I’ve had oily skin for as long as I can remember. I would scavenge the store, grabbing all the mattifying products off the shelves and, as soon as I got home, slather them on my face.
I never left the house without an arsenal of mattifying products — blotting tissues, pressed powder and whatever other trendy “oil-free” makeup I picked up at Target earlier that day.
I thought oily skin was the worst. That is, until this past year when I started getting dry skin.
Let me tell you, dry skin is the worst.
It’s painful, itchy and flakey. And when you try and put makeup on top of it, it looks like someone took a cheese grater to your face. It’s not the prettiest site, let me tell ya, friends.
This dry skin stuff is a whole new area for me. I’ve only had dry skin for the last few months and it’s been driving me crazy. I’m struggling to find products that actually work, and, not to mention, are zero waste and aren’t riddled with God-knows what.
It’s been challenging in some respects. And yet in some ways, dealing with dry skin is simpler than I thought.
I’ve gotta note…. I still have pretty dry skin. Sometimes depending on the foundation I use, my skin looks patchy. But! The products in this post are what seem to be working the best for me. They’re the cheapest, most zero waste options I could find. And the products are dope.
FIGHTING DRY SKIN: MY ROUTINE
They’re both great for dry skin, but some days my face doesn’t feel like it needs a cleanser. It’s kind of hard to explain…
It might sound weird but I’m trying to listen more to my body. And I’ve found my skin feels best when I do oil cleansing.
I’ve been doing oil cleansing for a few months, because I heard it was a great way to take off all your makeup. But sometimes, I opt to just oil cleanse rather than follow up with a cleanser.
Here’s my oil cleanser….
OIL CLEANSING METHOD
The oil cleansing method is essentially washing your face with oil.
Here’s how it works…
Most people use castor oil as their base because it’s great for breaking down dirt and grime on your face and it’s relatively gentle.
But it’s pretty drying. I stopped adding castor oil to my cleansing oil and it’s helped a lot!
You might be thinking, yo that’s nuts. I’m not putting oil on my face, I’m gonna break out like crazy!
You won’t. Well, it’s super unlikely that you’ll break out as long as you find the right oil for your skin! In order to break down the oil, makeup and dirt on your face, you’ve gotta use oil to get it off. Oil dissolves oil.
Might sound weird, but it works — trust me.
You take your oil concoction (I’ll go into details below) and rub it all over your face. Massage it into your skin for about a minute. Be sure to really massage your face, including eyes to get all the dirt and make up off.
Then, take a warm wash cloth and drape it over your face for a few minutes. Let the warm towel open your pores.
Gently rub your face, getting rid of all the oil (and also giving your face a gentle exfoliation).
You can continue next to your cleanser, or go straight to toner, serum and/or moisturizer.
There are lots of different oils out there that are great to use on your face. It’s important to have a main oil and then you can add in additional oils that are super beneficial!
Here are a few I’d recommend…
As far as a ratio goes, I’d say fill 2/3 of your oil cleansing bottle (I use a glass, blue dropper bottle I got from a health food store) with your main oil and 1/3 with your additional oils. I really like avocado and sweet almond oil as my main oil and I also put a bit of vitamin E and rosehip oils in as my additional oils.
But it depends on your skin type! Lavender and frankincense are ALWAYS killer additions to any and all skincare.
I was using an apple cider vinegar toner when my skin was more oily. But now, I’ve opted for something a bit more refreshing for my dehydrated skin.
Lately, I’ve been using rose water! All skin types can benefit from rose water. It’s refreshing, hydrating, soothing and full of antioxidants.
I bought all-natural rose water online and I really liked it! But recently I purchased Sage and Rose Mist from Fat and the Moon and I really like it!
After I do my oil cleansing I spritz my face with this sage and rose water spray and let it sink in for a few moments. It feels great!
You can also spray your face with rose water throughout the day for added hydration!
I recently started using Young Living’s dry skin serum and I’m diggin’ it!
I typically put a few drops on my fingertips and massage it into my skin. I often really take my time to massage my dry spots with this serum.
Serums aren’t necessarily essential, but if you find one you like it’s always a good idea! It’s kind of like a moisturizer, but it’s a layer that goes under your moisturizer. Moisturizer locks everything in and the serum is really what does the hydrating.
I just use straight avocado oil for my moisturizer! Some days I use sweet almond oil if my skin isn’t too dry. Or often I use sweet almond in the morning because it’s lighter weight and then use avocado before bed because it’s SUPER moisturizing.
You can also use additional oils like rosehip and vitamin E in your moisturizing oil, too.
I’m a big fan of face masks. They’re relaxing and really give your skin a boost!
I’ve been using this Fat and the Moon scrub/mask called Masa and Olive Oil Face Paste that has olive oil and corn flour in it. I gently scrub it onto my skin for a little exfoliating and then let it sit for a few minutes before washing off.
I also like using blended oats and honey as a face mask too! I’ll also add some lemon in it sometimes. Oats are soothing and act as a gentle exfoliant; honey is antibacterial and hydrating; and lemon is a brightening agent.
How do you treat your dry skin? And what does your natural or zero waste skin route look like?