In some instances, pure oils may be mixed with other oils; for example, olive oil and coconut oil may be combined. This combination can then be optimized according to individual skin type and preferred personal taste.
One major benefit of the oil cleansing method is that it is an all-natural process, which does not usually require harsh chemicals or detergents. Oils can be applied directly to the affected area. Some prefer to apply it with a brush or sponge. Some even find hand application of oil very soothing. However, if you choose to do so, make sure you are using olive oil or a product that is free from allergens.
A Specific Area Or Problem
It is important to know how many drops of oil are enough to treat a specific area or problem. Test your cleanser on small parts of skin before applying it on larger areas; test again after 24 hours to make sure it washes away properly. It is always advisable to follow the instructions on the bottle when applying cleansers or soaps. If you have a lot of oily hair or skin, test it first before buying or using it on your entire body.
Using an OCM method entails a number of steps; the first being rinsing. This should preferably be done with warm water. Also, make sure to apply a mild or an oil-free cleanser or soap. Before applying the oil, ensure there are no grime particles on your skin; a mild soap would do. When rinsing, do not rinse off the area completely; instead, allow it to stay in one layer for a few minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly.
The Oil Soak Into The Pores Of Your Skin
Next, let the oil soak into the pores of your skin for a while; this will ensure that the oil penetrates your skin pores deeply. After soaking, pat dry and then use an astringent or moisturizer to seal the oil into the pores of your skin. A gentle exfoliation must be done before proceeding with the OCM process. The astringent must be mild enough not to dry out your skin. Follow up with moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying out; however, if your skin already feels too dry, you may skip the moisturizer and go straight to the OCM process.
Once the oil is ready, you can begin the actual oil cleaning process; this can either be done by hand or by using a chemical hand scrub machine. For the hand-scrubbing, make sure you are wearing cotton gloves so that you don’t touch your face with the scrubbing pad.
A Chemical-Based Oil Cleaning Product
Apply gentle pressure over your face to open the pores of the skin and then scrub away the oil with your fingers; rinse with warm water and follow up with a light moisturizer to close the pores. For a chemical-based oil cleaning product, follow the instructions on the label carefully. Apply the oil cleaning product to a soft cloth or sponge and wipe the oil onto the affected area at an angle.
The oil will naturally work its way into the affected area; this will prevent oil build-up. Gently wipe off the excess oil and then apply moisturizer to seal the moisture into your skin.
If your acne seems to be getting worse, see your dermatologist about more aggressive forms of treatment. OCM is not an appropriate alternative for people who suffer from severe acne. As always, remember to follow all of your skin care tips; especially those related to skin care and beauty products. This will help you maintain a healthy and youthful skin.