Apparently, with the exception of yesterday’s post, it’s skincare week here on Beauty Isles. Let’s talk about oils. Facial oils, that is. Although I’ve had a sordid skincare history, I continue to experiment simply because it interests me. A few years ago I began incorporating more “anti-aging” products into my regimen. Though acne-prone, I am not afraid of using heavier moisturizers, especially when I am in a colder climate. As such, I entered into the wonderful world of facial oils with little hesitation.
There are four face oils in my current rotation: Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, Sephora Collection Super Regenerating Oil-Serum and Tarte Maracuja Oil. Keep reading if you’re interested in my experiences and thoughts on each. 🙂
Facial Oil #1 – Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil
I mentioned the Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil a couple of days ago in Friday’s Brand Spotlight post. It contains Algenist’s star ingredient: alguronic acid and promises to deliver the performance of a powerful anti-aging serum. As previously mentioned, I truly, truly enjoy this oil. It makes me skin feel healthy and supple without being heavy. The consistency is somewhere between an oil and a serum – making application extremely easy. Some may feel that it’s overpriced, and maybe it is, but it’s one I would keep in my skincare arsenal. I like it best when my skin is feeling dehydrating.
Facial Oil # 2 – Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
The Fresh Seaberry Oil has also been featured on Beauty Isles in a past Brand Spotlight. It is touted as a “soothing face oil packed with restorative omegas and seabuckthorn oil to preserve a youthful appearance”. As Seabuckthorn oil is a traditional restorative treatment with anti-inflammatory benefits, I like to use it when I’m experiencing a mild rosacea flare-up and/or bad breakouts. This one is more like an oil in consistency requiring you to warm it up in your hands prior to application. If you’re not into the steep price tag of the Fresh version (which also includes cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond) – you can purchase pure seabuckthorn oil at many natural health food stores for much less.
Facial Oil #3 – Sephora Collection Super Regenerating Oil-Serum
The Sephora Collection is often overlooked, particularly when it comes to skincare. However, the collections offers some very good, affordable products. I’ve learned that they are more affordable not because they lack the good ingredients of other high end brands but because not as much capital has to be spent on marketing. Anyway, this anti-aging oil promises to soothe the skin, “giving it more suppleness and radiance, while supporting natural regeneration and making it visibly more beautiful”. It contains Tiger nut oil, collagen-friendly peptides and seaweed extract. The texture is similar to the Algenist oil in that it feels more like a serum making it easier to work into the skin. I also believe that the effect on the skin is very similar as well.
Facial Oil #4 – Tarte Maracuja Oil
Maracuja oil comes from passion flower plant and is a known anti-oxidant said to have anti-inflammatory qualities. The Tarte Maracuja Oil is just that – maracuja oil, there are no additional ingredients. According to Tarte, the oil “works to rejuvenate and deliver an even-toned complexion while its infusion of vitamin C creates the appearance of brighter skin”. Like the Fresh Seaberry, this oil should be warmed up in the hands prior to make application easier. It is probably my least favorite of the oils mentioned in this post as it is the heaviest and more oil-like than the rest. I do not use the Tarte Maracuja Oil on its own – rather, I will mix it in with an anti-aging serum of some sort. I do really like it for the cuticles and it’s a good one to mix in with your body moisturizer during the winter.
Do you guys use facial oils? I’d love to read your recommendations!
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