NATURAL SKINCARE WITH OILS

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.

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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.

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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?

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  • Ulja su mi najdraža stvar kad je u pitanju njega kose i kože :) Moja mješavina za lice je ricinus+suncokret+jojoba+ulje lješnjaka, super za masnu kožu :) Prije sam koristila i ulje avokada, ali sam čitala studije da je jaaaako komedogeno, zato sam ga prestala koristiti na licu jer imam lice sklono aknama.

    Ali sve u svemu, ulja su za 5 i ne odričem ih se nikad, pogotovo kod skidanja šminke :)

  • vidiš, ja sam za avokado vidjela da ima komedogeni rating kao i lješnjakovo ulje – 2, što nije jako komedogeno. nisam dosada imala nikakvih pojava potkožnih prištića od ovih ulja tako da zajedno dobro djeluju :)

  • Nema do prirodnog <3 I ja sam na uljima i definitivno je razlika vidljiva, u strukturi i izgledu koze.

  • Stalno neka ispitivanja rade i stalno više nekog vraga mijenjaju tako da ni ja više ne znam tko pije a tko plaća :D Ali ova mješavina mi sad odgovara pa ajd :D

  • I use oil to cleanse (sunflower and castor oil) or Green Girls Take It Off cleansing balm which is amazing. I just wish I started using oils and serums a lot sooner.

  • dee

    ja sam nedavno počela koristiti lješnjakovo ulje, na sestrin nagovor. također imam kombiniranu masno-dehidriranu kožu sklonu miteserima i prištićima, osjetljivu na sve i svašta. u početku sam ga koristila ujutro i navečer, ali se pokazalo da mi nedostaje hidratacije na dehidriranim dijelovima koji su se počeli ljuskati. pa sam se ujutro vratila alverde toniku za masnu kožu i balea aqua serumu, i ta kombinacija mi savršeno odgovara.
    inače, lješnjak prekrasno sužava proširene pore, ali mi je blago komedogen, tamo gdje su mi pore najšire počeo mi je raditi mitesere, uz njega je neizostavna dobra maska za čišćenje ili peeling.

  • Kod mene je obratno – prije par godina, dok mi je koža bila jako, jako suha, mogla sam na nju staviti svinjsku mast i sve bi se upilo – u tom periodu sam obožavala ulja i doslovno se kupala u njima. Koristila sam ih i za čišćenje i za hidrataciju, što više, to bolje. :) Otkad mi se koža oporavila i sad je više manje normalna, ulja mi više toliko ne odgovaraju. Čini mi se da to ima veze s tim što mi je koža iznimno tanka, i sve teže podnosi gušće teksture. OCM mi ne odgovara jer sam jako osjetljiva na ricinus. Ali ulja i dalje koristim u njezi tijela, tu ih obožavam. Najdraže ulje ikad mi je tamanu, mislim da to čudo svatko treba imati u kućnoj ljekarni. Spašava me pogotovo zimi, kad si poželim oderati noge od svrbeža. :) A planiram još isprobati i kukui, navodno je jako, jako lagan i odličan za tanku kožu koja inače ne podnosi ulja. :)

  • Hah, moja koža sve upija iako je masnjikava, ali istovremeno i jako osjetljiva. Vjerujem da je jednostavno dehidrirana, iako pijem stvarno puno vode. Moja koža je i jako jako debela, što ajde bar znači da neću prebrzo dobivati bore :D

    Jel tamanu ima jako specifičan miris? Ja sve moram isprobati prije dugoročne upotrebe da mi se ne desi problem kao s kokosovim uljem. :(