Dec 21 2014

A Look At Facial Oil: What’s in My Rotation


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.

Facial Oils - Tarte, Algenist, Fresh and Sephora

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


Facial Oil - 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

Facial Oil - Fresh Seaberry 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

Facial Oil - 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

Facial Oil - 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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  1. I use Anne Semonin Apricot Kernel Oil 😀 It is great for getting rid of pesky spots!!! I love your Tarte Option!

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on December 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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      Ooh, that sounds amazing! Never heard of it – definitely going to Google it right now. Hehe. 🙂

  2. I’ve been using Pure Vitamin E oil. It’s helping with inflammation caused by unexpected breakouts. I love using it at night. When I wake up my skin is less dry and dehydrated.

      • Kimmy on December 23, 2014 at 11:00 am
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      I’ve heard that before – about the Vit E oil. Definitely will look into it! Thanks for your input and great advice, hun! xo

  3. I bought the jumbo size of the Tarte Maracuja Oil 😀 I really want to try Fresh Seaberry!!! I’m very acne-prone and I still enjoy oil on my skincare regimen a lot.

    1. Agreed, just because we are acne prone doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good oil! Do you ever shop Sephora? I know there was a promo code for the oil once. There’s also a Fresh 500 point perk right now that includes the Seaberry Oil. 🙂

  4. Hello! I just discover your article and like you I really love the Oil-Serum from Sephora! Unfortunately, I heard that it been discontinued.. Do you have any recommandation/dupe for replacing this holy grail product? Thank you!

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