ALL NATURAL SKINCARE: OIL CLEANSING METHOD


ALL NATURAL SKINCARE: OIL CLEANSING METHOD

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How to Clean Your Face Naturally

The Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)
Alright, it might sound a little odd to clean your face with an oil, especially if you have oily skin. But contrary to popular belief, oil does not cause oily skin or acne. That culprit is usually a combination of hormones, trapped bacteria, and dirt.

Like your hair, the sebum that the skin secretes is actually good for your skin — its there to protect it from the outside environment, and to keep harmful things from seeping in. Since water doesnt break up oil, most commercial cleansers are marketed with the oil free stamp of approval, making them



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 acnewhile leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.

So in essence, good-quality oil is the perfect substance for cleaning sensitive skin, such as on our face, because it helps gently remove the dirty oil and replaces 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 youve 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 a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and EVOO.

• For those with acne-prone or oily skin, reduce the proportion of EVOO, and try three parts castor oil to one part EVOO.

• For those with drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO. This is what I use.

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. Dont 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. Dont scrub — just rub.

3. Steam your face
Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and put it over your face until its about room temperature. This is steaming out your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. Itll 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.