OCM (Oil Cleansing Method)

pepfun1February 17, 2007

Okay has anyone here tried this or heard of it. It's using oils (ex. EVOO and Castor oil, or jojoba ect.) to cleanse your face. Apparently oil cleans oil. I spent most of the day yesterday googling this topic and found myself really wanting to try it. It's all very interesting.

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Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM

When cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it is imperative that you keep in mind that oil disolves oil. Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not cause you blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads and whiteheads are a result of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the buildup of these factors. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. It is not a malicious force to be reckoned with, it is there for the benefit of your skin. It is naturally occurring. Oil helps lubricate, heal, protect, and moisturize your skin so that it may function properly. Properly functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing.

While I'm talking about the benefits of oil applied externally, I'd like to mention how important it is to moisturize from the inside as well. WATER! Drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day. If your skin has issues with blemishes, drink up! Water will help release and remove the toxins from within, leaving behind glowing, dewey, toned skin. Carry a bottle of water around with you throughout the day so water is always available.

Now, to the point of this article.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is used for moisture, while Castor Oil (CO) is used for cleansing. Castor Oil tends to be a bit on the thick side, so a mix of the two (EVOO/CO) is frequently used. This allows for the Castor Oil to really sink into the pores and draw out the dirt and grime to the surface. You can vary this ratio to match your skins needs. More EVOO for moisture or more CO for cleansing (25/75 EVOO/CO for Oily skin, or 75/25 EVOO/CO for dry skin). EVOO is incredibly high in antioxidants, while CO is excellent for drawing and healing. CO has been the focus of many books and medical discussion because of its seemingly "magical" healing properties. It only makes sense (after a bit of research) that one would use CO on their face to help treat blemishes and acne, or simply to make their skin look and feel better.

As quoted in The Oil That Heals by Dr. McGarey, a country doctor (unknown?) states, "Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it."

The Routine:
Massage a substantial amount (the cup of your palm, while hand is held open) of EVOO/CO into your face and neck.

This is to be done over makeup or any visible dirt. Take this time to give yourself a facial massage. Really work the oil into your skin. Take your time, breathe deeply, and relax. Sit down to do this if it helps.

You, of course, do not have to sit and relax, but keep in mind that stress isn't good for your skin and you should take any moment you can to destress and let tension float away.

Take a washcloth, terry cloth or flannel preferred, and soak it in steamy hot water. Wring it out and drape it over your face.

What we are doing is steaming your face as an esthetician would, but without the steam machine. You want to open your pores. This helps release any impurities from deep within your pores.

As the washcloth begins to cool, gently wipe the oil and dirt away. This will also help remove any dead skin cells that are stubbornly clinging on.

Rinse the washcloth out in hot water and wipe away any remaining impurities. You may have to do this two or three times more to remove any remaining dirt and oil residue, but it will come off leaving your skin with a beautiful, healthy glow. No additional cleansing is necessary.

After you have rinsed well, you can either splash your face with cool water to help tone and close your pores, or if your face feels tight, you can moisturize.

If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your EVOO/CO, rub it between your clean, damp palms and pat it into your damp skin. Massage any oil residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface. Being prone to breakouts, myself, I've found that this is perhaps the most important step.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 12:23PM
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The 'cleansing cream' in a jar, that our mothers and grandmothers used, contained oil as it's useful ingredient.

Oil cleansing works. Just do not use mineral oil (baby oil). Use a vegetable oil of some type.

There are cosmetic manufacturers who do make liquid cleansing oils for the skin. The one I like to use is made by DHC.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2007 at 8:13PM
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The last two nights I've used one that I've made. 50/50 of the Castor oil and jojoba. Then I've been moisturizing with the jojoba. I have combo skin. Fairly oily cheeks/nose and chin. I've noticed a great difference in the oil staying at bay this morn and all day today. I'm really hoping this works for me. I'm also looking into getting possibly some tea tree oil and some grapeseed. It's actually been pretty fun for me too.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2007 at 11:17PM
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I have heard of this,but I myself would be afraid to try it. Only because my dermatologist said not to use ANYTHING unless he approves it first...and he is the one who has helped me finally get my face under control.
I'm very to curious to know if you like it or not though. Another beauty forum I'm a member at they frequently talk about using those oils.(someone even suggested putting jojoba oil in foundation to make it less thick)

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 9:42PM
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Oil is not "oily". If you use a bath oil after you bathe, for example - it soaks into your skin and doesn't leave any residue. I keep a bottle of oil in the shower, and lately I put my usual body wash on a scrunchie, then add some oil to it too. Creamy cleansers and oil cleansers do a better job removing makeup. If you feel too "oily" afterwards, you can wash again with a different cleanser, or use a toner.

People are affected psychologically by words. For example "fat" - if you eat fat, it doesn't turn into fat in your body. Just as if you eat brains, it doesn't turn into brains or make you smart somehow.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2007 at 12:01PM
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