Sooo if you couldn't tell by the title, this is my week 2 update about using the Oil Cleansing Method. (You can read about Day 1 and Week 1 here.) Most of this week I've just been fine tuning my routine to fit my skin. Quick oil blend recap: I started with 1/4 Castor Oil and 3/4 EVOO and found it to be a bit drying so I added a little bit more EVOO and that seemed to help tremendously (Jennie, I am still searching for that Avocado Oil you rave about!) I am also using a tiny bit of my oil blend as a moisturizer after I cleanse if I feel like I need it. After applying the oil as moisturizer I pat my face down gently with a clean towel to remove any excess. Annnd thats it! The money its saving me so far is ridiculous.
Heres what I was using prior to the OCM:
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam $19.50
Clinique Clarifying Lotion (2-Pink) $22.50
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $25.00
Clinique Moisture Surge $37.00
Here's what I'm using now:
Bertolis EVOO $6.89
Castor Oil $5.98
This isn't calculated per month, but when you consider that I went through a bottle of my DDMG a month and in 2 weeks I am not even half way through my bottle of Castor oil...the savings are obvious. It honestly kind of freaks me out at how much I was spending. So I am really, really hoping that this cleansing method works better for me in the long run. My wallet is hoping so too.
TMI moment incoming before I get to the photos. Its about 'That Time' of the month for me and usually that means my face is like spring break for acne - Everybody is popping up, chillin' with their homies, partying in the warm sun...pissing me off. I got a couple of pimples (you can see in the left photo below), but nothing like I would normally see so far. The ones that I did have were small and close enough to the surface that they healed pretty quickly. Melissa at Pinked Polish had warned me that her skin went kind of crazy during the 2nd week so maybe this is my 'crazy'. We'll see. Over all I am still very optimistic about the OCM, more optimistic than I was after week 1 even.
Edit: I forgot to add that the blackheads on my nose are noticeably diminishing. I wish I would have gotten a before/after pic for reference but I didn't. Oh well, who wants to see blackheads anyway? Yuck! LOL
Photo note: These photos were taken under the same lighting conditions to preserve the integrity of the results; in my bathroom, with the vanity light on, and doors closed to block out additional light.
|Left - Week 2 (Day 14)|
|Right - Week 2 (Day 14)|
|Comparison day 1 to day 14|
|Comparison day 7 to day 14|
- OCM still a thumbs up!
- Price comparison from previous skin care routine to this one is scary.
- Skin still looking noticeably less angry.
- Photos are in no way retouched or enhanced other than adding the border and water mark. Parts of my face look smoother because they are.