Howdy. I’m the mixture of caster oil and olive oil sitting in a plastic bottle on the Shoebox bathroom counter. They call me the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I’m new round these parts; been here ’bout a few months, so I thought I’d write up somethin’ describing my job in this place the humans call the Shoebox. (Click through to read this exclusive guest post by OCM.)
I was mixed up as an experiment, I suppose, to see if I’m any good for the lady’s skin. (Pssshhh. Of course I am, but she didn’t know that at first.) I’m an expert, see, in cleansing pores and moisturizing skin. Yesiree, that’s what I do. And I’m no genius, but I do know that she’s kept me around for a reason. I’m workin’ my wonders, and she’s come to appreciate me. As many ladies eventually do. Today, I’ll share some of my secrets with you. (Wink.)
The lady’s skin is a likin’ to an unbroken filly. It’s untameable, that—oily and flaky at the same time, spotty and splotchy in general. It’s not a pretty sight. And apparently she’s always been frustrated with her imperfect complexion. So awhile back, she brought in the big guns (that’s me).
Here’s how we dance. Every night she rinses her makeup off first to ensure I can properly do my job. (I think that’s because she feels like she’d be rubbing makeup into her pores if she didn’t.) Ain’t no thang to me. Then she rubs me into her face, nice and gentle-like. I hang out on her skin, soak in, take it easy and then she lays a hot washcloth over her face to steam the crap outta those troublesome pores. (It’s a dirty job, folks, but someone’s gotta do it.) Then she wipes me off and I go back to hangin’ out on the counter.
It sounds odd to you, does it, putting oil on an already shiny face? Well if you ask me, 60-year-old women spending thousands of dollars trying to look like they’re 22 is ridiculous. But what do I know? I’m just a bottle of oil.
The smart people say that the basic chemistry rule “like dissolves like” can be applied to skincare. Meaning simply that an oily, blemish-filled face can be “cured” by applying healing natural oils. OCM proponents believe that if your face is oily, then that’s probably because it has been stripped of natural oils by conventional harsh washing chemicals. Once skin is stripped of its natural oils, it must over compensate to attempt to moisturize, resulting in glaring foreheads and chins.
So the idea is that rubbing absorbent plant-based oils into your skin will remove dirt and other pore-blocking yuckies (that’s my Castor oil’s job) and condition (the olive oil’s bit), leaving pores clean and the face glowing. Castor oil is derived from a castor bean. It is high in fatty acids and penetrates the skin to unlock and dissolve impurities. The olive oil (or sunflower oil, or jojoba oil, or other plant-based carrier oil) is present to help spread the Castor oil, as well as moisturize. Want to know more? You can read more about the OCM here.
These days I’m a bit of a controversial celebrity though, kind of like that blonde Hilton girl. Many people have tried me out on their skin only to experience really bad irritations or rashes. Others have reported excessive dryness and major cystic breakouts. Apparently I’m not good for everyone, but I’m OK with that. To learn more about why OCM might not be the best option, check out this little article or this very brief video.
Welp, you know what they say. The only way to find out if I’m good for you is to try me out. The lady did, and she seems to be sticking with me. In fact, there’s a bottle of fancy face lotion in the cabinet that hasn’t seen daylight since I’ve been in this here territory. Not that it’s a contest or anything. I’m just sayin’ the poor sucker lost. I win.
So whattle it be? Are you ready for me to come wrastle your pores into shape? Or have we already met and was I less-than-gentlemanly? Join the discussion below and let us know what you think about the Oil Cleansing Method.