Hello my lovelies!
I wanted to tell you guys about the most simple + effective way to clean your face – and It’s all natural. This method is super popular with natural beauty gurus, and so so easy to whip up. The Oil Cleansing Method a.k.a OCM !
Before we start, remember that when you are buying your oils, make sure they are cold-pressed.
So, why does this method work?
You might think that, hey I don’t want my face to be oily, isn’t it counter active putting oil all over it? Well the answer is no – Your skin secretes oil, even if it feels dry there is always some oil. So basically what we are doing is cleaning your face’s dirty oil and replacing it with healthy clean oil.
All the face wash products you use that have chemicals and toxins which actually strips your face of its natural oils. Your skin then goes into overdrive trying to create more, which then leads to clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads and all that ichy yiky.
“Oil gently yet effectively removes makeup, dirt, sweat, and excess sebum, the skin’s natural oil that keeps it protected and supple,” says Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., a San Diego-based holistic dermatologist and author of “Smart Medicine for Your Skin” “And it does that without irritating sensitive skin. It also maintains the skin’s natural level of moisture.”
You need an Astringent Oil and a Main oil.
How to mix your oils:
Mixing your oils is a personal experiment, but here is a little guideline to start from. Try out Castor oil as your Astringent at first (it’s also very cheap) and if you see your skin drying out, lessen the ration or remove it and try another oil.
Oily Skin: ratio 2:1 Astringent + Main oil (2 tsp Castor oil and 1 tsp Sweet Almond oil)
Normal Skin: 1:1 Astringent + Main oil (1 tsp Castor oil and 1 tsp Sweet Almond oil)
Dry Skin: 1:2 Astringent + Main oil (1 tsp Castor oil and 2 tsp Sweet Almond oil)
The thing I love most about these types of DIY projects is that you can make your own little concoction and experiment with which oils help your specific skin type.
Remember to always test on a little patch of skin first to make sure you are not allergic or have a reaction to the oils. Do talk to your dermatologist. You don’t want a puffy red face!
What recipe I am using:
I have combination skin. At times I’m very oily but I have some very dry patches as well. So here was my skin journey:
I started with 1:1 ratio of Almond Oil (for oily skin) and Olive oil (All skin types) but I then researched a bit more and found out that olive oil is known as a comedogenic, (as is coconut oil) and may clog your pores. So I changed it up and replaced it with Castor Oil.
1 teaspoon of Almond
1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
4 drops of Lavender
- Mix your oil recipe
- Rinse your face with warm water
- Lightly massage the oil mixture onto your face for a few minutes. Always massage moving upwards.
- Let the oil sit on your face for 30seconds
- Run a face cloth under hot water, strain it and place it on top of your face for 15seconds. You can also steam your face if you have a steamer. This helps soften the oil and opens and cleans your pores.
- Gently wipe away the oil and dirt with your washcloth.
- You can do this as many times as you want, until you wipe all the oil off – but don’t scrub your face!
I use this once a week or sometimes once every 2 weeks, though some people do it daily, or every other night.
While this is a method that needs a lot of experimenting with, here are some things that you might see, which mean you have to change your recipe. Also its good to remember that this method doesn’t work on everybody. When going all natural it’s always an experiment and somethings that may work for others might just not work for you. Don’t be discouraged!
Redness, Itchiness, rash: This means you’re allergic to one of the oils. Stop Oil cleansing until you are better and then eliminate the oil and change your recipe.
Cluster of hard pimples/ small bumps: This probably means that an oil is comedogenic and clogging your pores. Eliminate the oil and change your recipe.
Few extra pimples: This is probably not a reaction and just your skin getting use to the new skin cleansing method. This often happens when changing to natural products/methods – it will take 1 to 2 weeks for your face to adjust.
Have you tried this skin care method? What are your thoughts? and if not, tell us if you give it a try and how it went!