Recently I've discovered a new way to clean my face. It's called the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method). It may sound a bit strange to clean your face with oil but it works.
Fact: Oil does not cause oil skin or acne; that's due to a combination of hormone, bacteria and dirt.
Here is a quote from acne.org
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
Therefore good quality oil is the perfect substance for cleaning sensitive skin; such as on our face because it helps gentlly remove the dirty oil and replace it with good, nourishing, healing oil.
How to Get Started
1. Make your cleaner
Simply mix the oils together in a small bottle, give it a little shake, and you’ve got yourself a homemade, frugal facial cleanser. The most popular blend of oils for this cleansing method is castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). The castor oil draws out dirt and other gunk from your pores. The EVOO is a brilliant moisturizer, helping heal and nourish the skin.
• For those with normal skin, you could start off with 20% castor oil and 80% EVOO.
• For those with acne-prone or oily skin, reduce the proportion of EVOO, and try 30% castor oil and 70% EVOO.
• For those with drier skin, try 10%castor oil and 90% EVOO.
Experiment, and find what ratio works for you. Just start off with a little bit, and then try it for a few days. I began with one teaspoon of castor oil and three teaspoons of EVOO in a little squeeze bottle.
2. Gently rub it in
Pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and slowly massage your skin with your fingertips. Don’t splash your face with water first — apply it dry. Work the oil into your skin for about a minute, and enjoy the peaceful massage at work. Don’t scrub — just rub.
3. Steam your face
Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and put it over your face until it’s about room temperature. This is steaming out your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. It’ll take about a minute — enjoy the nearly-free facial.
4. Wipe off the oil
Take the washcloth, rinse and wring it, then gently wipe off the oil. Your skin will probably feel softer immediately.
ENJOY THE BENIFITS!
I've been doing it for a while now and it really works well! My skin is glowing more than ever!
Special thanks to Tsh at simplemom.net