Sample Review 2: Electric Boogaloo

It’s time for the second post of my Thanksgiving holiday, a fun-filled and factual treatise on Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil!

But first: a PSA on the importance of consistency when it comes to skin care routines and some of the more pernicious factors that contribute to skin issues. As you may have noticed by the change of scenery, Max and I flew to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Despite all the fun we’ve been having, my skin looks absolutely dreadful.

My #nomakeup #nofilter selfies demonstrate how I totally fucked up my skin in less than 6 days.

I now find my self (a.) in a different climate, (b.) thousands of miles away from my old faithful skin care standbys, and (c.) stuffing my face with chocolate, martinis, and chocolate martinis. So, no shit, my skin is going loco because I haven’t been treating it very nicely. I’m sorry, skin.

  • Climate plays a huge and under-appreciated role in skin functions. Warmer temps and increased humidity lead to sweating, which evaporates and can leave mineral debris on the surface of the skin, causing some acne sufferers increased breakouts during the summer. Winter brings along cold, dry air and whipping winds, which damage the barrier function of the skin, leaving it parched and vulnerable. Chicago’s blustery climes have provided me with a newfound appreciation for Seattle’s damp, mild winters.
  • Treating skin concerns requires unwavering dedication. While these short trips provide a handy opportunity to test out fun samples (and write delightful product reviews), they certainly do a number on my complexion. Building a solid skin care regimen and following it with steadfast devotion remains a crucial part of maintaining skin health.
  • ‘Tis the season to for holiday parties! Late nights, poor diet, and a cup of Christmas cheer (or eggnog, or hot toddy, or cider with spiced rum, or mulled wine…) all contribute to skin inflammation and general dullness. You skin (and body) need good nutrition and restful, restorative sleep!

I lucked out and received this soothing, emollient oil from Sephora just in time to test its mettle against Chicago’s (unseasonably cold) Thanksgiving weather.

At $50 for a 1.6oz bottle, this sample carries an estimated value of $5

The good: I was expecting more of a serum-like consistency, but this oil is surprisingly thick and up to the task of protecting damaged winter skin. Fatty acids (essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, along with their nonessential cousin omega-9) maintain the health of cell membranes, help repair the skin’s barrier function by boosting lipid content, and reduce inflammation. Plant oils and vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) provide antioxidant benefits. Even the packaging is superlative: a sanitary dropper in a dark bottle, capable of protecting less stable antioxidant ingredients from photodamage that would diminish the product’s effectiveness and shorten its shelf life. Bonus: very pleasant, slightly herbaceous aroma.

The bad: The formula includes some known irritants, including limonene. However, I’m tempted to write it off as negligible; any possible irritation was so mild as to be imperceptible to my (highly sensitive) skin.

After applying oil, before applying makeup. I don’t know what I’m doing with my face. Where should I be looking? Pictures are hard.

The verdict: I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone moisturizer, but fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a welcome addition to my winter skin care routine. It layers well with my Cerave cream, it provided immediate and lasting relief of my winter skin symptoms, and a little bit goes a long, long way, making it a fairly cost-effective option. I fully intend to purchase another bottle once my (generously sized) sample runs out.

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