oil cleansing method yesterday, so let's take a look at how we might create a cleansing oil today.
The base of the cleansing oil is usually a portion of castor oil, which can range from 25% to 50%. I've seen people using it at up to 100%, but the general consensus seems to be that castor oil can be drying at higher amounts, so using it at lower amounts is a good idea, at least to start. As castor is an astringent feeling oil, those with dry skin will want to start at a lower amount, while those with oily skin might want to start at a higher amount.
What oils to add to the mix? As usual, figure out the goal of your product and the answers will be much easier to find! We want something that will help cleanse our skin. We want our skin to feel moisturized afterwards, not too greasy and not too dry. We also want something that isn't too comedogenic or acnegenic.
Let's take a look at a few ideas for different skin types, starting with dry skin...
What oils are good for dry skin? We'll start by assuming we're using 25% castor oil because we don't want this product to be too drying. Then, I'd definitely choose a high linoleic acid oil as my main oil - sunflower, soybean, sesame, rice bran, pumpkin seed, or wheat germ oils - but these can feel a bit greasy on your skin. (I don't want to suggest grapeseed oil or hempseed oil as they have very short shelf lives - 3 months - but they are also high in linoleic acid.) Vitamin E is very good for dry skin, so my suggestions would be wheat germ or soybean oil as my first choices for dry skin, but these are both greasier feeling oils than sesame and rice bran, for instance.
You could choose a high gamma-linoleic acid oil, like evening primrose or borage oil to help with dry skin, or consider using cranberry oil or rosehip oil, although the latter is known to aggravate acne. These exotic oils will feel less greasy than the carrier oils (for various reasons), and it might be a bit wasteful to use them at high levels in a product we're - for the most part - rinsing off.
What percentages should we use for the oils? As I mentioned above, it seems like lower is better for dry skin with castor oil, so let's go with 25% castor oil. And we'll do a blend of a high gamma-linoleic acid oil - evening primrose oil at 10% - with one of the high linoleic acid oils - rice bran oil at 65%.
POTENTIAL OIL CLEANSING METHOD OIL FOR DRY SKIN
65% rice bran oil
25% castor oil
10% evening primrose oil
Blend together in a container with a pump or a disc cap. Follow the oil cleansing method cleansing method to clean your face. Rejoice.
What else could we add to this oil? You could add up to 1% Vitamin E or an essential oil that might work for your skin type at a low percentage - for instance, a few drops. (You don't want to be smelling lavender all night long!)
Please try making a very small batch of this product the first time as your skin might not like it. Enough for a few days. I think 10 to 20 grams should do it, so make this recipe something like 7 grams rice bran oil, 3 grams castor oil, and 1 gram evening primrose oil (unless you have a more accurate scale, then make it 6.5, 2.5, and 1 respectively). Try that for a few days to see how your skin likes it. It might not, and it would be sad to make a ton of something you won't use again. (Although I imagine it might make a nice body oil!)
Join me tomorrow as we take a look at some oils that might be nice for oily skin!