Get better skin: use oils on your face!


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The oil cleansing method offers a more natural approach to gaining softer, happier skin.

Katie Atkinson, News Editor

When it comes to skincare, I’ve tried it all. Face scrubs. Face masks. Face cream. Recently, however, I came across a better, smarter, and healthier way to cleanse your skin? And… it involves oils. Yes, oils. But not the nasty kind that you generally have issues with. I’m talking about the oil cleansing method.

A year ago, if you had told me to cleanse my oily skin by slathering more oil over my pores, I would have laughed. But, this method is tried and true.  

I know because I’ve seen significant progress in the clarity and texture of my skin over the past month. The best part is, this skin care regime is easy to make and very affordable.  

It’s time to stop shelling out hundreds of dollars for lackluster products. Instead, put a little money into this natural remedy that will last far longer than your Lush clay mask.

Everyone’s experience with OCM is different yet each formula has a similar makeup. The majority of formulas I’ve seen include carrier oils and essential oils. To make your mixture, you use carrier oils to dilute the essential oil of your choice. This is important because most oils are too strong to be applied to the skin on their own. As with any new skincare regimen, you want to do a skin test on your arm before applying it to your face.

The Oil Cleansing Method website suggests starting with these three types of blends:

  • Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil

Since I have combination skin, I use castor oil, jojoba oil, and lavender oil for my blend. You can add any essential oil, but I use lavender because it has a calming smell that helps me to wind down before bed.

Once you have chosen a recipe that works for you, apply the oil mixture to your clean, dry, face every night before bed. Then, take a hot towel and press it into your face until it becomes cool.  This essentially steams and seals the good oils into your face. You want to repeat the steaming process until your face no longer feels oily. Then, wake up the next day and see/feel the difference!

Of course, every skin type is different, and I cannot say with certainty that this method will work for everyone, but if you want your skin to feel smooth and look better, it is definitely worth a shot.