The Oil Cleanse Method (OCM) is a skincare regimen that replaces facial cleansers with oil. The basic concept of this skincare 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. It leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and refreshed.
I experimented with the Oil Cleanse Method. Although I enjoyed it and my skin loved it, I experienced breakouts. I have since done some troubleshooting of this natural skincare regimen with the help of Crunchy Betty’s post, Trying and Troubleshooting the Oil Cleansing Method: Tips For Flawless, Oil-Cleansed Skin.
I have to be honest — I didn’t follow the Oil Cleanse Method to the t. Creators of the regimen recommend using a combination of 30% castor oil to 70% sunflower seed oil for combination or oily skin, but I’m not really a fan of castor oil. It’s a very thick oil that is impermeable to hair and skin. I currently use a blend of olive oil (which is suggested for OCM), coconut oil, and avocado oil for my hair and body with no problems. All three of these oils are light and closely resemble the molecular structure of oils that our bodies make naturally. I figured this would be a great combination to try for the OCM.
If you read Oil Cleanse Method: Why I’m A Skeptic, you know the end result was a breakout. Some more experienced DIY-ers blame coconut oil. Allegedly, it’s a comedogenic (it may eventually clog your pores). I say “allegedly” because I could not find a definitive answer on that one. But I do know my face broke out, which is unusual, because I use this combination of oil everywhere. I don’t know how effective putting oil on a dirty face is…
With that said, I’m not totally off the Oil Cleanse Method, but I have made some modifications for my skincare regimen. Below is a slideshow of products and steps of my Modified Oil Cleanse Method. The main difference is using the oil as a moisturizer to balance and hydrate my skin after cleansing and toning.
A Gentle Cleanser 1 of 4
One of the main reasons people are drawn to the Oil Cleanse Method is because it's gentle wash. There's no tight or stripped feeling if you use a gentle cleanser, and here's one of my faves. Check out my full review on pur~lisse's pur~delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser. This is the first step of my skincare regimen.
Toner 2 of 4
I believe this is one of the most important steps that is frequently omitted from most skincare regimens. It is what conditioner is to hair. It conditions and balances the skin after each wash. Witch hazel is gentle but effective enough to remove any leftover dirt or residue.
Oil 3 of 4
Instead of cleansing or beginning with an oil, it's makes up my third step. Avocado oil is known as a moisturizing oil that hydrates and increases elasticity. It also has SPF properties. I massage just a dab of oil onto my face and follow the OCM steps for massaging and removing excess oil if needed.
Steam 4 of 4
In my regimen, steam is optional. The amount of oil is really small and won't clog the pores. But if you feel your face is too oily, a warm towel is perfect for opening the pores so the oil can be absorbed. It will also remove the excess off the surface of your face. The results are heavenly. Enjoy!
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