I love making my own skincare products. And, here’s why. I know EXACTLY what’s in them. Here I’m going to share with you an oil-based cleaning paste that I love.
Using natural homemade cleansing oils can be more hydrating, more effective, and less irritating on the skin than traditional face washes because they don’t contain any surfactants. Surfactants are typically used as foaming agents, and can sometimes be harsh on the skin.
The key to using an oil-based cleanser is using the right oil for your skin type. For example, avocado oil is a fatty oil and is good for dry and dehydrated skin. You might want to avoid it topically if you have oily skin. Almond oil and sunflower oil usually work best for oily skin and are suitable for all skin types. Also, you want to make sure your oils are 100% pure.
Following is a great oil-based cleaning paste that can be used for all skin types.
100 % pure Almond oil: 3 ounces
Ground almonds: 3 ounces
Apple cider vinegar: 2 ounces
Purified Water: 2 ounces
Essential oil of your choice: 6 drops
NOTE: Clary-sage, lemon, lime, sage, and thyme are awesome cleaning oils and are suitable for all skin types.
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth for about two minutes.
This recipe will thicken as it blends so have a silicone spatula close by to scrape it out.
Store in a clean glass jar.
NOTE: I use a small kitchen scale to measure out my ingredients. I place my jar or a measuring cup on the scale before turning it on. This way, once I turn on the scale the weight of the container is not being calculated.
Apply a warm damp washcloth to your face for about 20-30 seconds (this opens pores and softens skins so the paste is more effective). Then, with clean wet hands or a face brush, gently massage the paste all over your face. Once done, rinse off the paste with the washcloth or fill hands with water and rinse.
I know the thought of using an oil-based cleaner on the face can make some feel nervous. Especially if you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts. A good idea is to add the oil cleaning step to your skincare routine without changing anything for about a month. If you start breaking out then it’s most likely the oil, and you can stop using it right away. But, if all remains well, try using the oil by itself and see how you like it.