Oil Cleansing Method
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I've mentioned a few times that I am embarking in a new skin regime so now I can get into it finally. I've decided to try a lot more natural products so the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is the way to go I think for now.
I was using the Body Shop Tea Tree collection which was first seen in this post. It worked for awhile but it started to dry out my skin and inflamed spots even more and that's not what I want.
The area just by my eye and going onto the top of my cheekbones seem to be dry and my T-Zone can sometimes be oily & my skin is very sensitive to certain things so this combination can be very irritable especially when using certain things.
The only breakouts I get are on my right cheek, my left jawbone and my chin* & forehead* ( *around my time of the month )
What Is The Oil Cleansing Method ?
This method goes by the theory of 'oils dissolves oils' The oil cleansing method is basically cleaning one's face using oils. The basic method is a mixture of 80% extra virgin olive oil & 20% castor oil. The mixture can be changed for different skin types & / or personal preference. Oily skin can make use of a larger amount of castor oil. Other common oils used are sunflower oil, jojoba oil & coconut oil.
I know people think that it's oils that cause acne and I find that to be untrue. The OCM helps dissolve oil & draw impurities and toxins from within the skin. Acne is caused by Improper cleansing, Dirt, Dust, Bacteria & Hormonal Imbalance.
People with Oily & Acne prone skin will benefit the most from this method, But you have to be careful with choosing the oils to mix, they have to be right for you skin type.
The right oil & right percentage of mixture needs to be discovered which could take some time.
What are the benefits?
Soft & smooth skin
With regular use it will give you clear and radiant skin
The Right Oils To Use :
The Oil Cleansing Method Website has a suggestion guide for certain skin types :
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.
I have even found other suggestions on what blend of oils you can also consider :
Normal Skin: Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Jojoba Oil
Dry & Dehydrated Skin: Extra Virgin Coconut & Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Castor Oil
Oily and Acne Prone Skin: Jojoba & Grapeseed Oil or Watermelon Seed Oil
Sensitive Skin: Apricot Kernel Oil & Jojoba Oil
What did I choose for my mixture ?
I choose these oils based on what I felt would be good for me.
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6 and E is nourishing and protective for the skin. Calms skin irritation, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching.
Jojoba Oil contains myristic acid which has anti - inflammatory action. It is quickly absorbed & is great for dry and mature skins as well as inflamed conditions.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains protein, minerals and vitamins and can be used in a variety of ways, hair care, cosmetics, nail & hair care. It also helps inflamed or acne skin, bruises and sprains.
Castor Oil is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil. It's great for uses such as sunburn, abrasions, acne, dry skin, boils, warts, stretch marks, liver/age spots, athletes foot and chronic itching and inflamed skin.
Side note -
Castor oil is a natural emollient that penetrates the skin and helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which can soften and hydrate the skin. Therefore, castor oil is a wonderful natural treatment for wrinkles since it restores and rejuvenates skin's natural youthful appearance by making skin smoother, softer and pliant. Dip a small cotton ball into pure Castor oil and apply it on wrinkled skin before going to bed. Use only a small amount of oil when applying it to the skin near the eyes.
I have been using OCM for about a week now & this is my routine & mixture :
I bought 280ml plastic bottles and 100ml bottles of castor & jojoba oil and it will last so you don't have to buy extremely big bottles because once mixed and when you pump you only need to probably pump once or twice onto the cotton pad to do your entire face.
This routine is done only in the evening before bed.
•I remove my eye makeup if any -( some OCM website say it's not needed as the oil removes any traces )
•Apply 1-2 pumps amount into my palm I rub the mixture together to warm it up and gently massage onto my face
•Taking my time to focus on any troubled areas on my face and really massage the oil into the pores
•Once satisfied that I've spent enough time massaging and getting the oil into my skin, I take a clean wash cloth and let it soak into warm water -( the water must be warm enough to open up our pores )
•I apply it onto my skin and hold it there until it begins to cool down
•Gently wipe away the oil and rinse and clean the wash cloth & repeat the step 2-3xs - ( resist scrubbing your face)
I don't repeat the steaming steps every night as I don't want to add too much heat to my skin. I just do it once and the continue.
In the morning your face should still feel soft and cleansed. They say all you need is a quick wipe over with a wash cloth as we don't want to over cleanse our skin.
I've combined this routine with the Calcium Bentonite Clay Powder Mask - ( review soon )