Much like shampoo, most facial cleansers strip our skin of natural oils to replace them with synthetic ones. So, for over a month now, I’ve been going natural, and cleansing my face using what’s called the Oil Cleansing Method (or OCM).
The Oil Cleansing Method works on a basic rule of Chemistry: “like dissolves like.” You take a mixture of oils that are good for the skin, apply it to the face, it dissolves away surface oils along with dirt and makeup, and voila! You’ve got fabulous skin, naturally! This recipe works beautifully to remove even heavy makeup, and you can tinker with the formula to cater to your skin type. I have combination skin, so I figure I’m a good guinea pig.
- Mix. Combine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons castor oil in a squirt bottle, massage onto dry face.
- Steam. Lay a hot, wet washcloth over your face to steam out the impurities. Thirty seconds to a minute.
- Wipe. Use the washcloth to wipe oil/dirt/impurities/makeup/general yuckiness off your face.
- Splash. Best part! Splash your face with cold water to close up your pores, and feel how moist and wonderful your skin feels. My favorite part of the morning!
If you like the Oil Cleansing Method and want to get fancy with it, you can get one of these for the steaming step. I already had one, so I started using it again, and it’s perfect for OCM.
The extra virgin olive oil is a great moisturizer, and the castor oil is the cleansing agent, and can dry out your skin if you use too much. That in mind, you can change the amounts of each to better suit your skin type.
- Dry Skin: 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil
- Oily Skin: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons castor oil
- Normal or Combination Skin: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons castor oil
You can even ditch the EVOO for a different oil altogether, if you’d prefer. I found this list of alternatives over at Crunchy Betty, but I can only personally vouch for the EVOO.
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Olive (all skin types)
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
- Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)
The Oil Cleansing Method probably adds one minute to my morning routine, but the fact is, it’s worth it to me when I think of the money I’m saving, and when I feel how good my face feels after that splash of cold water. Prior to OCM, I used a cleanser sold by my dermatologist, and I honestly can’t tell a difference, except that now those dry skin bumps under my chin are clearing up and my skin doesn’t feel tight as it dries. I love products I can customize, and I love it that it’s so affordable. Simple, cheap, healthy. I’m okay with that!
Would you/have you tried something like this? What are your thoughts?