Now I’ve been hearing about the Oil Cleansing Method for awhile on various blogs/forums. Honestly, I was skeptical… I’ve been dealing with oil slicks and pimples for decades. The idea of cleaning my face with oil is super cringe worthy. Tonight, I bumped into it again. So I decided to try it out.
The basic OCM blend is castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil is fantastic at drawing dirt, bacetria and other nasty stuff trapped in your pores, while healing your skin. Extra virgin olive oil works as a moisturizer and is fortified with antioxidants.
The ratio of castor oil to EVOO will vary depending on the person. Here are some good starting ratios.
∗ Dry skin: 10% castor oil/90% oil of choice
∗ Normal/balanced skin: 20% castor oil/80% oil of choice
∗ Oily skin: 30% castor oil/70% oil of choice
However, you should find the right blend for you. These are only guidelines and I’m not an expert at this. From the various sources I read, many OCM users with oily/acne-prone skin nix the EVOO all together–because it’s a heavier oil and in rare cases has even caused people to break out. On the flip side, OCM users with dry skin found castor oil too drying. I saw many alternatives.
Grapeseed oil, which is light, quick to absorb and is known for its astringent properties. Jojoba oil is another popular choice because it is a great natural moisturizer, is non-comedogetic and mimics the skin’s own natural sebum. Other popular oils are Avocado oil, Emu oil, Apricot Kernal oil and Evening Primrose oil–all are not too pore-clogging.
Many people also add essential oils such as Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Lavender.
How to do OCM
∗ You take some of your oil blend and massage it into your face (Seriously, I thought I was gonna faint). Do it gently and avoid scrubbing because that can be irritating to your skin.
∗ Then, you take a washcloth dampened in warm to hot water (depending on your tolerance–but don’t burn yourself!) and drape it over/hold it up to your face and leave it there until it’s around room temperature. What you’re doing is steaming your face and opening your pores so the castor oil can draw out the dirt and dead skin cells and the other oil(s) can condition your skin. Take this time to relax or unwind.
∗After you’re done, gently massage the oil on your face again to free all of the trapped dirt and dead skin cells. Rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and steam your face again. This can be repeated as many times as you like, depending on how much time you have on your hands. It may take you a few OCM sessions to get your routine down and maximize your time efficiency.
∗When you’ve finished steaming, rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and gently start wiping the oil away. This gets rid of the dirt and dead skin cells you have freed that can lead to acne. Depending on how freaked out you are by now, you can rinse the washcloth off and keep wipe again to make sure the excess oil is off of your face. Then, splash your face with cold water to close your pores and then pat your face dry.
So tonight I used EVOO, Jojoba, and rosemary oil. It removed my waterproof eye makeup, and the rest of my makeup. I felt grains on my face which is very weird. If you shower, most definitely you can use the steam from that to do this. My skin feels clean and soft and non-greasy. Tomorrow, I’ll try the castor oil and let y’all know how that works out.
In other non-fashion related news, I just had a lovely cup of tea with cardamom seeds and cloves…now I’m going to sleep for 4 hours. Yay!