London winter 1 – Gio 0
Last year, the harsh London winter weather caught me totally unprepared and beat my skin to a pulp. Ouch!
This year, I’m determined things will be different. When the freezing cold attacks again, it’ll find me prepared.
My shield is already up. It’s the oily kind. Only, it’s not that oily. I know, that just confused you even more, sorry!
Let’s start again. I’m using a facial oil. Those are awesome at strengthening the skin’s barrier and locking moisture in. When the harsh winds will start blowing on my face, the oil will it make it oh so hard for them to break through and suck all the moisture out of my skin. Ah, take that you nasty cold weather!
But the oil I’m currently using, Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, isn’t really that oily. It leaves no oily residue on my skin. And not because my skin is so dry, it laps it all up anyway (my skin is combo, if you’re wondering).
No, it ain’t that oily because there’s only one oil that’s been poured in generously in here. That’s camellia japonica seed oil. It’s one of the lesser known oils,isn’t?
It’s a lot like olive oil, which is my fave (I’m Italian, after all). Like olive oil, it contains plenty of oleic acid, a fatty acid that creates a barrier on the skin to seal water in, so it won’t evaporate into thin air when you need it the most.
Oleic acid also has soothing properties, so if your skin is irritated, this can help calm it down. But it’s not the best thing for oily skin. It can clog pores and make you breakout. Well, nothing is perfect, isn’t it?
The other oils, such as chia seeds and tamanu, do give a little helping hand to the camellia seed oil. But that’s the one that does the heavy lifting.
Then, there are plenty of antioxidants, including sunflower and rosemary extracts. They fight the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles. Talk about multi-tasking!
I love using this oil because it leaves my skin so soft and smooth. The temperatures here have just started to chill, but so far my skin has been showing no sign of dryness. It doesn’t feel tight after washing. It’s not rough. It doesn’t flake.
Ok, the weather isn’t that horrible to completely destroy my skin yet, but this oil is definitely doing something right because my skin looks great. Just this morning, I was told it glows!
An oil can certainly help there. And no, it’s not shiny. More like dewy. And nope, no breakouts. I’ve been using it for a month and the only pimples I’ve got where the usual two suspects on my chin. You know, those who always make an appearance during that time of the month.
I’m pretty sure once we’ll be in the thick of winter I’ll switch to something richer, but for now this lightweight oil is doing just fine. I simply add two or three drops to my moisturizer (it can be used on its own too) to supercharge it and I can head out the door knowing my skin’s well protected.
Ready for the fight, you freezing winter weather? This time, the score’ll be different, I promisa ya!