Saturday, November 11, 2017

Double Cleansing and OCM? Tell me more!

Do you do double cleanse when you wash your face? Maybe we think it will dry out our skin or we just don't have the time for all that. But, if you answered no you're not alone. The fact of the matter is; double cleansing is a necessity, especially at night and especially if you wear make-up. We like to use oil-based cleansers or just plain oil to remove makeup, loosen up clogged pores and clear congested skin. One of our favorite products is Dermalogica's Precleanse.

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The oil cleansing method, or OCM for short, is a way of washing your skin using only an oil, some water, and a washcloth.OCM is the most simple and effective way to pre-cleanse your skin. The main difference between oil-based cleansers and oil (used in OCM) is emulsifiers. Emulsifiers found in oil-based cleansers allow the product to rinse off completely. Both are great for removing sunscreen, sebum, waterproof makeup, and environmental pollutants making sure your skin is prepped and ready to allow your cleanser to penetrate further for a professional cleaning. It is very important to massage the precleanse (or oil) into your skin in circular motions using your fingertips for at least 1 minute. The heat from your hands will warm both the oil and your skin which will allow your pores to release the debris and buildup; you will actually feel the oil starting to get gritty. Next use a bit of warm water, just enough to wet your fingertips and begin to massage again. If using a precleanse, the water will activate the emulsifiers and the product will start to lather. To remove simply use a warm washcloth. Your skin should feel super hydrated! You're now ready for your facial cleanser! For more information on choosing the cleanser best for your skin type click here.

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