Have you heard of the oil cleansing method (OCM)? I’ve been using the oil cleansing method on my face for about six months now, after going through a tough spot with my skin after giving birth in 2011. I’ve written about sugar scrub recipes and homemade face mask recipes, but I also wanted to share this great technique!
If using oil as a facial cleanser sounds strange to you, you’ll definitely want to keep reading to find out how the oil cleansing method can give you not only healthy skin, but glowing skin.
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About the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)
Have you ever heard that you shouldn’t bathe a newborn baby too often because you will dry out his or her skin? What about the tip about not bathing your dog too often, because it will strip his skin of essential (protecting) oils?
Ever wonder then, why we have been raised to believe that we need to wash our hair and skin multiple times per day?
Our skin produces oil called sebum, and that oil naturally gives us healthy and nourished skin. Wouldn’t it make sense to preserve as much of that natural healthy oil as possible, instead of coating our skin with harsh chemical cleanser, which essentially strips our skin of its natural glow?
In reality, when we rob our skin of its natural oils by excessive cleansing, our skin overcompensates and produces… MORE OIL. Of course, this means we wash even more, and this creates an unhealthy cycle for our skin that can lead to skin irritation and acne.
Why the Oil Cleansing Method Works
I’ve seen this quote from acne.org before, but it really sums up why the oil cleansing method works.
Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve 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. (via acne.org)
STEP 1: Create Your Cleansing Oil
Castor oil and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) are the most common combination of oils used in the OCM. Castor oil is great for cleansing and dissolving, and it is also antibacterial. Castor oil draws all the dirt, gunk and junk right out of your pores!
Depending on your skin type, you will adjust the level of castor oil in your oil cleansing method recipe. More castor oil for oily skin, less castor oil for dry skin.
Olive oil, of, course, is a fantastic moisturizer. You will need to adjust the proportions of olive oil and castor oil to fit your individual skin type. Use the oil cleansing method recipes below as a guide.
- Dry Skin: Blend 1 tablespoon castor oil with 3 tablespoons olive oil.
- Balanced Skin: Blend 2 tablespoons castor oil with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- Oily Skin: Blend 3 tablespoons castor oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Castor oil and olive oil are also easy to find at any drugstore, so that makes it an easy choice in my book. If you’re interested in learning about castor oil and olive oil alternatives, check out Crunchy Betty’s article on OCM.
Add your mixture to a small bottle, then gently shake before each use.
STEP 2: Apply The Oil To Your Face
Pour a quarter-sized puddle of your oil mixture into the palm of your hand, then rub your hands together. Next, gently rub the oil into your dry skin using slow circles. Spend a minute or two massaging the oil slowly into your skin.
STEP 3: Steam Your Face
Put a washcloth under hot water (don’t burn yourself), then quickly squeeze out excess water. Apply the washcloth to your face and enjoy the warm, steamy goodness that follows. You’ll want to leave the cloth on your face until it starts cooling down. I like to keep mine on for a minute or two to make sure my face is good and steamed.
STEP 4: Wipe Your Face
Finally, squeeze any extra moisture from the wash cloth and gently wipe your face to remove the remaining oil. Be thorough but gentle, no need to scrub your face with the cloth. I love how my skin feels at this point.
So, that’s the oil cleansing method. I do this once per day and I love how it makes my skin look. Even my husband said that my skin was looking really pretty after about a week, and funny enough, he said, “Your skin is glowing! You’re not pregnant, right?” HAHA!
Have you tried the oil cleansing method? Which oil combinations do you love?