How many times have you grumbled at the department store counter because you could NOT believe that companies actually have the nerve to ask what they do for their skin-care lines? Well, how many times have you amazed yourself even more because you actually PAID what they were asking? The more expensive the product, the better quality ingredients and, better yet, the better results…right? Now, just hold on there!!
Let me just start by saying that I have never received so many compliments about the way my skin looks as I have in the past few months. Lately, and I am not exaggerating, I am told at least 3 to 4 times per week that I am (or my skin is) glowing. The word “flawless” is occasionally thrown in. I will confess that, thank God, I have naturally been blessed with great genes. Even as a teen, acne break-outs and other skin issues were rarely my issues.
So, why at age 54 are people literally stopping me on the street to tell me how beautiful my skin is? (God, I LOVE that!!!) Simple!! I ditched soap. That’s right. I stopped being pimped by the big-name, small-named (and/or no-named) cosmetic companies alike. Instead, for the past few months, I have been cleansing my skin through a process known as the Oil Cleansing Method. Now, this method is nothing new. However, I have only just recently become aware of it. I am a firm believer that there is ENOUGH of everything to go around. So, when asked, I excitedly share my beauty “secret” with friends, family, strangers and co-workers. Listen to me: there is MORE THAN ENOUGH “beauty” to go around. One Friday, two co-workers cornered me to ask just WHAT I was doing to my skin. Again, I heard “beautiful”, “flawless, “glowing”…and trust me, I can never hear these words about myself too many times (heh). I shared The Oil Cleansing Method with them. My co-worker, Gloria went home THAT night and started cleansing her skin with this method. The following Monday morning, when she saw me, she literally could not thank me enough. And (I kid you not), her skin was GLOWING, dewy, youthful after just a few days of cleansing with this process. Her exact words were, “I wish I’d known about this sooner…I am NEVER going back!” She is amazed at how thoroughly it removes makeup and has since shared this little secret with her 20-something daughters. My point is, although this method has been around for a while, there are still those who (like me a few months ago; or my co-workers just a few days ago) are not enlightened. Hence, this blog post.
Before I explain the process, I am compelled to share a chemistry refresher quote from www.acne.org: “Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
With that out of the way, you’re probably wondering exactly WHAT I cleanse my skin with? You ready for this? I use (drum roll) O-I-L. Yes, oil (duh, the Oil Cleansing Method). During the chilly months, my oil of choice is extra virgin coconut oil that I get here www.tropicaltraditions.com. However, you can find coconut oil at most health food stores and even some supermarkets. My co-worker, Gloria is hooked on Extra Virgin Olive Oil by itself. I like to use this during the summer months. Do the research and come up with a preparation that best fits your skin-type.
I first heard about this method from a Pinterest post. The link took me to the Simple Mom blog – She has a detailed explanation of how to do the OCM here: http://simplemom.net/oil-cleansing-method//. Go over and check her out (follow the link).
♥♥♥That’s the method in a nutshell.♥♥♥ One more thought: about once per month, I use my exfoliating gloves and I gently exfoliate my face with the oil on and then follow by wiping with a soft cloth. For those of you with VERY oily skin, about once-per-week, you can use a natural astringent made of a blend of ½ Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and ½ filtered water. Dip a cotton ball in the concoction and wipe your face.
In a very short time, you’ll be writing me to tell me that people are stopping YOU on the streets.
Here’s to youth, wellness and beauty!!!