Oil cleansing is not a new method of cleansing the face. It is based on the chemistry principle of “like attracts like”. In fact, it is step one in the Korean skin care routine for reason. Oil cleansing draws out impurities that are oil-based, removes makeup, and while softening the skin. Recently, I have been looking into the double cleansing method and the Korean skin care method and happened to run back into the Oil Cleansing method. Doing a quick search of the popular brands of oil cleansing facial wash, I quickly realized that I was not willing to pay for something that I could easily make myself.
What Oils Should You Be Using?
Depending on your skin type there are certain oils you should be using. Of course, it comes down to personal preference and the way your skin reacts to that particular oil. Traditional oil cleansing uses castor oil as the base oil and for good reasons. Castor oil has several benefits for the skin including clearing acne, treating wrinkles, and soothing dry skin. The combination of the other oils, otherwise known as, carrier oils depends on the skin type, and benefits desired. See below for how to mix the oils based on skin types, and the various types of carrier oils to use.
Skin Type Ratios
– Oily Skin- 1:3 ratio (one part castor oil, 3 parts carrier oil of your choice)
– Combination Skin- 1: 4 ratio (one part castor oil to four parts carrier oil)
– Dry Skin- 1: 10 (astringent to conditioning is key)
Different Carrier Oils to Use
– Castor Oil: Most cleansing, and dissolving. Highly antibacterial.
– Jojoba: All skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin. Similar to skins sebum
– Sweet almond: All skin types, especially oily
– Grapeseed: All skin types, especially oily
– Avocado: Dry and aging skin
– Sunflower Seed: All skin types
– Olive: All skin types
– Apricot Kernel: Dry, aging, and normal skin
– Argan: All skin types, especially aging skin
– Tamanu: All skin types
– Rosehip: All skin types. Moisturizing, skin brightening, reduce stretch marks, and anti-microbial
– Extra Virgin Olive: Dry or combination skin
Adding Essential Oils
– Complexion issues: Rose and Lavender
– Acne: Tea tree, Rosemary and Thyme
– Moisturizing – Rose
– Oily: Geranium and Lemon
– Brightening the skin: Lemon and Grapefruit
– Reducing scarring and redness: Lavender
– Wrinkles, fine lines, loss of collagen: Rosehip
How to Wash Your Face with Oil Cleansing
1) Pour about a quarter size amount of the oil into your dry hands and massage onto the face (do not wet the skin first) using circular motions. Massage for about a minute or long enough to remove the makeup. If you want a deep cleansing, leave on for about 5 minutes.
2) Take a clean washcloth, run hot water on the towel and place it on your face for a deep steam clean. Leave on until the towel cools, and use the towel to remove the oil.
3) Continue your face hygiene method as normal.
My skin is radiant, bright, clear, and even after a week of using the oil. At night, I use the double cleansing method using oil and following it up with an exfoliator. I absolutely adore using oil to wash my face and I am constantly seeking a way to use oil cleansing to wash my body.
Have you tried the Oil Cleansing method? Do you like it? Are you DIY-ing or buying the oil? Leave a message in the comments.
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