The Verdict On Oil Cleansers + A DIY
I’ve been a huge proponent of facial oils for quite some time now (long before I started selling my Squalane Facial Oil). The right facial oil can do wonders for the skin, evening complexion and regulating oil production. Even if you have oily skin, you don’t have to be fearful of facial oils.
In addition to being effective moisturizers, you might not realize that oils also make great cleansers. Truly! And I’m not talking about a drop or two of essential oil in your cleanser, i’m talking about an oil-based formula where oil is the first ingredient on the product label.
Gasp! I know, it’s hard to believe! But dry oils (like jojoba and avocado) cleanse the skin just as easily as their conventional counterparts, with all of the same antibacterial properties that get the job done.
Plus, they’re better at removing oil-based products like sunscreen. Like attracts like, so the oil cleanser will attract (and extract) the sunscreen particles from your pores. Which is important because sunscreen isn’t always easy to remove, with new studies saying it can stick to your skin for several days post application. And most sunscreens are full of toxic chemicals that you don’t want living on your skin for that long.
Here’s an easy DIY to try if you’re looking to dip your toes into the oil cleanser pond.
JOJOBA & AVOCADO OIL CLEANSER:
½ oz organic jojoba oil
½ oz organic avocado oil
⅔ oz organic safflower oil
⅓ oz organic castor oil
3 drops of of vitamin e
2-3 drops essential oil (Feel free to modify the recipe to adjust to your needs by adding essential oils like tea tree, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, chamomile and borage – see my list of good ingredients for more information)
Combine all ingredients in a 2 oz container and shake well.
Squeeze a pea sized amount onto hand or cleansing brush; massage into damp face to remove makeup and cleanse skin.
Up to three months in a closed container.