The Super Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil wasn’t really a considered purchase. I have two oil-based products I love, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – but I’m always on the search for something new; why not, it’s a buyer’s market?
As a brand Super Facialist kept popping up on numerous feeds, they are low cost and seem to have a product for many different skin concerns. I was sceptical at first because their prices are low and their claims are so high – I’ve learned over the years there is a lot of ‘snake oil’ out there. But the website looked promising, and there wasn’t much of an investment involved, so it seemed churlish not to give it a try.
There was only one cleansing oil in the entire range (at the time of writing), and that was the Vitamin C BrighteningSkin Renewal Cleansing Oil. I was immediately intrigued, Most Vitamin C is water-soluble and usually not suitable for a formula like this. On researching, I found out this contained an oil-soluble form of vitamin c, which I have never heard of. My curiosity overtook me; before I knew it, I had an email confirming my purchase.
Super Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil product claims and ingredients
Super Facialist is a brand, highlight that they use natural ingredients; however, this is not to say all their products ingredients are natural. It appears they have a standard base formula and include natural products when it makes sense.
I am not one of those who believe that natural products are best and can do no harm; neither is necessarily true. There are perfectly effective and safe synthetic ingredients out there. What I am looking for is, how well the product works.
Super Facialist is also keen to highlight that they do not test their products on animals and comply fully with EU law about animal testing.
The key ingredient is Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, which is the oil-soluble derivative of vitamin c. It acts as an antioxidant and as the name suggests brightens. Being oil-soluble, the ingredient should seep deeper into the skin than water-soluble derivatives.
There is a range of oils that form the base, including sunflower, olive and grape seed oil that offers a luxurious feel. There are several essential oils (too many to list here) which adds to that sensorial effect!
How I used this product
It will come as no surprise that the Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil was part of a double cleanse and firmly relegated to evenings.
Skin Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil > Cerave Foaming Cleanser > The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner > La Mer The Moisturising Cool Gel Cream > Garden of Wisdom Rosehip Seed Oil.
I found it best to dispense a reasonably generous amount, rub through the palm of your hand and gently massage into your skin for a minute. When you rinse off with water, the formula turns milky and can be easily rinsed off.
My Final thoughts
For a while, I have been very sceptical about wash off general (not for a specific purpose, e.g. acne, etc.) products that are considered cosmetic and not medicinal. What I mean is that you wash them straight off, so where’s the benefit? It feels a bit gimmicky? My only exception would be ingredients that only require short exposure to the skin.
I think I readjusted my view, after using wash off salicylic acid which did wonders for my congested skin! Now I think it depends on the ingredient itself, so salicylic acid and this form of vitamin C are both oil-soluble. So they don’t just sit on the top layers and migrate further down. If this were a water-soluble form of vitamin C, I’d probably not give this product a second look, as I’d be washing any benefit down the drain.
The Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil has a good level of viscosity to it and provides a decent amount of slip to the skin. There was no trace of product on my skin after washing off.
The Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil is heavily scented, so if that’s not your thing or you are sensitive to scents – this product is not for you. The scent is citrusy, but I can’t actually pin down what type. To be honest, I enjoyed the smell and found it provided a pleasant sensory experience. The scent does linger even after washing. However, those who dislike or have a sensitivity to scent may want to give this product a wide berth!
As I stated earlier on when you add water, the oil takes on a milky colour and easily washes off. I didn’t find any traces of sunscreen left, and my skin felt soft and looked healthy. Sorry, I don’t wear makeup so can’t comment on its performance for those products.
It’s difficult to tell if this oil cleanser provided a brighten effect, as I was using the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic acid in the daytime. Given that this was part of a first wash, I think the benefits may have been negligible.
As a first cleanse, I really like this product it’s cheap, efficient, removes my sunscreen and leaves my skin perfectly soft! There’s not much more I can say, other than it’s a basic product and has piqued my interest in other products from Super Facialist!
I think that this product is suited to most skin types – those with drier skin may like this as it is quite nourishing! Those with sensitive skin and those who do not like scent will probably not like this cleanser!
At the time of writing, you could buy a 100ml or 200ml bottle for £5.50/£10.99 from Super Facialist. I bought a 200ml bottle of The Super Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil which lasted two to two and a half months.
I would repurchase the Vitamin C Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil for both the price and efficacy!
If you are interested in reading about other cleansers, I have tried, please click here.
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