The Oil Cleansing Method: For Dry Skin

When I was growing up nothing was more satisfying than a nicely foaming face wash that left my skin radiant, matte and almost reptilian! But, hey! I still did it over and over again because of the suds.

Having grown up with dry flaky skin that was scaly to touch I have been slathered with a plethora of oils ranging from almond to coconut. But my love for face washes saw me strip my face of oil every single day and try to replenish it with others.

Was that a logical skincare step taken by a sane human? No!

Did I still do it? Hell, yes!

When I grew up though I realised the importance of oil for the skin and tried to find an alternative to soapy face washes. That’s when I stumbled upon my Holy Grail cleansing oil, Dermalogica Precleanse! This little pricey bottle of oil could clear my face of all dust, emulsify at the touch of water and then be washed to leave behind a soothing layer of hydration to my parched skin.

I was in love but my dad certainly wasn’t! I started using Precleanse about 10 years back and that’s when it wasn’t available in India. Only when my dad went on international trips could I plead him to get a bottle of Precleanse. Soon I realised that it was too expensive a habit to sustain and fell back to my old sudsy ways.

I saw the noticeable difference in my skin and wasn’t happy but couldn’t do anything about it. Or could I?

I did the one thing I love doing and that is research on the internet. I read about The Oil Cleansing Method, which to me, is the best thing that has ever happened to my skin!

With Oil Cleansing Method or OCM I could rid my face of all dust, makeup and grime while still keeping my skin hydrated. And the best part?

It costs me next to nothing!

So how does the OCM work? It’s simple! You just need to follow these steps:

  1. Create your Oil Cleansing Mix
  2. Take a dime sized amount of this oil and massage it into your face for 2-4 minutes. Take special care to massage it very well into areas where there can be a buildup of makeup/dirt. Due to my love for waterproof eyeliner and matte lipstick, I need to pay particular attention to my eyes and lips.
  3. After this, run a hand towel below a hot water faucet and soak it entirely. Wring it and use this towel to clean your face.
    Repeat this a few times while periodically laying the warm towel on your face to open up your pores.
  4. Dry your face and if it feels a tad too oily use some Miscellar Water or a very tiny amount of face wash to wash your face once more.
    It’s very rare that you’ll face this problem and next time take care about the amount of oil mix you use.
  5. Trust me when I say that your skin will look more supple and moisturized than ever before!

So that’s a wrap ladies and gents!

Are you asking yourself the vital question?

What is the oil mix and what does it constitute of?

Ideally the oil mix should be a mix of castor oil, a moisturising oil and essential oils in the optimum combination.

For my dry and scaly skin the following oil mix has worked wonders:

  1. 25% Castor Oil
    This is the oil that will purge your skin of all impurities, including oil, so dry skinned beauties should approach it with caution.

  2. 74.7% Olive/Almond/Grapeseed Oil
    Ironically I am a bit allergic to almond oil so I tend to stay away but it is a great ingredient for this mixture.
    If you have extremely eczematic skin, like I once had, olive oil is your best bet!
    But if you suffer from regular dry skin, grapeseed oil is your best bet as it is light and yet very hydrating. This is the oil I use in my OCM mixture and it works phenomenally for me!

  3. 0.3% Essential Oils
    I have had success with Tea Tree, Lavender, Myrrh, Frankincense and Rose Oil but everyone’s skin is different and I would suggest you thoroughly research all essential oils before using them!

So that, my friends, is Oil Cleansing Method 101 for Dry Skin. Let me know in the comments below if you have any queries or feedback.

Happy Skincare!

Author: Nivanya M

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