My skin care routine is usually constantly changing as I read about new things online that can help prevent my skin erupting however recently I settled on two incredibly simple things sweet almond oil and extra virgin olive oil. After doing a bunch of reading in to the oil cleansing method (OCM) I decided that I had to give it another go. I had originally tried this with other oils such as coconut oil only for my face to break out, not what you want! So while I can highly recommend the two oils I use now, remember to spot test!

So what exactly is OCM I hear you asking? And why on earth do you want to be rubbing oil on your face? Especially if you have oily skin? Well have no fear, I’m going to break it down for you.

The Basics

You grab your oils (That you have tried and tested!) and rub them all over your face. You turn your tap on and soak your microfiber cloth in warm water, drape it over your face and enjoy the warmth. Then simply wipe away the oil. Leaving you with soft, clean, glowing skin!

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But Why OCM?

Well it’s dead simple. No matter how dry your face is, it has natural oil. Oil dissolves oil, right? So what you’re doing is dissolving all your dirty oil and replacing it with clean oil. You’re not stripping your face as you do with cleansers, and you definitely don’t need 10 million products, you just need your oil. Also we all know how quickly oil breaks down makeup, so forget your makeup removers too. Save those pennies.

Oh and if you have oily skin, don’t stop reading. As so do I, I also have dry skin. Cause my skin loves to give me a challenge. Look using oil on your face isn’t going to make it more oily, but if you start trying to strip it away your face is going to freak out and going to oil overdrive. You know how you’re not supposed to wash your hair everyday otherwise it has an oil breakdown? Yeah that’s how it works with your face.

So what oils should I try?

Okay this is going to be personal experimentation, because if we have learnt anything it’s that everyone’s skin is different. The main oil you will hear about a lot when searching for information on OCM is caster oil, as its cheap, antibacterial and a great carrier oil however it can also be very very drying so dilute that shit. I don’t use it, as I didn’t get on with it however its a great starting point.

Oils that are non-comodogenic, so unlikely to clog pores but not very moisturising;

Mineral Oil

Safflower Oil

Sunflower Oil

Then you’ve got your lighter oils, slight comodogenic factor so can clog pores but normally more moisturising;

Olive Oil

Grape Seed Oil (is an outlier, can actually be drying)

Sesame Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Two awesome thicker/more moisturising oils with a slight comodogenic factor are:

Sweet Almond Oil

Avocado Oil

High comodogenic oils, which are more likely to break you out but might be awesome for your skin as well are;

Coconut Oil

Coconut Butter

Cocoa Butter

Mink Oil

Soybean Oil

There is a whole range of other oils out there, like Argan oil but you just have to do a little bit of research and test them on your skin before committing to them.

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Oil Cleansing Ratio

Okay so this is where my routine separates from the general how to. I just mix my two faves together and I’m sorted however there is a basic rule of the thirds. For Example:

Oily skin (1/3 Olive Oil to 2/3 Castor Oil)

Normal Skin (Use equal parts)

Dry Skin (1/3 Castor Oil – 1/3 Almond Oil – 1/3 Olive Oil)

These are just ideas to help it you’re completely stuck but I recommend just having a little mess about and see what works for you!

Pros

  1. It works amazingly for so many people! It’s helped clear up my skin dramatically.
  2. It’s natural
  3. It can be cheaper depending on the oils you use
  4. Makeup is gone in a flash
  5. Your routine could be sped up if you’re not using several different products.
  6. Doesn’t strip your skin
  7. There’s so many variations it can suit almost everyone!
  8. You can mix in things like tea tree oil

Cons

  1. It can take time to find what works for you
  2. You’ll probably find yourself washing more washcloths
  3. Could be more expensive depending on oils

Finally

Don’t worry about it too much! It can seem like a whole lot of bother at first till you find what works for you and then suddenly its the easiest thing in the world. I wouldn’t ever go back now, you will have to pry almond oil and olive oil from my cold dead hands.

 

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