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Skincare oils

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Today I want to share my love of skincare oils! Oils are amazing and can be used to clean the skin as well as to moisturise.

I clean my skin using the oil cleansing method. This method involves applying the oil to dry skin, then massaging it in for a few minutes to melt away all the gunk on the face.  I love using my oil in this way, as I find that there is less stress to the skin in terms of pulling and tugging. It is the perfect way to remove all my suncream, makeup, stubborn waterproof eye makeup, and natural oils. In fact it feels so lovely that I sometimes take advantage and indulge in some facial massage 🙂

The principle behind the oil cleansing method is that oil melts oil. I remember times when my hands were dirty from car or bike grime, and washing with soap and water took a lot of scrubbing and scraping. However with oil, it comes away nicely.

In fact in Asia, cleaning with oil has been popular for many years. Many people practise double cleansing, a process where the skin is first cleaned with an oily cleanser, then a soapy cleanser is used afterwards to remove the oil. There are products were these 2 steps are combined into one e.g. the oil is easy to cleanly wash away.  Clarins Pure melting gel is such a product, and it feels truly extravagant to use 🙂

I actually do not double cleanse, as I like to leave a thin film of oil on my face. The film is like a moisturiser and it helps to keep my skin hydrated.

I also use skin oils directly on my face to moisturise. I use around 5 drops all over my face every night especially in the winter. On some nights, I apply my usual moisturiser on top. I have blemish prone skin and in my experience the oils help to draw out the impurities faster. Using oils has not caused my skin to break out more, and I feel the tone of my skin is improved.

However I would suggest that you experiment with different types of oils. For me, my skin does not like olive oil and much prefers rosehip oil, grape seed oil and sweet almond oil. I have spot prone normal to dry, sensitive skin and these three oils work really well for me.

Let me know if you like using oils as much as I do.

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My Current Regime

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I like to keep things simple. I wear water resistent sunscreen daily, so I use an oil to cleanse it all away in the evenings. I am currently using only simple products to try to keep my skin as unstressed as possible, and it seems to be working so far as my akin is looking ok.

Over the coming weeks, I hope to add some extra products to help with the dehydration and the fine lines under my eyes and nose.  

This i what I am currently using

AM

  • Frei Hyaluron Aktiv Hautpflege tapped around the eyes and smoothed on the nasolabial folds
  • Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care High Protection SPF 30 around the eyes
  • Soltan Once 8 hr Sun Protection Moisturising Suncare Lotion 30 SPF all over the face and hands

PM

  • Grapeseed oil massaged in before showering to melt away the sunscreen
  • Microfiber cloth 3 times a week to gently exfoliate
  • Vitamin C serum all over the face and neck, applying around the eyes twice a week only
  • Frei Hyaluron Aktiv Hautpflege around the eyes, nasolabial folds, and other dry areas as needed
  • Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturer all over the face
  • Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

The Frei Hyaluron Aktiv Hautpflege is a light cream (almost a gel) containg hylouraonic acid. It has worked well for me so far but I feel like my fine lines are still getting worse. I think I will try again Estee Lauder Eight Hour Repair Serum as my skin loved it. It is expensive, but I want to buy it again afer the Frei runs out, and try it under the eyes/nasolabial folds. 

I have already tried the new formula Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Cream (as well as the old formula), but it did nothing for my skin.

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