Let’s try this again…shall we? Despite being distracted by the couch-burning episode yesterday…I’m still excited to talk about Washing Your Face With Oil.
(I have moved all couches out of the vicinity…just in case!)
So let’s see where were we?
Oh yes…washing your face with oil. Sounds like it makes about as much sense as brushing your teeth with sugar….or washing your hands with mud! But what I have come to realize over the years is sometimes the most counter-intuitive ideas turn out to be the BEST ideas!
For example: when my chef friend Heather told me to run my store-bought sourdough baguette under the kitchen faucet before putting it in the oven to warm up...I thought maybe she’d been sampling the cooking sherry. ;-) But sure enough…it came out perfectly. Crispy and crunchy on the outside…warm and soft on the inside.
|Oh Justin…you’re cute…but not
cute enough to make me buy
So when I first heard about this “Oil Cleansing Method” I tried to keep an open mind. It wasn’t too hard though…because it definitely appealed to my disdain of all things over-priced, over-packaged and over-filled with stuff we can’t pronounce and to my desire to put ProActiv out of business! haha. Just kidding. Kinda. I have spent a small fortune on their product over the years for my kids…and while I will admit it has been helpful…it is definitely not all those celebrity endorsers make it out to be. And it’s definitely not worth the price you pay for it. Even the facial stuff you buy at Walmart is ridiculously priced nowadays.
But despite my disgust over the high price of all the so-called skin “care” stuff we spend billions on annually on as a country…the more I read about this…the less hostile I felt and the more amazed I was. This stuff just makes sense!
I’ll try to save you all the research I did on the topic and attempt to put it in Reader’s Digest version:
Your skin NATURALLY produces oil for a reason. Oil helps lubricate, heal, protect, and moisturize your skin. Contrary to popular belief (and contrary to what the makers of acne products want you to believe), OIL does not cause acne. Hormones, bacteria, and dirt are to blame for that. So all these products we buy to get rid of the oil…cause our body to compensate by producing MORE oil. Oil that then pools up on skin that is already irritated and inflamed from the chemicals and fragrances in the soaps we are using…no WONDER breakouts occur! It’s a vicious cycle I tell ya!
So when you think about it…replacing the dirty oil on our faces with good quality oil is the perfect solution to so many of our skin problems…including acne.
That is the whole idea “in a nutshell”…but there is a lot more information available if you click here.
My daughter and I got into a spirited discussion about this the other day. Despite the fact that she still battles breakouts…she swears by the pricey ProActiv she’s been using for a couple of years now. For a soon-to-be senior in college, she sure can be dumb sometimes. J/K Britta! ;-) To her credit…she agreed that if I bought her the requisite oils to try this out…she would give it the “ol’ college try”. har har.
If you are interested in taking the challenge too….here is the “recipe” for making your own blend of deep cleansing oil from TheOilCleansingMethod.com.
- Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
- Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
- Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed (or Grape Seed) Oil.
Once again, I would direct you to TheOilCleansingMethod.com for DETAILED instructions on this “method”. (I feel I must warn you however, she gets a bit metaphysical about the whole experience. I found myself rolling my eyes a little…but you might like that sorta thing. Just so ya know….)
Basically it boils down to 4 simple steps: (love simple steps!)
- Mix cleansing oils
- Rub/massage it in for about a minute (BONUS: it’s a great eye makeup remover too!)
- STEAM face with VERY warm washcloth until cloth cools.
- Wash/wipe off oil
So there you have it….all the information and How-To you need to get started. Now go wash your face with some oil….I dare ya! :-)
update: january 6, 2012
I said I would update after 14 days…but I couldn’t wait! I will update again in another week…but today…just a little over a week after she started using it…my daughter was raving over this new oil cleansing method! I could hardly believe it! She said her face is already MUCH clearer and her face isn’t dry or oily…but just right.
I tried….I really, really TRIED not to say “I told you so!”…but I may have let one slip out. :-) She was a good sport about it though. She didn’t really care because she is so pleased with the results!
So there you have it. Quick update half way through our 14 Day Challenge. More in another week!
update: january 13, 2012
In my continuing research of this method…(which I am becoming more and more sold on!) I found a WEALTH of information HERE at acne.org on the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Oil Cleansing Method. I suggest you check it out if you want even MORE information.
The main thing I wanted to add to MY post about this was another alternative to the oil you can use.
“The basic OCM blend is of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil is fantastic at drawing dirt, bacetria and other nasty stuff trapped in your pores, while healing your skin. Extra virgin olive oil works as a moisturizer and is fortified with antioxidants.
The ratio of castor oil to EVOO will vary depending on the person. The typical starting ratio is 50/50 castor oil to EVOO. For oily or acne-prone skin, a ratio of 75% castor oil to 25% EVOO will work better. For dry or flaky skin, a ratio 25% castor oil to 75% EVOO is good.
However, you should find the right blend for you. A lot of OCM users cut out the EVOO all together–especially those with oily or acne-prone skin, since it is a heavier oil and in rare cases has even caused people to break out. Many people replace it with other oils like Grapeseed oil, which is light, quick to absorb and is known for its astringent properties. Jojoba oil is another popular choice because it is a great natural moisturizer, is non-comedogetic and mimics the skin’s own natural sebum. Other popular oils are Avocado oil, Apricot Kernal oil and Evening Primrose oil–all have extremely low pore-clogging probabilities.
I use 60% castor oil, 20% grapeseed oil and 20% jojoba oil. I also add Tea Tree oil, which is a great antiseptic and is popularly used as treatment for acne. Another great oil to use for acne-prone/oily skin is Hazelnut oil, which I, personally, will be trying out next (swapping out the grapeseed for it).”
And that’s today’s….