If you’ve been following La Mer for awhile, you might have noticed that the brand hardly releases new products. At the best, they release one a year, but this is their special 50th anniversary year, so we get not 1 but 2 fabulous new releases! Earlier this year we saw the launch of The Reparative Skintint [reviewed here], and now La Mer has released a facial oil just in time for cooler season ahead! I’ve been testing out The Renewal Oil for a few months now, and would like to share it with you today!
Facial oils are huge at the moment, because they are so close to the skin’s hydrolipidic structure, they are more easily absorbed. Skin naturally requires oil to remain healthy, and a few drops of good facial oil can make a huge difference to your skin care’s performance. With this growing awareness, almost every brand in the market is touting their own facial oil. Of course, when it comes to La Mer, it becomes an indulgent luxurious treat!
La Mer The Renewal Oil comes in an interesting dual-phase golden oil that consists of La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth and a new Renewal Ferment. The latter has been specifically designed to amplify The Renewal Oil’s benefits. The 2 layers lie one atop the other, and need to be properly combined before use. To do that, simply give the bottle a good shake – you will then be able to witness a vivacious bubbling within the bottle. I find the whole process so beautiful to watch that I’ve created a short clip to share with you!
The bottle is a simply clear glass so you can easily see how much product is left within. The top unscrews to lift out a glass dropper which has a push-button at the top to pick up and dispense the oil. Make sure to only push the button after giving the bottle a good shake!
The Renewal Oil is a very light “dry” oil that is completely absorbed within seconds of application, and does not leave even the tiniest bit of oily sensation on the skin. I found it works best over slightly damp skin, and indeed facial oils should be applied immediately after cleansing and toner, to seal and prevent moisture loss from the skin, and restore the natural oil balance of the skin.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil features at the top of the ingredient list, and provides skin softening and moisturising benefits. La Mer Miracle Broth’s pure oils that are featured in The Renewal Oil are Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. These generally have anti-irritant properties, and help to nourish and condition the skin. In particular, Almond is packed with Vitamins A, B, and E that are all pampering for the skin.
In addition to the skin, La Mer has designed The Renewal Oil to be a multi-purpose all-over oil. I found it a perfect companion of the Creme de La Mer, which some may find to be rather thick and hard to work with, so adding 1-2 drops of The Renewal Oil turns the cream thinner and more emollient hence easier to smooth across the entire face. It is also wonderful mixed in with some of my thicker foundations, enabling the foundation to adhere better to my skin. I’ve also been adding drops of The Renewal Oil into my hand cream and applying it to my chapped hands. You may play around with it, apply to your lips or hair, even cuticles and body as you wish!
On my skin, I found The Renewal Oil to effectively boost the performance of my skin care products. When used over dry, eczema-ridden patches on my neck and hands, I would wake up to softer and less irritated skin. I’ve been using it throughout the past 2 months with the aggravating haze shrouding us, and I think my skin is in a much better state than it would have been without. Even the scent is therapeutic! La Mer The Renewal Oil is out in Europe, and will be available in Singapore from November. Be sure to try it out when you get the chance to!
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.