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Natural Homemade Face Cleaner: The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

April 10th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homemade Natural Hygiene

People are  often a bit confused to hear that I use oil not soap to cleanse my face.  I have been using the oil cleansing method (OCM) for more than a year and the only blemish that I have encountered is when I traveled without my OCM mixture and used traditional face cleaner.    Using the oil cleansing method has not only brought a natural balance to my skin it has kept me from being exposed to toxic chemicals and saved a bunch of money.

I have found that the oil cleansing method is very effective.  By using the oil cleanse method you do not strip your skin of its natural oils by washing it with over the counter facial cleansers, this allows your skin to find its own balance. The oil cleansing method works by utilizing two oils.  The main ingredient this method uses is castor oil.

OCM:  Oil Cleanse Method

Castor oil has anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties, this makes it a powerful healing agent.  The castor oil draws the impurities out of your skin.  Oil also helps to dissolve dirt, oil, and impurities in your skin.  Using the oil cleanse method not only leaves your face clean and balanced it saves you a bunch of money on pricey over the counter facial cleansers and saves your body from all of the nasty chemicals found in those cleansers.

Here is how it works:

Oil dissolves oil.  By using the correct oils you are able to effectively cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively.  When done properly and consistently, the oil cleansing method will leave your skin healthy, balanced and moisturized.

Here is how to make your cleanser:

Choose your oils.  You will want to use castor oil to draw the dirt and gunk our of your pores.  The second oil is used to dilute the Castor oil and should help moisturize your skin because Castor oil alone can be very drying..  Coconut oil is my oil of choice for this.  You can also use olive oil,  jojoba, sunflower seed, sweet almond, or avocado oils, but I love coconut oil.

OCM:  Oil Cleanse Method

The ratio that you use depends on your skin type.

  • Oily Skin:  Blend 2/3 Castor Oil to 1/3 of secondary oil
  • Balanced Skin:  An equal blend of Castor Oil and secondary oil (I  use 2 Tablespoons of each)
  • Dry Skin:  1/3 Castor Oil to 2/3 of secondary oil

You can also add essential oils to your cleanser.   They are an optional addition but if you have acne prone skin they can help boost the healing properties of your cleanser.   Tea Tree oil is a great addition for acne prone skin.  If you have irritated or inflamed skin chamomile or lavender essential oils may help.  Make sure that you use a skin friendly essential oil and test it on your skin prior to using it on your face.  I do not add essential oils to my oil cleansing mixture.

I store mine in a glass jar with a pump.

OCM:  Oil Cleanse Method


How you use your cleanser: 

1.  Pour a small amount into your hand, the size of a quarter, and rub your hands together warming the oil mixture.

2.  Massage it slowly into your dry skin and allow it a few minutes to sit on your skin.

3.  Take a washcloth and run it under hot, not scalding, water then place it on your face for a minute or two, enjoy this time and breath!  The heat will draw the gunk out of your pores while removing your dead skin cells.

4.  Remove the washcloth from your face.  Rinse the washcloth, wring it our, and wipe the oil off of your face.

Your skin will feel softer immediately.  I use this method every night.  I simply rinse my face with cool water in the morning.  I occasionally use moisturizer…you will find that it just isn’t necessary.  My skin definitely has a shine to it that it did not have when I was using store-bought facial cleanser.

Try it and I bet that you will like it!!

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