As far as multi-tasking beauty products go, one of the most versatile and in my opinion useful is a good quality oil based balm.
We are just getting to that time of year where the temperatures drop and skin can get dry and sore. The Neals Yard Remdies – Wild Rose Beauty balm (£38 for 50 mls) ticks all the right boxes and is one of the brands hero products. The ingredients in the Wild Rose Beauty balm are best suited to dry or very dry skin, although all skin types could incorporate this in to their routine if done with care. The main ingredient is wild rose oil, otherwise known as rosehip, used in skincare thanks to it’s high levels of vitamins A and C. Rosehip oil is perfect for nourishing the skin and improving fine lines, so this balm is a perfect treat after a day in the sun for example. The inclusion of other rich oils such as hemp and also Shea butter means that this balm tackles dry skin extremely well, all whilst never feeling too heavy. This product carries the Soil Association organic certification and comes packaged in a glass jar which can easily be recycled. There are quite a few different ways to use Wild Rose beauty balm:
As a cleanser – As a cleansing balm this is a rich balm that needs to be removed with a cloth, which happily is included in the box. Compared to cleansing balms which emulsify, this does require a little more effort to remove, however it tackles make up extremely well and is very softening on the skin. I would only recommend you use as a cleanser if your skin is dry as other skin types may well find it a little too heavy.
As a moisture balm – As a moisturising balm and overnight treatment/mask the Wild Rose Beauty balm excels and is my favourite way to use this product. Apply to well cleansed skin after spritzing with toner and over a water based serum if you use one to seal in moisture. Skin looks brighter and feels noticeably softer in the morning. They key to this method is not using too much to allow it to absorb in to the skin. It can also be used in a similar way in the bath as a mask, pop a warm flannel over the face to gently steam and release the scent from the essential oils.
To spot treat dryness – Whether it’s dry lips, cuticles or dry patches on the face, Wild Rose Beauty balm can be used to treat them. The beeswax in the balm has a protective quality making it perfect for applying before heading out in the cold weather as a final step in your skincare routine.
Wild Rose beauty balm has a deep herbal scent and is wonderfully nurturing on the skin. At £38 it definitely isn’t the cheapest balm on the market, but the generous size, beautiful ingredients and lovely packaging put it up there with some of my all time favourites. If you are new to Neal’s Yard Remedies this is a great place to start.