Have you ever heard of the oil cleansing method? I hadn’t until recently, but when I did, it intrigued me. I researched it for a few weeks, and then I thought I’d give it try. (Side note: In my research, I came across an interview with Zooey Deschanel talking about how she uses the OCM, and loves it. Just thought I’d throw that out there.) There are all kinds of oils you can use depending on your skin type, but I had sunflower seed oil at home so I thought I’d try it first. I went to our local natural/organic foods store to pick up castor oil. Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me give you a list of oils and a step-by-step method for cleansing your face with them.
PLEASE NOTE: I did not come up with this list. I found it on Alex Raye’s blog, almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com, which I encourage you all to check out! She lists more on her blog, I’m only listing oils that I’m more familiar with. 🙂
- Balanced skin: sunflower, canola, sweet almond, olive, safflower, avocado, extra virgin olive oil
- Sensitive skin: grapeseed, apricot kernal, jojoba, safflower, sunflower, sweet almond, watermelon
- Oily skin: grapeseed, jojoba, watermelon, hazelnut, safflower, peach kernel
- Dry skin: extra virgin olive oil, macadamia, avocado, sesame, sunflower, sweet almond
- Acne-prone skin: grapeseed, jojoba, watermelon, apricot seed, hazelnut, peach kernel, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, walnut
- Mature skin: rosehip seed, carrot, sweet almond, olive, avocado, extra virgin olive oil
Whichever oil you choose is mixed with castor oil, depending on your skin type.
- Oily: 30% castor to 70% other oil
- Balanced: 20% castor to 80% other oil
- Dry: 10% castor to 90% other oil
Method (same for if you are wearing make-up or not):
- Wipe your face with warm water and a wash cloth.
- Mix a dime sized amount of oil in your hand and rub onto your face for two minutes.
- Put the same wash cloth under HOT water, wring it out, and place it over your face until it cools. I stand there with my face up toward the ceiling (so it doesn’t fall off) and my eyes closed for usually about 45 seconds to a minute.
- Massage your face gently with the wash cloth to wipe off the oil.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4.
- Let your face air dry.
That’s it! I’ve been doing this for about two weeks now and I’ve seen AMAZING results already! My skin is softer and clearer than it’s ever been! I use the OCM (oil cleansing method) at night before bed and after a run, but I don’t wash my face in the morning (on days that I don’t work out). If you think about it, why would we wash our faces in the morning after washing them at night? If you are changing your sheets and pillow cases out like you should be, all you are doing is sleeping. Even before I started the OCM, I never washed my face first thing in the morning.
Another perk to the OCM is that it moisturizes my face. In the past two weeks, I’ve only used moisturizer once. I used it last night because the weather was cooler. I think in the winter I may need a tiny bit of moisturizer, but in the warmer seasons, the OCM should do the trick on its own.
Something that may have crossed your mind is the expense of the oils. I thought about it too before starting. But now that I have started, I’m seeing that using a dime-sized amount once a day (sometimes twice), my oils are going to last forever! (Way longer than my face wash ever did!) I bought my castor oil for about $8, but I haven’t even put a dent in it. I’m certain it will last at least 6 months, probably way longer than that even. And my sunflower oil was pretty inexpensive being from Trader Joe’s. (I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for it.) I just bought organic EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) on my last grocery run, a big bottle for $4.99. So, really, I think if you started recording how fast you go through your face wash and how much you spend on it, you’d see that this is a better choice for your wallet as well as the health of your skin. (And you are saving money from not having to use as much of the moisturizer you used to use daily, too.)
Using the OCM, if I see a little acne spot on my face while washing it at night, the next morning it is gone! Seriously! It used to take days for acne spots to disappear. The OCM is magical! 🙂 Also, I used to never dare to leave the house without make-up on, but over the last few weeks I’ve done that several times. I’m truly confident in my own skin now, and don’t think I will ever go back to using traditional face wash.
Here’s my face right after rolling out of bed yesterday morning. No make-up and no filter. My skin is loving the oil cleansing method! 🙂 A few weeks ago you could not have paid me to post a picture of myself without make-up. (You can click on the picture to enlarge the image…I’m telling you, it totally works!)