mix together?
|Skin Condition||Extra Virgin Olive Oil||Castor Oil|
|Dry||3 tablespoons||1 tablespoon|
|Normal (or unsure)||2 tablespoons||2 tablespoons|
|Oily||1 tablespoon||3 tablespoons|
I have normal to oily skin so I mixed 1 part EVOO and 1 part castor oil in a brown glass bottle and keep it by my sink to apply quickly and easily.
I recommend starting out making a very small amount until you find the proper ratio for your skin type. This is completely customizable to YOUR skin type, which means it does take some tweaking, and some time to get it right. Be patient and stick with it!
How do I do this?
1. Rub the oil in the skin
Put a quarter sized amount of oil in the palm of your hand and gently apply it to your whole face and neck, rubbing the oil in well. Take a minute and give your self a nice, relaxing face massage. Apply to your dry face, do not rinse with water first.
2. Steam your face
Wet a wash cloth with hot water, (not scalding), and place the hot wash cloth over your face until it is room temperature. Steaming your face like this helps pull out impurities from your pores removing dead skin cells and impurities.
I like to do this while in a nice hot bath. Barring that, if it is a night like tonight, while sitting on the toilet hiding from my children. It is nice to take a minute or two of quiet time in the evening before getting the baby down to sleep.
3. Wipe off your face
Take the wash cloth, rinse it out with warm water, and gently wipe any residual oil off of your face. This will give you gentle exfoliation and wipe away any impurities from your skin.
4. Enjoy your beautiful skin!
I have noticed that my skin is more even and balanced and does not need a toner or moisturizer any more. My pores have shrunk and I barely have acne, when before I had chronic acne, even when using the “big guns”.
When I first started using this method I did break out in the beginning. This is the oil doing its job. It is leaching out all of the crap stored in your pores from years of mistreatment and neglect. THIS IS NORMAL. Stick with it. After a week or two of using OCM every day or every other day, (I do every other day), your skin will start to clear up and will have a healthier more even complexion.
In my first solution I did add 5 drops of Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils to help purge my skin of impurities, and encourage healing while reducing redness. You can completely customize your oils to meet your skin care needs. Take a look at my post “Essential Oils for Skincare” to find what oils would work with your specific needs.
If you feel like you need a little bit of moisturizer just get a dab of the OCM solution and rub it on your face. Other great moisturizers are coconut and almond oils.
***Update*** I have found an amazing oil for the Oil Cleansing Method that is already made and works so well. It is an herb infused oil made by l.c. of acirema. She makes this fantastic oil to help replenish and rejuvenate skin taking the work out of finding the perfect formula for you. My readers can get a discount when purchasing from her etsy shop by using the coupon code LUCKYMAMMA5.
Have you tried OCM? What combination do you use?
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