Skin Secrets: OCM

Monday, August 06, 2012

If you haven't heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before, I know exactly what you're thinking. OMG GET THAT OIL AWAY FROM YOUR FACE, ARE YOU CRAZY?! Well, yes, I am. A bit. But regardless, oils can be good for your skin! DON'T BE AFRAID! I started using this method about.. four years ago? I'm not sure exactly but it's been a long time. I started in an attempt for it to get rid of my acne, it never did cure my acne (though if your acne is because of clogged pores this may help, mine was due to hormones) but I still continued to use it. I don't have to worry about acne anymore really but I still love it because it's just too awesome.

****ALSO, sadly I lost the battery charger for my camera so I'm just using stock/old/camera photos until my new one ships in. FORGIVE ME!? :) ****

Meet me a year ago!

 What exactly is the oil cleansing method?
It's a mixture of oils that will not only take your makeup off (easily), it also moisturizes as well as other benefits depending on what oils you use.

Why use it?
I know some people have issues taking off foundation (Colorstay for example, I hear is quite the toughie to take off since that stuff LASTS -which is amazing!) and/ bb cream. A lot of people complain about bb cream breaking them out and I suspect it's because some just aren't getting it all off. OCM will help you remove your make-up as well as make your skin less oily if you have oily skin (hey, what fights oil better than oil?!) and if you have dry skin, it  helps moisturize!

TAKE YOU MAKE-UP OFF EVERY NIGHT!!! If there was something I'd say is the NUMBER ONE thing to great skin, it's this. Don't think that just because you've been sweating and can't see any foundation left on your that you're in the clear. You're not, there are still remnants and you're clogging your pores (as well as aging it!). I keep cleansing sheets near my bed for the nights I go out. I know you're tired( and/lazy, it's hard to get into routine if this isn't something you normally do) and just want to sleep but it's not worth the breakouts!

I know that's basic and most of you KNOW it but some don't FOLLOW it, so I'll just leave it there for you. As a friendly reminder. :)

Quote from Dr. Dennis Gross,
If you don't remove makeup before bed, it could clog and pores and oil glands. When the makeup becomes impacted in pores, it can make them appear larger which is a part of aging! Once your collagen levels decline, the pore does not snap back as easily once it has been enlarged. It is best to break this habit sooner rather than later. Additionally, leaving makeup on the face could lead to inflammation, which can generate free radicals and collagen breakdown.  -- LoveToKnow
Derms don't all have the same opinion but from what I've researched, I believe this explanation. Do your own research though if this is something that you're interested in!
Ah, I digress, back to OCM! I do a double cleanse. What this means is that after using the oil cleanse, I use my regular cleanser to wash off the oil (you can, alternatively, steam you face with a hot towel, but I like things quick at night). This is the "recipe" I use to make my oil cleanser.

2 part extra virgin olive oil
1 part grade seed oil
1 part castor oil (I've read that some people find castor oil too heavy for them, so I tend to not use as much as the other oils)

For reference I have normal/combo skin, depending on the season.

The official OCM site (linked above, first line) suggests these:
  • Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

Benefits of the oils I decide to use:


" In addition to being a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturize skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E that help repair and renew skin that has been damaged from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards... olive oil will penetrate deep into the skin and provide a long-lasting shield of moisture to keep skin smooth and supple." -- Olive Oil Source

I've linked to the same brands I use for the ones below. Olive oil is so easy to get and I've used different brands.

GRAPE SEED OIL - great for sensitive skin!
Aura Cacia brand - $4.29

"With the help of grapeseed extract, your body might repair wounds on your skin more quickly and with fewer scars" -- Livestrong (acne scar suffers, this is what you'd want to use!)

"In the book, "Complexion Perfection!" by esthetician Kate Somerville, she recommends using grapeseed oil as an eye-makeup remover... helps to condition the lashes and will make them grow longer and stronger over time. -- Livestrong

CASTOR OIL - most important, this is what's going to really help remove your make-up!
Heritage Store $9.79
 "The ricinoleic acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, and as castor oil is able to penetrate skin tissue deeply, this makes it an effective treatment for acne... Castor oil’s ability to penetrate more deeply than any other essential plant oil make it an excellent way to keep skin looking youthful and fresh. Castor oil works better than any store-bought anti-ageing creams." -- Skinverse

There are many different oils you can use, so just do a bit of research to see what's good for you. There's almond oil, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil...etc so many!

What do I store my mixture in?

I put my oil mixture in an old Kose Softmyo oil cleanser bottle. I bought this after reading such amazing reviews but I found that this didn't do half the job my DIY oil cleanser does. I should add I never fill the bottle to the top, I usually just fill it up a third.

Let's do a price comparison shall we?
Bottle of Kose oil cleanser - $12+ for ONE bottle
Bottles of oil-> $15+, depends on the brands/sizes. For at least a years supply. Actually, the only thing I've had to buy more than once is olive oil and that's because I use olive oil for so much (cooking and hair treatments), the others I've only purchased once (though I switch up my oils, however olive and castor oil are always a staple).

I use The Body Shops tea tree oil cleanser after as my night cleanser.

Do you use an oil cleanser to remove your make-up? If not, how do you feel about using oils for your skin?

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Lens reviews!

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