This Winter has been really cold and dry and it has been wreaking havoc on my skin! For the past couple months, my skin has been so dry and dull but the worst part is I have been breaking out like crazy! No matter how well I thought I cleaned and moisturized, my skin just couldn't seem to keep up and it was really frustrating for me.
One night, out of despair, I was searching through my skincare drawer looking for something — anything — to remedy my dry skin problem and guess what? I found this unopened deluxe sample of the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil! I used to be skeptical about putting oil on my face but thought there was nothing else to lose at this point! My skin was at the worst state it had ever been and any change would have been an improvement!
Turns out, this thing may have just been the “miracle” product I was searching for! :)
Before I go on with the review, I'd like to mention that reviewing skincare products is not my strong suit. I try to avoid it at all cost because the truth is our skin is so different from each other! What works for me may turn out to be the absolute worst for you and I would hate to recommend products that do nothing for you or worse, cause you breakouts. So, please bear in mind that this review is purely based on my experience on my own skin. Please proceed with caution! :)
I have the deluxe sample size of the oil but its packaging is pretty much identical to the full size, only the bottle is smaller. The oil is housed in this really gorgeous purple-tinted glass with a wooden screw cap. The cap has a built-in dropper applicator that only dispenses just about 2-3 small drops of oil — enough to cover the entire face (and neck). The oil is clear as water and has a mild herbal scent that dissipates quickly before it even reaches the skin.
According to Tarte, the Pure Maracuja Oil is extracted from seeded pulp of maracuja fruit and hand pressed to preserve the nutritious essential fatty acids (EFAs) and Vitamin C. The EFAs work to replenish healthy skin cells while Vitamin C contributes to the brighter and more radiant complexion, together they promote active skin recovery and deliver intense hydration.
They also claim that more than 90% of women in the 6-week study reported an improvement in skin texture and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles!
Now, I have only been using this oil for only 2 weeks, so I can't really confirm their findings. I have been using it only for the sole purpose of keeping my skin balanced and moisturized and this, I can tell you the results are true and immediate!
Tarte recommend applying it at night only because Vitamin C breaks down when exposed to light. Here's how I do it. I clean my face, pat dry, moisturize and finish with this oil. I apply a few drops on the tip of my finger and gently dab the oil on different areas of my face, focusing more on the area around the nose, then I slowly spread it out to cover my entire face. I do not rub but rather “press” it in. Whatever is left, I pat it on my neck.
Unlike Argan oil, the Maracuja oil feels incredibly light and thin, spreads easily and absorbs quickly! It doesn't take more than a minute for it to fully absorb and I don't find it to leave any sticky, greasy, filmy feel on my skin at all. If you happen to somehow find it too greasy for your taste, try mixing it with your moisturizer so that it sinks in better.
Within the next few days, the condition of my skin improved so much. I don't see dry patches/crazy flakes around my nose anymore and my skin feels a lot more supple. I've also been getting less and less of those nasty, painful acne and the ones that are already on my face seem to dry up and heal pretty fast. I'd like to go so far as to saying that it helps fade the scarring, too, but that could be due to the combination of the oil and another scar-fading cream that I use or just the cream itself.
Whether it works on fine lines and wrinkles remains to be seen and I'll be sure to keep you posted once I hit the 6-week mark. :)
Phew, what a lengthy review! And I apologize! I tend to write too much sometimes! I just hope it was at least helpful. :) If your skin also has been suffering from the cold, I definitely recommend you give this oil a try. If you are unsure, you can always get a sample or a small rollerball size to see how your skin reacts to it. I'll definitely buy the full size once I finish this bottle (although I have a feeling it won't be for a while!).
Have you tried any face oil? What do you use to keep your skin hydrated and acne-free?