Facial Oil for Acne Prone Skin (Hemp Oil)

Hello everyone! This post is going out specially for those of you who suffer from acne and breakouts but still want to use an oil on your skin either for cleansing or moisturising . I wouldn’t say I’m “acne-prone” myself but sometimes facials oils break me out.

The reason many oils break you out is because they are “comedogenic” meaning pore clogging. In order to find a facial oil either for cleansing or moisturising it is important to understand Comedogenic Ratings. The list below is in no way comprehensive but it shows the comedogenic rating of some popular oils used in natural skin care today. Also there is a lot of different sources that quotes different comedogenic ratings but I looked at a lot of sources to compile my list.  A lower score means that the oil is less pore clogging.

0 Hemp seed oil,  Shea butter

1 Castor oil, Rosehip oil,  Argan oil

2 Almond oil, Jojoba oil,

3 Avocado oil, Primrose oil

4 Coconut oil

5 Wheat germ oil

So from the above list we can see that those who suffer from breakouts should avoid the popular coconut oil and opt for a non-comedogenic oil like hemp oil. I decided to buy an organic, unrefined, fragrance-free, preservative-free Hemp Oil from Good Day Organics (100% Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil). Hemp seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means it is safe to use for sensitive and especially acne-prone skin and is especially good for psoriasis and eczema.

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Now here’s the sciency bit. Skin sebum is  made of fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acid (two of the many fatty acids). These fatty acids are required to build “healthy” sebum. If the skin produces sebum with a low level of linoleic acid then the sebum has a thicker consistency and can clog, irritate and inflame the pore causing the cyst (spot). Those who suffer from acne quite often have sebum with a low level of linoleic acid. Hemp oil on the other hand has a high level of linoleic acid in it. When hemp oil is applied topically it can almost mimic the good sebum to re-balance it and unclog the pore. It has very good anti-inflammatory, moisturising and acne reducing properties.

This oil has an olive colour and it feels distinctly like a dry-oil so it isn’t too greasy. A tiny bit of this oil goes a long way for me, I mainly apply it on my cheeks and neck area by warming it up between my palms and patting it into the skin as the last stage of my skincare routine. Hemp oil has its own natural fragrance, sort of like nuts which I quite like and the smell doesn’t linger on the skin for too long.

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I have been testing this for a week and I love it especially for the winter time! In the mornings my skin looks plump, radiant and moisturised.

Overall I’m really enjoying using this oil, it has done the job of hydrating the dry patches on my combination skin without causing breakouts on the oilier T-zone. This will definitely be a product that makes it into my daily skin care routine.

What facial oils are you trying? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Lush Fresh Face Mash (The Sacred Truth) – Review

So I popped into Lush last weekend to exchange my 5 empties to receive a free face mask. I decided to try one that I haven’t tried before called The Sacred Truth. The Sacred Truth is intended to brighten dull, dry, tired looking skin.

Taken from the Lush website:

Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.

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The mask has a really earthy plant like smell, I think the ginseng is quite pungent, but it’s nice nevertheless. Straight out of the fridge this mask feels extremely cooling after a long hot shower. It has a really smooth texture and is light green in colour. After 15 minutes the mask dries completely and is ready to wash off with warm water.

Immediately after washing this mask off I noticed that my skin was much brighter and hydrated. Also the next morning my skin was really plump! The papaya and ginseng gets rid of the skin cells in a gentle way to reveal softer, brighter skin and the shea butter and essential oils gives the skin some much needed hydration. There is also green tea powder in the mask which is a great anti-oxidant. Because this mask is so nourishing you could even use it twice a week as it has great anti-ageing properties.

I’m loving this mask so far and I am going to repurchase soon. It is hydrating and brightening so I would recommend to anyone with dry, dull or mature skin, however I would not recommend to anyone with acne-prone skin as the oils could trigger a break-out.

Jay x

Smells Like Summer

I wanted to update my summer fragrance but I didn’t want to commit to buying an expensive perfume, so I did a little shopping for some summery fragrancy stuff.

The first place I went to was the Body Shop and I purchased the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist (£7.50). This stuff smells seriously gorgeous, it’s got a really seductive oriental, floral jasmine smell without being too overpowering. I also bought the matching shower gel (£6.50) and body butter (£10). Once these products are layered together they smell divine! I also bought the Aloe & Soft Linen scented candle from the Body Shop (£10), this is such a fresh, light scent that lingers hours after it has been lit.

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Next I went to Lush and bought the R&B Hair Moisturiser (£11.25). In the summer my hair completely dries out so I needed a product that will re-infuse my hair with some moisture. This hair moisturiser has lots of nice oils like coconut and olive oil to strengthen the hair, it is meant for thick, course, curly, very dry or Afro-Caribbean hair so I wouldn’t recommend for the fine haired ladies. I rub a tiny bit of the product on the end of my hair and it tames the frizzies whilst giving my hair a healthy sheen. Also worth mentioning is the amazing smell of this product, it has a strong citrus scent and makes me think of being on a tropical island 🙂

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I then got the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition (£19.75). As far as I can tell this has the same formulation as the normal cleanse and polish, but the smell of the orange flower and chamomile is just incredible. I think I’m going to stock up on these as it is a limited edition.

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Finally, I bought Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 (£31). I’ve been using Cliniques  Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 but that feels way too heavy on my skin in this heat, plus it doesn’t have a high enough SPF. The Kiehls moisturiser has a light texture, which initially feels heavy on the skin, but once it’s absorbed the heaviness disappears. It’s the perfect make-up base if you just wear face powder or BB cream during the summer.

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What products have you guys been buying this summer? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x