yes yes and a big emphatic yes! i have read and watched more than enough videos on this topic, but being an oily skinned sister myself i was a little hesitant, however that is laid to rest. i am happy to say, this method is just great. so what is ocm you ask? ocm or the oil cleanse method is the cleaning method by which you implement oil to cleanse the skin. the idea sounds far fetched, but simple science says oil dissolves oil. there you have it, if oil dissolves oil, then surely this method can’t be too far off. another thing is to end the myth: “oils produce acne”. this is in-fact false, and i say so because our skin naturally produces oil, oil helps keep the skin lubricated and moist. however, while we aim to keep the skin beautiful externally it is important to nourish it internally by drinking a lot of water. this is the only way to maintain a healthy balance. to be safe, drink at least 8 glasses a day…this does seem like a stretch, trust me i know, but it does help. water helps flush the body of toxins and bacteria that circulate in the bloodstream and it also gives oxygen to the blood and provides us with the essentials we need to survive. so do add water to this regimen!
upon research this is what i came up with, the ocm is effective because not only is it all natural, it also eliminates the use of harmful chemicals. the problem with commercial products is that they strip our skin of it’s natural oils, which in the end enables the vicious cycle of trying to find the right product. on top of that, they sometimes contain fragrances, that are irritating to the skin, which is indeed our largest organ. there is no point in suffering un-neccessarily if we don’t have to.
the ocm uses one basic thing: oils!! the most popular and seemingly most effective to use are castor oil and olive oil. (however i believe in some cases you can substitute jojoba and grapeseed oil into the mix.) castor oil has proven to be the most effective, and as i mentioned in a post prior, the benefits of castor oil are endless. For the skin it can be a good cleaning oil. however it is thick in consistency and thus strong in properties and needs to be diluted with another oil, otherwise you can be left with dry skin than when you started. this is where olive oil comes in. olive oil is good for it’s moisturizing properties.
for this method all you will need is to have:
- castor oil
- extra virgin olive oil
- facial towel or cloth
- hot water
dependent upon your current skin type, it will determine the ratio of castor oil to olive oil
- oily skin: try a blend of 30% castor oil to 70% oilve oil.
- balanced skin: try a blend of 20% castor oil to 80% olive oil.
- dry skin: try a blend of 10% castor oil to 90% olive oil.
you will want to mix the castor oil to olive oil in a applicator bottle or maybe a jar (clean and sterile) that you have around the house. next follow these guidelines:
- pour a generous puddle of oil into the palm of your hand. generally the size of a quater. rub your hands together to warm the oil and then apply it to your face.
- massage the oil into your face. this will help remove dirt, makeup and other impurities, eliminating the need to use makeup remover, etc prior to the ocm. I
- use slow firm motions to massage the oil deep into the pores of your skin. take time to focus on your problem areas. doing so will allow the oil to attack the problems of blackhead and inflamed pores, allowing the oil and steam to eliminate them.
- during this massage, give yourself room to breathe and relax. make use of this time to free your mind and even envision what your face will look like once cleared completely. take deep breaths and give yourself enough time for the oil to work on the impurities. focus on the image of your face being completely clear from blemishes, and know and accept that it is attainable.
- once calm and satisfied that your pores are saturated with the oil blend, take your washcloth and soak it in clean, hot (not scalding) water. ring excess water out if you must.
- hold the washcloth over the face and allow the steam to penetrate the skin. let it sit on your face until it cools. gently wipe of your face with the washcloth to remove the impurities. again run the washcloth under hot water, then apply it to the face and let sit till it cools. wipe gently and rinse well. this can be repeated two or three more times. please avoid any and all temptation to scrub the skin, as this will only irritate it!
- if your skin is feeling tight after this process you can use a tiny drop of the oil blend, rub it between your clean damp hands and pat it onto your damp skin. gently massage it into the skin. alternatively you could use a drop of grapeseed or jojoba oil.
- your skin should now feel radiant and glowing!
here’s a helpful video on the ocm:
that’s it! that’s all there is to the simple and effective ocm! try it out and let me know what you think. and have any of you tried it before, what was your experience?
ETA APRIL/08/2013 – here’s another fab tip on the OCM via Hey Fran Hey