January 11, 2012

About Face: The Oil Cleansing Method

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Since my mom bought me my first tub of Noxzema, I’ve been a skincare product junkie…trying just about every new-fangled item on the market that promised to clean, clear and smooth my skin.

For the last couple of months, I’ve been following a new skincare regimen and wanted to share and see if anyone else has tried it (or been curious about trying it.) Dubbed the oil cleansing method (OCM) and explained in detail here, it involves using different oils to clean the skin on your face. After experimenting with the formula, I’ve decided that an equal mixture of castor and jojoba oil works best for me, with a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in.

So far, I’m really happy with the results. The oil cleansing method takes a little more effort than conventional face washing, but it’s worth it to me because my skin feels so much better. I’ve read some different bloggers’ experiences with the OCM, some great and some not so great. As with anything else, you (or your dermatologist) have to determine what works for you. I just know it’s been a really good change for my skin.

Some things I recommend if you do decide to try it:

-Buy good quality 100% oils. My first bottle of tea tree oil (from the Dollar General) was full of random ingredients, but I found better options at the Vitamin Shoppe.

-Make sure your hands are clean before you begin & make sure you remove all the oil from your skin afterward.

-You don’t need nearly as much oil as you think you do. (I estimate in the palm of my hand).

So, has anyone tried the oil cleansing method? If so, did you like it/did it work for you? If you hated it, I’d love to hear that too.