If you haven’t heard of the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) before, allow us to introduce it to you. OCM is a method of skincare where oil is used to clean your face. I know, shocking, right? Though we’ve all been told that any kind of oil on the face is the root of all skincare woes, that idea isn’t really necessarily true. Let us explain.
Oil is an essential part of our bodies and when we use stringent cleansers and chemical skincare products that dry our skin out everyday, our skin suffers the consequences. What we need to understand is that our skin lubricates itself with oil— it needs it. Our natural oil heals, protects and moisturizes our skin in order to ensure proper functioning. Harsh products strip away the natural oil in our skin, leaving our skin to repair itself by replacing the missing oil. Each time we remove the oil, our skin overcompensates for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. This causes a vicious cycle to form where our skin becomes tight and dried out by cleansers and then becomes overly oily and greasy as our skin attempts to restore balance.
Now the basic concept behind this method of cleansing is based on the chemistry rule which states that “like dissolves like,” which means that one substance can break down substances similar to it. So in this case, the best way to get rid of the sebum and oil in your pores is by using substances that are similar to them in composition. Oil dissolves oil. By using the right kind of oils, you can rid your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively. In turn, you can also replace bad oil with good ones extracted straight from nature, which can heal, protect, and nourish your skin instead. Oil cleansing is meant to replace the daily routine of washing your face with harsh cleansers and is meant to restore balance to your skin. When done properly and regularly, the OCM can get your skin to a place of true functioning and health.
The Oil Blend
With so many oils out there, it’s also hard to figure out which one you should use. The first step to creating your personal blend is to understand what kind of skin you have. People with generally dry skin will want less Castor Oil, and those with oily skin will want to blend in more. Finding the perfect combination of oils for your own skin will probably take some trial and error, so it’s definitely a good idea to start with very small batches. Once you figure out what your ratio of oils looks like, you’ll be able to blend much more at a time.
Here are some suggestions for oil blends:
- Dry skin: 10% Castor Oil and 90% Grapeseed Oil
- Oily skin: 30% Castor Oil and 70% Grapeseed Oil
- Balanced skin: 20% Castor oil and 80% Grapeseed Oil
You can of course vary these percentages to adjust to your own skin’s needs.
So how does the OCM work? Well it’s simple. All you’ll need is a soft washcloth, your oil blend, and some hot water. You can even do the cleansing in the shower.
How To Oil Cleanse:
- Pour a quarter size amount of oil into the palms of your hands and rub hands together to warm it up.
- Thoroughly massage the oil into your dry face.
- Wipe the oil gently away with a warm washcloth. Make sure the washcloth is warm so as to open the pores.
- Gently pat dry, leaving a thin film of the oil on your face to help retain your natural moisture barrier.
*Oil cleansing also replaces the need for makeup removers that can sometimes irritate the skin and cause breakouts. These natural oils gently dissolve even the most pigmented of makeup products like waterproof mascara or concealer.
The oil cleansing method is the best at home way to restore your skins pH balance while protecting its acid mantle. The reason over the counter cleansers don’t seem to cure unwanted breakouts are because these products strip the oil from the skin, leaving the skin in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by an oil slick. Every time we strip the skin of its oils, it has to overcompensate for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. That combined with most products being scented, can cause irritation and dryness. Try the oil cleansing method to heal, nourish, and restore balance to your skin!