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Cleansing With Natural Oils

OCM or Oil Cleansing Method is a way of face cleanse using natural oils. It’s kind of scary right? Using oil as cleanser, especially if the skin is already oily and acne prone. We are quite sceptical too but surprisingly, we’ve got feedbacks saying that OCM is actually a game changer for them and we should give it a try before we say no.

Radiant, supple skin, mosturized and less-aging signs (creases and wrinkles) with regular OCM

Some says that their skin started to glow, become silky soft and more moisturized after a week of OCM. While for some others, it takes a while for them to see the result as some skin types need time to adjust. However, it is always important to do a patch test before you’re fully on-board with OCM. This is to determine of any allergic reaction, irritations or clogged pores when you use the oils for cleansing. You can do a patch test on one side of your face, it is recommended to do the test on area that is not obvious i.e. below the ear or below your chin area.

Basically, OCM works as the believe that oil attracts oil. The cleansing oil works like a magnet by attracting impurities from make-up, dirts and sebums oil out from your pores. It does not dry out your skin and your skin should feel supple and moisturized after OCM. If there is an increase in breakouts, especially after you’ve been OCM for a couple of weeks, you may need to use a gentle face wash after, change the oils combination you use, or stop oil cleansing altogether. Stop if it caused continuous aggravating reaction.

HOW TO OCM


Step 1: Pump lavishly cleansing oils onto your palm.


Step 2: Massage the oils onto your dry face for a few minutes to remove makeup and other impurities.


Step 3 (a) : Wet a washcloth (microfiber cloth will do wonder) with warm/tap water and gently wipe your face with it. Careful not to press too hard or scrub at your skin, as this can irritate the skin and cause breakouts.


Step 3 (b) : Dry method – use dry ultra-soft washcloth ( microfiber cloth will do wonder) and gently pat or wipe your face with it until all extra oil wipe-off. People use this method for dry, mature/ageing skin or do it once in a week to treat very-dry skin.


Step 4: Repeat step 3 (a) & (b) until you’ve wiped all the excess oil from your skin.


Step 5 (optional): Follow up with mild cleanser (a drop or two of castile soap would do) to remove the oily residue left behind by the oil. This step is recommended for those who are prone to acne or have oily skin.

What Are The Best Oils For The Oil Cleansing Method?


Firstly, never use coconut oil or mineral oil or any oil that has comedogenic rating more than 3.

Popular OCM Oils with Comedogenic Rating:


1. Hempseed Oil, 0
2. Sunflower Oil, 0
3. Argan Oil, 0
4. Castor Oil, 1
5. Rosehip Oil, 1
6. Jojoba Oil, 2
7. Evening Primrose Oil, 2
8. Grapeseed Oil, 2
9. Avocado Oil, 2

There are so many oils that you can use and experiment with as they all have different properties. The best way for OCM is to keep experimenting and figuring out the best combination for your skin type. Start with few combinations and start in minimal amount.

Castor oil is the most used as base in OCM recipes as it cleanses very well and it is rich in ricinoleic acid as well, which is very moisturizing. Castor oil also has antibacterial properties and works for all skin types. However, castor oil can be very drying and has to be combined with other oils.


As mentioned above, the key to success in OCM is to keep experimenting the combination of oils until you found the best combination. There are many available recipes on the internet and you can also be creative by creating the combination your-self based on the properties of the oils that you have chose.

We are also sharing few recipes below.

Note:
a. You can macerate/infuse your Cleansing Oil with herbs, dried flowers (Rose for anti-aging, chamomile for acne and sensitive skin etc) or dried fruit peels for the aromatherapy effects and other beneficial properties. Add EO accordingly and not more than 2% dilution rate.

b. You can eliminate castor oil as base if you found it is not suitable for you. Below recipes are just samples of combinations that you can use.

Oily Skin


Basic:
70% any oil with comedogenic rating of 0
30% Castor Oil

i.e
a. 50ml Cleansing Oil
20ml Argan Oil
15ml Hempseed Oil
25ml Castor Oil

b. 50ml Cleansing oil
35ml Sunflower Oil
15ml Castor Oil

c. 50ml Cleansing Oil
35ml Argan Oil
15ml Hempseed Oil

Sensitive & Acne Skin


Basic:
20% Castor Oil
40% any oil with comedogenic rating of 0
40% any oil with anti-inflammatory properties

i.e
a. 50ml Cleansing Oil
10ml Castor Oil
20ml Hempseed Oil
20ml Evening Primrose Oil (for sensitive skin can use Rosehip)

b. 50ml Cleansing oil
10ml Castor Oil
20ml Argan Oil
20ml Jojoba Oil

Aging & Dry Skin:

Basic:
10% Castor Oil
30% any oil with comedogenic rating of 0 -1
60% any oil with anti-oxidants and has moisturizing fatty acids

i.e
a. 50ml Cleansing Oil
5ml Castor Oil
15ml Rosehip Oil
30ml Avocado Oil

b. 50ml Cleansing oil
5ml Castor Oil
15ml Jojoba Oil
30ml Avocado Oil

c. 50ml Cleansing oil ( can be infused with Chamomile & Rose)
30ml Rosehip Oil
20ml Avocado Oil

Normal and Combination Skin

Basic:
30% Castor Oil
30% any oil with comedogenic rating of 0
40% any oil with anti-oxidants

i.e
a. 50ml Cleansing Oil
15ml Castor Oil
15ml Rosehip Oil
20ml Grapeseed Oil


b. 50ml Cleansing oil ( can be infused with Lavender)
30ml Argan
20ml Jojoba or Avocado Oil

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