Dry Winter Skin? Try Oil Cleansing Your Face With These Easy Recipes

If your face becomes dry during the winter, then stop cleansing it with harsh facial cleansers and start cleaning it with oil! Oil cleansing is becoming a popular method of facial cleansing, and it actually works for all skin types. People with dry skin often see the most benefits, though, as skipping typical cleansers with harsh sulfates and other chemicals can do wonders for dry skin. Here are two simple recipes for making your facial cleansing oil, and each targets a specific skin problem along with tackling dryness. 

1. Cleansing Oil for Dry, Acne-prone Skin

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused solely by oily skin. Even people with dry skin can have acne due to hormones and genetic predisposition. 

Here is a great oil cleanser recipe that can hydrate skin and improve acne:

  • One part castor oil. 
  • Two parts almond or sunflower oil. 
  • Four drops of tea tree oil. 

Combine all of the above in a bottle of your choice. If you are making a larger batch, use a glass bottle or jar to prevent chemicals in the plastic from degrading into the oil over time. Do not use this oil solution to remove eye makeup. Instead, remove eye makeup with mild jojoba or mineral oil. Oil mixtures containing tea tree oil should not be used near your eyes. 

To cleanse, simply place a few drops of the oil onto your fingertips, then massage the oil into your face for about a minute. Wipe excess oil off with a warm, moist cloth. You can then follow with a moisturizer if still needed, but the great thing about oil-cleansing is that many people don't need to moisturize after cleansing. 

2. Cleansing Oil for Dry, Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is the perfect candidate for oil cleansing. You can finally see relief from the irritation that you get from many skin cleansers when switching to oil cleansing. 

Here is a calming recipe for dry, sensitive skin:

  • One part hemp seed oil. 
  • One part jojoba or extra-virgin olive oil. 
  • Two drops of chamomile oil. 
  • Two drops of lavender oil. 

This recipe uses a base of hemp seed oil, because this oil has natural anti-inflammatory effects to calm your sensitive skin. Chamomile and lavender oils add additional calming properties to the recipe. Massage a few drops into your face for about a minute, and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. Follow with a calming moisturizer if you need extra moisture. 

While cleansing your face with oil may sound strange at first, you will be glad you tried it once it helps you finally have the clear, calm skin you have always wanted. Not only can you help your skin by making your own oil cleanser, but you can save a lot of cash when making your cleanser with affordable oils instead of buying it.

For more DIY recipes and information about oils, visit Living It Out.