5 Reasons Why You Should Include An Oil In Your Skincare Regime

So you think you’ve got a pretty great skincare regime. You cleanse, tone, moisturise daily, and exfoliate every few days. But if you’re not including oil somewhere in there, then you are missing out on one of the biggest secret weapons of skincare. We’ve all been told that oil is bad for our skin because it can create clogged pores, pimples and other breakouts, so it might seem counter intuitive to put it on your face. But there are good oils and bad oils, and by including a good, natural oil in your skincare routine, you’ll definitely start seeing the difference.

If you’re still not convinced, here are the top 5 reasons why you should include a body oil in your skincare (and even your makeup) routines.

 

Oil is the closest thing to the sebum our skin produces naturally

Oil has the amazing ability to match the levels of sebum produced by our skin. Sebum is the oil that is secreted from the sebaceous glands found underneath the skin, and its main purpose is to provide moisture to the skin and protect it from drying out, as well as acting as a barrier to things like bacteria and viruses that threaten to penetrate the skin. It contains a wealth of essential nutrients like vitamin E, triglycerides and healthy fatty acids, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to keep our skin balanced.

Sebum is an incredibly important factor in healthy skin. However, sometimes your body can create too much or too little, and that’s when you can experience things like acne, dryness, flaking and so on. Using an oil is the best way to address these skin concerns. There are many different types of oils to choose from, but one of the best for skincare is often said to be olive oil. This is because it’s plant-based (from the olive tree) and contains a rich amount of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are just like the ones found in sebum. Applying it to your skin (both face and body) will encourage a healthy response in terms of improved collagen production, increase the flow of oxygen, boost hydration and lessen the appearance of dullness and sagging. My natural Rose & Hibiscus Body Oil contains cold pressed olive oil as well as other plant based oils to nourish your skin.

 

Oil absorbs faster and more effectively than creams and lotions

Oil by nature is thought to be pretty thick and slimy, right? So how could it even come close to being absorbed easier than other moisturisers? When you consider the ingredients of many moisturisers, you will often see a lot of added fillers and emulsifiers in order to make it creamy. These often synthetic ingredients aren’t necessary or even particularly healthy for your skin, and as such they aren’t as readily absorbed as more natural options.

A plant-based oil like jojoba (which is actually pronounced ho-ho-ba) is perfect to use as an everyday moisturiser. It’s an emollient, which means it can soften and soothe the skin, and it’s rich in vitamins A, D and E. It also contains antioxidants that can fight signs of premature aging, repair damaged cells, brighten dull skin, and encourage regeneration. Jojoba oil also balances the production of sebum, so the more you use it, the less likely you’ll have to deal with all those related skin problems. If you’ve been looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin and give yourself a natural glow, jojoba oil is perfect (and it complements every skin type, so it works well for everyone!). You’ll find cold pressed jojoba oil in both of my natural Body Oils.

 

Oil makes a great, inexpensive makeup primer

You may be aware of how important primer is in your makeup routine, but good primer can be pretty pricey. Luckily, oil makes for a great primer that is not only effective, it’s cheap too! Applying oil to your face before makeup application ensures you’ve got an even, hydrated base to work with, and will put a stop to any flakiness or cracking of foundation and concealer as it helps it glide on smoother.

The key is to choose an oil product that contains natural, plant based oils without synthetic preservatives, fragrances or mineral oil. This will ensure that you’re not adding any unnecessary or potentially irritating ingredients to your skin. Rub the oil between your palms to heat it up and make it easier to apply, then massage it into your face. Leave it to soak for a few minutes before blotting it with a tissue, apply your makeup like usual, and enjoy the natural radiance!

 

Oil achieves a natural, radiant glow

If you’re heading out for the night or spending a day out with friends or family, adding some oil to your skin before hand is a great way to achieve a natural, sunkissed glow. A natural body oil will help to hydrate and nourish your skin, leaving you with a slight sheen that catches the light and highlights your skin.

You can even add a little highlighter to your skin after applying oil to help it shimmer and shine even more and last longer into the night.

 

Oil is usually all-natural!

You know I’m all about being natural and that natural ingredients are the most beneficial for your skin. So when it comes to choosing oils to use on your skin (whether it’s for your face or body), plant-based oils are definitely the best – especially when compared to many of the moisturisers available. However, this doesn’t mean that all oil is created equally! You should still look into the ingredients of an oil before you start using it as there are a few things to avoid, such as mineral oil.

