Figuring out how to choose the right oil cleanser for your skin type can seem a little daunting – especially if you’re still wrapping your head around the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). While there is no secret formula for finding the right oil cleanser, knowing your skin type and then understanding what your skin needs can make all the difference. After that, persistence and patience will be what carry you through. For most of us, finding the right oil cleanser for our skin is a lot of trial and error – but the results can be oh-so-rewarding!
Step One: Determining Your Skin Type
Here’s a simple quiz to get you started. (I feel that most of us can determine our skin type, however should you want a professional opinion you can always see a dermatologist.)
1. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels…
- Dull, flaking and/or tight.
- Red and irritated.
- Dry with some oily areas.
- No difference from night before.
2. After I wash my face, my skin feels…
- Uncomfortably tight but not irritated.
- Itchy, irritated, and generally unpleasant.
- Dry in areas, but overall pretty normal.
- A little dry, but my moisturizer takes care of it.
3. My biggest complaints about my skin are…
- My skin looks tired and has red patches.
- I can’t use anything on my skin without it freaking out.
- Dull and unhealthy.
- No big complaints, but my skin could look better.
4. My biggest worry when choosing a new facial cleanser is…
- That it will be too drying.
- That it will irritate my skin.
- That it isn’t nourishing enough.
- That I’m wasting my money.
5. What appeals to you about the oil cleansing method?
- I want to support my skin as I age.
- I’ve tried everything and nothing works without irritation.
- I want something nourishing to feed by skin as I cleanse.
- I don’t know – just seems neat!
If you answered mostly 1’s, you likely have delicate skin that leans toward the dry side. Your skin texture might have lost a little firmness, and may appear thinner with more fine lines. You might also notice fluctuations in your skin’s moisture levels accompanied by patches of dryness. The right oil cleanser for you is likely our Damascus Rose Cleansing Oil. The blend of real organic rose, chamomile, and lavender essential oils are calming and balancing and even exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. This formula has a lower percentage of castor oil, so it’s gently cleansing without being over drying. Not a fan of floral scents? The Unscented Cleansing Oil would work for you, as well.
If you answered mostly 2’s, you have sensitive skin. Anything and everything seems to stress your skin out, and you are probably dreading any changes to your skin care routine. Surfactants and sudsy soaps are not your friend. Take heart sensitive friends, the Unscented Cleansing Oil could be the right oil cleanser for you. Some “sensitive skin” formulas contain fragrance (yes, even the unscented ones!), as well as a host of chemical preservatives and emulsifiers – all of which run the risk of upsetting your skin. Our Unscented system is pure organic oils with zero fragrance added. Like the Damascus Rose cleansing oil, the Unscented has less castor oil, so it’s less drying while still getting the job done.
If you answered mostly 3’s, you have combination normal to dry skin. For the most part your skin behaves well, but you might develop dry patches during season changes. Or perhaps your skin is just dehydrated, lacking some moisture that would really make it glow. Your best bet would be the Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil. This vitamin-rich formula has a higher percentage of vitamin A (thanks to the apricot oil) and a bounty of fatty acids to aid elasticity and give skin radiance. Jojoba oil helps to balance out oil production, meaning less dry patches in the future.
Sometimes you get a little oily in your T-Zone, especially after washing with sudsy soap, but overall it’s all good. Honestly, you lucky 4’s, you could use any one of these cleansers since they all have jojoba oil. Jojoba would help to balance out your minor oil production issues, and that (plus some cleansing via castor oil) is all you really need. However, we made a blend especially for you: Argan Cleansing Oil. This cleanser has a higher percentage of castor oil, providing a deeper clean.
Step Two: Give it Time to Work
Some people will see results right away. For the rest of us – it will take a little time to adjust to a new skincare routine… One month to be exact. As we switch skincare routines it takes our skin time to adjust to the new regimen – so be sure to give skin enough time to get used to this new method of cleansing. Your skin care journey will likely require a lot of trial and error on your part, so try not to be alarmed if your skin gets worse before it gets better… this is common to new face care routines, and not unique to the OCM. Give it time to work, and drink lots of water in the process.
And as always, beautiful skin begins inside – so be sure to eat well, sleep well, and drink plenty of water in general!
Have you switched to the OCM? What was your experience? Post tips, tricks, and support for your fellow Badgers below!