Sensitive Skin :: Almond Face Care

Weleda sensitive skin Almond facial skincare range

The Almond Sensitive Skin Facial Range has been specially formulated by Weleda to care for the most sensitive of skin.  As previously written about in “Almond :: the Best Choice for Sensitive Skin“, Sweet Almond oil is the perfect choice to use in this range.

I’ve had eczema since I was a child, but I didn’t really give my skin very much thought until I became pregnant with my now teenage daughter.  Suddenly I found that my face reacted to pretty much everything I tried to put on it.  The tops of my cheeks burned and felt tight.  My skin became dry and flakey.  It was horrible.  Demoralising. I wondered whether it might settle down once my daughter was born.  It didn’t.  I had developed sensitive skin.  Almond oil was recommended by my mother. I tried it and have used it ever since.

My skin reacts to various chemicals added to cosmetics (parabens, SLS/SLES, etc).  My scalp is particularly sensitive and painful if I use a product with a triggering ingredient.  If you have sensitive skin, you know how unpleasant it can be when it flares!  There are many products that I cannot use and it can be problematic if I forget to bring something supposedly simple, like shampoo, with me when I am away from home.

I have to be very careful with my skin and have spent a lot of time trying to find products that I can use.

Sensitive Skin Facial Care

Sensitive skin Almond facial oil from Weleda

Almond Soothing Facial Oil £17.95

I’ve used almond oil on my face for over a decade.  It is fantastic as both a soothing and moisturising facial oil, but also as a cleanser. It’s a good choice for removing eye makeup and I’m all for products that do double-duty! It also goes a long way and even though it gets pretty much daily use here, a bottle lasts and lasts!

This wonderfully gentle facial oil is made from organic sweet almond oil blended with extract of organic blackthorn blossom and plum kernel oil. It makes for a light, quickly absorbed oil that  helps to reduce irritation and sensitivity.  I’m prone to very dry and flaky skin. Oh how my forehead and cheeks can itch!  So I layer up on my face care.  I use the oil as a base layer, leave it to absorb a little and then add my day or night cream.

It’s the oil I use for facials. If you are in the local area, you are welcome to book with me and enjoy a bit of pampering courtesy of myself and this fabulous oil.

If you are prone to blackheads, it is also the perfect oil to use to do a triple cleanse and I would be happy to demonstrate this for you. And if you’d like to try it at home, I’ve linked to this fab short tutorial from Weleda Australia (below) – repeat three times!

As a bonus, the oil is suitable for vegans too!  It is one of my top recommendations from the Weleda range.

Discover silky, smooth skin and inner radiance with an Almond Soothing Facial Oil cleanse. 🌸 MASSAGE the face firmly but gently, with several drops of the Almond Soothing Facial Oil for 2 – 3 minutes. 🌸 RELAX, rest and breathe out. 🌸 APPLY a warm muslin washcloth until cool. 🌸 WIPE away the oil residue, refresh the washcloth and repeat until all the excess oil is removed. 🌸 The simple and effective blend of cold pressed Sweet Almond Oil, Plum Seed Oil and Blackthorn Flower Extract, gently dissolves away oily product residue without stripping the body’s own protective layer. Just feel the texture of your skin now…🙌🏻 . . . #weleda #inharmonywithnature #almond #superfood #oilcleanse #facialoil #beauty #greenbeauty #naturalbeauty #organic #ethical #fairtrade #beautyblogger #beautybloggersau

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Sensitive Skin Almond Cleansing lotion from Weleda

Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion £10.50

Skip the soap! This light, creamy lotion is perfect for cleansing sensitive skin.  Soap can be very drying on your face.  Plus, if you’re anything like me, chances are you’re sensitive to sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate (SLS and SLES). This is a great replacement for SLS/SLES laden foaming facial washes.  I’m not one for faffing on the cleansing front . This is a wash your face and get on with it product (so good for teenagers too!)

And yes, it’s another product that is suitable for vegans (so another big thumbs up!)

Sensitive skin almond facial cream from Weleda

Almond Soothing Facial Cream £15.75

If you have dry sensitive skin, this facial cream is the one for you.  I initially used this cream (along with the facial oil) to help heal and balance my skin.  It really helped to soothe my often itchy, flaking skin. Over time, I was able to move onto the Wild Rose and then the  Pomegranate range, that I now use.

