Wednesday, 18 September 2013

My skin care regime

I use several products on my skin, and switch them round depending on the condition of my skin, or time of day.

Cleansers:
Avêne Clenance gel face wash.  
Avêne tolérance extrême
Neal's Yard rose face wash
Neal's Yard wild rose beauty balm

Toners:
Colloidal silver (rivers of health) used as a sweep after cleanser or face wash. Also nice as a refreshing spray anytime.
Neal's Yard Rose water.

Moisturisers:
Neal's Yard Rose facial oil. A few drops after toner, and before moisturiser, it's lovely. 
Neal's Yard Frankincence Hydrating cream. This is the best moisturiser I have ever used. It is fantastic for dry skin, it's rich, and absorbs fully without residue. A dab is good for daytime, and a big dab will give a wonderful soft skin overnight.
Aloe Vera lotion. Since I don't have an aloe Vera cactus, I use this. It's a bit sticky, so I use it as a cooling face mask - and rinse after, or use it at night.
Calendula cream - I don't use this much really. Is very gentle and aids healing for broken and sore skin, so I might use it topically if I have a bad break out.

Sunscreen:
Avène 50+ for dry sensitive skin. I love this and use it all through summer as a base before make up.
Avène 50+ for intolerant skin. This stuff is really thick, if your not careful you look like a geisha.

How do I use them?
I cleanse or wash morning and night for a start.
I use the process taught to me by the Sher system, when I first started using their products. It seams to work, and is very hydrating. You might assume that because i suffer with spots, my skin in oily, but quite the opposite is true. my skin is dry and sensitive to hot, cold, wind, and pressure. this is how it goes:

1. CLEANSE. I might use a cream cleanser to remove make-up, the Avène Tolérence extrême is for this. occasionally i will apply the wild rose beauty balm, and leave on as a mask, i.e., during a bath or show, and then exfoliate with its cloth, and rinse.
2. WASH ..Then I will use a basin of water, at a tepid 36℃, (a baby bath thermometer will give you the temperature) and splash my face with water once, before using the chosen face wash. I might use a cotton muslin cloth to exfoliate gently sometimes, but not everyday. after this I will rinse by splashing between 10 and 20 times from the basin onto my face, and pat dry. Sher always used to say 20 times, but I'm in a hurry sometimes.
3. TONIC.. After drying I will spray with colloidal silver or rose water, and sweep over with cotton pads. (i sometimes skip this stage - depending on time) but it does feel lovely to do.
4. MOISTURE.. I apply Rose facial oil. rubbing a few drops between my hands before gently applying to the face in sweeping movements.
5. PROTECT.. finish off with a moisturiser. Frankincense hydrating creme at night, and usually an SPF moisturiser in the daytime.

example routines.
Summer morning time:
Avène clenance gel facewash ⟹ colloidal silver sweep ⟹ rose facial oil ⟹ Avène 50+ for dry sensitive skin.

anytime evening:
Avêne tolérance extrême ⟹ Avène clenance gel facewash ⟹ collodial silver sweep ⟹ rose facial oil ⟹ Frankincense hydrating cream.

care and repair or just for a treat:
Neal's Yard wild rose beauty balm ⟹ Neal's Yard rose face wash ⟹ colloidal silver sweep ⟹ Neal's Yard Rose facial oil ⟹ Neal's Yard Frankincence Hydrating cream.

Where to buy these lovely things?
Neal's Yard 
Neal's Yard remedies 
Also available at Boots.com

Avene
Boots.com

Colloidal silver & Calendula cream
this is widly available in the UK, via specialist health food and beauty stores, or online, just google it.





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