I was talking with a friend the one day about skin care and I asked her “You want me to clean my face with oil?” At first I was like how much sense does it make to clean my face with oil when it’s already oily!
Since I did the Big Chop back in November 2011 (read post here) , I’ve been reading the ingredients on what I buy for my hair and also making my own products. And it only made sense to start paying more attention to what I put on my face. I love to use oils in my conditioners for my hair and I already had them on hand so I figured I really didn’t have anything to lose.
You’ll want to use a little castor oil mixed with a carrier oil. Castor oil is very cleansing. Start with one of the following ratios listed below. If your skin feels too oily, use more castor oil. If your skin feels too dry, use less castor oil. Castor oil is very drying, so don’t use too much. You should be able to find these oils at your local health food store and Amazon. It may take time to find what works for your skin. Below is a good ratio to keep in mind when mixing your oils. I currently use the oily skin ratio.
- Oily Skin: 30% castor oil to 70% carrier oil
- Normal Skin: 20% castor oil to 80% carrier oil
- Dry Skin: 10% castor oil to 90% carrier oil
- Really Dry Skin: 0% castor oil to 100% carrier oil
Good oil cleansing varieties (carrier oils):
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Olive (all skin types)
- Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin; pricey)
- Tamanu (all skin types; very pricey)
Good essential oil cleansing varieties:
- Acne-Prone Skin: tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, geranium, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood
- Oily Skin: lemon, cedarwood, cypress, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit
- Dry Skin: rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, rosewood, ylang-ylang, chamomile
- Mature Skin/Wrinkles: frankincense, helichrysum, geranium, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, carrot seed
I decided to try castor oil, grapeseed oil and tea tree oil. Essential oils are highly concentrated and you only need a little bit. I put about 10 drops in my oil mixture. I use a hair color applicator bottle that I got from Sally’s Beauty Supply to make it easier to pour onto my fingertips.
- After mixing your oils in your bottle, pour a good amount onto your fingertips and massage on your face (no need to clean your face prior to this).
- Let the oil remain on your face for a few minutes. Run the water until its hot and soak your washcloth. Place the washcloth on your face to allow the steam to penetrate the oil and leave it there for about 20 seconds.
- Remove the washcloth and gently wipe the oil from your face. Rinse and repeat until all of the oil has been removed. Be sure to be careful around your eye area if you decided to add tea tree oil to your mixture.
I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for a few months now and I couldn’t be happier with how great my skin looks and feel. I even got a compliment the other day that I was “glowing”.
Have you tried the OCM before? What oils do you use and what was your reaction? Feel free to share and thanks for stopping by!
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