Update: I originally posted this about nine months ago and decided to revisit it because of how harsh the cold weather is on my skin. I suffer very dry skin in the winter and really do find the oil cleansing method to be the best for me during these months. If you are looking for skincare that helps keep your skin soft then I really do suggest giving this a try. As a woman of certain age it really helps to eliminate wrinkles and dry skin and gives skin a healthy glow. Tomorrow I will post my favorite exfoliate and toner…all natural products.
Flawless skin has eluded me my entire life. If I had a receipt for every product that promised me clear beautiful pimple free, even toned, poreless skin I could recycle a forest. I have bought expensive products at high end stores that cost me seventy dollars an ounce to minimally priced products at local drugstores. I’ve even retried brands I knew to be a complete fail just because some hot shot marketing major made the box fancier. I get suckered in by ads and pretty boxes. Yes, I am a total sucker. A complete product junkie.
Now, I don’t have really bad skin. I get a pimple now and then, I have a few dark marks that seem to come and go when they want but I don’t have the skin I want, you know the wake up without a blemish pretty as a baby’s skin, and I don’t understand why.
I used to think it had something to do with my diet so I tried to eat all the right foods and drink plenty of water. Then one day I ran into a friend from high school who always had flawless skin, I mean really beautiful, not a pimple or mark on her face, simply picture perfect skin. Here she was twenty years after graduation, an ex-crack addict, a habitual Newport cigarette smoker, and living in shelter and her skin was still picture perfect. I listened to her tell me about her hard times and all the wrong decisions she made in her life and the entire time my shallow mind was thinking:
‘WTF!!!! Here I am chugging a gallon of water a day and she’s been puffing on a crack pipe and her skin is still perfect!’ That is so goddamn unfair!
I know that is terrible but dayummmm…
About five years ago I read about the oil cleansing method. I gave it a try and I absolutely love it. My skin is still not porcelain perfect but I believe this method has been the best way to clean my skin and keep it as young looking as possible.
If you are a naturalist you most likely will love this method above all other facial cleansing methods.
What is the Oil Cleansing Method:
The OCM is a method of cleaning your face without soaps or harsh detergents that are found in most products. It is a gentle cleansing. Products containing surfactants strip your skin of its natural sebum which was leaving my skin dry and irritated especially in the winter months.No matter how gentle or moisturizing an OTC cleanser said it was my skin always felt tight, something I mistook for clean. I still need a moisturizer after using the OCM but the look and feel of my skin is always radiant after a washing.
Castor Oil is used as a base in most OCM formulations because it helps to draw out toxins, slough dead skin cells, excess sebum, and dirt from your pores, while the secondary oil acts more or less as a moisturizer, and carrier oil to deliver therapeutic properties deep into the skin.
I use various oils as the carrier oil with my mix. Right now I am using sweet almond oil. In the past I used grapeseed, jojoba, and olive oil.
1. Gently massage oil mixture into your face
2. Place a clean towel under a stream of hot, running water. Lightly wring towel, and drape it over entire face for about 1-2 minutes. This opens your pores [and gives you a mini steam treatment] allowing the Castor Oil to draw the toxins out of your skin, while the secondary oil/essential oils permeates deep into the skin, lending it’s moisturizing and therapeutic properties.
3. Remove towel, rinse thoroughly, and begin to wipe excess oil from face
4. After removing oil cleansing mixture, rinse face with cold water to close pore.
Why the OCM works for me:
I have normal to oily skin and I do wear a foundation most days, to cover up those random dark marks that seem to just appear. The OCM is the best at removing makeup imo bar none. When I first started using this method I used to check with a paper towel to see if all makeup was removed and I never had to go back and re-wash. When I use OTC products I always end up washing twice to rid my skin of all the makeup and dirt.
I recommend that if you are unhappy with your facial products to give this one a try. No matter your skin type I think you will find a combination that works for you.
I know some of you hate making products so here a few commercial oil cleansing products you can buy from your favorite stores.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Seed Blossom Cleansing Oil