Oil attracts Oil
How to use dry oils on your skin and face
We all know that water and oil do not mix so why do we wash the natural oils of our face with a combination of harsh cleansers and water to remove daily dirt? What we were taught by our moms, sisters, etc. has a lot to do with it but also marketing does too.
So many cleansers promise cleaner and clearer skin if you just use (insert product name) in your daily skin care routine. However, why waste our money on unhealthy products when we can use natural, healthy and skin nourishing products to fight and beat stubborn oil at its own game?
More often than not women and men struggle with oily skin or T-zone problems which leads to blotting, using powders to absorb the oil or even just plain ol’ frustration; wishing that their skin was not so oily. If you are like me then the opposite is true and you actually wish you had more oil/moisture in your skin. Well, I will be explaining how I apply and use dry oils which are beneficial in both scenarios. But first, what is a dry oil?
A dry oil is an oil that does not leave your skin feeling greasy which makes it a perfect carrier oil ( an oil you can mix with). They are lightweight and therefore absorb fairly quick. Here’s a list of a few dry oils I use as my carriers:
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Grape seed Oil
- Coconut oil is great as well. However, it tends to cause me to breakout when used on my face so I typically use coconut oil only on my body. Always patch test before using any oils to see how your skin reacts. If you have any nut allergies please do not use nut based oils.
Another amazing oil I want to talk about is Castor Oil. This oil is very thick and therefore should be used with a carrier oil like mentioned above. Castor oil is fantastic whether you have oily skin or dry because of the richness it carries but, you have to know your skin to know how to use it.
First off, you want to make sure you are buying a Castor oil that has been cold pressed and is hexane free. Of course organic is always best but the first two points are the most important.
With oily skin you can afford to use a bit more Castor/carrier oil mix as it will help attract and pull away the natural occurring oils on your face. This will help reduce shine down to a nice glow. For dry skin you should mix less Castor into your carrier oil. Although Castor oil will add moisture too much of a good thing is always bad. Using too much on already dry skin can actually cause further drying.
I typically oil cleanse at the end of my day to remove all the dirt, oil and any makeup that has settled on my face.
I use a mixture of 50% Carrier oil (I use Avocado oil)–30% Castor oil (due to dry skin)–20% essential oil (I use lavender and chamomile to help calm some rosacea on my cheeks).
After your skin is cleansed use a clean washcloth to wipe away excess oil. To do this, use as warm of water as you can and ring out the towel. Place it over your face and just relax and enjoy feeling all the warmth seeping into your pores. In gentle upward strokes use the towel to remove any and all residue. A bonus is that the towel will exfoliate your skin so it will always feel soft and renewed. In the morning to revive yourself the warm, wet towel method and skip the oil cleansing. However often you choose to oil cleanse is up to you. You can play around with it and see how often works best for you based off of your skin’s reaction.
Whether it is morning or night I always like to finish off my skin with a little treat. Here are some of the healing properties of Rosehip Seed Oil:
- corrects sun damage
- treats fine lines and wrinkles
- hydrates the skin
- evens out skin tone
Simply dab a couple drops into the palms of your hands, rib them together, and pat them onto your face and neck. Rosehip Seed Oil will leave a nice dewy look all day long, even under makeup, and when applied at night will leave your skin feeling soft and treated.
Yay for naturally clean skin!