Facial Oils: What Not To Buy
Happy Friday loves! I hate to be writing a negative post on such a happy day, but then again wouldn’t it be a good thing for you guys to know what not to spend your money on this weekend? I think so 🙂 So, without further ado, let’s talk about some facial oils that didn’t work for me and the reasons why.
Facial Oils: Introduction
So what are facial oils? Well, they are exactly what they sound like- oils designed for your face. Facial oils are meant to be used as extra hydration and moisture boosters for those who have especially dry skins and their moisturizers or night creams alone don’t do the trick. The facial oils available worldwide today have an array of benefits beside the hydration factor. Now this doesn’t mean that folks with oily skin types can’t use facial oils. Today’s cosmetic/skincare industry has so many oils that are extremely lightweight and geared especially for oily skin types. So basically, there’s something for everyone. And even though oily skin types may not really need a facial oil in their skincare routine, it sure is a luxurious product to have.
I have only started dipping my toes in the world of facial oils for about a year and unfortunately, the first couple of ones I stumbled across, I didn’t enjoy.
- Mitchell and Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Face Oil
Here are some of the claims that they make about this oil:
–> A highly effective face oil packed with powerful natural anti-oxidants and vitamins that are instantly absorbed to leave skin feeling plumper, firmer and glowing with radiance.
–> The unique formulation, which has a luxuriously powdery feel, contains cobnut oil from the Mitchell farming estate. The oil is mildly astringent (producing a tightening effect) and brimming with Vitamin E, known for its anti-oxidant properties, as well as Vitamin B, which evens skin tone.
–> Other ingredients include vitamin-rich apricot kernel oil, coconut oil and wheat germ oil to protect against oxidative stress.
–>The Fine Radiance Face Oil is delicately fragranced with Mitchell and Peach’s Flora No.1 fragrance, a blend of uplifting floral essences including rose, lavender and ylang-ylang.
They don’t list the ingredients on their website, and honestly, any time a brand does that, I just immediately think they are shady and have something to hide.So let’s first start with the texture of this oil. Here’s where came in my biggest problem. I am a dry skinned girl. Which means, no matter if it is summer or winter, at night, I need solid hydration and moisturization boosters for my skin or my skin will be a cracked desert floor in the morning. This facial oil has a very light, almost ‘dry oil’ kind of a feel and texture. So it’s not very cooling, or wet feeling on the skin. Even after you apply this, your skin still feels thirsty. The only way I can see this product work is for oily skinned folks who need that lighter, drier oil texture in order to not overload their skin with more oiliness. Even then, I just have a feeling that this won’t provide enough hydration or moisture even to oily skinned folks.
Now let’s dissect some of the claims they make. Their claim about this oil giving plumpness, firmness blah blah blah, wasn’t true for me at all. Not only did this oil not give me my desired moisture, it didn’t really do anything for my skin. I have had more luck with my Laneige sleeping mask (see my review here) giving me more moisture and plumpness to my skin than this oil. Maybe that’s a personal thing, and maybe it’ll work for someone else; but for me, I didn’t find that it benefited my skin at all.
The same story applies to their claims about it being an ‘astringent’ meaning it gives tightening effects and also helps in evening out the skin tone with Vitamin B. No. It doesn’t.
Miscellaneous: This oil retails for 30 pounds, or about 42 USD. For a combination of complete lack of performance and a high price tag, I would not recommend this product.
- Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil
Jouer are very well know for their cosmetics but this was the first time I was trying out anything from their skincare line. Here’s what the product description says:
–> An advanced complexion oil formulated with Revinage™,a bioretinol complex that mimics the positive effects of a Retinol, without the harsh side effects. Rose Hip Oil delivers antioxidant protection, while Starflower Oil quenches and helps to rejuvenate the skin, providing optimal hydration benefits. The result is skin that appears smoother, firmer, and more resilient.
Let’s start with the texture of this oil. Now this facial oil is on the exact opposite side from the one before. I find this oil to be very very heavy and it never truly sinks in to your skin, even after having it on your face for a good 3-4 hours. Therefore, your skin will look greasy for a good few hours. Maybe it even looks greasy while I’m asleep, who the hell knows. Anyway, so let’s say I overlook the fact that this is on the heavier side. Maybe it is that heavy because it gives really intense moisture. No. It doesn’t. On multiple occasions, I have put on this oil in the night and yet I have woken up with dry, flaky patches on my skin. I mean who wants to wake up with skin like that after putting so much time and effort into the previous night’s skincare routine? Another problem with the texture of this oil is that it is completely impossible to layer another moisturizer or night cream over top of it. Let’s say you realized that this alone is not giving as much moisture (which should be the one and only failing factor for a facial oil imo). So then you’d want to layer a moisturizer on top of it. I regularly do layer my moisturizers even on top of my good facial oils because I just like creams/lotions to be the last thing to go on my face. However, with this oil, it is impossible to put anything on top of it because it is just going to slide off and never get absorbed because the layer of facial oil never does get absorbed into your skin! It is a bloody vicious cycle.
Below is a list of their ingredients which they were kind enough to list on their actual website. I always appreciate it when companies do that.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Bidens Pilosa Extract
Borago Officinalis Seed Oil
Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil
Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil
Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
Rosa Canina Seed Extract
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil
Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil
I don’t claim to know or understand all of the benefits of these various oils, but at a glance, it does look like a very healthy, nourishing blend of oils. On my skin, besides the texture, this oil just didn’t do anything. I didn’t see any added benefits by using this facial oil. I suspect that this might probably work for someone much older, with more mature skin. For anyone who is in their mid twenties to thirties, I doubt this would work for you.
Miscellaneous: This retails for $48.00. Again, for the price and performance, I would not recommend this product.
*I got both these oils as deluxe samples from Ipsy. Even though these were sample sizes, I got a generous amount of use out of them (with oils, you barely need a few drops each time) which is why I am able to formulate my thoughts and give you my fully formed opinion*
There you have it loves ! If you have any favorite facial oils, please do let me know. This noob needs good recommendations. Until the next one..
Have a great weekend babes,