Beauty Abroad: The Oil Cleansing Method

Time adjustments, weather shifts, and new foods aren’t the only thing one encounters when moving abroad. In my case, one of the biggest and annoying aspects of moving to South Korea revolved around MY FACE! I had no idea I would break out in the way that I did after a week or so of residing on the peninsula. And this wasn’t only me this was happening to. I knew at least 5 other girls whose faces were also along for the bumpy ride. Visits to stores like Skinfood, Innisfree, Toly Moly, Etude House, The Face Shop and the list goes ON AND ON resulted in more bumps and more dissatisfaction with what “beauty” had to offer on this side of the world.

Fast forward 5 months, on a random Sunday evening, I decided to finally give a try to a new facial cleansing technique. I had heard about it for a while, but made NO sense to me whatsoever. It was the Oil Cleansing Method. My skin is extremely oily, like fry chicken on my face oily, and it seemed absolutely asinine to put MORE oil on my face to try to get it clean. Huh?! But I tried it because I was desperate. Two weeks into it and I will wash my face no other way from now on. This technique has minimized my breakouts by 90%, minimized my pores, eliminated whatever lines I was starting to form on my forehead, brightened my skin, diminished my hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks and has left me pleasantly surprised and ecstatic about how this works so well for me.

I use Castor Oil, Almond Oil, and a Tea Tree / Lavender oil blend morning and night alternating between using a towel and not. I recommend this to anyone searching for an answer for the breakouts you get while travelling or living abroad. And all of these products were purchased through You can use code IVO319 if its your first time shopping for a $5.00 discount.

Check out the video below for a quick look at how I implement the method into my skin routine and feel free to shoot any emails with questions to

I hope this helps you and share the wealth with anyone you know who lives or is travelling overseas. Happy New Year.

This has been a guest post brought to you by Mia A. Armstrong. To the ESL/EFL world, she’s known as Belta Mia. She started teaching with the EPIK program in August of 2012. She lives in Donghae-si, Gangwon-do (the province with 35 vacation days).  Her blog, BELTA, documents her experiences as a global educator and traveler. She’s from Los Angeles, CA but now calls her home base Charlotte, NC. She’s a Syracuse University Alum (Go ‘Cuse) and proud beauty and hair buff. Check out her blog, You can also check her out on YouTube under BeltaLove27 and MiaMeBiggerThanHair. 

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