Oil? To clean your face? I know, it’s hard to believe. I’ve had oily skin all my life and if I had told my 17 year old self that my 44 year old self would be cleaning my face with oil, she would have said, “Like, what? That’s, like, totally grody to the max!” It’s true. The skin care wheel has come full circle and I am now doing just that. Last year I told you about a particular cleansing oil that I’d fallen in love with, and I still love it, but it is a bit on the pricy side, so I thought I would see if I could figure out how to whip some up myself. Et voila! DIY Argan Cleansing Oil. Here’s what you’ll need:
Two Parts Argan Oil
One Part Almond Oil
One Part Polysorbate-20 (more about this later)
Several Drops Essential Oil of Your Choice(optional)
Glass Beaker (if you aren’t feeling all sciency, a measuring cup will do)
I was able to round up all this stuff (except for the polysorbate-20) at my local health foods store. I ordered the polysorbate 20 on amazon.com.
Ok, students, you’ll notice that I used “parts” to come up with our formulation. You know, like “one part of this to two parts of that” kind of stuff. Because the bottle I wanted to use to dispense the oil was 200 ml, I decided that 50 ml=2 parts. So, being the math wizzard that I am, I knew that one part=25ml. And that’s where my little beaker came in handy with all it’s handy dandy measuring marks. If you go with conventional measuring methods, use tablespoons as your unit and adjust accordingly (2 Tbs=2 parts, 1 Tbs=1 part, etc).
You don’t need to add them in any specific order, just as long as everyone is invited to the party.
I started with the olive oil:
then the argan oil…
next the grapeseed oil…
and finally the Polysorbate 20. Note: this stuff is merely an emulsifying agent, which is sciency talk for “it helps the old to rinse away with water.”
then give it a swirl to mix…
If you’d like, you can add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice (I don’t recommend anything minty for this application) to scent it. I used sweet orange because it just makes me happy. At the end of the day, just give it a shake, dispense about a quarter-sized amount into your hands, and start massaging all over the face. It works wonders on eye make up, friends. Also, make sure to massage around the nose really well as this stuff is magical for getting rid of blackheads. Finally, rinse with warm water and wipe gently with a soft, damp washcloth and pat dry. You will feel clean, refreshed and, surprisingly, not oily thanks to the emulsifying properties of the Polysorbate 20. Crazy, no? Happy mixing and happy cleansing, friends!