As a devout foodie and believer of fermented food and drink for overall health, I was ecstatic when the lovely Marta chose me to review the Innarah Defense Oil Oxygenated Moisture Oil ($300). Innarah uses a very unique process of bio-fermentation that has been clinically proven to work in harmony with your skin’s biology. Suffice to say their blending of rare botanicals and mineral ingredients acts as a food for the skin, and they claim that it will absorb immediately, resulting in a radiant, healthy complexion.
The ingredients responsible for achieving this include the long-lasting, hydrating kukui nut oil that “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong'o claims to use. Another hydrating oil used is the very expensive, rare and precious agarwood oil that has a long history of medicinal use. Blue lotus has moisturizing properties, as well. Crambe abyssinica oil is another powerhouse ingredient that is anti-inflammatory, deeply reparative and protective against dehydration. Neem oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. A new ingredient to me, egg oil moisturizes and improves the condition of the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and has a significant potential to rapidly heal burns and reduce new and old scars. Other impressive ingredients include elk antler velvet, sea buckthorn fruit oil, marine phytoplankton, alpine rose extract, snow algae extract and apolactoferrin.
I feel that it is only fair to say that this product was put to the ultimate test. I am a menopausal 50-plus woman with dry to combination skin living in Colorado with extreme, fluctuating temperatures. With that being said, I encountered a rather rocky relationship with this product. At first, I was enamored with it. I used one to two drops as suggested on my face and orbital eye area immediately after cleansing in the evening. It absorbed instantly and left my skin feeling smooth, hydrated and nourished. Then, as every relationship changes, my skin began to feel increasingly dehydrated with a very fine sandpaper-like texture, especially when cleansing. I was disappointed, to say the least, so I increased my usage of this dense, cloudy oil to three or four drops. Alas, my skin was supple again.
After using this luxurious oil for a month, I have not really noticed any improvement in wrinkles, fine lines or pigmentation, but perhaps in time this oil will do just what Innarah claims. However, at a price point of $300, I would not go to the ends of the earth for this product. But I will go as far to say that this oil is far superior to many on the market. I do feel that it is a very unique, high quality product that may potentially have the efficacy that most would desire in a beauty product.