Who loves a good skincare routine?! This chicky right here does, however I've always struggled with acne from a young age. For a couple of years I was put on birth control to help regulate my system (sorry that's probably TMI) and a nice little plus was it helped keep my acne under control! I've recently been taken off the pill due to mental health reasons and alas, the acne has returned. It also doesn't help that I work in the medical field and required to wear a mask for 8-9 hours per day (yikes I'm not being clear enough, this has been torture for achieving clear skin). On the bright side, I've recently made my mom's recipe for facial cleanser and I'm not joking when I say I've already noticed results within a couple days of use! Now I do want to put a disclaimer here, oils are very sensitive to the skin so if you have very sensitive skin, either use very little oil in your recipe, or I'd advise speaking to your dermatologist before use, just because this recipe may work for me and other people does not mean it may work for you. All bodies are different and this includes skin, so be sure you do your research and speak to your dermatologist if you're not sure if this is the right cleanser for you.
Alright here we go, so is this cleanser solely oils? Oh no, holy cow that would strip your skin for sure! This recipe includes other great ingredients that are AMAZING for skincare and it only includes three oils. For the best results, I'd recommend not using this solely, if you're a makeup wearer like myself I would utilize a double cleanse system. I like to use an oil cleanse first to get out all the dirt and makeup out, rinse, then I go in with my facial cleanser. If you're not sure what type of oil cleanser to use, I use Tatcha (this is a very boujee item and a little expensive-I wanted to treat myself one day 🤷♀️) however there are tons of oil cleansers that are at a reasonable price. If you're new to skincare and are unsure where to start, I HIGHLY recommend checking out "Skincare With Hyrum", he is an amazing skincare specialist and YouTuber who is honestly just so fun to watch while also being incredibly informative. He is not a big supporter of oil based skincare products however he does mention that ones that are a wash-off product are okay since they're only on your face for about 30 seconds, which as I mentioned above the reason why they are not good as a leave-in treatment is due to the fact that the skin is very sensitive so you should use leave-on oil based skincare products sparingly to almost non-existent. If you do use leave-on products please be sure to dilute them with water (for example-lavender for burns) for while lavender is great for treating burns, it's incredibly painful to just apply oil to a burn site.
Okay I'm getting incredibly sidetracked, on to the recipe!
- 1/4 c non-scented liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's)
- 1/4 c distilled water
- 2 tsp almond or jojoba oil
- 2 tsp aloe vera gel
- 2 tsp glycerin
- 3-5 drops Frankincense oil
- 3-5 drops Geranium oil
- 3-5 drops Carrot Seed oil
*If more sensitive to oils, use fewer drops
-Blend all ingredients together except the castile soap
-Add soap at the end and blend to mix (I use pulse and only do it two or three times).
-Allow foam to die down (this may take a while so you can take the time to start a new activity or go for a walk), and then pour into a foaming dispenser (you can buy those on Amazon 😊)