Sensitive skin Almond facial lotion from Weleda

Almond Soothing Facial Lotion £15.75

This gentle facial lotion is my lotion of choice to recommend for teens just starting out with a skin care routine.  It is the lotion used by my teenage daughter (alongside the fabulous Aknedoran cleansing range for balancing spotty or acne-prone skin and the Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion). But, of course, it is fabulous for anyone who has sensitive combination skin.


Offers and Thank You Gifts, september 2017

September Offers from Weleda Wellbeing Advisor

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little about the wonderful Sweet Almond.  There is an ongoing 15% off available when you purchase any three face care products (including the Men’s facial range).

Throughout September 2017 the Almond Soothing Facial Oil features as the Hostess Exclusive gift for hosting a Wellbeing Event.

What’s more, Customer Thank You Gifts are the Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream or Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion (when you spend over either £45 or £60 respectively).

I only have limited dates available for Wellbeing Events, so do book as soon as possible to secure your date of choice.


Sensitive Skin Almond Body and Bath range

I’ve also written about the Almond sensitive skin body and bath/shower range.  If you would like to find out more, please visit: Sensitive Skin Almond Body and Bath.  For more information about Sweet Almond Oil as an ingredient, please visit: Almond :: the Best Choice for Sensitive Skin.


Various Other Reviews

Oh wow! When I looked for further reviews to include, there was no shortage of them!  Please bear in mind that there have been some price changes at the end of January 2017.

  1. http://halimabobs.com/2015/12/dry-skin-remedies-weleda-facial-oil-and.html
  2. http://www.sophieslittlesecrets.co.uk/2015/11/review-weledas-almond-wild-rose.html
  3. http://lightscamerahappyliving.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/weleda-almond-soothing-facial-lotion.html
  4. https://fashionablybalanced.com/2015/08/29/sneak-preview-new-weleda-range/
  5. http://www.rokderm.com/rokderm-1/2012/06/26/focus-on-almond-oil-and-a-review-of-weledas-almond-soothing-facial-oil
  6. http://iheartbeauty.net/2015/11/weleda-almond-sensitive-skin-hand-cream-and-facial-oil-review/
  7. http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2013/07/30/weleda-almond-soothing-cleansing-lotion-review/
  8. http://www.theiemommy.com/2014/06/22/weleda-almond-soothing-facial-oil-review-weleda-weleda/
  9. http://liveitloveitgreenit.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/weleda-almond-soothing-line-review.html
  10. http://www.dalryroseblog.com/2016/04/weleda-almond-range-review.html
  11. https://blog.echolife.com.au/2011/07/15/product-review-weleda-almond-soothing-facial-oil/

Some useful videos from Weleda about the Almond Facial range.  However, I would say that although the range is “fragrance-free” it is made with almond oil and, therefore, does smell of almonds.


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All images sourced from Weleda UK unless otherwise credited.

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Almond :: the best choice for Sensitive Skin

harvesting-almonds

This article explains why the Sweet Almond is first choice for Weleda’s range for sensitive skin.  If you are interested in learning more about the actual products, please visit the links at the end of this article.

Almond Blossom

An Introduction to Sensitive Skin

The skin is our largest sensory organ.  It is first in line for a battering from everything our environment can throw at it. From external weather, air conditioning and pollution, to stress and an unbalanced diet, your skin feels it all.  It’s no wonder that it is often the first to show signs of wear, becoming dry, irritated and sensitive.

Skin is made up of layers. The epidermis (outer layer) acts as a barrier to bacteria and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin.   Secreted by the sebaceous glands, the film that sits at the very surface is the acid mantle (or hydro-lipid film).  In brief, when this layer becomes out of balance the result is dry, irritated and otherwise sensitive skin.

Many products for “oily skin” work by stripping away this natural layer.  You may have experienced this as that tight, dry feeling you can get after some cleansers.  Although the cleanser certainly stops your skin feeling oily, this effect is temporary.  Your skin’s response is to go into overdrive, producing more secretions to make up for the loss.  In addition, harsh ingredients within the cleansers may also irritate already unbalanced skin. When you stop using the product, your skin will be even more unbalanced.  This can lead you to believe that you continue to “need” that product and you can become reliant on it.

