Skincare routine for sensitive, dry and spot-prone skin, that also enjoys wearing war paint!
Here are some of the products I’ve really grown to love, which are now a permanent fixture in my daily routine since working for AA Skincare.
I hope some of the knowledge I’ve gained will help
Simple Sumptuous Face Oil Recipes for Different Skin Types
Simple Sumptuous Face Oil Recipes for Different Skin Types
With the growing popularity of facial oils on the high street, we thought we’d show you just how easy it is to make your own - without the hefty price tag.
• 20ml Grapeseed oil – easily absorbed and a highly moisturising non-allergenic oil.
Help skin stay soft over winter with seed oil moisturisers
From harsh winds and cold air through to central heating, our skin can take a bashing over winter – often leaving it dry, irritated and flakey. This is when seed oils - vegetable oils taken from the seed of a plant
All Natural DIY Serum for Dry & Sensitive Skin
Hello everyone! Sophie here again. My new blog shows you how to create a gorgeous all-natural serum for dry & sensitive skins. Click to discover more.
Intensely Moisturising All-Natural DIY Mature Skin Serum
Hi all, Sophie here. In my next few blogs I’ll be showing you how easy and affordable it is to create your own all-natural serums starting with this simple blend for a hyper moisturising Mature Skin Serum.
Winter Hair Protection - DIY Dry & Itchy Scalp and Dandruff Soothing Blend.
Itchy Scalp? Dandruff? Hair Lacking Lustre? Here’s how you can make your own protecting mask to help soothe and moisturise a dry and irritated scalp. Click to discover how.
All Natural Dry and Cracked Skin Moisturiser
Hi all, Sophie here! My latest blog is all about creating a lovely hydrating blend for dry, sensitive and cracked skin. Click to learn more.
Dry skin is very common, especially around winter time with the colder temperatures.
Dry / Sensitive Skin Oil Cleanser Blend
Hello everyone! Sophie here with another blog for you. This time I take a look at the best carrier and vegetable oils for sensitive / dry skins.
In my last blog I focused on those Carrier Oils and Vegetable Oils that are most suited to cleansing oily skin. This time I’ll be highlighting two oils that best suit dry and sensitive skins.
Those of you with dry and/or sensitive skins know only too well that harsh chemicals often found in many cleansers can cause irritation, sensitivity and leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.
Using pure and natural ingredients can be a great way to gently care for and protect skin. Cleansing with a Carrier or Vegetable oil is the perfect place to start.
Not only does cleansing with oil feel like luxury for the skin, it will gently remove excess oil and dirt leaving skin feeling deeply cleansed. The oils will also help to heal, protect and moisturising your skin while you cleanse.
Cleansing Oils Suitable for Dry / Sensitive Skins:
Soothing and nourishing, Peach Kernel oil has great moisturising, regenerating and revitalising properties which make it a good choice for dry, chapped skin. It’s also high in Vitamins A, B and E.
A rich source of fatty acids and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), both essential for skin health. Evening Primrose oil is a gentle oil that helps moisturise the skin and boost circulation.
A good ratio to work with is 3:1 Ratio Peach Kernel Oil to Evening Primrose Oil. So, to make 10mls of your blend you’d need 7ml of Peach Kernel Oil and 3mls Evening Primrose Oil. 10mls is a good amount to start with because this way you can make sure your blend is right for you and your skin without wasting any of the oils. Once you’re happy that this combination works well for you then you can increase the amounts you make.
How to use:
Oil cleansing gives you a very deep cleanse so is best for night time when your skin usually requires more attention. If you feel your skin doesn’t need such a full cleanse every evening you may want to use this method 2 or 3 times a week and on the other evenings use your normal cleanser as you would in the mornings.
Oils are a great make-up remover and can be applied directly over the eye-lids so I find that I don’t need to pre-cleanse with a separate make-up remover. You can just go straight into cleansing with your oil.
Dampen your skin slightly with warm water, then pour a small amount of the oil blend into the palm of your hands. You’ll notice a small amount goes along way. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into the skin, concentrating on areas were you feel the need for a little more attention - often around the nose and chin area. You will notice the oil easily breaking down the makeup and dirt on your skin as you massage. Then simply wipe away with a warm cloth. Repeat this step until your skin is completely cleansed before rinsing well to ensure no oil is left on the skin.
Always make sure you’re using warm water to remove the oil. If the water isn’t warm enough it won’t loosen the oil making it hard to remove and you’ll be left with oil on your skin.
