I have a love hate relationship with face oils. I’ve always been hesitant, and quite reluctant to try. Yes, I’ve been told, and I have read, that even if your face is oily, certain oils are still beneficial for you. However, you have to know if you’re allergic to certain oils, that is, maybe certain ingredients break you out. That means to me, it’s all about trial and error. I learned (the hard way), from the opportunity of sampling a few face oils, that rosehip oil usually breaks me out. So far, I’ve been pretty lucky not to have other problems. I figured out that I like light oils. I really dislike heavy oils. It makes my skin feel suffocated! So when La Mer came out with The Renewal Oil, I was a little hesitant (because, dude, OIL!) and excited at the same time (guys, it’s LA MER and I’ve had ALL positive experiences with them).
The Renewal oil is a dual-phase oil. It contains active ingredients (highly active oils of The Miracle Broth™) and can be used anyway/where you want it – on your face, hair, body – but if I have to pay RM890 for a bottle of oil, trust me when I say I’ll just use it on my face, thank you very much. Before use, clear the pipette (push the button on top of the bottle) then gently shake the bottle to infuse both the Miracle Broth and the natural essential oils. One ‘serving’ of this oil has about 10 drops and I usually use only 3-5 drops on my face, after moisturizer. I also use the whole 10 drops once a week, giving myself a short facial massage to work the oil in.
So, how do I use it?
- Mix about 3 drops of The Renewal Oil with moisturizers for added oomph
- Apply The Renewal Oil on top of The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (Caroline Hiron’s idea)
- Add 2 drops of The Renewal Oil to foundations that feels dry on the skin
- Apply a few drops of The Renewal Oil to the face before powder foundation for a natural, dewy, non-cakey finish
- Use 10 whole drops of The Renewal Oil once a week as a leave in mask
I don’t do these all at the same time, of course. These are just a few suggestions on how to use The Renewal Oil, and these are the few things I like to do with it. I’ve used this oil for close to 2 months and I notice my skin has not flaked once. The texture is soft and supple and dare I say, more refined? My aging skin needs all the help it can get, and I’m pretty sure if your skin is young and taut, you wouldn’t notice these little things. I also love the honey blossom scent of this oil. I don’t find it overpowering at all, and for me, it is a very relaxing and refreshing scent at the same time.
The Renewal Oil is not for everybody because of the price point. Heck, La Mer is NOT for everyone. However, if you have the budget, and you’re looking to splurge on a face oil, let me point you to this. If you’ve been a La Mer fan all along, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on The Renewal Oil. A few of my friends tried this oil too, and all of us have different skin types. You can read their reviews here:
- Sara of Color Me Loud
- Linda of Silverkis‘ World
- Jaa of Hello Jaa
- Melissa of Kiss & Makeup Beauty Blog
- Paris B of My Women Stuff
I have a feeling this oil will last me quite a while. I store it in a cool dark place, because it is a clear glass bottle after all, and for oils, I always store it away from the sunlight. La Mer, this is yet another positive experience for me. I really need to try your facial soon too! You can purchase The Renewal Oil at Nordstrom, Selfridges, and all La Mer counters nationwide.