Last night I was despairing at the state of my skin. I had a huge dry patch on my forehead where the car’s heater vents have been blowing straight into my face. It would probably be a lot worse if I didn’t wear sunglasses like ALL THE TIME.
So I thought I’d try putting macadamia oil on instead of moisturiser. I got mine from Aldi last year, but you could try this with any light oil such as grapeseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil.
I put a fair amount on my face and neck, but not so much that it didn’t sink in within a few minutes, because the worst thing you can do to dry skin is to swamp it with greasyness, that just leaves you with dry skin and spots, which means the dry bits have to get drier while you avoid oils until the spots go away. It’s just a bad time.
I went to sleep and when I awoke, I was pleased that my skin had regained its moisturisation and suppleness, because we all know that oil has the potential to just make you look like you bathed in a chip pan, whatever skin type you have.
I washed it off with some warm water, because I have found that spots are caused by grease getting trapped in my pores. I rarely have spots. I reapplied it today, more lightly, as a base for foundation – it was an idea I got when I heard someone say that younger people don’t need primer unless they have very dry skin, and I thought, what would be better than moisturiser and primer for dry skin?
Well I tried it and I’m completely sold. Instead of expensive primer full of silicones and whatnot, for everyday wear, I’m going to use my macadamia oil as primer. It’s amazing. *UPDATE: Photo below* I don’t have any photos because I lost my phone yesterday (and there has been major drama while I’ve been searching for it) and so I can’t take any pictures, but if you have dry skin and find that your foundation creases when you first apply it, try a light oil on your face, like coconut oil or macadamia (or almond) oil, apply only a small amount, your face shouldn’t be an ice rink otherwise the foundation won’t stick, and see whether it improves the smoothness of your foundation.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that it makes my face feel cool and refreshed, and the foundation feels much more breathable than usual, which is a nice bonus! I use the Benefit Oxygen Wow foundation in Ivory.
Oils not to use: Sunflower oil, any animal based fat calling itself an oil, mineral oil, baby oil, vegetable oil, castor oil, aromatherapy “scented” oils (they’re too strong for the facial area unless being used under the direction of an aromatherapist who will usually dilute them with a carrier oil such as the grapeseed oil I mentioned earlier).
Only use a very small bit of coconut oil because it’s thicker than some of the others that I said were good to use.
Update: I’ve now added before and after pics of using macadamia oil on bare skin and under foundation.