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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Mid-Week Facial Edit

Due to the bipolar British weather, my skin is vacillating between dry and dehydrated. Here’s a little routine I follow to revive my skin after a mid-week slump.

Cleanse: I start by cleansing my face with the Eve Lom Cleanser. The slightly medicinal smelling balm is extremely gentle on the skin. I massage it in circular motions until it breaks down the makeup. After that, I wet a flannel in warm water and get rid off the residue. The mineral oil base is a bone of contention for many, but here’s what Lisa Eldridge has to say about it.

Exfoliate: I recently added the Fresh Sugar Face Polish to my skincare line-up and my skin has never been more happier. Made from brown sugar and strawberry seeds, it sloughs away dead skin cells and leaves the skin soft and clear. 
Mask: I always begin with a clay mask to get rid off any blackheads. My go-to option is the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask. This mask is great for reviving sallow and congested skin. It draws out impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight.

Eye Mask: These Klorane Smoothing And Relaxing Eye Patches are great for de-puffing and hydrating the under eye area. Formulated with cornflower extract, they have an immediate cooling effect, which makes them perfect for bleary mornings as well.

Serum : The Caudalie Polyphenol serum is a permanent fixture in my skincare routine. It’s light, hydrating and sinks in swiftly.

Oil + Massage: Packed with natural anti-inflammatory agents, organic argan oil is a do-it-all product in my routine. I mix it in with foundations, hair masks and sometimes a concealer. This one from Neal’s Yard is viscous and odd smelling but does the trick every single time.  This is arguably my favourite part of the routine. I press a few drops of the oil onto my face and use the Yu Ling roller along the cheekbones and jawline to drain fluid. Made from jade, the cooling roller is great for a mini face-lift.

Hydrating Mask: Finally, I end the long-winded process with a hydrating mask. Fresh Rose Face Mask is wonderfully light and hydrating. I always wake up with plump and radiant skin after using this one.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Facial Oils For All Skin Types

Facial Oils – do you love their nourishing properties or steer clear of them in fear of appearing too greasy? Although tricky to incorporate into skincare regimes, facial oils are, in fact, a hidden skincare gem. With a little bit of investigation and rethinking, most skin types can enjoy the benefits of oil.

Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Because an oil can penetrate into your skin at a deeper level than your regular moisturiser, it provides much-needed hydration and radiance to dry, lack-lustre complexions.

Try: Origins Plantscription Youth Renewing Face Oil, Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil, The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

Combination/Oily Skin

Applying oil to an already oily complexion not only sounds scary but also counter-intuitive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Introducing an appropriate facial oil to combination/oily skin actually counteracts the production of sebum, thereby helping to re-balance skin’s oil production and restore a healthy complexion.

Try: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, Dr. Hauschka Normalising Day Oil, Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

Acne-prone Skin

Some oils have natural antimicrobial properties, which can help reduce breakouts and associated scars.

Try: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil, Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil

Overnight Oils & Concentrates

Personally, this is probably the easiest (and most effective!) way to incorporate oils in your skincare routine. Usually a blend of essential oils, botanicals and anti-ageing vitamins, these elixirs help restore and rejuvenate skin, helping it to look plump and youthful by morning.

Try: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (my absolute favourite!), Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate, Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil, OSKIA Restoration Oil

What’s your favourite facial oil? If you don’t use face oils, would you now consider adding one to your skincare routine? Let’s talk all things oil !


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