LifeBasics CoQ10 Daily Facial Oil
— Daily Facial Oil
Recently, there’s been an influx of amazing all-in-one facial oils flood the market, as people revert back to simpler skin routines.
It’s also not to go unnoticed that a lot more consumers are learning about the benefits of combating oil with oil – that’s right – if you’re an oily skin type, this may be your lifesaver in balancing that oil production. Life Basics has a pretty competitive facial oil currently on the market known as their CoQ10 Facial Oil, coming in at a $24.95 price point with a very minimal ingredients list.
The hero ingredient is CoQ10, an essential nutrient that is found in your body that is used to produce energy. It’s a powerful antioxidant, and incredibly proactive in neutralising free radicals that are responsible for age decline in skin. This, alongside the carrier oils like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and rosehip oil (to name a few) act as a nourishing moisturiser. It’s important to know your skin type and understand what oils are best for you, but in almost every case, oils are used as a night treatment for your skin to have optimal recovery time. If you find your skin is extra dry or aged, it might be worth adding a few drops into a moisturiser overnight for extra hydration.
Life Basics is an in-house brand of Nourished Life, an online store dedicated to organic and natural skin care, makeup, and body care, to name a few. Their mission is to remove the hard work from the consumer in identifying whether a marketed “natural” or “organic” product is indeed natural, or organic. Their selection is tight, and they trial everything they stock to ensure the right products are on the market for you.
Life Basics was aimed to be just that – a life basic. For everyday use, these products were manufactured alongside like-minded manufacturers, local producers, global community groups and an in-house naturopath. The range comes with minimal packaging, and almost always plastic-free.
The fragrance is subtle and completely non-offensive. One can almost miss the gentle floral notes thanks to the rose absolute which, we believe, is a good thing.
This texture is lightweight, however still rich in consistency due to the fatty oils used in composition. Silky smooth on the fingertips, and non-greasy one applied.
Oils generally go a long way, often only needing 3 or 4 drops to create a layer over the skin. As CoQ10 Facial Oil has a slightly richer consistency, you may find you need to distribute the oil where you feel dryer – for example, some combination skin types might find they need to use less oil on their T-zone.
This smoothing oil is directed for dry or mature skin types, so it’s also a great option to add this into a hydrating moisturiser for a night treatment, and in the morning on its own. The combination of these oils aims to brighten skin tone, which is usually a condition of dry or dehydration skin types. Although the ingredients prove to be “good”, we aren’t entirely sure of their origins or how they’ve been processed.
Sweet Almond Oil, a mega-moisturising powerhouse ingredient in many natural and organic skincare products today.
Jojoba Oil, extracted from seeds of the desert shrub, Simmondsia chinensis, is a wax ester that has a similar structure to that of our human skin sebum. Sebum is what helps you stay moisturised and looking youthful, filling out wrinkles and fine lines. (You might like to read our article The 11 Best Natural Skincare Ingredients here on which Jojoba is featured!).
Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant for moisturised and supple skin.
Alpha Bisabolol, an active component of chamomile is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and benefits skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis.
Life Basics by Nourished Life doesn’t disclose much about the type of bottles used in production. The company has specified they won’t compromise on quality or ingredients, “just fancy packaging”. They’ve indicated that minimal packaging is part of their brands ethos, specifying that it’s almost always plastic-free. What we’d like to understand is why ensure a brand has minimal to no plastic, but celebrate fancy packaging?
Formulation full analysis
Sweet Almond Oil has a healthy amount of fatty acid content which serves as a natural emollient and what locks moisture into the skin by forming a protective barrier. Emollients are especially effective for inflammatory conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. If you have oily skin, you might feel suspicious about adding extra oil, however the therapeutic benefits of almond oil differ greatly from the acne-forming oil. The fatty acids found in almond oil in combination with vitamins E, A and B help dissolve the excess sebum produced by your skin, clearing the pores and bacteria that can form conditions such as acne. These same vitamins aid in increasing absorption of moisture into the skin, particularly when its warmed to body temperature before application.
Jojoba Oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores which is a common misconception about applying oil on skin. It’s rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria that commonly leads to breakouts, working as a protectant and a cleanser in one. Jojoba oil accelerates would-healing processes and has an extremely low toxic effect on skin, making it a perfect carrier oil in blends, and an easy multi-purpose oil day or night.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is on the front line when it comes to cell protection. Vitamin E is in particularly high amounts in the sebum, which is the substance produced by your skins oil glands. Vitamin E absorbs UVB light which ages skin, protecting skin for longer periods of time. Because Vitamin E lives in and protects cell membranes, adding it into your skincare routine ensures your skin stays moisturised and supple due to the added hydration, and fights against inflammation due to it being an effective antioxidant.
Alpha Bisabolol is more commonly known as Bisabolol, it splits into Alpha and Beta depending on its origin. Beta Bisabolol is harvested from corn and cotton, and Alpha Bisabolol is known is the major active component of Chamomile. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties helps with any inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis. It’s healing and soothing benefits help in restoring the skin, and due to its high panthenol concentration, it can stimulate the skin’s healing process.
There’s actually no questionable ingredients here. None to the naked eye, anyway. We’d be interested to know how an oil of $24.95 can include high quality ingredients on this list without compromises, though.
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