Decided to do this post right now before again I get hold up by doing other stuff.
I’m sharing with you a great face cleansing method called The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). It’s the natural way to attain perfect skin
I decided to give my commercial skincare a break after I was told my skin was “not as nice as it used to be” and especially when I developed a disgusting panau (tinea versicolor) on my cheek. It was absolutely upsetting and at first I ignored it, but it didn’t go away so I started rubbing garlic on my face. But who’s got the time to peel garlic and rub garlic on my face every morning for a couple of months?! Also I started getting random bumps on my forehead.
For those who don’t know, a panau is a long-term fungal infection on the skin that is caused by the 1) oily skin, 2) humidity, 3) excessive sweating and/or 4) weak immune system. Usually the skin is able to combat this fungus. I would think I got it because of number four, I was under a lot of stress when I got it, equals to weak immune system.
I used garlic because garlic has anti-fungal properties, and it’s what the old people used to do.
Anyway long story short, by the permission of the One I came across a video about a lady’s “BEAUTY SECRET’S” and she talked about the Oil Cleansing Method, how her blackheads were gone three days after using it, while the person who recommended her saw results only after a month.
I’ve never liked watching tutorial videos because they are too long but I was guided to watch the video. I’m glad I did
As of now I’ve used the OCM for a month now, on and off.
Let’s see the results first before talking about OCM:
Feb 1, six days since I started using OCM…for six days consecutively. I don’t know if it was the camera effect or what, but I captioned it as “my random oil bumps are gradually gone” or something like that. My panau’s gone too!
And then I became lazy. I thought I’d be OK now, lol. I was wrong. I started sleeping late, drinking less water…..
This is Feb 14:
You see the “random bumps on forehead” actually all united into a pimple?! Pimples are unwanted tenants that don’t pay rent ok.
Upon ~discovering~ this pimple, from Feb 14 – now I’ve been using the OCM religiously again.
And I’m super glad to say now that the pimple is GONE, and the random oil bumps have reduced to, say, 20%? Like if before there was 10 bumps now there’s only 2. The best part is, I DARESAY I DON’T HAVE ANY BLACKHEADS NOW. I’ve always been told that I don’t have blackheads, or they are minimal, but it still irks me to know that I have unwanted accumulated oil on my nose that I can see for myself. Now I see that they’re gone, so yay! (what if I’m actually delusional…..)
I don’t have a now picture of me because I just don’t but HERE COMES THE BIG REVEAL:
What is Oil Cleansing Method?
For me, I use a blend of 1/3 Castor Oil + 2/3 Olive Oil (into a pump bottle).
At first it sounds kinda funny to use oil to wash my face, but the logic is: OIL FIGHTS OIL. The same way diamonds cut diamonds! lol, does that make sense?
It doesn’t make sense either that we wash our face with a cleanser, and then tone it to balance up the pH, and then use a moisturiser to topup the natural oil we lost from the toner. Too much work stripping off my natural sebum to replace them with some cream.
Castor Oil is a deep cleansing oil, while olive oil is………I don’t know, moisturising?
Container big enough to fit my face in to steam (with hot water of course), a green face towel (new fav colour) and my Castor + Olive oil blend in a pump bottle!
How do I use it?
(I use it differently from the instructions I read online, because I can’t wring hot water)
1) Get ready a round container that fits my face with hot water (I use mine from the thermos lol). Fill just about 2/10th of the container. Enough for you to feel the steam.
2) Pump the oil blend three times on your palm (three pumps, that’s it!)
3) Rub the oil with both palms to heat (but I just don’t see the point).
4) Rub around your face, focus on the area where you want to work on. For me obviously, my forehead and my panau. And my nose. I think blackheads are disgusting.
5) Steam your face for one minute or more. Feeeeeeeeeeeeel your pores opening up.
6) Use a clean cloth, dip it with a bit of that hot water you used to steam your face and rinse your face!
Tadah, six or less easy steps!
Word of caution, though: you may experience several breakouts after using the OCM for the first time. Like I mentioned in the above, Castor Oil is a deep cleansing oil so it executes all your unwanted tenants in your pores and while they look for another property to lease, they settle on your skin for a while. Don’t worry, keep using the OCM and they’ll act as the law enforcement against these illegal unpaying tenants.
My mother had breakouts and so did my sister. Mom stopped using it because she’s lazy (lol) while my sister has noticeable difference in her face now. Sister’s skin is glowing now, my mother told me.
Please keep in mind that we’re all born with different skin types so my OCM recipe may not work for you. This is the recipe for my normal-to-dry skin, and you can find other great Oil Cleansing Method Recipes that may suit your skin here.
Where did I buy my Castor Oil?
Not Online. The local Organic Castor Oil online seller did not respond to my interest in buying so my parents went to Mustafa Singapore to get me non-organic ones. It was only for two dollars or something per bottle? It still worked for me, though. We have olive oil too. Again, I didn’t use EXTRA VIRGIN like what the instructions/tutorials tell me to because I am a cheapskate but I’m thankful they were okay on my face? I don’t know what happens if you have sensitive skin though.
My beautician actually told me my skin is sensitive so there ya go.
loljk I still use my cleanser, toner and moisturiser before I go to sleep if I don’t have the time to use the OCM. I use the OCM in the day before bathing. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream is a great cream, my skin feels smooth in the morning but the OCM wins in deep cleansing my face.
Actually wanted to try The Body Shop’s new Vitamin E serum in oil thing but thank goodness I found this natural blend!
I hope this post has benefited you in a way or another!
It does take a little bit of effort to achieve “effortless” flawless/illuminating skin.
Other main things I do, which I personally think works for me (if you think my skin is bad then whoops, but I am open to recommendations) :
- SLEEP 6-8 HOURS PER DAY
- HYDRATE BY DRINKING WATER, WATER, NOT SUGAR WATER
- RUB CAT’S FACE ON CHEEKS
- EAT VEGETABLES
- KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS CLEAN
- NOT EVEN THINK ILL OF OTHERS
- HAVE FAITH
- Laugh a lot. Even when the whole world is laughing at you.
Ok I found a recent beautiful picture of me my baby brother took (17 Feb):
Have a good weekend!