Conversely, other products for “dry skin” rely on mineral oils (a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum). These oils aren’t easily absorbed by the skin.  They create a layer that sits upon it, interfering with its ability to breathe.  This creates a reliance on the product as the skin becomes accustomed to not having to produce enough moisture.  Again the problem is masked and compounded by the product that is supposed to be helping the skin.

In addition, where skin is dry and maybe flakey, the temptation can be to rub the dry particles away. The top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum of “horny” layer) is sensitive to friction. So, over-rubbing and exfoliation can actually exacerbate any underlying problems, interfering with the skin’s natural ability to maintain its moisture balance.

Weleda seeks to work with your skin (and you) to bring your body into balance so that your skin finds its own natural equilibrium.

The Almond and its value for Sensitive Skin

The almond is a deciduous tree of the Mediterranean climate region.  It produces drupes (stone fruit) and is a relative of the apricot and peach.  Although it is commonly called a nut, it is instead an edible seed within a hull.

“Almonds have been in human use for thousands of years, both to eat and in cosmetic products.   As a tree that originated in the Middle East, it is mentioned at various times in the Bible and is seen as a symbol of Christ (whose human “shell” surrounded his divinity) and also of Mary.  It also appears in various mythologies from around the Meditterean sea.

“The nature of almond is shown by its harmonious relationship between the healthy all-protecting shell on the outside, protecting a robust kernel, rich in oil and nutrients, on the inside.

– Weleda”

As this quote from Weleda demonstrates, the almond was noted in history as symbolic of “protection”. Maybe this was what first drew attention to its potential cosmetic use?  The strengthening of that outermost “hard” layer (aka “horny” layer) of skin to protect the rich layers and body contained within?

Indeed,  almond  oil is similar in structure to the skin’s outer lipid layers and is easily absorbed. The kernel is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E.  These fatty acids help to  strengthen the skin, protecting it from water loss.  They also work to support the skin’s natural processes.  As such it is a very popular choice as an ingredient in cosmetic ranges and a clear first choice as the Lead Plant for Weleda’s range for sensitive skin.

Ethically sourcing Sweet Almond Oil

There has been an increasing demand for Weleda’s products for sensitive skin and it has become increasingly important that the almond oil used is harvested responsibly whilst continuing to meet the high quality standards.

Weleda works with the Manan co-operative in the Valencia region of Spain.  The co-operative grow and harvest organic almonds in the hills around the city of Alicante.  The land used is one of the largest almond cultivation sites in Europe:

“The partnership between Weleda and Manan flourishes on a shared philosophy of sustainable development and environmental protection. You can see this in matters as simple as the economical use of water over the total area of 6000 hectares. The growers are deliberately sparing with water, a precious commodity in Spain, because over-irrigation can eventually lead to salinization of the soil, erosion and reduction in soil fertility.

By reducing water use, the farmers show that they are thinking long-term, but it comes at a price. The yield for this group of earth-conscious growers amounts to about 500 kilos of harvested almonds per hectare, only a tenth of what can be harvested under the intensive cultivation methods of California’s plantations. As the customer company, to support this commitment to sustainability, Weleda must ensure that the lower yield is offset by prices that are higher, and therefore fair to the farmers.

Harvesting in this hilly landscape involves a lot of labour-intensive cooperation between workers. Equipped with nets and poles, two experienced workers take around ten minutes to harvest the fruit from each tree. Harvesting almonds is not as easy as it looks – nets bulging with almonds are very heavy and there are physically-demanding hours of stooping, bending and stretching. But these farmers are highly motivated thanks to their long-term partnership with Weleda and they take pride in producing good quality almonds and in handling them properly so that the crop is dried carefully and quickly after harvesting.

– Weleda”

The almonds then undergo gentle cold pressing and filtration. The next step is refining and organic certification. Finally, the resultant oil is sent to Weleda’s manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Germany and France, to be made into the wonderful product range available today.

