April 2, 2009

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for Face

Two weeks ago, I discovered a skincare secret with such incredible results that I'm still shaking my head in awe—how hadn't I heard of this?? 

While reading The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel, I came upon a section about double cleansing. Apparently, Asian women have done it for years, and it's been gaining popularity in the States.

Here's how it works: At night, you apply an oil-based cleanser to your dry face to break up and melt away makeup. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Then, you follow with a gentle gel or foaming cleanser to thoroughly remove grime and gunk from pores.

I decided to try Origins' Clean Energy Cleansing Oil due to its rave reviews on MakeupAlley. Almost 100% natural and mineral oil-free, it uses a base of olive fruit, safflower, sesame, and sunflower seed oils plus an emulsifer (peg-25 glyceryl trioleate), which allows the plant oils to mix with water and rinse completely clean. Amazingly, there's zero oily residue. Origins has added a touch of essential oils (lemon, lavender and grapefruit) to give it an ahh-inducing aroma.

I follow it with a dribble of Evan Healy Tea Tree Gel Cleanser and have had the best cleansing results of the hundreds of cleansers I've tried the last 15 years. My oily skin hasn't been this balanced or even-toned since I was nine!

Wallet-friendly tip: Organic extra virgin olive, coconut oil, or jojoba oil will do the job, too. However, they don't contain the emulsifiers that Origins cleanser does, so you'll likely have an oily residue.

To buy: $21 at origins.com


Lucy said...

I recently read that chamomile can irritate allergies for those who are allergic to ragweed (which I am). I wonder if the same is true for topical cleansers??

Karley Ziegler Mott said...

I have "double cleansed" for years, using an oil cleanser, followed by a more traditional slightly foamy cleanser. I truly see a difference in my skin when I do this.

I know many people over cleanse with harsh ingredients and that is why people can be leary of trying this.

In my experience, when you cleanse to remove all races of makeup and debris and follow with a cleanse, the results on your skin (look AND texture) can be stunning after just a few washes.

Great post!

Lindsay B. said...

Thanks for your comments gals. Lucy: The chamomile extract is about 2/3-way down on the ingredients list, so I don't imagine that it would heavily affect your allergies (as, for example, drinking pure chamomile tea would). But if you're allergic to ragweed, you should avoid products that contain a decent amount of chamomile.

Zoë said...

wow, i've been doing this 'double cleansing' for awhile now...didnt realize its a new trend :)

Virginia Green said...

Wow, neat idea!

Anonymous said...

do you have any recommendations for a more budget friendly option?
This sounds good, but I need to find something under $15.

Lindsay B. said...

Hi Anonymous. Yes, just use a little organic extra virgin olive oil. I've tried it. It melts away makeup beautifully. Then follow with your gel/foaming cleanser. :)

Dizzy Dee said...

I read this in a magazine this week, and tried it out. So far the results are amazing - I used to have dry patch on my forehead (flaky skin), which has completely cleared since I started "double cleansing".

I will keep it up for another while, I'm just a bit concerned about getting a breakout since other parts of my face tend to be quite oily.

But, like I said, so far the results are amazing - my skin is noticeably softer and more supple.

Ashley said...

I LOVE this cleanser!! Its the only product that has really calmed my breakouts!