Dry skin? Sensitive enough to drive you crazy? Oily in places where you don’t want it to be? Me too. Time to switch up my cleansing routine and wind down as these luxurious oils work their magic.
Votary’s Super Seed Cleansing Oil has become my go-to for perfectly cleansed skin. I love to massage it into my skin at the end of the day and use their cotton face cloth (included) to really press the oil into my skin to ensure it absorbs. The face cloth helps to lift away every scrap of grime, dead skin cells, make-up and sweat from the skin, leaving you with gently exfoliated skin and a beautiful healthy glow.
It smells absolutely beautiful too, so it feels really luxurious after a busy day at work to just take some time with this ritual. The soothing aromatherapy of nutty hemp seed oil combined with the sweeter fruit seed oils like strawberry, pomegranate and cranberry, and the fresh, uplifting scent of parsley, really helps to settle my mind.
The cleansing oil contains 22 super seed oils which are perfect for delicate or sensitive skin, if you’re pregnant or at times of hormonal flux. And, it’s completely fragrance-free, which is a real winner for me. Pumpkin, chia, broccoli, strawberry and cranberry seed oils are packed full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, while being really light and non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t block your pores). The base oils of grapeseed, sunflower, jojoba and apricot kernel oil contain high levels of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help control acne by decreasing clogged pores. They’re also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, making these oils an ideal sidekick in your fight against breakouts. Finally, their high vitamin E content helps to hydrate, heal and reduce inflammation.
I love that rosehip oil (one of my favourite oils) is in the ingredients list. I always use this oil as I find it so light, and it never breaks me out. If I have a scar from a spot, this is the first thing I go for to help lessen its appearance.
Melon seed oil is a key ingredient, and great for reducing inflammation caused by conditions like acne. It’s also surprisingly light and easily absorbed by the skin, meaning it won’t sit on the surface and give you that greasy feeling.
Overall, this is a great staple cleansing oil that won’t break you out or clog your pores, but will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated and totally clean whilst providing it with essential nutrients.
Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, curcubita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, limanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil, camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, fragaria ananassa (strawberry) seed oil, nigella sativa (black seed) oil, papaver somniferum (poppy) seed oil, linum usitatissimum (linseed) oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, vaccinium corymbosum (blueberry) seed oil, tocopherol borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, brassica oleracea italica (brocoli) seed oil, citrullus lanatus (melon) seed Oil, prunus cerasus (cherry) seed oil, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, carum petroselinum (parsley) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) herb oil, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, daucus carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Limonene+, Linalool+, +Naturally occurs in Essential Oils
The second product I have been using from Votary is the Super Seed Facial Oil. This oil is made from 22 different seed oils, and is perfect for sensitive or unsettled skin. It’s completely fragrance-free and anti-irritating, and absorbs into my skin like a dream. After I’ve cleansed my skin, I like to dampen it slightly with cold water and then press a few drops of this oil into my palms, rub them together and pat it into my skin.
I then go in and smooth the oil in a bit more using gentle upward motions with my fingertips, which helps to massage the skin and aids lymphatic drainage. I really love the earthy fragrance of the oil, as I find some oils can smell overly citrusy or of lavender because of the added fragrance, and I’m not a huge fan of using essential oils on my skin because they can be irritating.
What I love about using oils to moisturise the skin is that they contain high levels of fatty acids and antioxidants, and you only need a few drops. You can use them in the evening, or in the morning too if your skin needs a bit of a hydration boost. I sometimes use oil in the mornings before my SPF if my skin is on the dry side, otherwise I tend to use hydrating serums. I’ve also got the Votary Blemish Rescue Oil, which I’ve been dabbing on to any areas of breakout
vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, curcubita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil, limanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, nigella sativa (black seed) oil, camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, fragaria ananassa (strawberry) seed oil, papaver somniferum (poppy) seed oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, vaccinium corymbosum (blueberry) seed oil, linum usitatissimum (linseed) oil, tocopherol rosa canina (rosehip) fruit Oil, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) seed oil, prunus cerasus (cherry) seed oil, citrullus lanatus (melon) eed oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil
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*These products were gifted