Is your skin happy with your bedtime routine?

This week it has become much colder all of a sudden and your face is bound to feel it. I work primarily indoors and can feel the effects of the central heating indoors and the cold wind when I go outside. Due to being sensitive our darker skin types feel these effects manifested by the tight, drier feel  with that ashy look? Girls we need to go the extra mile!

It important to keep hydrated generally drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. I find mixing it up with herbal teas is good but still leaves me ‘thirsty’ so I also stick to my 2 litres water in addition. You can also drink lemon water and other versions of infused waters to help flush out the toxins. This is relative, you must do what suits you and is healthy for you individually etc. Eating ‘clean’ with lots of fruits and vegetables  works well to cleanse your skin from the inside out.

Topically a change is required in our skincare regime with an emphasis on moisturising and allowing our skin to absorb what we apply on it. So, you might find that on a day to day basis the evening or after work  is the only or rather best time to replenish and help your skin recover from the damaging effects of exposure to the elements and air pollution. It is also a chance to wind down and if you cleanse has essential oils in it this will help calm and relax too after the grueling day.

Remove your makeup as soon as you get home ideally use a natural or organic, preferably bi-phase (oil and water) makeup remover without alcohol, to keep the pores unblocked by avoiding any build up and help balance the skin.

Give your face a good cleanse with a moisturising oil cleanse containing oils like Jojoba, Apricot kernel or Sweet Almond oil or any plant based oil combination.

Follow with a few drops of serum, over the face always remember your neck and chest.

After 20 -30 mins apply your night cream. Your face should not show signs of any oily residue make sure all is absorbed by bedtime and does not end up on your pillow!

Oils to look out for in your Cleansing and Moisturising products

Apricot Kernel Oil

This oil is extracted, from the kernel of apricot fruit, which consists of 40-50% oil.

It has a soft and smooth feel on the skin. Its’ qualities are that it spreads well and is easily absorbed by the skin.

It is absorbed quite slowly (between 20-50 minutes) making it excellent for lubrication.

It is a mild oil, which is tolerated by most people, especially those with sensitive, inflamed, dry or aging skin.

It enhances skin elasticity.

It is the classic skin oil for sensitive skin.

All the Prunus oils, i.e. almond, peach and apricot kernel oils have very similar properties and effects on the skin and all leave the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Peach and apricot are the most similar.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is also widely used as an ingredient in cleansing cream targeted for eczema and psoriasis prone skin types. It has been also used to effectively on age spots and brown pigmentation ad liver spots.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a clear gold / yellow cold pressed liquid wax. It great for unblocking clogged pores works by helping the breakdown of sebum. Sebum and jojoba oil work together without sealing off the skin pores. It softens and keeps skin moist. It has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It lifts dirt, helps control flaking and dryness.

It is also widely used in peeling and exfoliating products and also acne treatments. It mimics sebum thereby ‘tricking’ the skin to stop its over production in oily skin making it suitable for all skin types because of its ability to balances the sebum in all skin types.This explanations why oils can be used to rebalance oily skin and not make it oilier.

Ideal for eczema and psoriasis prone skin it is quickly absorbed excellent for dry, inflamed and mature skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

This is a mild non irritating oil that is good for all skin types and is an ideal contrast to castor oil. Sweet almond oil is also effective in itchy skin products and those for removing wound crusts. It is also used in eczema and psoriasis creams.

Always make sure that you read the labels correctly. You must be able to understand the ingredients especially the first three or four and you do not want too may ingredients just a simple Cleansing oil.

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