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I believe that facial massage is a key component of healthy skin care (not that I do it). And, in fact, I think one of the main reasons your skin looks so fresh and young and beautiful after a great facial is partially due to the massage. One of the most glowy facials I ever received was at a spa in Mexico, and the esthetician gave me the most amazing deep facial massage ever. A good facial massage gets the blood flowing, drains the lymphatic system, relaxes your muscles, and can even clear your sinuses. So I was totally intrigued by the Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($32).
Snowberry is a unique brand that’s been getting a lot of attention on TIA. The line has some really interesting ingredients, not to mention beautiful packaging. So I was really excited to try the facial oil. Now, I wish the product came with directions for how to perform a facial massage, but I happened to find a few really help videos on YouTube. (The Tanaka Face Massage videos are quite good and very thorough, though way too long.)
This delicate oil has the most delicious subtle smell, and a gorgeous very light blue hue, which comes from the blend of azulene – the chamomile oil. It feels lovely on your skin, especially when you are massaging it into the much-neglected facial muscles. Giving myself a facial massage really brought to light how we hold so much tension in our face. It felt so good to take the time and give those muscles attention and relaxation. Don’t be afraid use a little pressure on some of the facial pressure points – it feels amazing! You aren’t pulling on the skin, but rather getting to the deeper muscle.
The oil blend is totally pure and filled with super-nurturing plant oils. The chamomile is a very calming and soothing oil, great for sensitive skin, like mine. There is Inca Inchi, passion flower, and rose hip oils, which have anti-inflammatory properties and omega fatty acids. There is antioxidant pomegranate oil extract, and bisabolol and ginger extracts, which according to the site “boosts the oil’s anti-irritancy properties.” My skin is ultrasensitive – especially during my pregnancy – and it didn’t irritate or cause redness at all. I really loved using this oil, and even rubbed it on my ever-expanding belly. I would absolutely recommend this product as a special edition to your beauty regimen. And while you have to take some extra time out from your normal routine, it’s totally worth it.
[Editor’s Note: Watch this video to hear Marta describe the unusual actives in Snowberry’s sunscreen.]
Ingredients: Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil/ Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract/Tocopherol, DPG Quercus Suber Bark (Cork) Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopherol (mixed) & Beta-Sitosterol & Squalene (sunflower), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosa Rubginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Extract, Guaiazulene