I have been oil cleansing, using the (OCM) for a little over five years now. Over the last five years, I have been able to stop my acne, reduce the size of my pores, and heal my acne scarring. I have pretty much become an expert on the OCM as well as on natural skincare in general. I have a passion for sharing things I learn with everyone.
I love oil cleansing with a true oil, rather than a petroleum-based oil with artificial emulsifiers.
Now, after years of oil cleansing, my skin is pretty normal, but still sensitive and acne-prone. I like to switch between formulas, because AGELESS has Maracuja Oil, which helps brighten complexion, but sometimes I sell out. Yes, sometimes my skincare is in such demand that even I have to wait. If you have never tried the OCM, please check this out, where I talk all about it and what it is. - - - The short version is; soap is a salt of a fat, on a molecular level, there is one end that likes water and one that likes oil. Traditional, and even handmade soap can strip the protective fat layer from your skin and leave it exposed to bacteria and environmental stressors.
If your skin feels tight after cleansing, chances are you cleanser is causing the skin issues that you have. Oil cleansing is a method of using the right oil to cleanse your skin. The oil removes makeup, grime from the day, and clogged pores without stripping skin. You then use a cloth or a second cleanse to remove the oil and the grime it has removed. Your skin is left soft and clean.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a silicone face brush. I thought, I wonder if I could use this for the OCM? That night I tried it, and WHOA! My skin felt so soft and I noticed that even those areas that I always struggle with clogged pores looked way clearer than they ever had. This is the biggest thing for skin since the OCM. Using the silicone brush (preferably sonic, like this one or this one) helps work the oil deeper into the pores while also exfoliating dead skin.
I love that the silicone brush is easy to clean, and I typically just use my foaming face wash to wash the brush after use.
How to do the OCM with a brush:
Massage a dime to quarter size pool of Cleansing Oil into dry skin. If you are wearing makeup, massage into skin for 1-2 minutes and then remove the makeup-y oil with a dry cloth. You don't have to do this, but if you really want to get deep into your pores, you want to take your makeup off first. Apply more oil and massage for 2-3 minutes.
Use your silicone brush in gently circular motions all over your face for 3-5 minutes.
Remove the oil with a dry cloth, or you can use a mild facial cleanser, like the one I offer here.
Tone + Serum + Moisturizer
I have been doing this every night, and I cannot get over how soft my skin is. Give it a try :)