I am a fan of making my own products when it makes sense cost and time-wise. When I came to a place where I was in need of a new face wash, I began researching different options. I cannot justify spending a large amount on skin care for myself when I have a family who needs food in their mouth. While searching the web for the best options, oil face wash popped up enough times to get my attention.
Finding something that serves as my make up remover, face wash, moisturizer and sunblock all in one is incredible, especially for the overall low investment made!
What Oils Are Best for Oil Cleansing?
Regardless of your skin type, there’s one oil you’ll probably want, and that is: Castor oil.
Castor oil is gives you the most cleansing, dissolving bang for your buck. It’s also highly antibacterial in nature.
It can also be drying. So depending on your skin type, you’ll either use more or less castor oil proportionally to the other oils.
Good Oil Cleansing Varieties
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
- 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 … very pricey)
- Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)
*You’ll probably want to stay away from coconut oil for oil cleansing, as it is a known comedogenic and may possibly clog your pores and exacerbate blackheads.
The ratio that you use depends on your skin type.
- Oily Skin: Blend 2/3 Castor Oil to 1/3 of secondary oil
- Balanced Skin: An equal blend of Castor Oil and secondary oil
- Dry Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil to 2/3 of secondary oil
When to wash your face for best results?
I find washing your face at night makes for the best results. It allows the oil to absorb into your skin throughout the night, allowing a fresh glow in the morning.
Directions at night:
With freshly washed hands, leave them moistened and pour a nickel sized amount of oil face wash onto the palm. Use your ring fingers to blend and massage throughout your face. Use warm water and wash cloth to exfoliate and remove residue. Rinse well with warm water and pat face dry.
Directions in morning:
Rinse face with warm water, pat face dry and apply makeup of choice as directed.
Be patient and trust the process:
As with anything, if you’d like longterm results, you must let the process take place. I have been using this method of cleansing on my face since October 2013. I cannot say I will do anything further in the future because this has worked!