Such a fantastic journey for the almond oil that contributes to the valuable Weleda Almond Sensitive Skincare range!  If you would like to learn more, please visit:


Gifts & Offers for September 2017

September Offers from Weleda Wellbeing Advisor

There is an ongoing 15% off available when you purchase any three face care products (including the Men’s facial range).

Throughout September 2017 the Almond Soothing Facial Oil features as the Hostess Exclusive gift for hosting a Wellbeing Event.

What’s more, Customer Thank You Gifts are the Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream or Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion (when you spend over either £45 or £60 respectively).

I only have limited dates available for Wellbeing Events, so do book as soon as possible to secure your date of choice.

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Weleda Scoops Awards from Gentle Parenting International

The winners of the Gentle Parenting International’s #gentleparenting awards 2017 have been announced and Weleda has won in a number of categories.  The full list and comments are on their Facebook page, but as a summary:

 

Weleda Calendula Nappy Cream

 

In the Best Nappy Cream category, Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream won the GOLD award for the third year running!  I’ve used the Nappy Cream for over 13 years with my four youngest children – it really is a mainstay here!  Also fab for other chaffed/sore areas and I’ve had nothing but excellent feedback from parents on its use.  It is one of my top recommendations from Weleda – an absolute gem of a product!

 

Stretch Mark Massage Oil from Weleda

In the Best Pregnancy Product category, Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil won the GOLD award.  Not just for pre and post pregnancy, this stretch mark massage oil if fantastic for anyone who may be concerned about stretch marks/scarring – and what’s more, it smells absolutely amazing!  I keep it with my other body oils and always offer it as an option alongside them, regardless of gender as it’s a fab general body oil in its own right (and people have chosen it as a favourite based on scent alone).

Weleda Calendula Baby Range

In the Best Baby Toiletries category, Weleda Baby Calendula Range won the GOLD award.  As Weleda UK’s Managing Director, Jayn Sterland, says, the Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash is the top-selling product across the Weleda range.  It is what I personally use to wash my hair and, naturally, is also used by my youngest children.  Also in regular use here are the Calendula Cream bath, Baby Lotion and Baby Oil.  All have a delicate scent and are a great choice for adults too.

 

Weleda Nursing Tea

In the Best Breastfeeding Aid category, Weleda Nursing Tea won the GOLD award.  This is a really pleasant herbal tea.  I bring it along to the Love Creates Love meetings that I co-run and it’s makes a lovely drink whilst you breastfeed.

 

Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Body Lotion

 

In the Best Product for Sensitive Skin category, Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Body Lotion won the GOLD award.  I use the Calendula range with my own children, however, if you have particularly sensitive skin, the White Mallow range is the perfect choice.  Accredited by the National Eczema Association, this range is fragrance free and contains white mallow to help soothe skin prone to irritation.  Also in the range are a face cream and nappy cream – and the face cream can be very useful for adults with very sensitive skin too!

 

Weleda Perineum Massage Oil

In the Best Birth Product category, Weleda Perineum Massage Oil won the GOLD award.  Maybe not the most comfortable of conversations, but massage of the perineal area from 35 weeks reduces the risk of perineal trauma during birth (1).

Weleda Chamomilla Granules 3x

In the Toothache & Teething category, Weleda Chamomilla 3x granules won the GOLD award.  Chamomilla is a traditional remedy to help symptoms of teething and colicky pain and is suitable from birth.

Weleda Mum-to-Be range

In the Best Maternity Toiletries category, Weleda Mum-to-Be range won the SILVER award.  Containing the GOLD award winning Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil and Weleda Perineum Massage Oil, the range also contains the lovely Weleda Nursing Oil formulated for use whilst massaging the breasts to help prepare for breastfeeding and stimulate milk flow.


I have samples of a few of the above available and, if you’re local to the Doncaster area, you can book either a one-to-one or group session to sample from the wider range (and get some general advice on skincare for baby and mum-to-be).  In addition I co-run the Doncaster branch of Love Creates Love – a free peer support group for new and expectant parents (alongside the local NCT) – so do get in touch if you’d like to come along.

 

LINKS

  1. Cochrane: http://www.cochrane.org/CD005123/PREG_antenatal-perineal-massage-for-reducing-perineal-trauma

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