Posted on: June 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm
Last updated: August 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Using the wrong skincare routine can leave you with irritated, discolored skin that’s prone to breakouts and dryness. One of the biggest mistakes people make in their skincare routine is the way they wash their face every day. Rather than working with their skin type, they use unnecessary chemicals that actually counteract their skin’s natural balance of oils. Here’s how to decode your skin type and create a daily face wash plan that fits you perfectly.


How to Determine Your Skin Type

Watch this short video to find out if you have naturally dry, normal, combination or oily skin. Once you’ve nailed down your natural skin type, you’ll know how to treat your skin like royalty.

Face Wash vs. The Oil Cleansing Method

Natural ingredients make for great beauty products- most, if not all, store bought skin care products could be swapped for a much more natural (and less expensive) ingredient. Moreover, many common facewashes are full of irritating fragrances and are designed to strip away all oils, including the oil your skin naturally produces and needs to stay healthy. Instead of a daily face wash, try removing makeup and cleansing your skin with a natural oil!


DIY Oil Cleanser: Best Oils for Your Skin Type

Creating your own oil-based cleanser is incredibly easy. Typically, when creating your own oil cleanser, you are looking at combining two types of oils:

  1. Moisturizing Oils
  2. Antibacterial/Astringent Oils

Even if you have oily skin, you still need to be moisturizing your face! If you don’t have problems with oily skin, you still need to be cleansing your skin. The ratio of moisturizing oils to astringent oils will depend on your skin type and your skin needs. A general rule of thumb to follow is:

  • For dry skin: 90% moisturizing oil, 10% astringent oil
  • For oily skin: 70% moisturizing oil, 30% astringent oil

Normal or combination skin is somewhere in between. Through practice you will determine what is right for your skin! Check out the video below for tips on determining which oils are best for your unique skin.

Astringent Oils

To make your own cleansing oil, first choose your astringent oil. There are any number of astringent oils out there, but we recommend:

  • Grape Seed Oil: Any skin type, but especially oily skin
  • Castor Oil: For acne-prone skin, NOT for sensitive skin!
  • Hazelnut Oil: All skin types

Adding Essential Oils:

Adding a drop or two essential oils can not only add a wonderful perfume to your oil cleanser, they can also have benefits for your skin, including anti-acne properties, scar healing, etc. That being said, essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used properly and with caution. Never apply an essential oil directly to the skin without first diluting it with your other carrier and astringent oils. Always read your label and patch test on another part of your body (say, the underside of your arm) before apply to your face.

  • Essential Oils: Juniper, carrot seed, tea tree, ginger, lavender, myrtle, patchouli, rose, rosemary, frankincense.

Moisturizing Oils

Now you have to pick your moisturizing (or carrier) oil. Again, no matter what skin type you are, you need to moisturize your skin. Also, you cannot simply directly apply an astringent oil to your skin as they are very powerful and when not diluted with a carrier can cause irritation and even burns. Examples of moisturizing oils are:

  • Sweet almond or apricot oil: Any skin type, or oily skin
  • Pure sunflower oil or argan oil: Regular or combination skin
  • Avocado Oil: Dry skin
  • Jojoba Oil: All skin types, especially acne prone skin
  • Hemp Seed Oil or Coconut Oil: All skin types

SPECIAL NOTE: Make sure you are buying pure, organic oils at all times! The oil cleansing method is no good if you are still applying chemicals to your face that were used in the making and processing of your oils.

Make Your Oil Cleanser:

Step 1: Combine your moisturizing oil and astringent oil at the correct ratio for your skin until fully combined. Again, the amount of moisturizing oil you add will depend on your skin type. For oily skin, this could mean a 2:1 carrier to astringent oil, for dry skin this could be a 4:1 moisturizing to astringent oil combination.

Step 2: Gently massage oil into your skin for one or two minutes.

Step 3: Use a warm, damp washcloth to wipe off excess oil and pat dry.

Step 4: Smile! You have gorgeous, well-moisturized, glowing skin!

Oil Cleanser Examples:

Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil, 70% Sunflower Oil
Acne Prone Skin: 20% Castor Oil, 40% Sunflower oil or Jojoba oil, 40% Grapeseed Oil
Normal/Combination Skin: 20% Hazelnut Oil, 80% Coconut or Sunflower oil
Dry Skin: 10% Grapeseed oil, 30% sunflower or argan oil, 60% avocado oil

Of course, those are only a few of the basic skin types, and there are many other oils out there that are also excellent for your skin! The important thing is that you find oils that suit your skin’s needs and are within your budget. If you try and oil cleanse and it doesn’t achieve the result you want, play with your ratios or consider switching up your oils. If you are having a really hard time, consult a naturopathic doctor who can then help you in determining the right cleanser for you, as well as other factors that may be contributing to your skin problems.


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