hey crunchies! in line with our wonderful no-poo motivation series, i have a great OCM motivation guest post here from Molly.
her story is so relatable and inspirational! i hope it gives anyone that extra “oomph” to go for it and/or stick with it!
I never thought I’d participate in anything “natural” or “eco-friendly.” My mom was a naturalist while I was growing up, and of course, I rebelled against anything she did. I never cared about chemicals or pesticides or any other gross things I would put on my skin.
When I was about 14, my skin started rebelling against me (karma, maybe?). At 16, after trying Clean and Clear, Purpose, Neutrogena, and everything else, I finally tried Proactiv. And it worked! For a while. But then my skin got angry at me. It was dry, flaky, oily, and covered in blemishes all at once. I couldn’t go a whole day without having an oil slick covering my face.
I tried to hide it, but clearly I didn’t do a great job.
I started getting desperate. I used heavy makeup (which is difficult, might I add, for someone as pale as I am) – foundation, concealer, powder, everything. When I started working 12 hour shifts as a police officer, I learned to keep some concealer in my shirt pocket so I could touch up through the shift. By the end of my shift, my face was greasy and all the caked-on makeup had melted off to reveal my rough, blemished, and angry-looking skin.
Rough, bumpy, angry skin with a TON of makeup.
Finally, I turned 27. I had dealt with acne for 13 years and I was DONE! I thought I’d grow out of it, but I never did. I was still using Proactiv, and it was just making my skin dry and full of acne. I just didn’t know what to do. And then, a few months ago, I joined Pinterist. I started reading about the Oil Cleansing Method, which lead me to Alex’s blog. I thought that it was so crazy that it just might work.
I was so excited to try it that I used straight cooking oil (bleh!). Even though using cooking oil is something you should NEVER do, my skin already started to respond! I bought some castor oil (the icky, non-organic kind from the laxative aisle) and combined it with some olive oil. Although my skin’s initial response was positive, things started getting bad again. I kept going, though, because I was determined to make this work.
I did more research and found out that using anything but organic, cold-pressed castor oil was BAD. I started experimenting with my blend. Coconut oil was a big mistake (hello, breakouts). Olive oil also made me break out. Finally, I got some nice castor oil and combined it with some grape seed oil. Things started getting better! I added some tamanu oil, lavender essential oil, and a sage/castor oil tincture. And, guess what? My face cleared up, was no longer greasy, and now it was actually DRY! I found out that the oil could actually be causing my dryness, so I now only wash with oil about twice a week. In the morning (or evening, depending on when I’m working), I spray my face with a chamomile/ACV/lemon juice toner (recipe to follow). At night, when I don’t use the OCM, I wash with a VERY diluted mixture of Dr. Bronner’s and chamomile tea.
I’ve stopped having to use heavy makeup, too. I used to use really icky, comedogenic, heavy-coverage foundation. Now I just use a little concealer under my eyes and a powder made from Fuller’s Earth and a LITTLE bit of mineral powder makeup for pigment. I don’t need much, being as ghostly white as I am.
My skin now, after three months of eliminating chemicals from my skin-care routine.
My point is, girls and guys, IT TAKES TIME!! Don’t give up. It will take a little while to figure out what blend is right for you. And hey, the OCM might not be right for you. It’s all about what your skin wants. It took me 13 years to realize that my skin doesn’t want to be attacked and stripped and scrubbed.
I’d like to thank Alex for allowing me to post, and also for all the wonderful information she provides. I couldn’t have conquered acne without her!
PS Here are a couple recipes to try –
Calming Chamomile/ACV/Lemon Juice Toner
- 2 parts raw apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg’s)
- 4 parts chamomile tea
- 1 part lemon juice
Brew a strong cup of chamomile tea (make sure it’s pure chamomile). Use at least three bags per cup, and let sit for several hours. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. You may need to use less ACV or lemon, depending on what your skin wants. Spray on your face and don’t wash off! This will take off makeup, too. Just don’t get it in your eyes, and definitely don’t put hot tea on your face!
My Oil Mixture
- 2 parts cold-pressed, organic castor oil
- 2 parts grape seed oil
- 1 part tamanu oil
- 1 part sage/castor oil tincture
- 5 – 10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix well, and follow Alex’s directions on how to use the OCM!
Thanks for reading my long post. I hope you guys can have the kind of success I did.
leave molly some love and feel free to ask questions!!
THANKS, molly! ❤