H&M Vitalising All Over Multi Use Oil – £7.99 – 100ml
What is it?
A multipurpose oil for the bath, body and hair. I use it primarily on my face. Occasionally I rub it into the ends of my hair as it mildly softens, detangles and adds a sheen to my hair. Those with fine hair should use it sparingly, I have naturally curly hair that is perpetually experiencing a drought so it soaks it all up without appearing greasy.
Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com .
Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Fragrance, Grape Seed Oil, Limonene, Tochoperol, Citral, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Linalool (Geraniol, Citronellool, Coumarin, Farnesol).
Synopsis..quite a long one:
My skincare routine has significantly changed over the last 2 years and so has my skin. I transitioned from using conventional creams and commercially available lotions to more oil based and ‘green beauty’ items. My skin has subsequently thanked me for this and has comes leaps and bounds in terms of texture, tone and overall health.
Since experimenting with different facial oils I have come to learn which oils are best for my skin and which ones I should avoid like the plague. I have acne prone, oily – combo skin and I am a big advocate of using oil on oily skin – believes me it works. Having oily skin can be due to the fact your skin may actually be dry and your sebaceous glands are overproducing oil in order to compensate for this imbalance.
By switching to oil cleansers and facial oils my skin is nowhere near as oily as it previously used to be and I have noted a significant reduction in breakouts.
I picked up the H&M Vitalising All Over Multi Use Oil after pumping a bit of the tester on to the back of my hand. I initially walked away from it without paying much attention because I am an oil snob…as it’s £7.99 and it’s from H&M I assumed it was just going to be full of silicones and mineral oil.
The silky texture, lemon scent and the speed at which the oil absorbed into my skin leaving behind a radiant sheen meant I had to go back for a double take. A quick look at the ingredients made me realise it was made up of many oils that agree with my skin and address some of my skin concerns such as whiteheads, dry patches, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
This is definitely a night time oil; it does have a little bit of a clammy feeling to it but if you use it sparingly that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ve been applying it to my face before bed the last month or so and it has helped rapidly relieve the inflammation of a reaction I was experiencing (redness that usually lasts up to a week post reaction had subsided within 2 days) as well alleviating areas of peeling and flaking. My skin in the mornings is supple, noticeably more radiant and areas of congestion have cleared giving the skin a smoother appearance. Some nights I have skipped having a multi layer routine and opted to just tone and oil my face to see the effects….always gave consistent results.
Not bad for £7.99 (and at 100ml it will last you quite some time) and I would call it a general all rounder for those of us with oily-comb skin. In terms the acne side of things I can always guarantee a few small whiteheads in the morning if I am testing a new product but since using this at night that seems to have stopped.
The fact it contains essential oils means some of you may want to approach this with caution. I know many people generally do not take too well to using essential oils on their face. Essential oils don’t seem to bother me, so if you feel we have similar tastes in skincare then I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle of this.
I generally tend to spend more (per transaction) on skincare than makeup (on average my makeup ranges from a few pounds to about £75 whereas some of my skincare can cost up to £150). I like to invest in skincare that is both effective and has an evidence base to substantiate it’s marketing claims. So, I tend to scrutinise ingredients list to ensure my money is going towards products that are formulated for efficacy as well being respectful to biological nature of my skin. This is to ensure I don’t amass ludicrous amounts of nonsense that will have negligible benefits for my skin. It also ensures I don’t fall into the Devil’s work…blogger hype.
The following is overview of the benefits of some of the ingredients in the H&M…it is by no means exhaustive but it’s better than “oh my god, this oil is the best thing ever…you need it.”
Sunflower Seed Oil:
- Reduces the size of whiteheads/blackheads and evens skin texture
One of the components in sunflower seed oils is linoleic acid (omega-6). Research has shown that acne prone individuals tend to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin sebum (Downing et al. 2017) which in turn leads to the formation of comedones (whiteheads and blackheads). So if you are acne prone it can be seen as beneficial to incorporate facial oils with a higher linoleic acid content into your skincare routine e.g grapeseed oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower oil, hemp oil, rosehip oil etc.
Letawe et al.(1998) found topical application of linoleic acid on acne prone individuals over a period of a month lead to a 25% reduction in size of microcomedones (whiteheads and blackheads).
- Increases hydration levels.
A randomised control trial on adults found that sunflower oil can preserve the integrity of the corneum stratum (the outermost layer of skin) and increase hydration levels (Danby et al. 2012). So by increasing hydration levels your skin will look and feel supple. Suprisingly, the paper also said topical application of olive was found to increase the likelihood of developing atopic dermatitis as it was shown to compromise the intergrity of the corneum stratum.
- Improves your superficial skin barrier.
