Natural Is Essential
I’m a big fan of using an oil on my skin at night. When I was young, it was enough that I remembered to take off the day’s make-up. Nowadays, there is a Routine, which involves putting something back in to the skin, after I’ve taken all the crap, u-hum, expensive make-up, off.
There are some real miracle creams out there, and I like a few, but for a real glow that is evident the next day, I like to use an oil. It has hours to sink in, eight if I’m lucky (I’m loving these perimenopausal years). At least while I toss and turn the night away I know something good is happening and can see it the next day.
So, I was delighted to be invited to an open evening at Amphora Aromatics the other week. In truth, I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but what a little powerhouse of quality products on my doorstep it is. A family run business in Clifton with a store on Cotham Hill, it is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of essential oils and aromatherapy products.
Walking around the store, there’s literally thousands of products to choose from, from skin creams to shampoos and cleansers to candles, but it was the vast range of essential oils that caught my eye and I was delighted when Clinical Aromatherapist, Zoë Green, asked me if there was a specific treatment that I was looking for.
Now, do you remember the other week, when I found out that the centre of my face is quite red (around the nose area)? The disappointing part of spotting something awry in the beauty department, is that you can’t un-see it, and I’ve found myself not wearing make-up to see if, by some miracle, it’s vanished. It has not.
Now bugging me, I spoke to Zoë about said issue and she said that I should try Amphora Aromatics Chamomoile Matricaria Essential Oil (£3.60). Highly beneficial for the skin, it has soothing and calming properties that can help me, over time, reduce the redness. Pre-diluted to 5% in grapeseed oil, I can use this product straight out of the bottle. I’m giving it a go, but it’s too early to share the results with you. I’ll keep you posted.
Amphora also do my favourite, Rosehip Seed Oil. I’ve tried other brands, so I was keen to give this one a try. Recognised as a wonder oil, I know that Rosehip is good for your skin – personally I love the glowing soft skin I get when I use it. Rich in Omega 3 and essential fatty acids, it also contains Vitamins C, E and F and also really helps with scarring, so popular for stretch marks. I also noticed that you get more for your buck in this store – Amphora Rosehip Seed Oil, 100ml £10.80, unnamed competitor, 20 ml, £19.99.
It was my first forage in the store and I really wanted to focus on the “Red Centre”, but there’s so much good stuff that I want to go back and investigate further. All the Amphora essential oils are 100% pure, from one botanical source, unless they state otherwise. The benefits are both physical and psychological and if they’re sourced naturally, from plants and herbs, then that must be good.
I do believe in having an arsenal of beauty products to hand. The is nothing to stop you layering products on as you need them. You can use a night serum, night cream and essential oil, if you think your skin needs some extra moisture. Yes, I’ve been reading up! Did you know that if you are layering, you should put oil on last? No, well, it’s recommended that you start with water-based products and work up to the oil, so that each product has a chance to do its magic and the oil seals the deal. I actually just use Rosehip Seed Oil on it’s own at night. For me, a few drops of this good stuff is all I need.
I really like this modern way of looking after your skin. My mum would probably swear by using a tub of Ponds Cold Cream (some of you may remember this wonder cream of its time), but where’s the fun in that. I feel like I’m now making more of an effort and you know what they say, if you study hard, you’ll get the results you want.
Have a great weekend.