Wash your face with the Oil Cleansing Method
Face washes to me are generally overpriced and full of unnecessary ingredients. For a product that’s on your skin for under two minutes, it hardly seems necessary to pack them full of expensive ingredients that will just be washed down the drain. I would much rather use the best moisturiser than wash.
A lot of people also complain about over drying caused by face washes. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. Second of all, they’re packed with so many nasty ingredients they deplete our skin and body’s of nutrients.
For me, a face wash needs only to do a few things:
- Remove my make up
- Clean my skin
- Not dry my skin out in the process
I have a very simple product that does just that AND is available in all supermarkets… Not in the cosmetics isle though!
Oil for Clean Skin
Not just any oil (don’t put vegetable or mineral oils anywhere near you), use nutritious ones like olive, coconut or nut oils.
Don’t be afraid of applying oil to your face. We’ve been sold a story by cosmetics companies that oil is bad. In turn, we buy astringent face washes that strip our skin bare, then to counter this we have to lather it up with moisterisers. This doesn’t make much sense though.
Oil, alone, will not bring you blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads, 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, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring.
Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly. Properly functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing. Learning to work with your skin, not against it, will save you in the long run.
Oil is an amazing cleanser
Believe it or not, but oil actually breaks down oil. Sounds odd but it’s true. As such, it’s incredible at dissolving makeup and grime from the day.
As a makeup remover, it quickly and easily lifts even the most stubborn of makeups. Even on a traditional commercial waterproof mascara. No tugging on eyelashes involved! It’s safe to use near your eyes too.
As a nourishing wash, it removes grime yet leaves your face so soft and smooth. It’ll leave behind a light, freshly moisterised feeling (not oily!).
How to use it – A step by step guide
It’s so simple. It’s best applied on a dry face. I generally do this just before getting into the shower. Never mind if you’ve got makeup on, watch how it dissolves the day off!
Step 1: Pour oil into your hand.
Step 2: Rub over your face in a circular motion. Take care to rub it into everywhere you’ve applied makeup too.
Step 3: Then wipe it off with a warm, moist wash towel.
Lay a hot washcloth over your face. Wait until it cools, then repeat. The steam draws out the loosened impurities from the pores.
Gently wipe away the remaining oil.
Tip: If you want to increase the cleanse, steam your face a little to help open up the pores. You can do this by either heating your cloth up more and holding it to your face for a bit before wiping, or standing in the shower for a few minutes before wiping clean.
Not sure what oil to use? I’ve written a guide here.
Have you tried the OCM? Share your thoughts below.