I know, I know. You’re freaked out by the word oil, right?! Trust me, oil is your friend! Most people are hesitant to make the transition to oil cleansing because it’s a common myth that oil actually promotes acne.
Guess what?! Like dissolves like. Using oil to cleanse your skin actually prevents your skin from producing more oil while deep cleansing your pores. Using traditional cleansers tend to dry out your skin, which alerts your body to produce excess oil in an attempt to stay moisturized.
I promise, there is an oil combination that will benefit your individual skin type, as long as you’re willing to experiment along the way! Oil cleansing is a great method for removing dirt/makeup build up, killing bacteria, moisturizing + feeding your skin essential vitamins.
This is a super easy DIY project that won’t break your budget + goes a long way. Keep in mind that the quality + type of oil you choose is extremely important.
You’ll want to choose organic, cold-pressed + hexane-free oils to ensure that your skin is receiving all of the proper nutrients!
Two popular base oils to use are castor and jojoba. The ratio of these depends on your skin type (I do 30% castor, 50% jojoba + 20% of my favorite special oil; my skin is a little drier)! If you tend to have oily skin, up the castor oil (50% castor, 30% jojoba + 20% special oil).
These measurements are a great place to start. However, it's different for everyone! It'll take a little bit of experimenting to get to the perfect mixture for your unique skin! While jojoba is an awesome choice, you can also experiment with:
To use this method, simply dampen your face with warm water. Put a generous amount of your oil mixture in the palm of your hand + begin massaging the oil onto your face. Work this in for about 2-3 minutes. If you’re wearing makeup, don’t worry about removing it beforehand!
Once time runs out, grab a washcloth + run it under warm water. Wring it out + lay it over your face for about 15-20 seconds. This allows your pores to really open up + the oils to plunge even deeper. Once the rag starts to feel cool, gently wipe off the excess oil.
To finish the treatment, especially if you’re planning on applying makeup, spritz some toner onto your face. I use the Infinite Love Mist to start my day to remind myself that love is all around. Rose Water also makes for a great toner + smells amazing! Then, I choose from my collections of serums depending on the mood I want to set for the day!
Gently massage the serum onto your face. These mood enhancing serums are ESSENTIAL for your skin care routine. Serums plunge deeper than moisturizers in your skin, letting your body know that it doesn’t need to produce excess oil!
Finally, apply some of your favorite moisturizer, ensuring that the surface of your skin is just as happy and nourished as the deeper layers!