|Oil Cleansing Method supplies: Shot glass, tea tree oil, castor oil from drug store laxative aisle, olive oil, spoons, and washcloth.|
- I mixed together 3/4 teaspoon castor oil, 1/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and 1/16 teaspoon of tea tree oil in a shot glass.
- I wet a washcloth with lots of filtered water, but squeezed out the excess so that it wasn't dripping wet. I then placed it folded in a Pyrex baking dish and nuked it for three minutes.*
- I poured a bit of the oil into my palm and massaged it into my face while the washcloth heated up. OMG! It felt amazingly luxurious!
- I then draped the warm, damp washcloth over my face and took a welcomed rest on my sofa.
- Once the washcloth was cool, I used it to gently wipe my face.
- I then splashed my face with cold water.
- If you can find a small, dark glass bottle, God bless you. I couldn't so I store my shot glass of oil covered with wax paper held on with a rubber band in my bathroom cabinet.
- I scrub my washcloth clean with a generous sprinkle of baking soda. I then soak it in boiling water (in the same Pyrex dish from earlier), rinse, and hang it to air dry.
According to TheOilCleansingMethod.com, this technique works because the oil used to massage skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in pores. Also, applied oil prevents the skin from over-compensating in oil production (as it would if oil-free, drying cleansers were used). The steam from the hot cloth opens pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed when wiped.
Goodbye blackheads? Adios acne? I don't know. I've only been doing it every day for a week. Thought my sweet boyfriend did say my skin looks great today, it's really too soon to tell. I'll follow-up with you on my progress in a month. Just so we know what I started with, here are some extreme close-ups in my terrible kitchen lighting. I think these pics show every premenstrual bump and blemish possible!
|Before OCM, right|
|Before OCM, left|
- Tsh at Simple Mom reported success with OCM.
- Crunchy Betty calls the Oil Cleansing Method "disco awesome"!
- Natural Living Mama likes OCM too.
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