A few months ago I started using a cleansing method on my face, which is very different from any that has been taught through the years – I started using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I am hooked! I have been on a journey to take care of the skin on my face and gently coax it back into a better state. You see, I’m guilty of a few major “skin” felonies (gasp!!): 1) I pick at my skin when I break out (and have some scarring to prove it) 2) I haven’t always worn sun protection on my face (and have hyper-pigmentation to prove it) and 3) I have used too harsh of methods and products to try to clear and smooth my skin.
However, I have to say, with this new and gentle routine, I am so pleased with how my skin has been looking lately and even begun to feel quite comfortable and confident without makeup! That may not be impressive to some of you natural beauties out there blessed with gorgeous skin. But for me, that’s a big deal!
As I have used the Oil Cleansing Method, I have found my skin to be smoother, brighter and evenly toned. I used the method in combination with our Sea Salt and Clay facial soap, and also our Firm Face Cream for treatment of the skin under my eyes and on my forehead. First I will describe to you how the Oil Cleansing Method works (it’s very simple!) and then I will share my basic routine.
For the OCM, I begin with dry hands and face. I apply 2-3 pumps of Deeply Nourish Serum to my fingertips and massage it gently onto my face. I do this for about 15 seconds, while the tap water is running and getting warm. Then I add some warm water to my fingertips and massage that into my skin, mixing it with the oil. The oil has worked to loosen dirt and makeup from my skin, and is now creating a “lotion-like” mixture on the surface of my skin. After about 30 seconds of massaging this into my face, I carefully splash warm water onto my face to rinse away the dirt particles and surface oils. I splash it at least 5 or 6 times. Then I gently pat my skin dry with a clean towel or wash cloth. At this point, my face is very soft and supple, even “dewy” looking. If your skin is very dry, you could use a tad more oil to press into the dry or tender areas.
Here is where use of the other 2 products I mentioned (Firm Cream and Salt and Clay Soap) come in. After using the OCM described above, my skin is feeling quite moisturized. I allow a few more minutes for my skin to absorb the nutrients of the oil (I might brush my teeth, get dressed, etc. to use the time). Then I dab a small amount of Firm Face Cream under my eyes, on my forehead and around my mouth (anywhere I am fighting fine lines and wrinkles). That is usually what my evening routine looks like.
I use the Salt & Clay Facial Soap in the shower – I just leave it there all the time. Whenever I take a shower, I wash my face with that soap. I create in my clean hands a really good lather and massage it into my face. I keep my face out of running water and leave the lather on it for about 1 or 2 minutes. I want to give the soap a chance to draw impurities out (the charcoal and clay do that) while the sea salt has a chance to help clear the skin and heal imperfections. When I get out of the shower, I lightly pat my face but leave a small amount of water. I add a drop or two of the Deeply Nourish Serum and massage it into my face, creating a light lotion on the surface of my skin. At this point, I could choose to dab on some Firm Face Cream for extra wrinkle defense, or just allow the oil a few minutes to penetrate before applying makeup.
Simply put, I use the OCM when I wash my face at the sink, and I use the Salt & Clay soap when I wash my face in the shower. This way, I get the benefits that both products have to offer. And I supplement with the Firm Face Cream whenever and wherever I’m fighting wrinkles.
I hope this helps you understand a little more about gentle cleansing methods and how to use some of our products in tandem. Don’t be afraid to try the oil on your face, even if you have oily skin or are prone to breaking out. I am, and I know my skin has had less reactions to harsh and drying products and has broken out far less by using this routine. I am thrilled with the results thus far and hope you'll give it try! For more information on our Deeply Nourish Serum click here.