Mineral oil, also called paraffin oil, liquid petroleum and white oil, used to be hugely popular. But as we’ve learned more about it, it turns out that it’s actually not anywhere near as healthy for us as we once thought. It’s a comedogenic, which means it clogs pores and is more likely to cause pimples and other skin problems, and it also doesn’t contain any nutritional benefits for the skin or even provide hydration. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of oils out there that you can use for your face and body. Some favourites are: argan, almond, sesame, sunflower, neem, rosehip and avocado oil, just to name a few. If you don’t know where to start, my Rose and Hibiscus Body Oil or Jasmine and Chamomile Body Oil is a great place to begin!

 

No matter what your skin problems are, the best products are often not the ones given over the counter or those that contain a wealth of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, but the ones made naturally by our planet. Experiment with an oil in your skincare regime, such as my Body Oils; your face and body will thank you for it!

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The Top 4 Tips for Protecting Your Skin this Change of Season

 

Seasonal changes can have an effect on your skin, and the upcoming season – autumn – is often considered the worst for breakouts. This is because your skin produces more oil during the summer months, but as the seasons change the cooler air encourages layers of dead skin to form. This build up traps sebum and bacteria underneath the skin’s surface, increasing the risk of pimples and acne breakouts. And since the skin is such an important part of the body (did you know it’s the body’s largest organ?), you should take care of it all year round. Here are the best things you can do to keep your skin sweet and supple this season!

1.   Exfoliate

Exfoliating should be a large part of your skincare routine already, and if it’s not, then now is definitely the time to introduce it. Exfoliating is the removal of all the dead skin cells that lie on the outer layer of the skin. It’s an important process, because it helps encourage brighter, healthier skin all over the body. It can also aid in the revival of aging skin and help stimulate better collagen production.

Having a consistent exfoliating routine all year round is highly beneficial, but it’s especially important in the colder months. This is because humidity levels drop and the cool weather can dry the skin out even further, leaving behind a bigger build up of dead skin cells than usual. Exfoliating doesn’t only remove this added build up, it also helps to increase circulation of the blood which can promote that gorgeous, healthy glow in your skin.

It’s best to exfoliate 2–3 times a week with a gentle, all-natural product. Over-exfoliating can be equally as damaging as failing to do it, especially if you use products that have nasty chemicals and additions in them like microbeads (which are terrible for the environment and banned in many countries!). If you’re new to exfoliating, look for one that is aimed at sensitive skin, so it’s less harsh and abrasive. And you don’t need to stop at your face, exfoliating your whole body can do wonders for your wellbeing. Just grab one of my nine all natural body scrubs to get scrubbin’!

2. Cleanse

Washing your skin everyday is critical to keeping it clean and healthy. As you go about your day, your skin can come into contact with all manner of different irritants and pollutants like dirt, pollution, air conditioning and the weather. If all of that sits on our face and body, it deprives our skin of oxygen and can encourage free radicals to form, which is when fine lines, pimples, breakouts and dry skin can occur.

In autumn and winter, these issues can be exacerbated by the dry, cold air. Cleansing once a day helps you to keep your skin squeaky clean, by removing impurities and boosting hydration and blood circulation. It will also prevent production of excess oils that can add to further breakouts and skin issues.

There are so many different kinds of cleansers available on the market, so it’s important to find one that is best suited for your skin type. If you’re usually prone to dry skin, avoid anything with alcohol in it as that will dry your skin out even further. If you’ve got oily skin, a cleanser with a lower pH level can help balance production of oil, and for those with sensitive skin, avoid anything heavy in fragrance or other additives. For the best results, choose a cleanser that uses organic, natural ingredients. My natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash is the perfect way to cleanse and nourish your face & body.

3. Moisturise

Well, this one is just obvious! Moisturiser is your best friend all year round, but especially during the colder months. It is the best way to take care of any feelings of dry, flaky and tight skin. When the weather hits those lower temperatures, your pores can shrink quite dramatically in order to protect your skin from the elements. This can make it more difficult to remove the dirt and oil, and dehydrates the skin even further.

Replenishing that loss of moisture and keeping your skin well hydrated is a great way to promote healthy skin and make you feel good. For the best results, choose a rich, creamy moisturiser filled with natural ingredients. Avoid extremely hot showers (which might be hard to do when it’s so cold!) as this will only dry your skin out more, and apply your moisturiser after you’ve cleansed, when your skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture and keeps your skin softer for longer. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion is the perfect combination of natural ingredients to nourish dry skin, or if you are more of an oil person – my two natural plant based oils are just the moisturiser for you!

