When Seasons Change So Should Your Oil Cleansing Routine

Oil Cleansing Method

Have you ever noticed how your face can feel a bit oily during the warm, muggy summer months but then feel brittle and dry during the colder months? Have you ever found it challenging to keep your face clean without over drying or over moisturizing it? I’ve discovered that what works for me during the summer doesn’t always work in the winter, and vice versa.

We all know that we should change our skincare routine each season, right? So here are some Badger tips for keeping your face clean and happy, season after season, using the fabulous oil cleansing method.

Skincare Cleansing for Warmer Weather

Somehow, I have managed to live only in places with very humid summers. Hot temperatures + high humidity = continuous perspiration. In Indiana, where I grew up, we would joke that even if you had just enjoyed a refreshing shower, the minute you stepped out of the bath your body would start to perspire again. Oh, the glories of humidity.

Argan Cleansing Oil

In order to remove all that sweat and buildup and ensure a clean face, I love using our Argan Face Cleansing Oil. Out of all our Face Cleansing Oils, this one has the largest percentage of Castor, a detoxification ingredient that does a great job of deep cleaning my face, so much so that sometimes it can be a little over drying. (Note: If your skin is naturally drier to begin with, then the Argan Face Cleansing Oil is probably not right for you.) But when it’s warm and humid out, Argan is the one I reach for every time because I know my face will feel clean and my skin balanced for the rest of the day.

Once I’m finished using the Oil Cleansing Method, I follow up with either a face sunscreen lotion (especially if I plan to go outside), or a drop of the Argan Face Oil for added protection and moisture.


Skincare Cleansing for Colder Weather

Once the leaves crunch under my feet and I start wearing scarves again, I know it’s time to switch-up my oil cleansing routine. During the colder months, my face becomes dry and tight, leaving me anxious about cleaning it for fear of drying my skin even more. Good thing there are different steps I can take to ensure my face remains clean and balanced as during the warmer months.

Damascus Rose Cleansing Oil

Desiring a more gentle approach, I whole-heartedly embrace using the Damascus Rose Face Cleansing Oil. With a low percentage of Castor Oil, it cleanses my skin without over drying, and features organic Damascus Rose Oil, an essential oil made from true rose blossoms handpicked at dawn and gently steam distilled the very same day. This precious oil is antioxidant-rich and leaves my skin feeling soft, rejuvenated and refreshed.

While I still love using the traditional Oil Cleansing Method, which calls for a wet, warm washcloth to steam open my pores and gently wash my face, other Badgers have found alternative, even gentler approaches to cleansing their face during the colder months. Badger Emily recently discovered the benefits of using the Dry Oil Cleansing Method. This approach is nearly identical to the traditional approach, only you use a dry washcloth instead of a wet washcloth to wipe off the cleansing oil. No water ever touches your face!

Once I’ve finished cleansing my face, I follow up with either the SPF 15 Unscented Sunscreen (especially if I plan to go outside), or the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm. Both of these options nourish and moisturize while protecting my skin from the elements.

More Cleansing Tips for a Happy Face

If you’re finding that your face is still a bit dry or oily after trying the above suggestions, then try these additional tips:

  • Increase or decrease the amount of cleansing: If your face is oilier during the warmer months, then try using the Argan Face Cleansing Oil twice a day instead of once a day. If your face is really dry during the colder months, then try cutting back on how often you cleanse. Sometimes, I cleanse just once every 2-3 days!
  • Use more or less moisturizer: During the warmer months, I find that I don’t always need to follow up with a moisturizer. However, I always use a sunscreen if I’m planning to go outside. If you’re staying indoors, feel free to skip this step! The humid air is doing a great job already of keeping your skin nice and moisturized. As for the colder months, try the opposite approach. Apply a Beauty Balm every night before bedtime as an overnight intensive treatment. Your skin will benefit from a bounty of nutrients and feel smooth and supple.

