I've decided to put together a three part series on the Oil Cleansing Method. It's a simple way to naturally take care of your skin. Part One covered the basics, and today I'll cover my favourite oils, along with DIY recipes and ratios.
What are the Best Oils to Use?
First off, I want to express how important it is to use high quality oils. Look for cold processed, organic oils.
I recommend starting with castor oil. It's fantastic for pulling all of the crap out of your skin. It sounds gross, I know, but it's exactly what we want. Now castor oil can be drying, which is why you'll want to adjust the amount to your skin type. We'll get to ratios later.
Different oils are going to be better for different skin types.
- Sweet Almond
The above oils work for all skin types. Now every single person has different skin, so finding your favourite oils may take some trial and error.
I have dry and sensitive skin, and tamanu and argan oils are my favourite. Sweet almond oil has worked in small amounts as well.
If you have oilier, acne prone skin, try jojoba oil. It's a well known oil in dealing with problematic skin.
Start with the oils you have in your home. You probably have avocado or olive oils for cooking. Use those with some castor oil. If you've tried argan oil and loved it, add some argan oil. It takes a few weeks, but when you find your personal blend, the results are so worth it.
What Recipe + Ratio Do I Follow?
Now that I've covered my favourite oils, let's talk about mixing them.
When you're first starting out, I recommend mixing as you go. You don't want to mix a whole bottle of oils to find out that combination doesn't work for you. When I started, I used a teaspoon to measure the oils into my hands.
I like to use a one third ratio. I have dry skin, so I mix 1/3 tsp castor oil with 2/3 tsp tamanu oil. If you have oily skin, you might mix 2/3 castor oil with 1/3 jojoba oil. If your skin is more balanced and 'normal' then you can use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil.
Any questions so far? Let me know!
In the next part of this series I'll talk about the pros and cons of store bought options.
Until next time,