Skin care can be a sensitive issue, especially since I have troublesome breakouts and a budget that can't afford expensive skin care products. Then I learned about OCM-Oil Cleansing Method. I switched to this all natural, inexpensive routine, and not only has my skin improved, but I'm also saving money!
What it is
OCM works differently for the various skin types that exist. The basic ingredients for combination skin include extra virgin olive oil and castor oil. My skin tends to be oily in the T-Zone and dry/breakout prone everywhere else. The best mixture for me has been two parts EVOO and one part castor oil, and as experience has taught me, I only need a quarter sized amount of the mixture for each cleansing. The basic process is to gently massage the oil mixture into a dry face. Then put a hot washcloth over the face until it cools, wiping the residual oil away with the cloth after it cools. The oil not only gently cleanses, but it also removes stubborn eye makeup and leaves a rosy glow. After rubbing away excess oil, a small bit of just olive oil can be rubbed in to serve as a post-cleansing moisturizer.
Before OCM I was using Aveeno cleanser and moisturizer. These two products ranged from $13 to $18 per bottle, and as a frequent face washer my bottles lasted about two months. Switching to OCM dropped my costs considerably. To date I have bought one small bottle of EVOO ($4.99) and one small bottle of castor oil ($1.99). I measure and mix them into a storage bottle I already own, but good ones with an eye dropper can be found on Amazon for around $4 or $5. I am just now needing to refill my 4 ounce bottle with a fresh mixture, and I started this process in February. I have enough EVOO and castor oil from my original purchase to make one more full batch, meaning my original investment of $6.98 will have lasted me six months instead of $39-54 for six months of Aveeno products.
The financial benefits are obvious, and I'm just as excited about my softer, clearer skin as I am about saving up to $108 easy dollars per year. I like to pamper myself like anybody else, and when I can feel pampered while simultaneously saving money, I'm one happy budgeter.
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- castor oil
- extra virgin olive oil