My face, or, rather, my skin is really trying to annoy me at the moment. For years it’s been combination skin, mostly oily on my forehead, nose and chin. With my cheeks being normal. (Ha, is it ironic my cheeks are the only normal thing about me?) It’s always driven me mad, because, you know, oily skin = spotty skin, but, I’ve clung to the fact that when I get old(er) the oil that plagued my youth will finally pay me back and slow down the wrinkles.
See where I’m going with this?
Recently, it’s started to get really dry patches. Possibly the winter, central heating, stress situ that’s been going on, but, whatever the reason, I was not prepared for it. I’ve never had skin that needed moisture two or three times a day, so I wasn’t really sure how to tackle it.
I am a massive fan of balms for cleansing, despite having oily skin (it’s an old wives tale that we can’t use oils, because we can) but I had never used a balm for moisturising, so when the Hydrating Beauty Balm from [M]Botanicals arrived in the post (and I sniffed it) it went straight onto my mush.
What is it?
It’s a moisturising treatment containing high levels of Rosehip Oil, a potent anti-oxidant that repairs, firms and hydrates, and Borage, Frankincense, Geranium and Rose (hence the amazing smell) to help enrich the skin, restoring its natural radiance. It also contains high amounts of Evening Primrose Oil and Sea buckthorn C02 which helps support skin healing processes.
How to use it?
It’s designed to be used sparingly on dry, clean skin as a balm, or, overnight as an intensive treatment oil. I would imagine it could also be used as a cleansing balm as well, as it has a very similar texture to the Clinique Take the Day Off balm, it melts into the skin and would probably wipe off with a hot flannel quite well. (I probably should have tried that before I wrote it but it’s just occurred to me now! I’ll do it and report back!)
It can also be used elsewhere, it’s not just for the face you know! Cuticles (you know I love my nails) stubborn dry patches on the body, feet, the list is endless. Well, perhaps not endless but kind of long. I’ve used it a lot on my tattoos, especially the one on my arm as I hate when it starts to look a bit dull, this sinks in and gives it a lovely fresh look. I wouldn’t recommend using this on new tats though.
A little of this goes a long way. Because it’s a solid balm that melts on contact with the skin, you really don’t need to use a lot to get the full effect, so the 60g pot is going to last a long time.
Who are [M]Botanicals?
[M]Botanicals are a skin company that believe the best way to keep skin happy and healthy is to keep it as close to nature as possible, using plant based ingredients.
All of their natural ingredients are researched and tested and meet ECOCERT certification standards for organic and or natural products. They do use some lab based ingredients such as peptides so their products really work, but the plant based formulas are designed specifically to help the natural healing process, repairing and rebalancing your skin so it’s completely at it’s best, the essential oils used are there not only to make the products smell INCREDIBLE, but to add to the treatment.
Everything from their formulations to their packaging is minimalistic. Every ingredient has a specific role, it’s there for a reason – which is why most of their products are multifunctional – the ingredients work together.
Plus, the company is sustainable, the ingredients come from organic sources where possible, they’re also from fair trade or local farms plus they’re cruelty free and nothing is tested on animals.
Where can I get it?
The Hydrating Beauty Balm is available from [M]Botanicals priced at £28 for a 60g pot. There are lots of other gorgeous products, like the Rejuvenating Facial Elixir and the Soy Wax Candles that I want to try. They are definitely being added to the wish list.
Thank you to [M]Botanicals, all images and thoughts are my own.