Hello everyone! As you know my skin condition has turned for the better but i cannot take things for granted! In between facial, i will adhere to a strict skincare regime which focuses on HYDRATING! One can never underestimate the importance of hydration as it has been proven that many skin problems will surface when skin being dehydrated.. When skin lacks moisture, it will turn dry and cause irritation (Hence the sensitive skin). When skin is dry, it causes more oil / Sebum to be produced so as to protect the skin (Body’s natural reaction and hence the oily skin + outbreaks). For myself and many other ladies, we spent long hours in air-conditioned environment (during working hours and while you sleep) hence we cannot run away from dry and dehydrated skin problems.
These few weeks, my skin has became oilier and the main culprit has to be the air-conditioning at my office (you will need a winter jacket to keep warm! I’m not kidding). Few weeks ago, Neal’s Yard Remedies has sent me their New Oil Free Hydrating Serum, formulated specifically for oily skin! This serum really comes in timely as i was thinking of incorporating it into my skin care routine to better hydrate my skin!
You might ask why skin problem arises when skin is dehydrated? Our skin is made up of sebaceous glands that produce sebum/oil which comprises of triglycerides, wax, squalene and free fatty acids. A balanced amount of sebum prevents the skin from becoming dry and brittle while acting as a waterproofing substance. It also inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the skin. Due to hormonal changes that occur during puberty, it cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum. This overproduction of sebum combined with the shedding of dead skin cells can clog the hair follicle and produce oily skin known as seborrhea. Acne can develop when sebum becomes trapped inside the hair follicle..
As such, it is important to hydrate skin to prevent excess sebum to be produced to ‘protect’ the skin as this is our body’s natural reaction. Neal’s Yard Remedies is excited to introduce a NEW Oil Free Hydrating Serum, formulated specifically for oily skin to keep skin well hydrated. With balancing willow-herb and organic rose, this lightweight serum helps to hydrate and mattify the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and shine free!
Hydrating enough to be used alone or perfect as a make-up primer, the Neal’s Yard Remedies Oil Free Hydrating Serum helps to keep unwanted shine at bay and is the ideal product for hot temperatures. Cooling and hydrating, it is suitable for all skin types and great for men!
To keep serum at a healthy level, Neal’s Yard Remedies Oil Free Hydrating Serum balances excessive oil naturally with Linoleic acid (Omega 6). Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that the sebaceous glands use as a normal component of sebum. Essential fatty acids are very powerful anti inflammatory agents. Subsequently, sebum made with linoleic acid is actually calming to the skin and follicles
Other Key Ingredients:
Rice Extract: A natural skin moisturiser. Traditionally leftover water from washing rice was used by Geisha to reveal soft, smooth and luminous skin! Alpaflor Alp-sebum: Derived from Willowherb, a rare alpine plant, it minimises the appearance of pores whilst helping to calm and mattify skin. Hyaluronic acid: This moisture magnet helps to plump and moisturise skin.
Shiitake extract: Shiitake Mushroom Extract is a rich source of kojic acid, which can be used to help brighten and promote healthy skin. Shiitake is calming and is believed to encourage faster skin renewal. Hydrolysed Rocket Leaf: Packed with antioxidants to help build skin’s natural defensive barrier.
Essential Oil blend: Rose (Rehydrating and soothing), Patchouli (Skin regenerating), Geranium (Balancing) and Frankincense (Anti ageing and purifying)
Alpaflor Alp-sebum Pilobium Fleischeri: Derived from a rare alpine plant, cultivated in the swiss alps. It is has been shown to reduce the size and appearance of pores, reduce skin inflammation and reduce the production of sebum, thereby helping to reduce shine
After using the Neal’s Yard Remedies Oil Free Hydrating Serum for close to two weeks, i’m certain that this serum will be part of my skincare regime for a long long time :). Firstly, i love the essential oil scent as it smells very soothing and it is something i look forward to after a long day at work! The gelish texture which has the perfect consistency gets absorbed instantly into my skin upon application without leave any sticky sensation. It also feels light so you need not worry that it will ‘choke’ up the pores (Esp for people with very oily skin) Hence, i don’t have to wait long before applying my moisturizer which is perfect if you are rushing for time (esp in the mornings). There’s no adverse reaction (like stinging sensation / irritation) by my sensitive skin. Overall, i find that my skin is less tight (which means much more hydrated!) after incorporating this serum into my skincare regime for 2 weeks. A small amount (2 pumps) suffice for the entire face so i reckon this bottle of serum will last for at least 2 months (2 x daily usage).
Neal’s Yard Remedies Oil Free Hydrating Serum retails at $88 / 30ml . UK’s foremost destination for natural organic health and beauty, Neal’s Yard Remedies is located at #01-75 Millenia Walk, and Isetan @ Katong (L1 Parkway Parade).
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