About two months ago I have made the switch to 100% natural skincare. I felt like my skin was ready for that step after realizing that my sensitive combination skin reacts best to natural ingredients. I gave away my day and night creams, my face washes and toners and replaced them with oils.
The reason why I chose oils is a simple one. In my experience, the majority of products that are targeted for combination skin are far too aggressive and they dried out my skin immensely. I tried so many promising brands, I lost count. A bunch of money later, my skin just wasn’t reacting. I stopped wearing foundation and I stopped using the products. I washed my face with lukewarm water twice a day and I used the micellar cleansing water to take off my eye and lip makeup. My skin was definitely less aggravated and dry, but obviously lacked hydration.
Enter all the wonderous natural oils.
Currently, to wash my face, I use the OCM – Oil Cleansing Method. There is a bunch of information about this method online, especially on this website. It is suggested that you blend castor oil and a plant oil in a ratio that is suited for your type of skin. As it says on the website, you could use:
- Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil & 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
- Balanced Skin: 20% Castor Oil & 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
- Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil & 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Besides sunflower seed oil, you can also opt for jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, argan oil etc. Each of those oils has amazing benefits for skin. The reason I chose cold pressed sunflower oil was its low price and the fact that it has a comedogenic rating of 0. At first, I wasn’t sure which ratio to pick because of my combination skin, but after hearing that castor oil can be quite drying and to really be careful with it, I went for 15% Castor Oil & 85 % Sunflower Seed Oil. This combination has been working well for my skin. I use this method daily, but only in the evening to remove my make up. Even though it is suggested to use this method with a microfibre cloth, I simply use my fingers. I am now looking to invest in a good cloth, and I’ve got my eyes set on Moa’s bamboo cloth. In the morning, I like using lukewarm water to simply wet my face and I apply my oil blend afterwards.
As a moisturizer, I use a blend of eight oils. I was always attracted to various facial oils like the famous Huile Prodigieuse by Nuxe and the treatment oils by Clarins, but I was afraid of being disappointed by them after paying a high price. My skin reacts funnily to most fragrances which is why I opted for the natural solution. I have been using oils in haircare for years, so I knew that none of the oils I use for my blend would be left untouched even if the blend didn’t work on my skin. I store the oils in a dropper applicator – a very practical storage solution for a facial oil that I saw from Clarins – that can hold 8 ml of oil. Since I use 8 oils, I add 1 ml of each oil to the final blend. I won’t go into detail and list all the amazing benefits of each of these oils, but this blend does wonders for my skin. It is absorbed very quickly, the pores on my cheeks are less visible, my skin is softer and I didn’t suffer from a single large blemish since I started using this daily.
I am very happy about how natural oils have entered my daily skincare routine and I will keep you updated on any possible changes in the future. Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? Have you ever tried using oils in your everyday skincare routine and how have they affected your skin?