My skin is not feeling particularly happy right now. If anything I’d say it’s distinctly sad, a tad maudlin and, like everyone’s favourite depressed donkey, Eeyore, a bit down in the dumps. I’m the owner of perpetually dry skin. As a teenager this translated to crystal-clear skin without a spot in sight, but as I get older my skin will wrinkle and line quicker than someone with oilier skin, boo!
Since January my face has been even drier than normal so over the last few months I’ve built up an arsenal of different skincare products in a bid to help it, one of which is Origins Clean Energy, above.
After having sampled this cleansing oil during a couple of Origins mini facials at Bristol’s House of Fraser, I decided to invest in a bottle of my own a few weeks ago. Unlike the cleansers I tried in my teens, when I knew little about skin types and thought a St Ives apricot facial scrub was the hight of sophistication, this cleansing oil is a lot gentler and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry.
The mix of sesame, sunflower and safflower oils is surprisingly light and not at all like cooking oil, which is the consistency I’d expected before I first tried it and pleasingly, doesn’t really smell. Personally I think there’s nothing worse than skincare products that have a synthetic or overpowering smell to them.
Clean Energy costs £19 plus £1 for a pump, which I’d recommend buying as it’s much easier to use than pouring straight from the bottle. I use a small pump of oil once a day and massage it into my face and neck before rinsing it off in the shower. If I wore make-up more often I’d probably use it in the evenings as well as it’s supposed to double up as make-up remover, though I’ve yet to put this to the test. I follow this with Neal’s Yard facial oil (I wasn’t joking when I said my skin is seriously dry) and E45 moisturiser and while my skin hasn’t snapped back to the way it used to be, it’s certainly calmed down.
Have you tried a cleansing oil or oil-based products before? And are there any other skin saviours you’d recommend for dry skin? Let me know in the comments!