Skincare is all the rage right now and one of the trends I am really fascinated with is the Korean 10 step skin care routine. I am a huge fan of k-dramas! When I first started watching them, I couldn’t help but wonder how their skin looked so dewy and healthy. I have since come to learn of how seriously Koreans take their beauty regimen. I have done some research into the K-beauty skin care routine, tried their products and I love most of them. One of the steps I have found to be most beneficial is oil cleansing which is done before you foam cleanse. I love oil cleansing especially on days I wear makeup because it removes everything so easily without drying out my skin. I have to say though, Korean skin care products can be pricey and they are not readily available in my home country.
Today I would like to share a few natural/ DIY cleansing oils that work really well on my skin and do the job as well ( dare I say even better) as/than the Korean ones. So the next time you need to oil cleanse your face, give these oils a try. Before you decide what cleansing oil to use, figure out what your skin type is and what specific benefits you want for your skin.
Let me know if these oils work out for you or if you have other oils or combinations that you prefer to use.
- Sweet Almond Oil:
Emphasis on “sweet” because there is also a bitter almond oil which is used for scent and flavor enhancement. Sweet almond oil on the other hand, is the friend your skin never knew it needed. It is choke- full of vitamin E, vitamin A and mono-saturated fatty acids. The Vitamin E helps stave off oxidative stress as it is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect the collagen layer of your skin leaving it supple and wrinkle-free. The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin. Since the oil easily penetrates skin, it’s great for cleaning out dirt and oil that accumulates in your pores which helps reduce acne. Sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic, which means you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores. Whether your skin is dry, sensitive or oily this is a good oil for you.
- Jojoba Oil:
Referred to as an “oil” but it is actually a liquid wax. Its wax structure is very similar to the natural oils of our skin. This means it not only moisturizes, but absorbs faster than other oils. Jojoba Oil is full of nutrients and anti-oxidants, and also helps with inflammation, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, controls acne breakouts, soothes sunburn and is recommended for people with sensitive skin (including psoriasis and eczema) because of its gentle nature. Applying Jojoba oil to problem skin can help reduce flare-ups. This oil is suitable for all skin types. If you have acne-prone skin, this oil is especially good for you.
- Olive oil: .
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants and is important for hydration. It also has antibacterial properties that help reduce acne by getting rid of acne-causing bacteria. Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. It is a heavy oil and is not easily absorbed into the skin. Therefore only use if you have very dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, are prone to allergies or have oily skin, stay away from olive oil.
- Castor oil:
Has Anti-bacterial properties and is a good astringent cleanser. It is full of fatty acids which enhance smooth and supple appearance of the skin and improve complexion by restoring uneven skin tone through aiding growth of healthy skin tissue. Owing to its low comedogenic score, it is unlikely to clog your pores and thus reduces acne making it appropriate for sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you have oily skin this is an excellent choice.
- Avocado oil:
Has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents which help your skin stay smooth,strong and elastic. Avocado oil helps protect skin from ultraviolet radiation and damage, soothes and adds moisture, heals and replenishes dry, chapped skin. This oil is not suitable for oily skin but is wonderful for dry skin.
To make your cleansing oil, simply put your preferred oil into a small jar of your choice.
You can also mix two oils together in a 1:1 ratio. For example I usually mix olive oil/avocado oil and castor oil/jojoba oil (I swap combinations from time to time). To follow my example, if you have dry skin, increase the amount of olive oil in the basic recipe and if you have dry skin increase the amount of castor oil in the recipe. I like to mix two different oils because they have different qualities and give different benefits to my skin. You can mix any of the above oils depending on what your skin needs at a particular time and your skin type.
I also like to make herbal cleansing oils. I simply steep a few table spoons of my desired herb in the oil, cover it up and leave the herbs to marinate until I need to use it. My current favorites are;
- Rosemary– an astringent. I have combination skin and sometimes it can be very oily. I like to mix the rosemary with castor oil to amp up the astringent properties in both which minimizes my pores and helps dry up the excess oil in my skin.
- Peppermint – I love this just because of how good the oil smells when you add it and how it soothes and refreshes my skin.
- Violets – These are great for getting rid of blemishes. I like to mix violets with castor oil for a powerful complexion boost.
Before you try out any of these oils, test each oil on a small patch of your skin for a couple of days to see how your skin reacts. Oil cleansing may cause an allergic reaction, irritation, or clogged pores, which is why it’s important to do a patch test before applying an oil cleanser on your face. If you suffer from acne, you should talk to your dermatologist before trying an oil cleanse to prevent making your skin condition worse. If you notice an increase in break outs, especially after you’ve been oil cleansing for a couple of weeks, check to make sure you are using a gentle face wash after, change the oils you use, or stop oil cleansing altogether.