Let’s talk facial care today. Natural facial care with clean, plant-based ingredients of course. More specifically, I want to share some of the oil-based facial serums I’ve been using lately. These beauties got me through the winter and I’ll continue to use them all year round.
What is a facial oil serum?
Facial serums can be water based or oil based. Today, I’m covering the oil based kind although I see another blog post in the works because depending on your skin type and the time of the year, you may prefer one over the other. A facial oil serum is a highly concentrated blend of nourishing oils mixed with powerful plant extracts, intended to penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver the active ingredients and combat specific skin conditions.
Facial oil serums tend to be rich enough to use on their own (after cleansing and toning), whereas water based serums are typically topped with a moisturizer. Afraid of putting oil on your face? No worries! The plant-based oils in all of these blends absorb into your skin quickly – leaving no stickiness or greasy residue behind. My skin tends toward the dry side but from what I’ve read, people with oily skin can use them too since pure plant oils help to balance excessively oily skin.
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1. Earth Tu Face Nourish + Balance Facial Serum
A blend of skin nourishing oils with roman chamomile and carrot seed extracts to balance, repair and reduce inflammation. Ylang ylang, rose geranium and vetiver help create the subtle but addicting fragrance. Mostly organic ingredients and 100% Non-GMO. Created by two herbalists in California. $58 for .9 oz bottle
Use this targeted vitamin C treatment to improve skin texture, lighten age spots and help reduce those fine lines and wrinkles. Formula also includes sea buckthorn and elderberry extracts in a jojoba oil base. Small Colorado based company making natural skin remedies from healing desert botanicals. $72 for 1-oz bottle
3. Osmia Organics Facial Restoration Serum
Formulated for mature, damaged or chronically dry skin, this blend includes pomegranate, amaranth, borage, and sea buckthorn oils for their powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties. A blend of lavender, rose and frankincense essential oils makes it smell divine. Made with wild harvested herbs and 65% certified organic ingredients. Created by an emergency room physician turned soap maker in Colorado. $60 for .5 oz bottle
Organic rosehip seed oil is the star ingredient in this nourishing treatment for all skin types (even oily skin!), due to its naturally occurring vitamins and essential fatty acids. Meant to be used in conjunction with their Facial Tonic Hydrosols, based on the premise that oil and water together help restore the natural balance of the skin. Amazing rosey, sandalwood, lavender scent. Made in California from ingredients sourced from small, regional farms around the world. $25.95 for a .5 oz bottle (my top pick if I had to choose just one!)
5. Balanced Guru Nourish Me Facial Serum
My love affair with Balanced Guru continues with this knock-out blend of oils (evening primrose, argan, rosehip) and extracts (shiitake mushroom, goji berry and acai berry) that help reduce the signs of aging. Certified USDA Organic. Small business dedicated to sustainability and based in Boca Raton, Florida. $22.95 for 1-oz bottle
I’ve written about this one before but it’s worth adding to the list as a high-quality, affordable option. A blend of argan and other nourishing oils including borage seed oil to reduce inflammation and cranberry seed oil for firmer skin. Certified USDA Organic with a lovely lavender scent. Family owned company based in Florida. $22.99 for 1-oz bottle
Have you tried a facial oil serum?
(Disclosure: I received sample sizes of a few of these products and purchased others. *Affiliate links are used to monetize this web site. If you make a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you for supporting Mindful Momma!)