4. Stay Sun Safe

Sunlight is important for healthy skin because it provides us with vitamin D, which is essential for a number of things like healthy bones and even better moods. But even though summer might be over, don’t make the mistake of putting away your sunscreen! The sun’s harsh UV rays, while not as nasty as they are during the hotter months, can still be damaging in autumn. Even if the day is overcast and the clouds are heavy and thick, almost 80 percent of UV rays can still get through.

When those rays come into contact with the skin it can penetrate the skin layers, causing sunburn and killing or damaging skin cells. This can cause a wide range of damage, all the way from early aging signs to skin cancer. Using sunscreen on your face, neck and body is the best way to counteract potential damage, as well as wearing a hat, sunglasses and covering up when outdoors.

While sunscreen used to be quite thick and pore-clogging, it’s come a long way over the years and has been formulated for everyday use. It can promote healthy skin by protecting essential proteins like collagen, elastin and keratin, and can ward off early signs of aging. To use it properly, apply it every morning before your make up, and reapply every two hours if you’re expecting to see a lot of sun.

 

Check out some of my deliciously all-natural products to make sure your skin remains completely protected in the coming colder months!

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How To Prepare Your Skin For Summer

Summer is just around the corner for my southern hemisphere ladies, and that means endless days of sunshine, relaxing and fun. However, the change in weather can affect how your skin looks, so there are some key ways to ensure that you are looking after your skin in the lead up to summer:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water

By now it’s common knowledge that you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water so it is crucial that you are replenishing your body with water, especially during warmer days where you may be swimming, sweating etc. Keeping hydrated also helps to improve the wellbeing of your skin and help to reduce the signs of ageing.

 

  1. Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day

It is recommended that you wash and cleanse your face every morning and night. This ensures that you are washing away any dirt, sweat or bacteria from throughout the day and also during the night. Opt for a cleanser that contains natural and gentle cleansing ingredients and is free from sulphates, parabens, cocamide DEA, synthetic fragrance or colours and synthetic preservatives. A natural cleanser will reduce the likelihood of adding toxic chemicals to your skin that can encourage skin conditions. You should also be cleansing, or washing, your body at least once a day with a natural cleansing body wash. Try my natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash for a detoxifying and refreshing clean.

 

  1. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation is a skincare step that many people often neglect, yet it is an important way to remove dry & dead skin, bacteria, dirt and sweat. By exfoliating your skin, you are able to remove dead skin and toxins, making way for new and nourished skin. I recommend exfoliating with a natural exfoliating product such as a dry brush or one of my nine all natural, vegan body scrubs which contain plant based, nourishing ingredients to buff away impurities and leave soft, smooth skin. Click here to see the range.

 

  1. Moisturise Your Face & Body

After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin requires additional rehydration in the form of a moisturiser or serum. The type of moisturiser that you use may depend on your skin type, for example, you may opt for an oil free product if you have oily skin or you may opt for a cream moisturiser or body/facial oil if you have dry skin. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion or two hydrating Body Oils are the perfect way to nourish your whole body following a shower and are a great way to give your skin added moisture throughout the warmer weather.

 

  1. Change Your Pillow Case

How often do you change your pillow case? Each night the oil, sweat, and bacteria from your hair, neck and face can get absorbed into the fabric of your pillow case. Over time, these nasties continue to build up and if not changed regularly, your pillow case can provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria on your face as you sleep. This may be a reason that you experience acne or breakouts in certain areas of your face. I recommend changing your pillow case every 3 days, especially in summer when you are more likely to encounter warm nights.

 

  1. Avoid stimulants

A diet full of stimulants such as coffee, sugar and processed food can wreak havoc on your skin health. Coffee can dehydrate you and cause your skin to appear dull and dry. Excess sugar can also lead to pimple breakouts, blackheads and other skin conditions. Try to limit the amount of sugary and processed foods that you are consuming and opt for more healthy options that will digest slowly such as wholemeal bread/pastas, crispbread with healthy fats such as avocado, vegetables with quinoa or cous cous. Also try to drink caffeine free tea, mineral water or water with a slice of lemon or fruit rather than coffee, to ensure your body and skin remain hydrated.

 

  1. Slip, Slop, Slap with Suncreen

It is important to wear sunscreen both in the leadup to warmer weather and during the summer months. Even on days that appear overcast or cloudy, the UV rays can be strong and still burn or damage your skin. With prolonged unprotected sun exposure, your skin can appear to be dry, wrinkled, or develop age spots or potential melanomas. Sunscreen with 50+ SPF rating is often recommended and will help to protect your skin throughout the summer, and there are many more natural options available. You might also find products such as body lotions or face foundations that have a sunscreen component added.

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