If you’re looking for an alternative to face cleansers that are harsh on skin and expensive on your wallet, I swear by the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). The combination of oils I use are Jojoba and Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. You can find these at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. The best part is these oils were about $5 each!
For those of you with acne-prone skin who are skeptical, fear not! The concept underlying OCM is the basic chemistry principle that “like dissolves like.” Just choose non-comodegenic oils, and you’ll find that OCM actually improves your breakouts. Jojoba is one of the least comodegenic oils. I have acne-prone skin, and this has really helped improve the health of my skin. Proponents of OCM suggest using castor oil as the base for your oil mix, but I skip this, as it is considered relatively comodegenic.
This method of face washing is good for any skin type. Those with aging skin might consider mixing Vitamin E oil into their mix. Make sure any oil you use is unadulterated – the only ingredient on the back should be the oil. They can also be used to moisturize your skin.
I wet a washcloth with hot water, then steam my face. Then I massage the oils into my skin for 30-60 seconds. Be sure to rub gently on your eyes and eyelashes to remove makeup. Then I steam my face again with the washcloth, and rub the oil off with the cloth thoroughly. Your skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated.
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