Apart from basic cleanser-toner-moisturizer skincare routine, I’ve always believed that our skin needs more & more nourishment. Basic skincare routine can do a decent job too but don’t you think that we need some extras things to boost up our skin? The extra extra things in skincare would be like serums, essences, ampoules, oil cleansers, facial mist, eye cream, oils, overnight masks or even sheet masks.
In this post, I’ll be sharing my holy grail oil of 2017!
Meet ma lady here, The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed.
I started using it since May 2017 and I’ve never thought that it’d bring such differences into my skincare routine. Even Gothamista and Liah Yoo are fans of this oil! No wonder it is that good. Whatever products they recommend, I’m just hooked to buy everything. I hardly doubt their recommendations because once they said that it is good, it is really good, guys.
Speaking about oils, I’m pretty sure that most of us have the common perception that oils would make your skin greasier especially if you fall under the oily skin type. No guys, it’s not true. Nowadays, many skincare companies have come out with a lot of innovative oil formulations to prove that oils do benefit our skin. We just need to find out which type of oils suit our skin needs and try to incorporate into our routines, consistently.
BRAND IN BRIEF
The Ordinary is actually one of many brands under a company called Deciem which is just a 3 year-old company but it has achieved lots of success and awards! The company’s tagline “The Abnormal Beauty Company” is quite interesting too and it kinda reflects in their skincare lines looking at the packaging and their ingredients lists. So not typical. It’s abnormally interesting and most importantly good for its price! Imagine buying a 30-ml rosehip oil from The Ordinary at $18 versus buying Trilogy’s at $27 for 20-ml.
MAIN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
Rosehip oil is actually extracted from the hip of the plant. In easy terms, hip means the location where the seeds of the rose plant reside. Rosehip oil can be extracted from a variety of roses but for The Ordinary’s it’s from Rosa Canina. Rosehip oil contains a long chain of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids which easily penetrate into our lipid bilayer of our skin. Here are its contents:
- Linoleic acid > oleic acid. Linoleic acid is pretty good at healing our skin since it has anti-inflammatory properties. And because its concentration is larger than oleic acid, it is classified as a dry oil.
- Vitamin C for that extra glow.
- Beta carotene, which is a precursor of Vitamin A and also an antioxidant.
- Palmitic acid.
- Stearic acid.
Since it’s a dry oil, my oily skin appreciates it so much! Olive oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil and camellia seed oil are just too occlusive to be applied on my skin.
I always use this oil every day, AM and PM, after liquid applications (serums, essences, etc) and before moisturizers. In AM, I’ll use only 1 drop which goes a long way actually and in PM, I’ll put 2 drops. The oil has a orange-ish tint and it’s very liquidy, not oily 😀 I’m surprised that it’s not towards the oilier side as I originally thought, but I can definitely feel it’s penetrating my skin layer.
The best part of it is it has ZERO SCENT in it which makes it more refined!! Also alcohol-free, cruelty free, vegan and nut-free.
You can either pat it on your skin or either massage. I’d prefer massaging the oil because massaging does its job too in improving the blood circulation in our face. And sometimes, before applying foundation, I’ll use 2 drops of it for some extra glow in my makeup.
Besides applying the oil on my face, I frequently apply it onto my feet which is a bit flaky and also in my arm folds where sometimes I get scratch marks.
Pros: Scentless, not occlusive and worth the price. 100% organic. 100% cold-pressed meaning all the good things are still retained in it during processing. No animal derivatives. No breakouts. Affordable and for a 30-ml oil, it can last for a year. Great starters for those wanting to step up their skincare routines.
But there’s something about this oil that turns me off……
Its stability. It’s quite unstable which means that it has a short shelf life, probably up to 3-4 months. Usually the colour of the oil tends to be off after some months, from orange to yellow. I’m not sure if anyone else is also experiencing this, but I definitely did. Other options that I’m currently considering beside rosehip is squalane oil. I heard that it’s quite stable and has a shelf life up to 2 years. I’m definitely going to try squalane after this!
Thank you for reading!