Months ago I came across a post from where I found out that it is good to wash your face with oil(s). Yes, THE oils that you cook with. I was sceptic at the beginning so I started reading more about it just from a curiosity. I am not going to re-write here what I read on those many blogs I have found, and you would be surprised how many people actually do it (use oil to wash their faces with). Instead, if you’re interested, I’m posting links to a few of those posts I think are filled with good information about OCM (Oil-Cleansing Method) on the bottom of my post (look at related articles).
I’ve decided to try it.
I do have an oily skin and almost every day I had to wash it with water a few times a day in order to get rid of that oily shining.
I mixed my first batch of oils about two months ago using:
3 tsp Olive Oil
9 Tsp Hazelnut Oil
I keep it in a bottle of my old store-bought cleanser in the bathroom.
I’m almost out of my first batch but, for sure, there will be another one. I really like the way my skin feels and looks. I do not have to wash my face with water every few hours in order to stop shining :)
In my entire life I might have used one or two face creams but for the last few years I used non. Using the OCM has made my skin REALLY dry in some areas. From what I read I know that it happens when you chose a bad mix of oils for your skin or the proportions are not right. Next time I’m going to use more olive oil and less of the second oil (not sure yet which one I’m going to use).
So far to get rid of that dry patches on my skin I’ve decided to make my own face cream that would help me but not make my skin oily again.
I choose to use coconut oil. This oil is very moisturaizing and it suppose to be one of the best to use on your skin. I bought mine in our local store for $6 (14 oz.). I used it before to make deodorant and there is still plenty left in the jar.
For the face cream I used only 1.5 oz. I didn’t want to make a whole lot in case if it turned out bad and in addition I had a very small jar (2.3 oz) kept after my last store-bought face cream cleanser.
For the cream I used:
1.5 oz coconut oil
2 pills of vitamin C (crushed) *
3 capsules vitamin E
This cream is super easy to make. Coconut oil melts when it touches the skin but to dissolve the vitamin C and E in it I had to melt it in a double boiler. It took only a few minutes for the oil to change its consistency. It didn’t even have the time get warm. I powdered 2 pills of vitamin C and mixed it to the oil. I made sure that the oil is cold and then I mixed in the vitamin E (poked a whole with a sharp knife in every capsule and squeezed the liquid out).
* When I was making this cream the temperature in my kitchen was too warm for the coconut oil to set to its natural consistency so I put it in the fridge for 5 minutes. After I took it out I’d noticed that most of the powdered vitamin C is on the bottom of the jar. I left the cream to sit on my counter for 10 minutes until it became very soft and almost melted again. After that I stirred it really good with a toothpick and put it back to the fridge for one minute. I took it out, gave a good stir and put it back to the fridge again. I repeated it for a several times. To get rid of that problem I’m going to get a liquid vitamin C for my next batch.
This is what I ended up with. Very soft and easy to put on the skin cream.
When the temperature is below 75 F this cream won’t melt, so you can keep in the bathroom, for example.
When the temperature reaches above 75 F this cream will melt so it is better to keep it in the fridge. At this point it will get hard. It is still easy to apply and absorbs quickly.
Love, Love, Love this cream!!!
- The Oil Cleansing Method (www.theoilcleansingmethod.com)
- Oil-Cleansing Method (www.sortacrunchy.typepad.com)
- Best Essential Oils for your face (www.helium.com)
- Oils For The Skin (www.pioneerthinking.com)
- How to Clean Your Face Naturally (www.simplemom.net)
- Coconut Oil For Skin: Keeping skin Radiand and Young Looking (www.coconutoiltoday.com)
- Why Cleansing Oil Is Awesome (bellasugar.com)
- The Wonders of Castor Oil – Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) and 6 Other Uses for Castor Oil (hildablue.com)