Bridal Skin Care Tip - The Oil Cleansing Method

 

I promised to write a blog about the Oil Cleansing Method in my 10 Things I Love About The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush post so here it is, finally!

Most of my brides and clients know I love simple, natural skin care products and the Oil Cleansing Method is definitely one of them.

So ,what is the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM? It's an easy, natural way to cleanse your skin without harsh chemicals with far better results compared to using mainstream cleansers. Having worked for a luxury department store skin care brand I've used lots of high end products. These high end products feel, smell and looked nice but they left me with my eyes stinging all day every day so I've gradually replaced all my skin care with natural alternatives.

There's no need to worry about using oil on your face if you breakout - this method is actually famous for clearing up the worst acne! I won't go into all the details but a quick Google search will give you lots more info.

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The benefits of using oil to cleanse your skin

  • clearer skin
  • softer, smoother skin, more hydrated skin
  • less breakouts
  • oil dissolves oil - if you're oily skinned this method will help you!
  • you will avoid using chemicals on your skin
  • you will save money as you won't need to buy eye makeup remover or cleansers anymore!
 

How to cleanse your skin using the Oil Cleansing Method

1. Choose your oil - I use a virgin organic Coconut Oil for my cleansing oil. It's what I have in the kitchen and it's easy to find. There are lots of different oils you can use including Sunflower, Caster Seed and Olive Oil to name a few.

2.Massage your skin with the oil - using about 1/4 teaspoon of oil massage it into your skin, all over. There's no need to remove your makeup first as this removes makeup - even waterproof mascara! Massage your skin, lashes, around your nose for a few minutes. Note: cleansing your skin with oil is not advised if you have eyelash extensions.

3. Remove excess oil - when I first started using oil to cleanse my skin the instructions I found online left out one important point. Oil residue will make a mess of your sink! If you try to wash off 1/4 teaspoon of oil down your skin you'll find it sticks to the sink and may even block your drain if you're using Coconut Oil (it solidifies when cold). So to avoid a messy sink I now use a tissue to tissue off all the oil, mascara and makeup residue before going on to the next step.

4. Cleanse your skin - run your bathroom tap until it's warm/hot and get your face cloth wet. I use a coloured face cloth because anything white gets dirty quickly. Make sure the water is steamy so your cloth gets nice and warm. You'll want the heat in the cloth to create a nice steam bath for your face. Wipe your face over with your warm face cloth to remove any remaining oil, gently massaging your skin. Rinse and repeat a few times ensuring the cloth is steamy at all times. Hold the cloth over your face for a few moments to allow the steam to open your pores and remove any makeup or impurities. Pat dry with a clean towel.

5. Tone and moisturise your skin - I like to tone my skin after cleansing with either a home made Apple Cider Vinegar toner or a spray toner made from Aloe Vera or Rose Water. Opt for a natural moisturiser, apply and you're done!

 

Tips for using the Oil Cleansing Method

  • Use this cleansing method at night to remove your makeup. Cleaning this way once a day is usually enough, however do it morning and night if you like! I use a natural foaming cleansing in the morning
  • Use only organic oils
  • Remove all oil from your face because any residue may be comedogenic for your skin type (i.e. may cause congestion). As much as I love Coconut Oil I can't use it as a moisturiser on my skin
  • Avoid this cleansing method if you wear eyelash extensions as the oil can break down your glue and cause the lashes to fall off sooner than you'd like

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