Thursday, 14 July 2016

Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil

I have felt a little bit cautious about using oils on my face in the past since I can get a bit oily and so the idea of adding even more oil to my face seems a bit scary. However, I'm no skin expert, but I have been told that the reason why your skin may get oily is due to it being dehydrated. Your skin producing oil is its own way of trying to rehydrate it, therefore the reason why you may have oily skin is because it is actually too dry (of course there may be many other reasons for why your skin is oily, such as hormones, other products you are using, diet etc.). But using an oil on oily skin may actually help with oiliness, not make it worse.

This oil is the Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil*. It is...
"Formulated with powerful plant extracts, Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil will help the skin regain suppleness and elasticity. By protecting moisture levels, the skin will feel silky, smooth and will appear delightfully luminous. The result a brighter, fresher and more youthful looking complexion". 
What more could I ask for? And it's another favourite of Kourtney Kardashian who uses it under her eyes, on her eyelids, on her hands and even on her body before bed. 

Another thing about this product that I like is that it contains Rose Hip Oil, which helps to reduce scarring, redness and improve the skins texture. And of course it contains Manuka Oil, which is anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce the bacteria on your skin which causes acne, as well as containing various other beneficial oils for repairing and improving the skin. 

I use literally just two drops on my face. That's all you need, a little goes a long way. I use it straight after cleansing and massage it into my skin, focusing more on my dry areas (at the moment that being my nose, which is a scaly mess after having a cold!). I follow it up with a small amount of moisturiser.

It absorbs in nice and quickly and it doesn't feel like I have a layer of product sitting on top of my skin. I typically will use this only at night time because it does leave my skin looking a little bit shiny, as all facial oils do (on my skin anyway). Although it can make my skin shiny, it's shiny as in healthy looking (you know that appearance your skin gets after a facial? Or after exfoliating?), and not more oily. I do think it has helped to balance my skin by adding more hydration. Another reason why I use it mainly at night time is because I have always preferred to use super nourishing type products then, since your skin repairs itself when you are sleeping, so it just makes sense to me to do it that way. However, on days when my skin is super dry, I do use a smaller amount in the day as well, just on the areas that need it. 

I have to mention the smell. It is hard to describe exactly what the scent it, but it is relatively strong.  It is a bit different, but it has actually grown on me and I don't mind it. However, even if you don't like the scent, I find that once it is on my skin it doesn't linger, so don't let that put you off.

As always, I have to comment on the packaging. The glass bottle is nice and heavy and luxurious feeling. And as with all of the Manuka Doctor products I have tried, it looks nice and fancy sitting in my bathroom cabinet. You also get a generous 30ml of product, which is quite a lot compared to other oils I have tried which commonly come in 15ml bottles. 

To sum up: this oil is a winner and I will continue incorporating it into my skincare routine. 

RRP: $29.95

Where to buy: Manuka Doctor products are available at their concept store in Auckland, and selected pharmacies (I've found it in most Life Pharmacies) and various department stores. You can find their full list of stockists on their website;

Have you tried this or any of the other Manuka Doctor Facial Oils before? What did you think? 

*PR sample

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