I have been cleansing my face using the oil method for about 7 months now and I really love it. It’s the most effective and gentle way of cleansing you face and it works on all skin types. I am having fun with it and trying out different recipes, in this post you’ll get the recipe and directions to a spirulina facial cleanser.
To me, the oil cleansing method makes sense because oil dissolves oil and easily penetrates your skin and pores. I have very dry skin and I can really feel the difference from cleansing my skin with a harsh face wash product and an oil based product. My skin feels much more balance using this method. Additionally, making my own DIY products is affordable and great because it’s customisable to my skin’s needs.
The fundamentals of this method is pretty straight forward as the official website for the oil cleansing method explains:
‘The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores.“
DIY Spirulina Facial Cleanser
For these last three months I have been using a DIY cleanser with French green clay which have been working really well. However, I thought I’d change up the recipe a little bit and add some spirulina into it. Spirulina is a super food that’s rich in protein, minerals and antioxidants, it’s really good for your body and it makes sense to use as part of your skincare. Read more about spirulina here.
The french green clay is one of the most effective clays to use for skin care. The clay is rich in minerals, detoxifies and helps the skin heal itself and get rid of toxins. It’s also highly absorbent and will help remove excess oil, impurities and clogged pores.
Castor oil is an oil that’s often used in cleansers as it’s an natural astringent and helps pull impurities from the skin.
Rose hip oil is a very rich carrier oil that’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It’s great for dry, mature skin and due to its high concentration of vitamin C it provides anti-aging benefits.
Jojoba oil is a great emollient and moisturiser. The texture of the sebum (that our skin naturally produce) is very similar to jojoba oil, which makes it a great oil for removing dirt, bacteria and makeup from your face.
I’ve also used two essential oils that’s great for dry skin, if you are not used to spirulina the smell can be quite strong in the beginning so adding nice smelling essential oil can help mask the smell.
2 tbsp. Jojoba Oil
1 tbsp. Rose hip Oil
1/2 tbsp. Castor Oil
1 tbsp. Shea butter
1 tbsp .French Green Clay
1 tsp. Spirulina
5 drops of frankincense essential oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
1. Heat a pan with water (low-medium heat)
2. Melt the shea butter and take of heat
3. Add the liquid oils
4. Add the french green clay and mix
5. Add the spirulina and mix
6. Add the essential oils
7. Put in fridge for 40 min – 1 hour
HOW TO USE:
The texture of this DIY spirulina facial cleanser is soft but a bit grainy, the spirulina makes it into a micro exfoliant, which is great.
1. Apply a little bit of the cleanser on tip of fingers
2. Rinse a cloth in hot water and put it on face till the cloth cools off (this will open your pores)
3. Gently massage onto skin, (the spirulina makes the mix a bit grainy so careful if using around the eye area)
4. Rinse the cloth in hot water and wipe of the cleanser
5. If you are removing makeup you might have to repeat this processes a few times
6. Voila you are done, now you can apply your toner, face oil or moisturiser