As much as I try, I am no 'skin care minimalist'. I love to try a myriad of different oils, cleansers, masks, you name it. However, that doesn't always mean more is better. The best skin care routine is the one you can stick to. For some (yours truly included) 15 products is just apart of the self care ritual. For others, a more simplified approach resonates more with their lifestyle. OY-L, a natural indie line based out of Ohio, is one of those lines that can supplement the skin care junkies or can provide all of the essentials for the latter.
A streamlined face and body line with high potency, effective ingredients, and without the surplus of options that might make a newbie (or traveler) throw their hands up and give up their regimen. Simple ingredients, simple skin care system, simply effective.
Oh, and if it also contains only natural ingredients, no animal testing, and ZERO synthetic chemicals - then even better!
Now don't get me wrong- simple does not equal ineffective or non-active. For example the 20+ UMF Manuka honey (that's a potent, high purity Manuka!), one of the superstar ingredients in the line, was instantly invigorating. I could literally feel my skin light up and get to work!
With 6 facial products and 3 body products (you can get travel sets as well with mini sizes to try everything out) you get a complete, well-rounded system that will keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
As luck would have it, I get to work with skin care as my job so I tried out OY-L facial line to see what it was all about.
Face Wash - This honey-oil cleanser is quite unique. It feels and looks like honey. It has both the benefits of being antimicrobial (bye-bye breakouts thanks to the 20+ UMF Manuka Honey) while providing the cleansing ability of a traditional cleansing oil. I personally preferred to use this as the first step of a double cleanse to remove all of my sunblock/makeup at night. I then used it solo in the morning. A warm wash cloth also assisted the breakdown and removal of my day wear. This left my skin feeling dewy and soft. The mixture of the tea-tree Manuka and citrus essential oil really stood out to me and gave more dimension to the aroma (and therapeutic) profile. Thumbs up!
Ingredients : 20+ UMF manuka honey, wild-crafted honey, hemp seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, saponified coconut oil, vitamin e, lecithin, lavender essential oil, lime essential oil, litsea cubea essential oil
Hydrating Facial Mist - The second step of this easy peasy regimen was the Hydrating Facial Mist (OY-L's 'toner'). Packed with ingredients that add water and oil hydration, this was perfect to swipe on to remove any last bits of cleanser/makeup residue while also balancing my skin's pH. I then added an extra generous misting over my skin to prep for the third step, the face cream.
Hidden gem in the formulation- I absolutely love the addition of fermented ingredients to this formula. Probiotics are wonderful taken both internally and externally, are a natural preservative, and help maintain healthy microbial balance on the skin. Add that to all of the hydration packed elements (see below!) - wow! It makes this mist a must have!
Ingredients : rose hydrosol, aloe vera juice, witch hazel (alcohol free), Abyssinian oil, lavender oil, prickly pear oil, pink Himalayan salt sole, radish root ferment filtrate
Face Cream - See what I mean about no frills? Even the names are no-nonsense! This cream is a potent mix of oils containing all of your omega fatty acids, vitamin A, C, E, and anti-inflammatory agents. This blend absorbed nicely even in this ridiculously hot, humid summer weather! It feels good, smells good, is chock full of skin-loving lipids - your skin will love it.
Ingredients : sweet almond oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, squalane, evening primrose oil, seabuckthorn oil, rosehip oil, carrot oil, apricot kernel oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil, hemp seed butter, Abyssinian oil, pomegranate oil, prickly pear oil, lecithin
Weekly treatment: Exfoliating Manuka Mask - This exfoliating mask is a powerhouse!
The first ingredient is 20+ UMF manuka honey- the higher the number = the more antimicrobial power the honey has. This is strong stuff so don't go overboard!
You instantly feel the bio-activity so I recommend starting with a small amount (patch test first) once a week and build up to 2-3X per week or as needed. I think this would also be a fabulous spot treatment for areas of active acne. Don't make the same mistake I did- I totally scrubbed too aggressively with it (contains blueberry and cranberry seeds) and I irritated my skin. Going forward I will just apply it, let it do it's thang and remove with cool water (you know, like the instructions say, oops!).
Abyssinian oil provides light weight oil hydration, rosehip extract is a Vitamin C superstar, and colloidal oatmeal soothes. Smooth, bright skin, and clear pores - yes please!
Ease this into your routine and your skin will thank you.
Ingredients: 20+ UMF manuka honey, wild-crafted honey Abyssinian oil, hemp seed oil, frankincense oil, organic rose petals, organic lavender buds, colloidal oatmeal, rosehip oil, blueberry & cranberry seeds, rosehip extract, willow bark extract
That's it! 4 products - Simplicity that can help you get into an easy to follow, clean skincare system that will nourish your skin and not overwhelm you or your bathroom counter!
As for me, I will be working these beauties into my usual many, many, MANY step routine!
More on the way- If you take a close look at the picture (top of this post) you'll notice that there's two more facial products to go. The NEW Cleansing Powder and Manuka Latte Lip Balm are lovelies that I will be reviewing in a separate post so keep an eye out for those!
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!