Night time routine

Used to be that I couldn’t find any products to wear at night. They’d always break me out. I couldn’t justify the breakouts if I wasn’t receiving any additional benefits from using a product, so I left my face bare every night.

If you’re acne prone and your night cream isn’t of the zero blemish cream variety, you might be better off without it. Dr Hauschka says to leave your skin bare at night and founder of the ordinary Brandon Trauxxe, shares my opinion, too much hydration, just like dehydration, will cause you to breakout.

I now use a face oil at night, oils don’t moisturise, they seal in the moisture you already have. Coconut oil enthusiasts, please stop asking everyone to put it on their face, it has a comodogenic rating of 4 and the scale only goes upto 5, few people can handle such high comodogenicity (if that’s even a word).

Now, my night oil is wonderful, it exfoliates and seals moisture at the same time. Even though I could easily survive without it, I don’t want my face coming into contact with surfaces unprotected while I sleep, something I never thought about before.

Think of your skin as a piece of paper, it’s easier to create folds on a dry piece of paper than a wet one, similarly if you create folds on your skin when it’s dry, those folds will hold. I don’t know about you, but I tend to lie on my side a lot when I sleep, when I do, I create a fold between my nose and my cheek. I have a theory that this repeated trauma is what causes jowls, as the years pass your skin’s ability to snap back into place is compromised, the fold deepens and you’re left with jowls.

You could stop sleeping on your side, but any other position you choose will still create a fold somewhere. Nothing short of using a Japanese pillow will give you a foldless expression as you sleep.


I make too many movements, I couldn’t handle sleeping on a wooden pillow, so I do the next best thing, lubricate. 
As stated before, I use an oil at night, (I also use snail gel depending on the weather). This particular oil is fast absorbing, sinks deeply into my skin and exfoliates at the same time. It’s quite potent as an exfoliator, infact I skip my acid toner when using it. 


What allows it to work so well for me is the base formulation which contains almond,jojoba,hemp seed, sunflower and sesame oil. This rich and non comedogenic base is infused with various citrus oils and that’s what helps with the exfoliation.
Hemp seed oil, is just code for cannabis sativa oil by the way, but don’t worry, you can’t ingest a mind altering substance through your skin. The reason they have it there is because it has a comodogenic rating of 0. That means it can’t block your pores, infact it can’t break you out at all (as with all other things, don’t use if you have an allergy). Other oils with a zero rating are sunflower oil and safflower oil.

This is my current night time routine, it is preceded by double cleansing, something I have talked about at length here. I haven’t changed anything in my cleansing routine, except that I have added a snail gel cleanser to my arsenal of second cleanse cleansers. I’ll be reviewing that and snail gel cream as requested by chubbysmom.

I’m reading the final book in the song of ice and fire series, I just hope reading through this post hasn’t been as punishing for you as my experience with that book.

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Face oils for every skin concern

When it comes to face oils, blends are better than individual oils and not just any blends, there is a world of difference between a basic blend curated at home and a sophisticated well balanced one. You could ofcourse copy a recipe and mix up the various component oils by yourself, but first do your math it might not be as cost effective as you would like it to be.

If like me you’re not much of a DIY person, you might want to try one of these.

Dry skin

Clarins blue orchid face treatment oil

£33.99 amazon.co.uk

 $47.99 amazon.com

This leaves your skin so soft and hydrated, once you’re hooked you won’t bear to forget to use it.

This best-selling face oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid. Added Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines Suitable for dry or combination skin.

It has a pleasant smell but as someone who suffers from migraines I should mention that the scent is somewhat of a migraine trigger, but there’s hardly anything to worry about if you use during the day when headed outdoors, the smell will dissipate fast enough.

Anti-aging

Looking for a product to prevent signs of aging? If this is your first foray into anti-aging skincare rosehip oil is perfect for you, I say this because no-one should be using retinols before their time, once you start with retinols you need to keep it up.

Retinols can reverse the signs of aging but not without a cost, for more clarity on this visit yesterday’s post.

Now back to rosehip oil, It protects the skin and increases cell turnover because it contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, and which are all antioxidants that help fight free radicals.

£11.95 amazon.co.uk

$13.95 amazon.com

Rosacea

When you have rosacea It’s important to treat your skin gently. Avoid potential irritants such as alcohol, retinol, AHAs and preservatives.  Avoid hot showers too as they can increase skin flushing. Not everything works for everyone but additionally I would recommend this balance me rose otto face oil, it contains essential fatty acids that ease the redness and help to rehydrate and calm your skin.

£32 amazon.co.uk

$154.49 amazon.com

Dark spots

When dealing with dark spots or hyperpigmentation, almost everybody now knows the important role played by skin resurfacing, AHAs come highly recommended for this purpose.

There’s a multitude of reasons why some can’t use AHAs one of which is the resultant dryness that comes with using acid toners, if you’re worried about dryness but still want to treat your hyperpigmentation, how about citrus oils?

 Don’t make the mistake of using them straight, they are always better diluted (as most other essential oils). I’ve included some links of facial oil blends that have citrus oils in them, personally I use luron stimulating massage oil but it’s not available online. 

amazon.co.uk

One thing you want to remember is to always skip your acid toner when using citrus oils, don’t worry about exfoliation, citrus oils will do that as well.

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