Face Serums by Skincare Blogger Chris

March 4th, 2012 by Sophy

“Face oils? I can’t decide!

19 February

I have a spanish friend, about five years younger than I am. She looks amazing and her skin is always ‘glowing’ and I have a recollection that she mentioned she used rosehip oil.

When I was a child my sisters were already ‘grown up’ with careers or married with children, as there is a 14 year difference between my eldest sister and me. One of my sisters was an airhostess and, in those days, had quite an exciting life! I can remember my mother asking my sister’s friend, another airhostess, how she managed to keep such lovely tanned skin. The answer was a few drops of olive oil in the bath water!

As a teenager, on excursions to the beach with my boyfriend, we would take a lemonade bottle filled with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar! It meant you kept very still on your towel, otherwise you ended up absolutely coated in sand! We smelt like chips but we went a lovely colour!

I can remember my mother always kept a very small bottle of olive oil in the bathroom! God knows what it was for! No-one used olive oil for cooking! We had LARD!

When I was diagnosed with arthritis and osteoporosis, about 18 years ago, I used to go home at lunchtime and have a tablespoon of codliver oil and a cold glass of milk to swallow it down! I didn’t dare breathe, as I swallowed the codliver oil, as it stank so much of fish, and as a vegetarian, I couldn’t afford to have an aversion to fish.

As you know my favourite and cheapest body oil has been my mixture of almond oil with drops of lavender. I have coated myself in this throughout pregnancies, when I thought I might develop stretchmarks AND I am completely stretchmark free! Since then about once a week I go for the ‘oiling’ session.

I have a lovely memory of my old, indian, yoga teacher, from Madras, whose daughter had just produced a grandson. He told me how they oil the baby after their bath. Said grandson used to be balanced on my teacher’s knee, quite contentedly, as he demonstrated ‘movements’.

I have done a little survey on several face oils as I couldn’t imagine using OIL on my face. I am a bit of a ‘no chemicals’ freak, an organic goddess!


The potent, purifying and sebum-regulating botanicals in Saaf’s Organic Complexion Boosting Serum help to balance oily skin, clear breakouts, smooth away blemishes and improve skin tone and texture. Highly absorbent, the clarifying serum also helps skin resist the ageing process, giving it a soft velvety quality and promoting healthy skin renewal. You should soon notice a significant improvement in tone, texture and appearance as your skin looks clearer, brighter and more radiant, while feeling intensely hydrated.

Ideal for:

Detoxing congested skin
Oily and acne prone skin conditions
Dull skin
Hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone and texture

Safflower Oil is easily absorbed by the skin. It soothes skin irritations, increases moisture content and is particularly good for sensitive skin as it’s extremely skin compatible.
Jojoba Oil softens and protects the skin, leaving it feeling nourished.
Black Seed Oil is a wonderful anti-Inflammatory ingredient, rich in volatile oils such as nigellone and thymochinone, which have an anti-histamine, anti-infective and anti-oxidant effect.
High levels of NaturalVitamin E, which has twice the bio-availability of synthetic versions, promote soft and supple skin, aid healing and help to reduce old scarss.
Rosehip Seed Oil helps to lighten scars, blemishes and pigmentation problems by promoting healthy skin renewal.
Lemongrass and Juniper Berry essential oils help to shrink open pores and control excessive oiliness.
This is £29.99 for 30ml and really does go a long way and does make the skin very soft and glowing. You have to be really careful with oils and make sure they are fully absorbed, before applying any makeup, otherwise it just streaks all over the place.

The trouble with some descriptions is that I can’t understand the jargon and I need to have anti-infective described to me, likewise volatile oils? I become frustrated with the vocabulary used, and can’t decide on whether I should be using the product, as I don’t have any old scars or blemishes? Perhaps this would be a good skincare product for acne sufferers? I start to get really confused and then, when my hair starts to get oily and sticks to my face, I lose heart and wonder why I am trying it in the first place!

Back to Saaf which is persian for pure. I have tried their ultimate moisture serum


This ultra-rich serum is extremely nourishing and healing. It’s light and satisfying to use, leaving skin feeling fresh and velvety smooth. The unique blend combines ultra-effective natural ingredients to promote skin regeneration and help boost levels of collagen and elastin, making the skin appear smoother and firmer, while balancing impurities and soothing and irritations. Used frequently, Ultimate Moisture Face Serum will help restore skin suppleness and even out skin tone.

Ideal for:

Use day or night as a skin rejuvenation treatment
Dry skin
Prematurely ageing, mature or sagging skin
Sun damaged skin
Rosacea (redness or uneven skin tone) and hyper pigmentation
Pomegranate Seed Oil helps boost skin restoration and improve the elasticity of the skin. By promoting the production of collagen, it also helps reverse damage caused by sun exposure. It has strong anti-oxidant properties.
Natural Vitamin E promotes soft and supple skin, helps to reduce old scars, aids healing and makes Pomegranate Seed Oil work more effectively.
Rosehip Seed Oil is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of old scars and blemishes, and helps to even out skin tone. It helps skin regeneration, giving smoother, firmer skin.
Safflower Oil helps soothe skin irritations and increase the moisture content of the skin.
Ylang Ylang and Egyptian Geranium essential oils have calming and skin balancing properties and give the serum a light fragrance.
This is a lighter oil BUT unfortunately for me, I have an awful feeling that the vitamin E might be cod liver oil, I had flashbacks or should I say ‘smellbacks’ to taking the codliver oil on the spoon!

For me, I need an intensive olfactory experience and the ‘light fragrance’ just wasn’t enough although it does make your skin beautiful and soft and I have worn it underneath my make up.

I have only just decided to wear make up and my next post will tell you which FOUR foundations I have been using AND love! I have given away so much make up over the years as I just never looked right in it. I have it sorted! More next time!

Best wishes for an early SPRING. Book that HOLIDAY now!

Lots of love to you all