Facial Oils are skincare products people either love or hate because they are scared it would leave their face all greasy and shiny. However, not all facial oils are created the same or equally. I am a fan of Facial oils but I always choose super carefully because I have combination oily skin. I've had pleasant experiences using facial oils and they have brought the best benefits to my skin. When it comes to oil, I always go for oils that are at least 90% natural because I don't want anything clogging up my pores. I find that the few times I have used dodgy oils, my skin has just gone berserk with breakouts because it could not handle it at all. I was delighted to receive the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil* about a month ago and it has been amazing testing it out. To be fair, it is not completely new to me because I got a mini roller ball version in a Latest in Beauty Box- get the Gloss Edition (reviewed here) so I knew I would love the big bottle. Balance Me in itself is not a new brand to me because I have tested quite a few of their products and I love majority of them. They are very generous in including deluxe samples in magazines especially during Summer. I have tried various Balance Me Samples in magazines including the Balance Me Cleansing Balm, Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash, Balance Me Radiance Face Mask, etc. I love this brand because they use very natural ingredients and I think that's really commendable. I won't say all the products I use are natural and organic but I always choose anything natural when and where possible because it is best for my skin.
You all know I had to talk about the packaging. I love that the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil is housed in this beautiful glass packaging complete with a pipette. It takes me back to when I was in university studying for my Pharmacy degree. We had so many lab experiments where I always hoped to get the right titre value because failing to get this meant starting the experiment all over again. Those days were so much fun and I actually miss them!!. Anyway, let's not digress from the topic at hand. In this bottle there is 30 ml of oil which may sound small but trust me a little goes a long way. I have used it for almost a month now and I still have a lot left. The pipette dispenser ensures that only the amount you need is dispensed thereby minimising waste. I just love everything about the packaging because it is pretty and practical.
The first thing I do when I get a new product, especially an oil, is to check out what the ingredients are. You see our skin is biggest organ in the body and any and every thing can get through really easily. One has to be super careful with what you put on the skin because it is quite permeable and things just go straight into the body. I was delighted to see that all the ingredients in this lovely facial oil are 100% natural and they are oils I have tried separately at some point. The Balance Me Radiance Face Oil has an excellent mix of hand picked oils including Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Buriti Oil, Moringa Seed Oil and Camellia Oil. It is also enhanced with ancient skin conditioners including Yarrow and Benzoin. You can't get more natural than this, trust me. I am not a skincare expert by any means but I do know that Rosehip oil is amazing for blemishes and scarring. Sweet Almond oil and Jojoba oil are all amazing for improving the skin's natural lustre and they add some radiance to the complexion. One thing I am impressed with is the texture of the oil. Let me explain, you know how some oils sit on top of your skin leaving you with a greasy feeling. Well, this is not one of them. It feels moisturising when you use it and it absorbs really quickly. You can see an evident lustre to the face but there is no greasy feeling whatsoever and I am really impressed with it.
It is straight forward to use because the pipette makes it super easy. It can be used in the morning and at night but I mainly use it at night during Summer. I know I would be reaching for it both day and night once the season changes so I can still maintain my plump radiant skin and complexion. At the moment, I just dispense two drops in my palm and warm it up a bit by rubbing my palms together. Next, I massage my face and neck (don't forget your neck, people) with it and I just love the glow I get. The good thing is my skin still feels so plump with a glow the next morning and this always amazes me. When I just had the roller ball, I just applied it directly onto cleansed face and it was still super easy to use. If you have specific blemishes you want to target, you can just apply it directly to the spot and massage it in. It is recommended that you use this on its own or under a moisturiser and I have tried both methods and enjoyed the results I got. However, I prefer using it just on its own at night without any moisturiser because I feel it does a good job by itself. One thing I would say is I am not a huge fan of the way it smells. I am a fan of lovely fragrances but this smells very organic which I am sure many people would like. I am used to the smell now and I don't think it bothers me as much as when I first tried it. However, I appreciate the fact that no added preservative or fragrance was used in this product which is why it maintains its natural fragrance.
I have read quite a few reviews on this lovely Balance Me Radiance Face Oil and every body agrees that there is an evident glow the next day. It is not called Radiance oil for nothing because it really lives up to its name. Once I massage my face with it, I see an immediate radiance and I don't mean shine by any means. It is not uncommon to get a shine when you use any oil but radiance/glow is totally different from a shine. A shine feels reflective and greasy while a glow/radiance feels like you are lit from within and you just look very healthy. Another benefit I have noticed is fading of some of my blemishes. I had a really dark blemish from a naughty spot a few days before I received this facial oil. Upon using it regularly, I have noticed an improvement in its appearance but I would not say it has completely faded. I find that natural oils and ingredients fade blemishes slower but in an even way that leaves your skin supple and not stripped. I actually prefer it this way. I am looking forward to still using it continuously because I know it is effective and I am keen to see good results. If you suffer from dull skin or dry skin, I really recommend using this to add some oomph to your complexion. I also find that it is really useful to layer it on top of hydrating moisturiser or serum to lock in the moisture all day.
I am sure you already guessed right; it is not a particularly cheap oil at £30 for 30 ml. However, I already mentioned that you need so little for your face. I have used this for a month now and I have hardly made a dent (well, not a dent but you know what I mean). The pipette really helps you manage the amount you use so there is little chance of waste. I see this bottle lasting me for at least 6 months even if I use it every morning and night. I think it is really amazing value for money. However, if you want to give it a test-drive before investing in it, I suggest trying out the 15 ml Roller Ball for £15. It is smaller and easier to carry around but I think it may dispense the product a little more than the pipette does. I also recommend checking out beauty boxes to see if there are any samples included because you would pay way less to get the 15 ml version. I already mentioned I got mine from the Latest in Beauty Glamour Power Box (now sold out). I also saw they have a 15% discount on the Balance Me website if you sign up to their newsletter.
I am so pleased I had a chance to try the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil. I take the 15 ml sample with me when I travel because it is so travel friendly and I have not had an issues with leakage from it. It is well secured and I think the roller ball allows you apply it to areas that may be difficult to get to. I love the results I get and it really helps balance out the production of oil in my skin. I know many people with combination or oily skin shy away from using any extra oil but this oil helps balance out the oil levels. I have thoroughly enjoyed using it through this season and it is an essential staple in my skin care routine for all seasons. Have you tried the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil?
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