Have you ever read the ingredients in your skin-care products? Do you know what chemicals you are putting onto your skin?
Most of us grew up using the pretty, fragrant and expensive bottles of face wash and moisturizer, readily available at your local store. We use it day after day without giving much thought to what is in it. If you take a minute to flip that pretty bottle around, and google a few of those ingredients (or better yet, check out EWG.com…) you will likely become alarmed. Those ingredients may be linked to a whole array of illnesses and complications. In addition to being tremendously unhealthy and sometimes toxic, commercial facial products may strip your delicate facial skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and drab. The fragrances that are present in these products may also be an irritant to your skin.
The great thing is that we don’t have to use these chemical-laden cleansers. Simple and natural face wash is safe, inexpensive, and will provide you with healthy and beautiful skin. Because we can use Oil instead.
Yep. Simple, everyday oil. It’s called the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).
How it works:
While it sounds counter-intuitive, oil dissolves oil. Theoilcleansingmethod.com does a great job of explaining it:
“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”
Here is how to wash your face using the Oil Cleansing Method:
- Rinse Face. Rinse your face with water with cool or luke warm water.
- Massage with Olive Oil. Gently massage olive oil in a circular motion over your face for one-two minutes. Pick a high-quality, organic olive oil.
- Remove Eye Makeup. Gently rub oil across your eye lids and eye lashes to remove eye makeup. Oil does a great job of removing eye makeup!
- Wipe Off. Gently wipe off your face and eyes with a washcloth.
- Moisturize (optional): If you have dry skin, like me, you can rub a little olive oil or apricot kernal oil into to your skin as a moisturizer.
I found it kind of awkward (and unsanitary) to carry the olive oil to the bathroom, every night when I washed my face, so I picked up a few travel sized shampoo bottles to put my oil in. It has worked out very well for me.
You can use straight olive oil with no extras, but if you are wanting to treat a specific symptom (red skin, pimples, drier skin), you can add some variations to your olive oil.
Lavender essential oil: A 10 drops of lavender essential oil into 2 tablespoons of olive oil to provide anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce facial redness.
- Tea Tree oil has antibacterial properties which I use to help fight acne. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil into 2 tbsp. of olive oil to help reduce breakouts. (If this is your first time using melaleuca oil, try testing a spot on your wrist first, and check for an adverse reaction.)
- Jojoba Oil: If you have dry skin, try combining 3 parts olive oil with 1 part jojoba oil to increase the moisturizing benefits of the face wash.
- Castor Oil: If you have oily skin, combine 2 parts olive oil with 2 parts castor oil.
To keep bacteria out and your oil fresh, I would recommend only adding enough for a couple weeks to a month. Once the bottle is empty, wash them out with soap and hot water before adding new oil.
*If you are new to using essential oils, please take a minute to educate yourself on the proper use and handling of them. Here is a great site to get you started.
Want more homemade facial cleaners? Check out these articles!
- Exfoliating Facial Scrubs – homemade scrubs that help exfoliate your delicate facial skin, using ingredients you have in your kitchen!
- Homemade Facial Masks – homemade facial masks that cleanse and hydrate your skin, also using pantry and kitchen ingredients.
- Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes – get the same benefit of the oil cleansing method in a convenient wipe with these homemade makeup remover wipes!
Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? How has it worked for you?
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