3.30.2014

The Oils & Serums

Oils and serums are some of my favorite skincare products. No other product type seems to have the ability to create a glowy, luscious canvas with quite the same ease. Read on to hear about the three I've naughtily been keeping from you all these months...

The serum for combo to oily skin - Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum ($50) does exactly what its name suggests. Often times, oily skin can become exacerbated by drying skin care products or over-washing, causing it to react by producing more oil. This serum balances combination to oily skin types by giving it the hydration it needs, no more and no less, which in turn, helps skin regulate its own sebum production. It absorbs quickly into the skin, with minimal greasiness. When used at night, I always wake up with soft and moisturized skin that somehow manages to be completely shine-free. That's how I know it works. As with all Osmia Organics products, Facial Calibration Serum is soothing and non-irritating, complete with a natural, herbaceous scent.

The oil for 'damaged' skin - Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($36) is a self-proclaimed multi-tasker. It claims to increase skin firmness and elasticity and improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and fine lines. I use this oil at night, typically 3-4 drops under my night cream, and although it doesn't claim to, I notice that it offers an additional dose of hydration that is more than welcomed in my routine. With consistent usage over the course of about four months, I've noticed that it actively works to minimize the scarring left behind by healing blemishes, while also working to slowly fade existing marks. Luckily for me, I can't test out the fine line claim yet, and as I've only used it on my face, I also can't speak to its stretch mark fading abilities either.

The serum for a morning pick me up - One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster ($29 for 0.5 fl.oz./ $48 for 1 fl.oz.) is what I call the 'cup of coffee for my skin'. I either apply it on its own or mix in 3 drops with my morning moisturizer. It absorbs almost instantaneously and leaves behind no greasy residue whatsoever, allowing it to sit nicely under makeup without disturbing the peace. It brightens up and awakens my complexion each morning, to the point where I fear I may have developed a slight obsession with it. My favorite part is that it also works to de-puff early morning skin. I don't ever want to wake up without it.



Disclosure: The Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum was sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experiences with the products.

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