My own Fiji girl, Cassie Kosky, spent her junior semester abroad at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands. There she admired a simpler lifestyle and the happy culture of native Fijians. She also noticed they had clear, glowing and beautifully hydrated complexions. While there she discovered a secret, “Using a facial oil every day is a natural way to ensure healthy, glowing skin.”
Facial Oils have been studied for more than 15 years for their anti-aging and antioxidant skin care benefits. At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics we’ve done our own research and found that natural argan oil is considered to be the premier of all facial oils. We’ve taken this natural oil and combined it with Vitamin E and a small amount of Retinol to create what we believe is the most effective facial oil available. Then we dedicated this formula to my daughter, Cassie and named it FijiGirl Facial Oil.
Argan oil is the main constituent in this formula because it contains the maximum amount of antioxidants found to benefit the skin by protecting it against skin agers in the environment. This means it helps interfere with damaging free radicals caused by sunlight and pollutants. Try applying a couple of drops in the morning on cleansed & toned skin, then wait two minutes before applying a sunscreen or foundation.
At night you can improve your skin’s tolerance of anti-aging ingredients such as retinols, glycolic or AHA’s that sometimes have an irritating effect on the skin. Argan Oil contains rare phytosterols which are cooling and soothing to your skin and help reduce inflammation. In our FijiGirl Facial Oil we’ve also added Vitamin E to boost it’s soothing and antioxidant properties. Vitamin E also contributes to skin hydration and healing. Smooth one or two drops on after your nightly anti-aging treatment or combine it with your night cream.
In winter, when skin turns drier, you can apply a facial oil over your favorite hydrating moisturizer to increase the water holding effectiveness of that cream. Humectants are essential water holding ingredients that should be included in your moisturizer, but when the air is dry you need to add a barrier. Because oils are lipophilic (fat loving) they migrate easily into the surface cells of the skin preventing moisture loss as they help plump up your skin.
New studies show that using a facial oil increases penetration of performance ingredients like Retinol, Glycolic and Vitamin C because they help them go deeper into the skin so they can activate fibroblasts (which are those amazing cells that lay down new collagen fibers to support skin firmness). Another thing we’ve added to FijiGirl Facial Oil is a gentle, time released retinol to contribute to the oil’s skin smoothing and repair properties.
Finally, you might want to try a couple of drops of FijiGirl Facial Oil under your foundation. Foundation will go on smoother and lines will become less noticeable. This is a must have in winter.
Although we feel the FijiGirl Facial Oil is the best facial oil available we also want you to try to adopt a Fijian lifestyle philosophy. This will surely help improve the health of your skin.
- Eat lots of natural, organic fruits and vegetables. They are chock filled with anti-aging antioxidants.
- Keep your skin well hydrated (there is lots of moisture in the air in Fiji).
- Try to find inner contentment and happiness. (Cassie tells me Fiji is not a rich country, but the natives are less materialistic and therefore seem more happy).
- Relax (you’ll live longer and your skin will look younger for it).