Oil Cleansing Instructions – Steps for Achieving Best Results.
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Many people who have tried OCM before quit when they didn't get the results they had hoped for or their skin issues got worse. Others are looking for ways to improve their results. I encourage you to try the approach outlined here, which differs from what you might be doing or what you might have read.
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THE ALCHEMY OF OIL CLEANSING - There is no book on The Oil Cleansing Method and there isn't a “one size fits all” approach. The steps I outlined below differ a little bit from most resources you will find in your search for information.
PLEASE RESIST USING VERY HOT WATER. Hot water is damaging to the facial skin and can make sensitive skin issues worse, which can lead to more skin problems and is especially risky if you have severe acne. Most OCM instructions recommend using a hot steaming washcloth pressed to your face to remove the cleansing oils, and to remove the oils right after they are applied and massaged into your skin for just a few minutes. Those with more severe acne, looking for a reduction in outbreaks make a habit of removing the oils this way. I suggest resisting the urge to use the steaming washcloth method, and to give the oils more time to penetrate so they have time to cleanse and condition.
EXFOLIATING. Gently exfoliating is a vital step in any skincare routine. But care should be taken not to over do it. Those with very sensitive skin or severe acne will want to be very careful not to create more problems by over doing it. If you have strong, resilient skin and you can safely exfoliate 4-5 times a week.
HARD WATER ISSUES: Hard water has a slightly basic Ph. This is not good for our skin and over time can take a toll. If you have skin issues or aging skin, you might want to take a deeper look into the problems associated with hard water and how to make a simple adjustment to your routine to help you skin retain a healthy Ph.
CASTOR OIL: Most people consider Castor Oil a required oil for deep cleaning. Castor oil is extremely cleansing, but it can also lead to problems such as dry, irritated skin and a worsening of their skin problems. There can be a few reasons for this. My research and experience indicates that we can get great results with oil cleansing without the use of Castor oil, or with a minimal amount. It should never be used alone, in a blend it be less than 25%, which is still quite high - I suggest that Castor Oil be reduced to less than 10% of your blend or eliminated. If you have mature or aging skin, dry skin or get dry patches then I would suggest leaving the Castor oil out all together. I outline and describe my favorite cleansing oils HERE.
Before starting with oil cleansing, may I suggest that you take a look into these aspects of the Oil Cleansing Method here.
END OF THE DAY: REMOVING MAKEUP, SUNSCREEN, DIRT, GREASE & GRIME
Oils will only penetrate hair follicles and pores when APPLIED TO SKIN WHEN DRY and allowed TIME to work BEFORE GENTLY REMOVING WITH WARM WATER.
If you do not get clogged pores or breakout, then shorter soaks can give good results. If you do not have a lot of debris on your face, a long soak is not necessary for a good cleanse. Deep conditioning is a benefit of the long soak method so I suggest everyone will benefit from this approach.
REMOVE EYE MAKEUP WITH YOUR PREFER METHOD.
PREP YOUR FACIAL SKIN. Pressing a warm washcloth (not hot) to your face for a few moments will soften the skin and prepare it to receive the oils. Pat your face dry completely before you apply the oils and dry your hands.
APPLY OILS TO DRY SKIN WITH DRY FINGER: Pour a generous amount, about a quarter size amount, of Cleansing Oil in the palm rub your hand. Then using your fingertip, dip them into the oil and apply.
TIP: place the mouth of the bottle on the edge of your palm and pour, spin the bottle a half turn to wipe the oil off the edge of bottle opening. This will keep the oil from running down the side of the bottle. I do not use a dropper to dispense my oils simply because to get enough oil into your palm you need about 2 full droppers of oil. I find the pour method less messy.
Using your fingertips, massage the oils into your face just like you would if you were using any other cleanser, being careful to avoid your eyes. Pressing your fingertips into the skin as well as moving them over the skin surface will help force the oils into pores.
TIME TO CHILL: After 10-20 minutes it is time to remove the oils.
REMOVING OILS: WIPE AND RINSE. With a soft cotton cloth, cotton pad, or paper towel (my favorite is VIVA!) gently wipe away the majority of the oils. I can use the paper towel method to remove the oils, my skin is more resilient.
After gently wiping away the surface oils, soak the cloth or towel in very warm NOT HOT water and gently wipe your face, then rinse a few times and you are done. This step will remove most of the residue and leave your skin feeling dewy soft.
TIP: Remember, you are not attempting to remove every last drop of cleansing oil. Rinsing and wiping gently is all that is required to achieve clean skin.
NEXT STEPS: You are now ready to proceed to the next steps - In the Complete Oil Cleansing Method, this would be exfoliating if appropriate, and/or followed with the application of a slightly acidic toner, followed up with the application of Facial Oils.
EXFOLIATING: Gentle exfoliation is very important for a variety reasons. I prefer to use my EXFOLIATING WITH PERFECTION SCRUB a few times a week. It can also be used as a leave on overnight treatment. If you desire a foaming cleanser once or twice a week, please consider my FOAMING CLEANSING GRAINS these can be mixed with water (aloe juice, hydrosol water), cleansing oils, or a combination of both depending on your skin type.
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING: FRESHEN UP OR A CONDITIONING SOAK
FRESHEN UP! To freshen up in the morning, you don't need to leave the oils on for very long. Apply your oils with dry fingers to dry skin, massage, wipe and rinse. Apply your facial oils to damp skin, allow to soak in for about 20 minutes, then apply sunscreen/makeup (my Alpenfleur facial oils are my go to oils for the day, they absorb quickly and contain CoQ10). They will slightly enhance the efficacy of your sunscreen.
DEEP CONDITIONING. Morning is a nice time to do a long soak for deep conditioning, I make a habit of doing this. As I sip coffee and get my day started, I let my cleaning oils soak in for about 15-20 minutes before removing them and applying my facial oils.