So even though it’s normal for your skin to react to the changing seasons, those reactions don’t have to be negative. By thinking ahead and embracing the weather, your skin can be balanced and glowing all year round.

Do you still have questions about the Oil Cleansing Method? Ask Caity LIVE on Periscope Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00 – 3:30 pm EST. (You’ll need to download the app.) Otherwise post your question below!

Caity Stuart has been at Badger for five years and has loved every minute of it. Caity loves a good story (who doesn't?). Luckily, as the Digital Content Manager for Badger, she gets to put her creative hat on and dream up new ways to tell the Badger story to customers near and far. When not enjoying free lunch at Badger, Caity loves practicing yoga, going on crazy adventures with friends, and exploring the numerous trails throughout New Hampshire. Caity's favorite Badger products: Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands, Seabuckthorn Face Cleansing Oil, and Tea Tree and Lemon Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

16 comments on “When Seasons Change So Should Your Oil Cleansing Routine

  • The traditional OCM is the DRY method somewhere along the line the wet washcloth was incorporated. My grandmother used to put olive oil on her face and wipe it off with a dry washcloth. Beautiful skin indeed.

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  • This is a great article – very helpful. I tend to get cystic acne that leaves scars upon healing, and the scars never actually seem to go away. I notice that my face tends to feel stretchy and dry after cleansing, and on a normal day I think I have combination dry – oily skin. I’m thinking about buying the argan oil cleanser and damascus rose face oil to start with…is that something that you think may work for me?

    • Thanks for reading our blog! 🙂

      Our Argan Cleansing Oil has the highest percentage of castor oil in the line, which means it could be a little drying. If I were you I would try the Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil: http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-547-organic-seabuckthorn-face-cleansing-oil.aspx. With combination dry/oily skin, the best approach is to balance oil production, rather than strip the oils away. The jojoba oil in the Face Oil will help to balance out oil production over time. And I believe your skin would benefit from the Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil’s high percentage of vitamins C and E, as well as B, K, and A.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂


  • Glad to hear 2016 is off to a good start for you 🙂

    I learn something new every time we chat…

    Thanks for the heads up on the castor oil! I was quite concerned about using it as I’ve heard it can be drying. I can’t use fragrance on my skin either, so it’s good to know the Unscented Cleansing Oil leans more toward the 1% end of castor oil.

    I really am so excited about the Aloe lotion (if you couldn’t tell). I’m also hoping it will work well for my face under makeup.

    You & me both. I leave lotions & sunscreens to the experts 😉

    That makes me feel good if I make your job fun & interesting. 🙂 I was afraid I was bothering you too much. I could probably pick your brain for hours as you know, but truth be told I enjoy talking to you as well.

    I’m sure I will “see” you around, & I look forward to the new releases!

    Take care-

  • Very informative!

    I’ve been doing the “OCM” for years & my skin has responded well…I just started using the Unscented Beauty Balm & it’s been a great compliment to it. I’m looking to try the Unscented Cleansing Oil next.

    I’d love to see a unscented cleansing balm added to the skin care line. I like to cleanse twice to make sure all makeup/sunscreen is removed, but doing that with oil can sometimes be drying. So a cleansing balm would be awesome!

    • Hi Kris!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      In my experience the Baby Balm makes a great cleansing balm, though it’s not totally unscented. It has a light chamomile fragrance. I love it because it has a high percentage of calendula, which is soothing to the skin. And it also contains castor oil, which is the main cleansing agent.

      And even though it’s not unscented, it’s incredibly gentle. We offer it in a .75oz travel tin, so you could give it a shot with minimal investment! Also, we guarantee our stuff 100% – so if you order from badgerbalm.com and are not completely satisfied we’ll return your money or credit your account. Whichever you prefer!

      I hope this helps. 🙂


      • Hello Jentri!

        So good to “see” you :)I hope you had lovely holidays.

        Ah-such a good idea. I thought about using the unscented Hand Balm (I believe that’s what I was looking at), but the Baby Balm is even better.

