If you’re like me, you grew up believing oil was skin’s biggest adversary, fostering breakouts reminiscent of your worst teenage years. That line of thinking continued through my early twenties as I opted for oil-free cleansers and moisturizers to balance my combination skin. But not too long ago, I underwent a skin care paradigm shift. In the midst of searching for anti-aging remedies (hello, 25!) to add to my daily regimen, I discovered beauty’s latest craze – face oils.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. Having combination skin that is prone to the occasional blemish, I felt safer sticking to my lotion moisturizer. However, a couple of weeks ago I stepped outside my comfort zone to test Seventh Generation’s new line of natural skin-boosting serums. Yes, this is the same brand that produces sustainable, botanical cleaning products (why wouldn’t you trust them with your skin?!). The line includes six serums, which are are all free of parabens, phtalates, and synthetic fragrances. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll remember that I prefer skincare products that are all-natural, paraben-free and sulfate-free. Harsh chemicals strip skin of natural oils, leading to breakouts and fine lines (you can read my anti-aging tips here). Naturally, I decided to give the Hydrating serum a try.
The serum contains pure, plant-based oils including jojoba, passionfruit, babassu, rice bran oil, Açaí, rosemary extract, chamomile, lavender, vanilla, and carrier oil. Moreover, it vows to restore balance to skin, a must-have for 20-somethings like myself who are on the fringe of adolescent skin and the border of mature skin. As I would expect from a serum, this one left my skin more hydrated than any other moisturizer. When skin is dehydrated, it overproduces oil to compensate for lack of moisture, thereby leading to breakouts.
After a week’s use, this serum left my combination skin more balanced. However, moderation is key for flawless absorption; just a couple of drops will go a long way but too much will leave you greasy. I prefer to use this serum during the day before applying foundation. For those of you with oily or combination skin who are still hesitant, the serum keeps to its promise of not clogging pores.
Seventh Generation Natural Skin Care Boosts, Walgreens, $14.99.
Note: I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog.