I have mentioned the oil cleansing method (OCM) in several posts and most recently here. I decided to put together this post for anyone who might not have any idea what OCM is. Its also for anyone seeking more information on OCM. And if you’re looking for an effective natural way to cleanse your skin, then stick around too 🙂
What is OCM?
The oil cleansing method is exactly what it sounds like: using oils to clean your face. Natural oils. This may seem counter intuitive since we almost always want to wash our face once it gets oily. Its almost like we’ve been conditioned to believe that oil on the face is a big No No.
Why oil is important
The skin naturally produces oil (sebum) because it needs it. Sebum helps lubricate, heal, protect and moisturize the skin thus enabling it to function properly.
Oil alone will not cause blemishes. Pimples, cysts and blackheads are the results of several different factors including diet, hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells, and sebum that builds up and clogs the pores.
How does it work?
The oil cleansing method is actually quite straight forward. It works under the concept that oil dissolves oil. This means that what you are basically doing is using your oil of choice to dissolve the oil (sebum) on your skin and in the pores and then drawing it out while simultaneously replacing the dirty oil with clean oil that is actually beneficial to your skin.
Most commercial face washes and cleansers tend to strip the skin of its natural oils leaving it tight and dry. The skin then naturally tries to repair itself by producing even more oil than before in an effort to replace the oil thats been stripped away.
Which oils do you need?
You will need two oils, the first being Castor oil. This oil has been found to be both healing and cleansing. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil has been said to leave the body in better condition than it found it. However, please note that little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you with dry skin.
Due to its thickness and strong cleansing properties, castor oil needs to be diluted using a 2nd (thinner) oil. The oil blend that results sinks into the skin better.
Why not just use castor oil alone. Or the second (thinner) oil on its own?
1) Like i said, castor oil on its own is too strong a cleanser. It needs to be dissolved in another oil first.
2) Castor oil is an astringent and as such has been known to draw out/pull impurities from the skin onto the surface where they can be wiped away.
There are those that claim that using coconut oil alone has worked for them. Others say it is comedogenic meaning that it may possibly clog your pores. Others have an issue with olive oil. To each his own right?
To create your own blend, you first need to determine your skin type. Those with dry skin will need less castor oil in their blend than those with oily skin.
If you are a beginner, you can follow these guidelines and later adjust them according to your skins’ needs.
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% 2nd Oil.
Normal Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% 2nd Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% 2nd Oil.
The 2nd oil can be Jojoba oil (the best choice since it mimics sebum), Sweet almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Avocado oil, Sunflower Seed oil, Olive oil, Argan oil, etc. Its entirely up to you.
How do you do it?
Starting with a dirty face (no need to clean it first or remove your makeup) pour a little amount of oil on your palm. Rub your hands together then gently but deeply massage your face until its saturated with the oil. Do this for a minute or two.
Next take a clean face cloth, soak it in hot water (not too hot that it burns), wring it and place it on your face. Leave it there till it cools down. Mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores.
The third step is to wipe the oil away using the cloth. You will find that the oil removes all of your makeup. Repeat these steps 2-3 times and you’re done!
Now you might think that this will leave your skin all greasy but thats not the case. Instead you will have dewy-looking skin that is not greasy at all. Your skin will feel really soft, fresh and clean.
This is usually done at night ’cause who has time in the morning for this routine right? You will not feel the need to apply anything else on your face afterwards which is okay since you’ll be heading to bed anyway.
Follow this routine consistently and the result will be beautiful, clear, glowing skin that is free of blackheads, pimples and cysts.
Its all natural
Doesn’t strip the skin of oils
great as a makeup remover!
Its time consuming. I’ve tried the oil cleansing method but i just can’t seem to stick this routine.
The first few days after starting the OCM, your skin might seem oiler than ever! Don’t be alarmed though. Your skin is just purging all the impurities. It will normalize and give you that beautiful skin OCM promises.
OCM should be done regularly but not too frequently. If your skin seems to be getting drier and drier, take a break from this cleansing method.