First of all I do not use make up or sun screens or lotions on my face. So I personally haven’t had to worry about oils in facial products. I have a feeling that I am a minority in this state of affairs. Almost all of my girl friends wear make up of one form or another. If they don’t, they wear sun screen or lotions and use cleansers and toners. Even the men that I have known use quite a few products on their faces, although not quite as many women.
Almost all makes-ups have some oils in them, even eye shadows and powders. Often times they are plant based oils and are listed in the ingredients, although not always. The exception to this is some mineral powders. They use mica or other rocks and grind them up very fine and don’t add anything else. My friend bought some of these plain powders online and they were outrageously expensive, but they last well and she says that they are less hard on her complexion. It would be an option for make up without oils. Although I have read that some people have allergies to these minerals.
Another option for people who really like to use make up but need to be oil free is homemade. Because many of the homemade products are perishable it would be necessary to make new batches routinely but the recipes for make up seem to be simple and after a few practice sessions I imagine like most things mixing make up at home would become routine. The biggest problem I can see is achieving the exact shade necessary, but once a recipe is worked out and written down it would be fairly straight forward to duplicate the shade again. There are many websites and blogs that talk about creating makeup at home, but I thought it might be helpful to give an idea of what goes into the process.
All of the homemade make ups seem to be made in the same general way. They use a base appropriate for what the make up is going to be used for and then add the colors in the appropriate ratios to achieve the color that best sets off the complexion of the person who’s skin they are painting.
Dry powder bases often use cornstarch, clay or arrowroot.
Wet bases often use oils, beeswax, water, or glycerin. I don’t see why animal fats could not be used instead of the oils or glycerin and the make up could then be refrigerated or even frozen to extend shelf life if made in large batches. (Glycerin is a byproduct of the oil industry and is generally made from corn or soy.)
For achieving different shades people seem to take two paths. They either go with the aforementioned mineral powders many oxides and mica’s come in numerous shades from lighter yellows to dark reds purples, browns and greens. The other choice is household herbs spices and products. Things like cocoa powder, cinnamon, turmeric, and beet root powder. With blacks made with activated charcoal or from burnt almonds.
The lips are very prone to being licked or allowing whats on them to be ingested. So if I had to pick one place that I wouldn’t use commercial make up it would be here. I would also choose to go with the more edible of the homemade choices.
Another facet of using make up is getting it off again. This is something that I struggled with when I actually wore it, especially around the eyes. Which was where it was most important to remove it, to prevent swelling and stys. Soap and water would never quite get it all off. Neither would the harsher cleansers which I have learned are detergents. A lot of people use oils to remove make up and it would seem to me any sort of fat would work just as well as long as the person using them tolerated it. I never tried oils for make up removal and now I wonder if they would have worked better than the soap.
If you use toners or cleansers and are having issues with your skin, like dry patches, swelling, rashes, zits or irritation of any kind, you might try switching to a super-fatted homemade soap instead because most cleansers are actually detergents and detergents rip off the fatty protective layer of your skin, opening it up to oxidation and penetration. When I say penetration I mean without the protective layer all kinds of chemicals and bacteria can find their way through the skin and directly effect your tissues. Cleansers and toners are touted as antibacterial, and they are, they kill almost everything. But our world is filled with bacteria and colonization of the skin is necessary and fortunately skin has developed in tandem with some beneficial bacteria over our evolution. Unfortunately ‘bad’ bacteria can re-colonize much faster than ‘beneficial’ bacteria can so it is really best not to mess with the populations. Fortunately soap leaves your natural protective fatty layer on the skin and only makes the skin slippery so the bacteria can be scrubbed off. This leaves less bacteria but in the same ratios that were on the skin before washing, allowing the beneficial bacteria to re-colonize and protect your skin from the ‘bad’ bacteria. I’ve found skin to be one of the slowest healing places on the body. It can take months to come around after a bad outbreak. I think its because of this delicate bacterial layer.
I know that sunscreens and other lotions are commonly added to skin care regimes. If you are trying to avoid oils I would definitely find a way to not use commercial sunscreens and lotions. Perhaps by making a home made version or just skipping it entirely.
Overall I think it is very possible to have a facial care regimen without coming into contact with industrial seeds oils but unfortunately it would require some planing, practice, and patience.