Hey, you guys! Hope you’re all doing super fabulous!
Did you see our post about Nayelle Probiotic Skincare (read about it here)? Well, guess what? This fab brand of probiotic skincare has released a facial oil! I’m so stinkin’ excited about the new Glow Age-Defying Face Oil, it’s unlike any other oil I’ve tried. It actually contains a retinoid, and it’s a completely different consistency from most other facial oils.
This oil, made with 100% active ingredients, is a potent blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that improve skin by replenishing collagen and elastin (Nayelle, 2017). Anything that can help reduce the signs of aging is something I want to try- especially when it’s made by a brand I really like!
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First things first, though- I take pride in being as honest as possible in my reviews, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Although there’s nothing ugly about anything from Nayelle, I’ll start with the negatives. This is because it’s a fantastic product, and I want to end on a positive note! (Well, notes plural, there are many positive things about this stuff!)
I always try to check the ingredients prior to using a product, which is something we should all be doing. I noticed that the packaging says “Age-Defying Face Oil with Retinol,” but the ingredients list says “retinyl palmitate.” While they’re both retinoids, retinol and retinyl palmitate are two different things (see this post). So, after confirming the exact ingredient, I do wish the packaging said “Vitamin A” or “Retinyl Palmitate” instead of “Retinol.”
Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) is the ester of retinol; it only becomes retinol once it’s in the skin. So, the product technically does not include any retinol, as mentioned on the packaging. However, I don’t think this is a matter of being misleading, since the retinyl palmitate is converted into retinol in the skin. I think “Retinol” is on the label so consumers know the oil has legit anti-aging properties. My only issue is the confusion the labeling causes.
Retinyl palmitate is very gentle, as it’s the least potent of the retinoids. Retinol, if your skin isn’t accustomed to it, can be much more irritating. So, I fear that those who have sensitive skin may shy away from this product since it says “with Retinol,” (in which case they’d really be missing out). Also, those who are accustomed to actual retinol may find this isn’t as effective as they thought it would be.
I also couldn’t find anywhere on the Nayelle website where the actual ingredients were listed, so I would love to see that addition. I use tretinoin (retinoic acid), the strongest (prescription strength) form of retinoid- so if this had retinol, I wouldn’t be able to use it on my face, I’d test on other areas instead. I contacted customer service, and had a reply in less than a day, from one of the founders, confirming that it’s retinyl palmitate. Woo-hoo… happy dance! This meant I could test it on my face!
The good news is that since the retinoid is in the form of retinyl palmitate, I could use this in conjunction with my tretinoin. It’s also great for those who are new to retinoids, as it generally won’t cause the irritation and side effects of stronger formulas.
In addition to the Vitamin A, or retinyl palmitate, the ingredients are: jojoba seed oil, rose hip oil, marula oil, Sucragel AOF, meadowfoam seed oil, moringa oil, Symsave H, sweet orange oil, and Vitamin E. As I mentioned previously, I always like to delve into the ingredients. The two that jumped out at me were the Sucragel AOF and Symsave H, of course!
With the Sucragel AOF, I automatically though of sugar- and I was right! Sucragel AOF is a 100% natural, sugar-based emulsifier and oil thickener (Alfa Chemicals, n.d.). Symsave H helps protect other ingredients, but is also an antioxidant and soothing agent itself (Symrise, 2015). So, the oils are protected from degradation, and the formula is thicker and more soothing, naturally.
I noticed right away that the packaging of the Glow oil is just like the brand’s day moisturizer and night cream- an opaque, airless pump. So, hands down, Nayelle wins for best facial oil packaging. The pump is not only convenient, but protects the nutrients from degradation as a result of light or air exposure. Plus, I don’t have to worry about knocking it over and spilling it!
When I first pressed down on the pump, I was shocked by the consistency- this stuff is unlike any oil I’ve ever had- it’s thick! I LOVE how it doesn’t run all over the place, and I just HAD to get a picture of how it actually “stands up.” I was a bit worried about it being too thick for my skin, but no worries, it was easy to spread just like any other oil. This Sucragel stuff is the bomb!
Nayelle Glow has a light, fresh, natural fragrance that’s kind of citrusy. It’s very pleasant, and it’s also mild, so it’s not overpowering. I like that there are a variety of oils, rather than just one kind. This means that there are more nutrients than with a single oil, so the skin gets more benefits.
While there’s only one facial oil product I’ve ever found that I can wear during the day under makeup, this one is fantastic for night time. It’s very hydrating, and leaves my skin super soft, and despite being an oil, it’s not greasy. If you have dry or normal skin, you could easily wear this during the day. As it gets colder and drier, this will be more likely to work for me both night and day.
Another thing I noticed is how soothing this formula is on my tretinoin-irritated skin. I’m presuming this is due to the oils along with the Symsave H, which has soothing properties. When I wake up, not only are my fine lines a bit more plumped, but my skin is less irritated than normal. Also, despite retinyl palmitate being the mildest of the retinoids, those with ultra-sensitive skin sometimes still experience irritation. So, if you’re one of those people, this might be just what you need!
Overall, I’m very happy with the Nayelle Glow Face Oil, and continue to remain impressed with the brand. I really appreciate that they took the time to make something that’s different from everything else available. If you want a well-formulated, anti-aging facial oil that will leave your skin super-soft, along with stellar, lightning-fast customer service, head over to Nayelle.com!
Alfa Chemicals (n.d.). Sucragel. Alfa Chemicals. Retrieved October 26, 2017, from www.alfa-chemicals.co.uk.
Nayelle (2017). Glow Face Oil. Nayelle Probiotic Skincare. Retrieved October 26, 2017, from nayelle.com.
Symrise (2015). SymSave H. Symrise. Retrieved October 26, 2017, from chemical-centre.com.
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