A randomised control trial on premature babies in Egypt found topical application of sunflower seed oil lead to a highly significant reduction in the incidence of nosocomial (hospital-acquired infections caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens) infections. Premature babies have their skin barrier compromised leaving them highly predisposed to acquiring infectious pathogens and topical application of sunflower seed oil was found to significantly improve the condition of their skin and in turn reduced their susceptibility to disease (Darmstadt et al. 2004).
- Good compatibility with natural sebum.
Research has shown jojoba oil to have a broad spectrum of properties: analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-parasitic (Bruneton, 1999; van Boven et al.,1997 cited in (Aburjai and Natsheh 2003)). In addition to this it is also said to have good compatibility with the skin’s natural sebum allowing it to reach a healthy equilibrium (so I assuming it will be great for those of use with oily combo skin as it may help to even out the disparity in sebum production across the skin).
Jojoba oil is a non greasy, lightweight oil that displays humectant properties. It creates a protective layer over the skin that prevents the loss of moisture and works particularly well in quenching dehydrated and dry (Dweck 1997 cited in (Aburjai and Natsheh 2003)).
Grape Seed Oil
I was not able to find sufficient evidence about the effects of Grape seed oil on the skin but there does exist some literature on grape seed extract. I generally tend to find my skin is very amenable to grape seed oil and I have found products that include grape seed oil/extract in the inci list tends to smooth out my skin texture.
- Anti oxidative properties
A component of notable mention in Grape Seed extract is Proanthocyanidin – a powerful anticoxidant which is said to be 20 times more powerful Vitamin E and 50 times more powerful then Vitamin C (Shi et al. 2003) (I have not been able to verify if this was when it was ingested or topically applied because I am going to admit to reading just the abstract on that one).
- Reducing hyperpigmentation.
I did find a paper which stated that Proanthocyanidin reduced UV induced hyperpigmention when taken orally (Yamakoshi et al. 2004)…but that was a trial on pigs so interpret that as you wish.
- Anti-aging properties.
Proanthocyanidin is said to bind with collagen in turn promoting youthfull looking skin with improved skin elasticity and cellular health (Shi et al. 2003).
Rosemary Leaf Extract
- Protection against sun damage
There exists extensive research on the effects of caffeic acid – an important constitute of Rosemary Leaf Extract which again has an array of anti oxidative properties. One particular paper said that caffeic acid is able to permeate the superficial skin layer and protect against UV radiation induced skin damage by preventing oxidative damage (Saija et al. 1999).
Now run off, grab yourself a bottle and then we can all sit around and cry about how it’s sold out everywhere…if you do manage to get a bottle please tag me in the photo itself so I can read your thoughts too….sometimes when you tag me in your captions I don’t see it because of the volume notifications I receive.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if this post was useful….because I don’t want to waste my time writing these….I salute all of you who are committed to consistently posting, it’s hard work!
Aburjai, T. and Natsheh, F. 2003. Plants used in cosmetics. Phytotherapy Research 17(9), pp. 987-1000.
Danby, S., AlEnezi, T., Sultan, A., Lavender, T., Chittock, J., Brown, K. and Cork, M. 2012. Effect of Olive and Sunflower Seed Oil on the Adult Skin Barrier: Implications for Neonatal Skin Care. Pediatric Dermatology 30(1), pp. 42-50.
Darmstadt, G., Badrawi, N., Law, P., Ahmed, S., Bashir, M., Iskander, I. and Said, D. et al. 2004. Topically Applied Sunflower Seed Oil Prevents Invasive Bacterial Infections in Preterm Infants in Egypt. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 23(8), pp. 719-725.
Downing, D., Stewart, M., Wertz, P. and Strauss, J. 2017. Essential fatty acids and acne [Online].
Letawe, Boone and Pierard. 1998. Digital image analysis of the effect of topically applied linoleic acid on acne microcomedones. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 23(2), pp. 56-58.
Saija, A., Tomaino, A., Cascio, R., Trombetta, D., Proteggente, A., De Pasquale, A. and Uccella, N. et al. 1999. Ferulic and caffeic acids as potential protective agents against photooxidative skin damage. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 79(3), pp. 476-480.
Shi, J., Yu, J., Pohorly, J. and Kakuda, Y. 2003. Polyphenolics in Grape Seeds—Biochemistry and Functionality. Journal of Medicinal Food 6(4), pp. 291-299.
Yamakoshi, J., Sano, A., Tokutake, S., Saito, M., Kikuchi, M., Kubota, Y. and Kawachi, Y. et al. 2004. Oral intake of proanthocyanidin-rich extract from grape seeds improves chloasma. Phytotherapy Research 18(11), pp. 895-899.