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The oil cleansing method has been catching on with ladies who want to take a more natural approach to their skincare routine. Over the counter products can strip the skin of natural oils (which leads to overproduction of oil) and leave skin feeling tight.

Using oil to clean your skin may seem a bit counter intuitive, especially if you have oily skin, but the OCM helps to restore your skin’s moisture and cleanse pores.

Though the oil cleansing method is gaining in popularity, it’s nothing new. Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oils have been around for decades. But if you’re not willing to splurge over $20 for a department store variety, you can make your own for a few bucks.

Depending on specific skin issues, you have to use trial and error to find the right oil combination for you. The most commonly used primary oils are castor or extra virgin olive oil. And a second or even third oil, like grape seed, coconut, jojoba or sunflower is added. Many of the oils have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties or act as astringents.

Natural oils can be purchased at your local vitamin shop or health food store, or online at From Nature with Love for a few dollars.

So exactly what is the process behind oil cleansing?

Your specific oil mixture is massaged into the skin for a few minutes. Place a warm towel over your face and leave it there until cool. Rinse the towel in warm water and place over your face again until cool. Use a cold towel to gently wipe your skin.

The steam from the towel opens up pores and the oil blend remove any impurities. The steam from the hot towel leaves no remnants of oil. Your skin should feel soft and moisturized.

For more info on the OCM, check out: www.theoilcleansingmethod.com

To see the oil cleansing method in action, check out the video from The Moptop Maven.

Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? What was your experience?

– Patrice J. Williams

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