My love for oil skincare products
June 11, 2019
Let me first start by saying that this has been a j o u r n e y and a half.
I have oily/combination skin, suffered from teenage acne that has bled (albeit less so) into my thirties, my skin became sensitive to products about 3 years ago, and I’ve been trialing products for years to find the right combo for my skin. Finally, I feel like I’ve found the perfect blend of products that I feel are right for me, however, I actually believe these products work for all skin types.
This post is strictly about oil-based products that I use diligently in my skincare routine, however, I do use other products (toners, sunscreen, masks, etc.) that I’m not including in this post. What I really wanted to discuss is how effective and absolutely wonderful oil skincare products have been for my skin and why I wish I discovered them sooner!
The first part of my bedtime routine is removing my makeup. I’ve been using micellar water for years now (previously I used Neutrogena makeup remover wipes that all of a sudden started stinging my eyes after having used them for years). Making the switch to micellar water happened right when it became trendy and I noticed that it removed my makeup well enough without any burning in my eyes. However, I still felt bad for the amount of cotton pads I was going through each night. Enter: Pai Skincare.
I discovered this brand via Deliciously Ella’s Instagram as I had been on a mission to start switching all my skincare and makeup products to cruelty-free and vegan and she constantly promotes these types of brands. So when I saw her raving about Pai (a British line) I was curious to give it a go. The first product I got was their Rosehip Cleansing Oil (shown above). I’ve been using it for about a month now and am beyond blown away by how effective it is! I suppose logic dictates that like removes like, right? So why would we use a water-based product (with only tiny amounts of oil) to remove oil and grime?
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You simply squirt about three pumps of this into your hand and rub all over your face. It does not burn your eyes at all. Not even a little. You really have to get in there to remove your mascara (just like you would with a cotton pad). Admittedly, this part feels weird at first as you can feel the clumps of mascara rolling around your fingers and on your face. But once you get past that, it’s easy to feel the makeup wiping away with just your fingers. No cotton pads needed!
You could happily wash your face at this point and be done (that’s the way the product was designed to be used), however, as a newbie to oil cleansers, I felt like I wanted to get that extra thorough (yet still not stripping my face of oils) clean. Whilst I still have the Pai oil on my face, I take a pump or two of my Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser and rub that all over my face to get that double cleanse.
You simply add water and you’ll feel the Tata Harper cleanser turn from gel to oil. Magic I tell ya!
Give yourself a thorough rinse as there are two layers of oil skincare products on your face and voila!
NOTHING LEFT ON THE FACE CLOTH. I repeat: nothing!
This is when I knew the Pai Rosehip Cleansing Oil worked so bloody well. I got this result even before trying the combo with Tata Harper but my skin felt cleaner after adding that second step so I’ve since made that my routine.
Next I use the Biossance Peptide + Squalane Eye Gel (apparently their #1 best seller!) for my under eyes.
And lastly, I use Biossance’s 100% Squalane Oil all over my face. When I first started using an oil for my face at night time I was terrified of it clogging my pores and waking up with an unappealing shiny face in the morning. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! I wake up with a beautiful glow and well-moisturized skin that even the best moisturizers have never given me.
It may look like I have a lot on my hands, but I only use a half pump. This bottle has lasted me almost a year already so the price tag is much more appealing when you recognize just how far this product goes!
Don’t forget your neck and décolletage!
Any leftovers get rubbed all over my arms!
This has been my new routine for about a month now (since adding Pai) and I am thrilled to finally have something that works. The pimples and scarring you see on my face are another matter. I’m currently reading The Beauty Guide to Dr. Libby Weaver and am trying to learn a little more about how to fix that. Of course, skincare is a component but diet is a big factor too. Hopefully I’ll have more details to share on that for my fellow pimple sufferers!
I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please message me with any questions about these products. They are definitely pricier than your average pharmacy purchase but they last much longer and are far more effective. Would love to hear your thoughts on any other oil skincare products I should be looking into!