Today I am going to share with you one of my most coveted (beauty) Secret Weapons of all time.
Have you ever wished your skin had that beautiful glow you sometimes see on women walking down the street or at a yoga class? Have you ever found yourself staring at someone’s skin as they were talking to you and thought “how the heck do they not have any blemishes?! It’s perfect. What the hell?! I wonder what they use…” or do you notice that during this time of year your skin looses its luster and you are constantly battling dryness and rough patches until the spring?
If you have ever wanted healthy, glowing skin year-round without having to spend a fortune then you are in luck, because that is exactly what you are going to get today!
This recipe is a beautiful, luscious cleansing oil, which means you don’t need to use soap to wash your face, you simply apply warm water to open your pores, and then massage some of this oil onto your wet skin. The essential oils will act as a natural antibacterial agent, and as you wipe it off, all the dirt and junk come with it!
Why Soap ain’t so Dope
Here’s the thing: soaps and cleansers can actually do your skin more harm than good. Why? because they strip your skin of all its natural beauty oils.
Our skin is coated with a protective oily substance called sebum, which provides natural antibacterial properties and holds in moisture. Habitually stripping this protective layer from your skin can cause stress and damage.
When cleansing your skin, the aim is to clear away dead skin cells and impurities while encouraging a natural balance of sebum production. Stripping oils from dry skin through using soap will dry it out even more. Additionally, it can actually cause your body to create more sebum if you are naturally prone to having oily skin, and no one wants that!
It’s time to ditch the lotion
When you use harsh cleansers to clean your skin, then you’re left having to spend more money on lotions to get all the moisture back in. This is craziness! Now, I was skeptical at first too, but once you see how beautiful your skin is after using a little of this cleansing oil, you’ll wonder why you ever used the soap/lotion combo in the first place.
Plus, did you know that lotions are basically just oil with water added? This means you are paying for a product that is mostly water! On top of that, water actually tends to dry out your skin rather than lubricate it. So having more water in your moisturizers isn’t always such a good thing.
Maybe you’re saying, “Wait, water is dehydrating? Huh?” To see this in action, just notice what happens if you get out of the shower and head right outside in the cooler air. If you are like me, your skin will start to get tight, you’ll feel like it getting itchy and dry, and you could swear you heard it cracking – no fun, right?
Finding a balance that is right for you
Now that you have some new info and a great new recipe to try out, I recommend you experiment and find what works best for you and your skin type.
This recipe tends to works best for normal to dry skin. If your skin is prone to being oily, you may start by reducing the amount of scrubbing you do and the amount of cleanser you are using. Then bring in the cleansing oil a few times each week and go from there.
I find that what works best for me is to use a tiny bit of cleanser on the “T zone” once in a while if my skin feels extra oily. Other than that, I just use a washcloth with hot water on my face to open my pours, a few drops of the cleansing oil rubbed in, and then wiped away with a clean piece of cotton. The best part is, you can use this oil on the rest of your body too!
In the comments below I’d love to hear from you: what most resonates with you about this approach? Where do you get confused when it comes to skin care? What have you found that works?
- 2 oz. canola oil
- 1 oz. coconut oil
- 1 oz. olive oil
- 7 drops rosemary essential oil
- 8 drops orange essential oil
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 7 drops sandalwood oil (I used sandalwood essential oil that is already diluted in jojoba oil)
- 1 squeeze bottle or widemouth jar that can fit at least 4 ounces of oil.
How It’s Done:
Melt coconut oil (if solid) and combine with canola and olive oil (you can melt the coconut oil in the microwave if you are in a pinch or melt it by placing it into a heatproof measuring cup that is in a bath of boiling water). Add drops of essential oils, screw on lid to your jar and shake. Voila! That’s it. Check it out in action below!