        And, if you ever do develop a cleansing balm I can add that to my Badger collection. 🙂

        I asked on another thread, but since I spoke to you about it-I was wondering if you folks are still planning on bringing back the Aloe Lotion Sunscreens?


        • Hi Kris!

          Nice to “see” you too, and happy new year! 🙂

          I was thinking the Badger Balm Unscented initially, too – but since it’s just organic extra virgin olive oil and beeswax, I thought Baby Balm might be a better choice since it contains castor.

          I will most definitely pass your cleansing balm idea over to our product development team. They’ve also been working on a cold cream (I’m obsessed with it!) but I don’t believe we have the large-scale equipment to make it just yet.

          We should be releasing new Aloe sunscreens this year! I can’t say definitely, as they are still in testing, but it’s looking good! Fingers crossed, but it could be as early as March.

          I’m going to answer your question on the other thread too, in case others were wondering as well. 🙂

          Hope you had a great holiday too, and we’ll speak again soon!


          • Thank you very much 🙂 I hope your New Year is a good one.

            I’ve never tried castor oil before. I hear it is quite effective at cleansing, so I should give it a go…

            Yay! The Aloe lotions are coming back! Forgive me for being so persistent, but all the other natural water based sunscreens just pale in comparison. I love the Aloe especially for my neck/decolette because it’s not greasy.

            Cold cream? Many times I’ve tried to make my own & failed. Same with lotions that have emulsifiers. :p

            I’m always eager to see what new things Badger comes up with… I can count on you folks to keep it simple, natural, & trustworthy.

            And, I’d just like the thank you personally, Jentri. You’ve been consistently kind, thoughtful, & informative answering folks questions & concerns. Badger is lucky to have you!

            Best Wishes,

            • Thanks, Kris! My new year is off to a great start! 🙂

              Castor is very effective at cleansing, but it can be drying in high concentrations. Some DIY cleansing oils I’ve seen recommend 30-50% castor, which made my poor face peel after about a week. We use it in 1-3% concentrations, with Unscented, Seabuckthorn and Rose falling on the lower end of the spectrum, and Argan on the higher end. If you have really sensitive or dry-prone skin, I would make sure to use a low percentage of castor. A little goes a long way! 🙂

              I’m glad you’re so persistent about the Aloe Sunscreen! We’ve been working really really hard to make a formula that is safe, gentle, and shelf-stable – and it’s taken a long time! It’s great to know that you still want it. I think you’ll be very happy with the new formula!

              Emulsifiers are so tricky, as is introducing water to homemade products. As much as I love DIY I leave lotions and cold cream to the experts.

              You are so kind, Kris! I’m sincerely glad to be able to answer your questions. You really make my job fun and interesting! 🙂


  • Great article! I have already found that adding in a weekly dose of beauty balm has helped my facial care immensely this fall. I’m also from Indiana, and I’m still here, so now it’s getting cold and dry!
    I do have one question… I’m getting blackheads. Not a ton, but I don’t really understand it because the only things I put on my face are your oil cleansers, facial oils, and beauty balm. I don’t wear make up and I don’t have any other routine. I have no clue why these blackheads are suddenly an issue!
    I use the sea buckthorn line. I tried the art online for the higher castor oil, but I just found it to drying.

    Thanks for any help!

    • Hi Cate!

      Thanks for writing. My understanding is that there can be a number of different causes of blackheads – some external, some internal. Since everyone’s skin is different (and I’m not a dermatologist) I would recommend consulting with a dermatologist to identify the cause of the blackheads. (For me it was hormonal changes due to aging.) Once you identify the cause, you can then either eliminate the cause or work with the dermatologist to figure out the best course of action.

      I will say that our cleansing oils and face oils have been tested to ensure that they are noncomedogenic, meaning they don’t clog pores. So that’s encouraging! But again, as everyone’s chemistry is different I’m afraid I can’t be of too much help. My apologies!



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