EVER TRIED THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD?
This unique face cleanser is often known by "OCM" and is often mixed with a combination of oils. Some oils commonly found in these washes are: castor [organic cold-pressed], olive, jojoba, coconut, grapeseed, seaberry, almond, argan, & more!
The ancient Romans utilized this method by rubbing oil directly into the skin and then using a strigil or cleansing tool, created for scraping off dirt from the skin during bathing. OCM was not however commercially produced and sold until the 19th century, where it became very popular in Korean & Japanese cultures- before making the move to parts of Europe and North America.
The reason why this method is surprisingly effective, comes from the idea in chemistry that "like dissolves like" or the Dissolution Theory; most cleansers of today take just the opposite approach by using water-based cleansers to dissolve dirt and oil- which is why they are often not near as effective :0 Want to know more?! Make sure to check out below The Beauty Closet's cleansing oil tips- plus my recommended facial oil of the month from fresh!
FACE OIL CLEANSING TIPS:
- Make sure you pick the right combination of oils that are good for your skin; for example: many have issues with Castor oil and it either causes irritation due to sensitive skin or it causes them to break out [as it does me!]. That's okay though- there are plenty alternatives to having a castor-based cleanser and Argan is a good alternative.
- For stubborn dirt and built-up makeup and oil: after rubbing the oil directly into your skin, steam your face with a warm wash cloth [press onto your face and hold for 1-2 mins. and repeat 4 times] OR you can utilize a pan on stove and boil some water- hold your face over the pan for 2-3 mins. to steam.
- Rinse your face with warm water- not cold! The warm water will aid the cleanser with pulling the hardened oil and dirt packed into pores :) Pat your skin dry with a dry wash cloth or towel.
- Don't overdo it! You really don't need much of a good quality facial oil- just about a quarter-sized amount; you can rub your hands together after putting this dollop into your palm and this will warm up the product before application too.
- When it comes to the application itself: blend lightly onto your entire face in small circular motions for 1-3 minutes. Use light to medium pressure and spend an additional minute on trouble areas like your chin and T-zone.
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
Moisturizing Face Oil
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Fragrance, BHT, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol.
If you've been wanting to give a face oil to try- I highly suggest you give this one a chance. It's moderately priced and around the pricing of most other major brands that have also come out with their version of a facial oil. I was really impressed with the lightness of this cleanser- specifically in comparison to other similar items I've tried. It doesn't overdo it, yet absorbs well into the skin and provides excellent natural moisturization as well. All in all, this is a great oil face cleanser for beginners and for those who have tried the gamut! You will love how cleansed and moisturized your face will feel without over-drying or leaving behind unpleasant residue.