What an amazing week! With the radiant sun bursting into our lives it seems that everyone and everything has stepped out of hibernation and is full of the desire to look its beautiful best. Clients who succumbed to the primal instinct to cocoon oneself during the dark winter months resurfaced all at the same time this week and each with the urgent need to enliven and brighten their skin to match their optimistic moods. It’s been a busy and rewarding week.
One such client reminded me of a huge misconception within modern society; a parable that is so engrained in humans’ psychologies that even some of the giant skincare brands celebrate its mythology. This particular client suffered from oily skin and had tried everything to achieve a glowing, dewy complexion, everything that is except oil. Let me set the record straight – not all oils are bad for skin, not even oily or acne skin!
Oil is not the enemy here as it is so often portrayed; it’s about knowing which oils to indulge and which to avoid depending on your skin type. As far back as 10,000BC, ancient Egyptians used plant-based oils to indulge and treat their skin – it’s the serum of the Gods not an evil force to be afraid of. Skin naturally creates sebum to protect and heal itself; therefore by using the right oils we are actually benefiting our skin, not making it oily. Similarly, stripping the oil out of our skin with abrasive ‘grease-cutting’ ingredients leaves our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick as our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture. The cycle seems endless. It's exhausting. It's painful. It's embarrassing. It's expensive!
The truth about oil lies within the most basic principle of chemistry – like dissolves like. Oil dissolves oil so by using the right oils you are able to cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively. What’s more, beneficial oils extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit can replace dirty oil build-up leaving skin healed, nourished and protected and you with clear, glowing skin that is free of imperfections.
Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil
is the first 100% pure plant based emulsifying cleansing oil in the world. It’s indulgently luxurious with blissful aromas captured from the most beautiful corners of the world that will transport your senses to a calmer and refreshing place. More importantly, it is a dynamic cleanser created using three gorgeous base oils and eight super-plant extracts and essential oils. With deep-cleansing Castor Seed Oil that rids skin of bacteria, healing Sesame Oil that is not only rich in nourishing and moisturising Vitamin E but also has the ability to attract and trap toxins, purify Tea Tree Oil and calming Lavender, to name but a few, all infused with the heady, glamorous scent of Cypress, Natural Glow Cleansing Oil can clear skin of all different dilemmas, from mild or moderate, leaving your skin healthy, balanced and looking refreshingly gorgeous.
So please, if you do one thing this week immerse yourself in oil! Let it engulf you and fill you with its cleansing and healing powers; the results will reawaken your skin and line your path to skin perfection.