I have to admit, there are times when I want to go back to the bar. If I’m being honest, the OCM is not the easiest way to wash your face. It takes some (not a lot, but a little) extra effort and time, and some days I just want to reach for that bar of Dial and go to town, without worrying about steaming and opening pores and avoiding my hairline. I don’t do this because, first of all, I respect the challenge, and, second of all, I like the way my skin behaves on the OCM. Last weekend, however, I sealed the deal.
I had decided to spend a weekend at home and, upon arriving there, realized I’d forgotten all my cleansing and moisturizing oils back at The Newport House. Disaster. I considered just lathering up with straight olive oil, but I thought it might be too heavy and bring back the pimples. So for two days and nights, I bit the bullet and went back to my old carefree chemical routine. I washed with bar soap and moisturized with whatever was on the counter. I slept in my makeup and didn’t apply my toner. I even skipped the exfoliant.
At first it was great – my facial care routine took two minutes again, instead of five. Washing wasn’t such a production when I didn’t have to worry about steaming and keeping my hair in a straight jacket. However, after just a day – even after the first washing – I could see my old ways starting to take their toll. The bar soap left my skin taught and arid, and the old dry spots quickly returned. I found myself moisturizing over and over again to no avail; the bar soap just dried my face out too much to recover. After getting used to the Oil Cleansing Method, I couldn’t believe I had ever settled for the skin I was now seeing in the mirror. I guess those three extra minutes of steaming really make the difference.