Filling The Cracks In My Post-Holiday Skin

It’s been a long, hot summer here in Cape Town. We’re in the middle of a terrible drought, and, to be honest, about three weeks ago I realised my skin was starting to resemble our very empty dams. I couldn’t go an hour without spritzing my face with my MAC Fix+ or the Vitaman E Body Shop spray. It helped, but not long term. There was just way too much working against me – dry air, salty water, sunblocks, late nights, a few too many cocktails (what?! It’s summer holidays and Tarryn was visiting!)

I had to really sit down and give myself a little talking to and have a think: how do we fix this dehydrated old mess so that I still look 28 for my 34th birthday in two weeks time?

Basically, I want to have this issue in a few years:

I decided to change up two things in my morning and evening routines, and obviously threw in a few extra masks here and there for a quick fix. It’s all helped dramatically.

The first change was to lob my usual Cetaphil facewash to the back of the bathroom shelf and introduce something new. This is always a bit nervy for me, trying new products, as I am so so happy with my usual routine and it works for me. I do find that, as much as I love it, Cetaphil doesn’t remove all my make-up, so I was a bit happier to have something that would really take off my layers of CC cream, bronzer, sunblock and mascara.

I got hold of the Sesame Oil + Baobab + Melon Seed Oil Milk Facial Cleanser from Skin Creamery, a product I have been dying to try for ages.

The fact that it’s an oil-milk cleanser means the oil mixed with water makes an emulsion that removes all of the stuff. And even though it’s getting off all my sweat and make-up and general gunk, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry. Thanks lovely, natural oils. You may have noticed the Sesame Oil – it is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, and is going to help repair damaged skin cells. What a win. It’s also great for moisturising, which is what I was looking for in the first place.

Next up was adding in an extra step, something which I am often too lazy to do. I’ve always been a huge fan of facial oils at night. They smell amazing, and I swear to god those scents make you sleep better. Honestly. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, but I am willing to test my theory.

Also from Skin Creamery, it’s their Hydrating Facial Oil. A few drops of this patted onto my face before my night cream, and my skin wakes up in the morning with more movement-ability and elasticity than usual.

I don’t want to sound like I’m trying to sell you all a product, because I’m not. I actually, genuinely love these two products. I shall be gifting them to friends and family throughout the year.

Mask-wise, I went completely and utterly off the beaten track and have tried anything that goes. If it had ‘hydrating’ or ‘moisturising’ on it, I put it on my face.

I know I have thrown the words ‘hydrating’ or ‘moisturising’ and ‘dehydrated’ and ‘dry’ around a lot here, which means I need to give a little explanation of them, as they’re different things and your skin can be all or one or some.

To hydrate the skin means to increase the water content. So if your skin is dehydrated, you need to be adding water to it. Drink more. To moisturise means add oil. Get a decent moisturiser that’s going to lock the good stuff deep in one of your epidermal layers. Basically the oil will keep in the water. Simple as that. Hence why a night oil is such a great addition…

I tried a heck load of masks – I’m going to save them for another post next week as there is one more I want to give a go and don’t want to leave it out!



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