The most important thing is choosing the right oil for your skin. Remember you can blend oils together to create a cleanser that suits the needs of your own skin. If your skin feels irritated or dry after cleansing then you should try working with a different oil.
It’s common for skin to become a little disrupted the first week or so you when you start cleansing with oil. Don’t panic, this is just those clogged pores unblocking the impurities that have built up over time. Be patient and you’ll soon be seeing the amazing results of cleansing with oil.
Mature Skin Oil Cleansing Blend
The first in a series of Aromatherapy skincare blogs from our resident Beauty Therapist Sophie Rouse. Sophie starts with this cleansing method for mature skins. Click to read more.
In this blog I’ll be explaining how simple it is to make your own naturally effective skincare products at home. My aim is to help you save money and time and to help you achieve a glowing, naturally healthy complexion.
With such a wide range of natural ingredients available nowadays it’s comparatively easy to come up with a blend that suits your particular requirements.
A good skincare routine starts with proper and effective cleansing. This helps to remove excess oil, perspiration, dirt, dust pollution, make-up and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and allows it to breathe properly.
I find it best to cleanse morning and night with a double cleanse at night to remove make-up and the build-up of residue from the various elements that bombard our skin every day. This way I can be sure that my skin is a cleansed as possible before I head off to bed.
There are a few cleansing methods to choose from but one that is becoming increasingly popular is to cleanse using a carrier or vegetable oil. I know from personal experience that this works very well so I thought I’d share it with you!
This method is a very simple and effective way to cleanse your skin gently and thoroughly using only oil. You may be put off by the thought of cleansing your skin with oil. After all, we wash our face to remove that greasy feeling so why would you want to put more oil on your skin!
Well, like dissolves like. So, it follows that oil dissolves oil. This blend will benefit oily skin hugely and can also help to balance combination skin and moisturise dry skin.
Cleansing Oils Suitable for Mature Skin:
Apricot Kernel Oil:
Apricot Kernel Oil is a light, emollient oil that is rich in Vitamins and Minerals and is recommended for mature, sensitive and inflamed skin.
Avocado Oil absorbs easily into the skin and is transported deep into the tissue. A very thick oil that can be a little too heavy if used on its own which is why we’re diluting it in Apricot Kernel oil. Both oils are practically odour free.
A good ratio to work with is 3:1 ratio Apricot Kernel to Avocado Oil. So, to make 10mls of your blend you’d need 7 mls of Apricot Kernal and 3 mls of Avocado Oil. It’s best to start with smaller amounts to make sure that each one you try is suitable for your skin. Once you’ve established which oils are the best for you then you can start to make larger quantities.
How to use:
The oil cleansing method can be used as a great make-up remover so you save time by not having to pre-cleanse. Dampen your skin with warm water and then pour a little of your blend into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together to warm the oil before applying all over your face.
Massage gently in circular motion over the face for 30 seconds. This will help break down and loosen any makeup and dirt that is on the skin. Finally, hold a warm wet cloth over your face for 10 seconds allowing your pores to open. Then slowly wipe off the oil. Rinse and repeat until all oil is removed from your skin.
Cleansing your skin with oil is a great choice for your night time skincare routine as it gives the deep, thorough cleanse often required by skin. I would recommend using this method at night. If you feel your skin doesn’t need such a regular deep cleanse then try using this night time cleansing blend 2 or 3 times a week as a treat for your skin. You’ll soon feel and see the benefits!
In the mornings you can just use a more gentle cleanser. I’ll be posting another blog soon with a lovely recipe for a morning cleanser blend.
Remember that you will need to choose the right oil to suit your skin. You can blend different oils together to create an oil cleanser that works for you. If your skin feels too oily, itchy or irritated after cleansing then make sure you are rinsing properly (no oil should be left on the skin once you have rinsed).
The temperature of the water is also important. If it’s not warm enough then the water will not loosen the oil and it will be difficult to remove.
You can also try using a different carrier oil. It may be that you’re sensitive to the one you are using. Natural ingredients that work for your friend may not work for you – everybody’s skin is different and so it’s worth taking the time to find the oil that suits your skin the best. For example, if your skin feels dry after cleansing you may need to choose a more moisturising oil like Jojoba or Argan.
It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to this new cleansing method. You may also find that as the impurities that have built up over time leave your skin you suffer from a few breakouts in the first week or so. Do try not to be tempted to go back to your old cleansers at this time as your skin will only take longer to adjust to cleansing with oils.