Adios Estee Lauder!!  See ya later Mary Kay!!  Adieu Lancôme!!  I’m throwing out all my bottles, jars, and creams.  Okay, maybe I’ll just box them up and hang onto them awhile longer.  Not long ago someone mentioned the Oil Cleansing Method.  When I hear about something I’ve never heard about before it perks my ears up and I find myself learning out all I can about it.

This is what happened when I heard about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).  It sounded sort of crazy and a little too far out in left field.  But the more I read about it the more it sounded like something I should try.  Its basically cleaning your face with oil.  Crazy, I know.  But Google it, you’ll either find it interesting or think I have absolutely lost my mind.

You use basically two oils.  The first one that is used no matter what you skin type is Castor oil.  Castor oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a great cleansing and healing oil.  Believe it or not, it can also be drying.  It is also very thick.  This is why the OCM is usually done with two oils.

olive Oil 3The secondary oil can be a variety of things.  EVVO, sunflower seed, jojaba, grapeseed, etc.  For the time being I have decided to go with a 50/50 blend of castor oil and evvo.  For different skins types you adjust the ratio of castor oil to whatever your other oil is.  To make it more of a spa experience you can also add a few drops of essential oils.  I haven’t taken it that far yet.  So far all I’ve invested in is a bottle of castor oil and a 6 oz flip top bottle.  The EVVO I already had.  🙂

I am someone who has always used skin care products.  But take a look at the list of ingredients on your skin care products.  Chemical, preservatives, and other things.  What are these things and why are they so high priced?  What if all we really need is something that we already have in our homes?

Our skin naturally produces oil, sebum.  Some of us produce more than others.  Mine is normally middle of the road and sometimes a little more oily when its humid.  What I’ve learned is oil dissolves oil.  When we strip our skin of its natural oils by using the chemical laden cleansers we’ve grown use to it throws our skin into an unnatural rhythm.  If we’re oily we become oiler, if we’re dry we become dry.  Our skin basically doesn’t know what to do.

Basically I’ve go nothing to lose.  So I’ll try this method for at least a month an see what happens.  I liked the way my skin felt last night after the oil cleansing method.  All I did today was wipe my face with a damp cloth.

The scary part is that while searching for information on the oil cleansing method I found some articles on going “Poo-free”.  That’s shampoo free.  Some people I read about haven’t washed their hair in a couple of years.  They didn’t even manufacture shampoo until the beginning of the 20th century.  But I’ll leave that for another day.

I can’t just go completely crazy all at once.

Where I got some of my info:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/141871-the-oil-cleansing-method-highly-recommended/

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

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