Reveal soft, naturally radiant skin
Cleansing is something many of us do each day but is the ritual of cleansing actually doing more harm than good?
Is there a simple, cheap way to cleanse your skin that allows balance & saves you time in the morning?
I used to use Miessence’s balancing cleanser and for those of you not into making your own it’s a good cleanser but in my drive to consume less and live more simply I started thinking about making my own skincare. Oil is commonly something many women are apprehensive to use on their skin; worries about spots are one reason and the ‘oil-free’ marketing doesn’t help but you have no reason to fear using oil on your skin.
Oil Cleansing Method?
I had heard from a few women that the oil cleansing method (OCM) was effective.
The OCM method uses a blend of castor oil (the beautiful plant on the left) and either extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil to gently cleanse the face. I was sceptical as castor oil is very sticky.
Initially I disregarded the whole OCM idea thinking I have far better things to do with my time but now it is something I am conscious of and willing to try, not least as a cleanser is $50.65 for 250mls and the OCM works out at about $18.30 for 100mls of castor oil and 500mls of organic olive oil.
This will last for months and months and months! Money saving tip!
I set about to make my own cleanser from castor oil & extra virgin olive oil and to make it a bit more feminine I added three drops of organic mandarin essential oil. Next time I might add lavender or ylang ylang. The fun of making your own skincare is you can personalise it.
Oil on my skin, are you serious?
I was hugely skeptical at first, having had acne for years (in my youth) the idea that I would use oil on my skin was laughable. I decided I had nothing to lose and made the OCM blend: two parts castor oil to eight parts olive oil.
As crazy as it might have felt, I have found it works and having cleansed my skin I don’t really have to do much else to it.
I have been doing this for a few weeks now and it has been really cold here, lots of bitter winds and snow but my skin is looking good and feels wonderfully soft.
I also spend less time at night on my face but the massage is really lovely.
UPDATE: I have also used simply jojoba oil which works well without the sticky castor oil.
Discover how to make a simple castor oil cleanser:
For oily skin. A blend of 30% castor oil to 70% extra virgin olive oil or organic sunflower oil
Balanced skin. Blend 20% castor oil to 80% extra virgin olive oil or organic sunflower oil
Dry Skin. Blend 10% castor oil to 90% extra virgin olive oil
So for balanced skin that would equate to 20 millilitres (mls) of castor oil and 80 mls sunflower oil, for example.
The key is to rub into dry skin and then massage it in.
- What is also nice is to relax whilst massaging your face. Focusing on appreciation of your skin not criticism!
- Warm a flannel (wash cloth) in a basin of hot-warmish water and smooth off the oil.
- Dry with a soft towel.
- If you have dry skin you may want to add a bit of your night time oil or just leave it and see how your skin feels in the morning. I love La Bella Figura Beauty‘s oils.
You can learn more at The Oil Cleansing Method website
If you are in Great Britain then you can get castor oil from Aromantic, or perhaps your local chemist? In Canada, Rexal pharmacy has castor oil, bottom shelf near the Epsom salts!
I got some funny looks buying castor oil as it is traditionally used as a laxative but that is a small price to pay for radiant skin!
Please let me know how you get on, or perhaps you already use the OCM and love it, or did you try it and hate it?