It's taken me a long time to find the best product to use as a primer for my oily prone skin. Having tried some of the most expensive primers and setting sprays, historically used Nyx, Smashbox, Urban decay and Skindinavia all of these are gorgeous products however they didn't work for me. Having looked at some videos on YouTube I was sold on the fact that It worked for the reviewers unfortunately they didn't work for me. Not sure whether I was not applying the products well I guess I still had a long way to go. I decided to go back to basics and take a long good look at myself and figure out what I need to do to improve my skin and improve the texture as I was riddled with stress induced acne. It was a challenge to learn to hydrate, I was never a fan of water so my skin was tired, over producing sebum and lacking a natural sheen.
To aid my skin towards health i did the following: -
Drinking water was and is still a daily task I do daily, First, I have to ensure I drink at least 1.5 - 2 litres a day, I'm only starting and I'm sure there are some people out there who will drink more than I do daily. Drinking water hydrates from inside and will flush out toxins, plumps skin, you will also have clearer glowing skin.
Secondly, I had to make sure I was eating healthily and a great way to maximize my veg and fruit intake was making smoothies. I've enjoyed creating my smoothies using frozen fruit pieces, ginger, coriander and water, alternatively making a fruit salad topped with natural yogurt.
For the primer I used the following ingredients: -
Rose water - It is packed with anti inflammatory properties great for skin that breaks out, pore minimiser, protect the skin from free radicals the list is endless for more information take a look at this brilliant blog post about rose water.
3-4 drops rosemary essential oil - without being dazzled by the beautiful smell, rosemary is my go to oil if I want to smell good (more of making your home made essential oil perfume in another post) It has antiseptic, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Great for problem skin!
mix these two together and you're good to go.
So imagine having a purposeful primer/spritz that will work in the deep skin layers while you're going about your normal day to day. I use this product as a toner, spritz it before applying my makeup and during the day as needed and it has replaced the expensive brands that I have used before. I have to confess, I am starting to think of the idea of making my own rose water as seen in this post by Julian Harris.
Let me know how you get on with making your own facial spritz, Until next time................................