The second step in my current day to day skin care is Botanics Organic Facial Oil which you can find here. I use it after Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, which I reviewed here. It’s different to most products I have ever used or even considered using but I’m really pleased with the results.
What the packaging says:
Scientifically proven to lock in moisture for 8 hours. Enriched with nourishing rosehip, this aromatic oil melts into lacklustre skin to lock in moisture while softening, conditioning and restoring its natural glow.
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Argania spinosa kernel oil*, Rosa canina seed oil*, Tocopheryl acetate, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Citral
* Ingredients certified as organic by the Soil Association for use in cosmetic products
** Ingredients certified as organic by the Ecocert Association for use in cosmetic products
What I say:
As a teenager in the 1990s, who constantly heard the hype about foaming and stripping face washes, oils had always been something I viewed as products to avoid or to save for a deep treatment once every couple of months. However after talking to a few friends and reading around I discovered I didn’t need to avoid them despite my combination skin leaning toward the shiny side more often than not. Skincare experts urge the oily of skin not to shun oils in favour of stripping products but to try something nourishing.
This product comes in a small glass bottle (containing 25ml of product) and is dispensed via a pipette. The oil is thick without leaving a greasy film to the skin and application is pleasant, with a detectable but not overwhelming smell.
How I use it:
I use this oil as part of my evening routine every day. I tend to remove my make up (using a small amount of the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm) when I come in from my day and then about half an hour before bed (2-3 hours after removing my make up) I will use the balm again for a full cleanse. Afterward I dispense a few drops of the oil into my hands, warm it slightly before smoothing it across my neck and face in gentle, upward motions. I make sure to take my time, ensuring I don’t drag my skin or rub too hard.
I leave any access oil to soak in for around 10-15 minutes before applying night cream and sloping off to bed.
Every 3-4 days I use half the amount of this oil mixed with vitamin E oil (recommended by my doctor) to reduce a few scars and I feel they’ve worked wonderfully together.
Why I recommend it:
This products is wonderful. It soothes dry areas and does not exacerbate already oily areas, in fact I’d go as far as to say production of oil on my T-zone has calmed slightly.
Adding this into my routine has meant I apply less far of other products, my skin looks better and it adds a little bit of luxury into my daily routine. My skin feels cared for, healthy, nourished and my husband and friends have even commented on the change in my skin – hurrah! Due to my medication my skin is never going to look perfect but having it sit the right side of scary is good enough for me. My skin has never, not once, felt this good.
The regular price of £9.99 is a bit on the high side for ‘thrifty’ skincare, however a little goes a very, very long way and Botanics is regularly reduced by around 1/3 of the price and even up to 50% if you’re lucky. Make sure you take advantage of sales and any vouchers from the good ol’ Boots Advantage Card machines in store.