I've said it before and I will say it again because I love hearing the sound of my own voice: Skincare is boring.
And sometimes, good skin is so much work (please ignore the fact that I constantly brag about my perfect complexion and allow me to make this point.) I feel like, how can I know if one cleanser or moisturizer really works if I haven’t tried everything else on the market? That’s impossible! And frankly, I would rather spend my time writing about the important things in life. Like fragrances.
But I do my best, you know? If a product doesn’t work, then duh, I don’t write about it. If it works just as good as everything else, I usually won’t write about it, because I want things to STAND OUT and really blow my mind. I would never want to bore you with any product if it’s not going to totally change your entire life.
Well, today I come bearing a product that is not only effective, but very distinctive and debilitatingly chic.
I feel like oils are a very “now” product because more and more of them just keep cropping up. Moroccan oil, Argan oil, Maracuja oil, moisturizing oils, repairing oils, the list goes on! Some old standbys and some new additions. But, yo, how different are they? I mean, really? They all just sort of say the same thing, that they’re good for your skin, hair and nails, so why confuse me with so many options?
PLANT is different. Here’s why.
PLANT is for your face, made from a combination of oils from nuts, fruits, and other essential oils. It’s light, deeply penetrating, and potent, boasting very real benefits such as moisturizing, anti-aging, and cell regeneration. It’s one of those products that makes me beautiful from the inside out (which is good, because I’m really ugly on the inside).
I was talking to Holly, one of the founders of PLANT, about what makes the oil worthwhile, and she laid out why their oil is so different from the rest. First off, it’s all about the oils that make up PLANT oil. Macadamia nut oil and Buckthorn oil both contain high levels of palmitoleic acid, an omega 7 fatty acid that has powerful anti-aging properties. It boosts collagen production, combats inflammation, and protect against oxidative stress (stress that inhibits your system’s ability to detoxify).
Pomegranate oil has punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid, that hydrates really well, and ellagic acid that, in clinical studies has been shown to inhibit skin tumor growth.
I hope I broke that all down for you well enough. I’m not an expert on all of those acids but I know you readers know a hell of a lot more about some of that than I do, so I thought it was important to include. Is xo's resident chemist Claire
reading this? What am I even saying? I may not be familiar with those names, but I'm down with the benefits.
All of the oils have names of Danish origin, and come in these sexy little bottles so you can be your very own mad scientist.
The PLANT oil I use is “Æ” for normal and combination skin.
“Æ,” the 26th letter of the Danish alphabet, is a combination letter for combination skin. Get it?
Here’s the ingredient list: Sweet Almond Oil; Macadamia Nut Oil; Grapeseed Oil; Jojoba Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil; Essential Oils of Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Ginger; Vitamin E.
No parabens, silicones, or other chemical stabilizers. All of the included oils have long shelf lives to begin with, and the vitamin E stabilizes them even further.
The other face oils are:
“Ø” (pronounced “oo” as in book) for oily skin.
“Ø” is Danish for “island,” a dry spot in a wet place.
Å (pronounced “oh”) for dry skin.
“Å” is Danish for a small river or a stream, moisture in a dry place.
I own a lot of oils, and I’ve tried even more. PLANT has risen to the top of my list because it doesn’t feel oily. I’m very skeptical about all oils at first, and for good reason, but from the second I put this on in the morning to when I crash late at night, it doesn’t look or feel oily. I even used it on my enormous forehead, which I always avoid putting any product on because they always make it looks oily, and it was fine!
In fact, my skin looks better when I’m wearing it, and it’s not just a placebo effect, which admittedly, I am very prone to. My skin doesn’t look shiny, or even “dewy” (which I always think is just a nice word for “oily”). Though the oil is very penetrating, it helps your skin catch just a little more light and look healthier. I really like how my skin looks when I have it on. An unexpected benefit.
PLANT is meant to be your primary moisturizer, but can be used in conjunction with your favorite moisturizer if you like. I love this oil, so half the time I wear it on its own, but I’m also in a committed relationship with my Bioelements Beyond Hydration
, so sometimes I layer it on top of that. In terms of serums, PLANT basically has all of the same benefits of the best ones on the market when it comes to anti-aging, moisturizing, and repair, but without all of the preservatives and stabilizers -- and for a fraction of the price. It's $40, y'all!
And as a fun little sidenote, they also make body washes!
Amazing scents with therapeutic benefits such as calming, energizing, and AROUSING. (Aphrodisiacing? No.)
The body washes are just as natural as the oils; they feel luxurious as you wash, and the low-sudsing formula is gentle on sensitive skin! I have “WAKE UP” which smells like fresh rosemary and lemongrass. It smells good enough to eat!
but probably don't eat it...
What's your stance on oils? Especially for your FACE?!? Have you tried other ones? What are your faves? To the comments section!
God, I can't believe I referenced nut oils so many times and still went the entire article without a "nuts on my face" joke. Hi, Mom.
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