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Oil as a Facial Wash: What, how, and why you need to know

If you’re a DIY or a natural beauty product fan, like me, you will definitely like this oil as a facial wash project.

oil as a facial wash


Why use oil as a facial wash?

If you think about, oil is what we’re all trying to get rid of from our face, aside from the dirt and grime of every day. So what’s the reson behind using it to clean your face?

Oil dissolves oil. If you remember your science lessons way back, like dissolves like. The oil you will put on your face will attract the existing oil and once you clean it off, the existing oil will also be removed.

Oil production is balanced out. If you try to remove all the oil, your face will produce more oil. So what you need is something that won’t dry out your skin so you won’t produce more oil. What better thing to use than oil as a facial wash?


What kind of oil do you need to use?

There are two important components to make your oil facial wash.

Astringent oil. This component can be grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil or castor oil. The ratio of astringent oil should be around 10% to 30%. Adjust according to your facial need. For example, if your skin is drier and less oilier, then your astringent oil should be less. But if you have oilier skin, then increase the astringent oil ratio to 30%.

Moisturizing oil. This can be jojoba, sunflower, argan or avocado oil. The moisturizing oil should be around 70% to 90%.


How to make the facial wash?

Watch this video and see how easy it is!


Tips on using oil as a facial wash

  1. You will need a clean, washcloth that has been soaked in hot water.
  2. You don’t need to clean or wash your wash before this ritual. In fact, it’s better when you have your makeup on so you will see how effective it is in removing all that dirt and grime.
  3. Leave the washcloth on your face for at least 30 seconds.


Now you’re ready to start that DIY project! 😀

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  • Wendy Ball says:

    I heard about this technique before and it’s definitely interesting. My only issue is that I have dry skin and won’t that make it drier? Since it’s best for dry skin and it can melt off oils.

  • Maria Wilkins says:

    This is why I like using cleansing oils. It works well in taking off heavy makeup.

  • Jeannie Hernandez says:

    I agree that using oils can make your skin feel more supple. We just see oils as enemies, that’s why we don’t trust this method.

  • Diana Scott says:

    Nice video. But I think castor oil is too heavy for me especially for the entire face. I don’t mind using it near my eyes or lashes, but not on my entire face.

  • Shirley Flores says:

    I think I’ll just buy my own oil facial wash. I don’t want to risk irritating my face because of DIY.

    • Janice Wood says:

      Same. I don’t exactly trust myself to concoct my own facial wash.

  • How do I lessen the amount of astringent oils? Just literally putting less of it?

  • Freda Dawson says:

    I tried sunflower before but it gave me little bumps on my face. Is it because it’s too heavy?

    • Miriam Love says:

      Yes, you might want to opt for something lighter, something that’s easily absorbed by your skin.

  • Della Blake says:

    I’m a little skeptical with making my own facial wash, so I’ll just stick to store brought.

  • Shelley Gibbs says:

    I don’t know where to purchase these oils. As far as I know, there are also certain concentrations of these oils, like how it’s processed and such just like coconut oils.