i can remember being a teenager and having many negative feelings about my oily face. i bought all the products that claimed to help me become the matte-faced goddess i knew i could be. well, they never worked for me. my t-zone remained greasy as ever.
so WHY, after all those years of torment, would i put oil on my face on purpose?
turns out oil isn't the enemy after all. i was just smashing so many "oil absorbing" "acne busting" things onto my face that i was clogging up my pores and actually causing more breakouts. turns out there are plenty of oils that will keep your skin nourished but aren't likely to clog your pores. some oils are even known to help your skin produce less of its own oil. which seems weird, but it's real.
do some research on which oils have the best properties for your particular skin type, and experiment! for example, i love coconut oil for my body but if i try to use it on my face, i break out. this was a useful discovery for me. i read a bunch and i tried lots of different single oils on my face. i made some herbal oil infusions and tried those too. i finally came up with a combo that makes my skin feel awesome. even when it would normally be cracking from dry winter conditions, my face is ridiculously soft and supple.
if you're into making your own, here's my recipe to get you started:
mix dried horsetail, chamomile, calendula, lavender, and elder flower
mix a lot of grapeseed oil with a little sweet almond oil and a splash of vitamin E
pour the oil mixture over the dried herbs
agitate daily for 4 weeks
transfer to a container of your choice (i like these treatment pumps or any amber glass bottles for storage)
put some on your face!
and here are some resources i found helpful when i was digging into skincare (some scientific, some anecdotal):
Christina is a reiki practitioner, herbalist, and ordained minister living in Baltimore with 1 wife, 1 cat, and 1 day job.