OCM = Oil Cleansing Method
I recently started using this method to wash my face and so far I really like it! Out of the blue I’ve been having dry patches and acne, I think I’m pre-menopausal….yikes! Anyway, OCM sounded pretty interesting when I ran across it on the web. I thought, “I have the ingredients so why not give it a try?”.
I know, it sounds strange to wash your face with oil, especially if you have oily skin, but it really does work. The principle behind it is the theory that likes neutralize likes, oils dissolve oils.
Stop and think about what washing with soap does to your skin. Soap washes away all the oils, leaving your skin dry and needing moisture and causing damage. So we buy moisturizers to slather on afterward and who knows what all is in those. Oily skin being dried out by soap can make it over compensate with more oil production. If you have dry skin, you are causing damage by making it more dry.
You will need two kinds of oils for the recipe, an astringent oil and a conditioning oil. Astringent oils include, caster, tea tree, hazelnut, grapeseed. Astringent oils are drying to the skin but they can be good for combination and oily skin and beneficial in small amounts for dry skin. They will often temporarily shrink pores and tighten loose skin. Conditioning oils include, Almond, avocado, hemp seed, olive oil and coconut. Conditioning oils are nourishing to the skin, provide moisture and beneficial nutrients. They are good for all skin types and especially good for dry, aging skin.
So with the above information in mind, you need to come up with a recipe that is good for your skin type. I have dry skin so I did 25% astringent oil (tea tree) to 75% conditioning oil (coconut). If my skin were oily I would probably try that in reverse and for combination skin, do a 50/50 split. If you recall, these are the same ingredients I use for oil pulling.
You have the recipe now you need the method. Apply oil to DRY skin and rub it in all over for a couple minutes. If you are in the shower don’t rinse it off right away but leave the oil on for several minutes and let your face benefit from the steam. If you aren’t in the shower, get a wash cloth wet with fairly hot water and lay it over your face. Leave it there until it cools, which doesn’t take long, and repeat a couple of times. This simulates the steam from the shower. Afterward, gently wipe oil off your face and pat dry.
It took me a couple tries before I got the recipe just right and now I no longer need to put moisturizer on my face after I wash it. I have had to do that my whole life! If you have to tweak the recipe I suggest giving your face a rest a few days in between the changes to avoid damage and allow it to adjust.
The first time I made it I tried a 50/50 ratio and it turned out liquid. The next time when it changed it to 75/25 I decided to whip the coconut oil first and slowly add in the tea tree oil. This worked beautifully! Now it is the consistency of lotion. I am considering putting some essential oil in next time to mask the strong smell of the tea tree oil but the batch I made was pretty large so it will be a while til I need to make more. I’ve also thought about adding honey…..I will keep you posted!
Would like to hear your experiences with OCM so please share!