by Tina G.
Let me start off by saying I am a late arrival to the facial oil bandwagon. At 43, my skin is still an oil-slick and acne-prone, so the thought of adding oil to an already oily complexion took a while to get my mind around. I finally dipped my toe into the pond, so to speak, by trying a few oils. Surprisingly, oil now has a permanent spot in my skincare routine — especially when used in conjunction with prescription Retin-A or other anti-aging treatment products. Layering Retin-A with a facial oil and/or moisturizer helps counter-act the dryness and peeling from Retin-A.
What I didn’t realize until reading the packaging on the Sweetsation Orchidee Vitae Precious Age-Defying Facial Oil ($34 in the shop) is that using a retinol in combination with facial oil actually allows the retinol to penetrate deeper into the skin. To quote the packaging: “If you apply a few drops of oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients like Retinol, Glycolic Acid, and Vitamin C deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen — producing fibroblasts, making your treatment more effective.” To this I say, “Giddy-up Trojan horses, and make more fibroblasts!”
As facial oils go, this is a very pleasant formulation. The product comes in a plastic container with a dropper. I actually think the packaging is perfect, though some may prefer glass packaging to plastic. I’ve dropped too many potions on the floor only to have them shatter into million pieces, and plastic is better for travel. The dropper is also much less messy than other dispensing mechanisms for facial oils. The product is always fresh, and you can see exactly how much you are about to use to avoid wasting any product.
I am extremely pleased with the results of this product! Around the holidays, the weather was really cold, and this concentration of oil was perfect to protect against the drying winter elements. The oil feels nice, absorbs quickly and really gives a noticeable glow to the skin after about a week of use. After 2 weeks, I began to see improvement in skin tone and texture. My skin is not more or less oily than usual, but it is definitely smoother and feels balanced. As oils go, this contains a number of highly concentrated active ingredients including hydrating argan oil, antioxidant-filled rosehip seed oil, maracuja oil, sea buckthorn, prickly pear, and vitamin C, as well as the namesake orchid flower extract — with no water or fillers.
Here’s where this little gem earned a permanent spot in my skincare rotation: neck and décolletage. In my teens and 20s I spent a lot of unprotected time in the sun. Unfortunately, those days in the sun caught up to me in the form of sun damaged skin — especially on my neck and chest. This oil was extremely effective in minimizing the crepiness on my neck, and those pesky vertical lines on my chest from sun exposure.
Users sensitive to fragrance may want to pass on this oil because it does have a strong scent. I personally LOVE the scent, and I think it adds to the overall experience giving it a more pampering, luxurious feel. Like a spa day in a bottle. The formulation is all natural free of toxins, parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances, colors etc. The price point is reasonable considering the ingredient list, 1 oz. retails for $34. If affordable, effective skincare wasn’t enough, the company is eco-friendly and animal cruelty-free.