Learn how to use the Oil Cleansing Method as part of your daily skincare regimen. Replace your face soap with healthy, plant-based oils. Get glowing skin by following this Oil Cleansing Method tutorial.
The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is the newest trend for deep-cleaning your face naturally, without harsh cleansers. Ironically, it’s also one of the oldest, time-honored traditions for keeping your face supple and fresh-looking. Remember Oil of Olay cold cream? You get the picture.
Oil Cleansing Method
OCM is an updated skincare technique that helps to reduce signs of aging, remove toxins, and relieve skin conditions such as eczema, dryness, acne and blackheads. And the best part? You’re using inexpensive natural ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Let’s get started!
You want me to put WHAT on my face?
If you suffer from oily skin and pimples, then oil is probably the last thing you want to rub on your face. But science tells us that “like dissolves like.” So, to unclog blackheads most effectively, you need to apply an emollient that draws trapped grease and dirt away from the surface of your skin. It’s simple chemistry!
Natural oils remove emulsified oils, toxins, leftover makeup, and other nastiness without disturbing your pH balance.
Choose your oils. Steer away from petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline. Instead, use natural, plant-based oils that give a vitamin boost and are gentler on your skin.
- For acne and oily skin, use 30% castor oil and 70% high linoleic sunflower oil
- For normal skin, use 20% castor oil and 80% high linoleic sunflower oil
- For dry skin, combine 10% castor oil, 30% high linoleic sunflower oil, and 60% avocado oil
- To prevent aging, mix 10% castor oil, 10% high linoleic sunflower oil, 40% evening primrose oil, and 40% rosehip seed oil.
Get a clean washcloth and a towel. Wet your face with warm water and pour about a half-teaspoon of oils into the palms of your hands. Rub your face gently in circular motions, concentrating on sensitive skin zones. The warmth of your hands will help to penetrate the oil’s healing qualities and open your pores. Continue for about 30 seconds, or as long as two minutes.
Now, get your washcloth wet with very hot water- not scalding, just as hot as you can stand. Quickly drape the washcloth over your face and cover with a towel to lock in the warmth. You’re giving your face a steam bath!
Carefully walk to a chair or bed and just relax. Allow the hot towel to come to room temperature. Use your washcloth to clean away oily residue and toxins.
Do this a few more times, using the dry towel to wipe up at the end.
Your skin should feel nice and smooth, but there’s one more important step. Now that you’ve completed the oil cleansing method, your pores are open and free of debris. This is the perfect opportunity to use vitamin and mineral-infused treatments to really boost skin health and also treat deficiencies. Many tailor-made vitamin creams contain essential vitamin B12, D, and E. Look for skin creams containing melatonin, antioxidants and even nutrients that aid the nervous system.
Some to try: